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Senior Pastor

John HillRev. John Hill

Rev. John Hill was born and raised in Ashland, Kentucky. He grew up a United Methodist and as a youth was highly involved in the local church, district, and conference youth ministries. While working at Aldersgate Camp in Kentucky during summers in college, he felt God’s call to vocational ministry. He earned his B.A. in Religion with minors in Philosophy and Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond in Virginia. He then attended Emory University and earned his M.Div. from the Candler School of Theology. Prior to coming to Blakemore, John has served as a youth minister at Northside UMC in Atlanta, associate pastor at Christ UMC in Louisville, pastor at Bethpage UMC in Sumner County, and associate pastor at Christ UMC in Franklin. He has two children, Becca (10) and James (6). He is a true blue Kentucky basketball fan, loves strategy board games and science fiction, and enjoys traveling and trying new things.

Music Director

Matthew Pyles

Matthew graduated summa cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University where he received his vocal/general music education degree with honors and was recognized with an Outstanding Achievement in Vocal Music Education award. While at MTSU he was the chapter president of ACDA and sang in their top choirs. He currently directs the middle school choirs, conducts the school musical and provides private lessons at Harpeth Hall in Nashville.  He is also a freelance musician in the greater Nashville area.

Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator

Steffie Misner Wampler

Steffie has been a member of Blakemore for a few years and already knows our congregation and young people well. She brings work experience with young people from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and lots of volunteer experience here at Blakemore. She is full of creativity, passion, and ideas for the future of our ministry with young people. Steffie is originally from California. She earned her undergraduate degree from Belmont University and is pursuing a Master of Theological Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School.



Pastoral Intern

Nate Partee

Nate grew up in Brentwood, TN with Nashville in his backyard. With the love and guidance of his Youth Ministers, Nate developed a love for God and knowledge, specifically how to use that knowledge in his journey with others. In 2013, he graduated from The College of Wooster with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Philosophy. After graduating, he worked at several churches as Youth Minister, often taking the dual roles with College and Outreach positions. At his last position at Trinity UMC in Murfreesboro, Nate felt God’s call to go into ordained ministry. As a result, Nate is currently getting his Masters of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School and is a Certified Candidate of the United Methodist Church with the goal of becoming an Elder. His adventures in learning include objective morality, existentialism, neuroscience, and social psychology. With his ample free time, he enjoys sarcasm, video games, board games, and is learning to play the piano.

Music Intern

Sarah Bronchetti

Sarah Bronchetti is a senior at Vanderbilt University majoring in Voice Performance and Choral/General Music Education. She is originally from Dallas, TX, where she started playing piano at age 7, and singing in choirs at 10 years old. At Vanderbilt, she’s involved in Sigma Alpha Iota, a women’s music fraternity, the Blair Children’s Chorus, and a music outreach group called Harmonies for the Elderly. When she’s not doing something musical, you can find her hanging out with friends or hiking. She originally served as our music intern from February to May 2018 and is back for the entire 2018-2019 school year.