Ciara Cunningham is our Children & Families Pastor. She brings a great love for our children and leads a fabulous team of volunteers who are glad to make the children's’ experience the highlight of their week. Ciara is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary and is an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She is married to Aaron and they have two children: Carter and Lanie.
“What would happen if churches stopped making decisions based on their own survival and instead started giving themselves away in love?”
Knowing Love and Sharing It
Erik has been the Lead Pastor of Real Life Community since 2008. He formerly served as Young Adult/Preaching Pastor in Jackson, MI. Erik is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and holds a Bachelor's Degree from Olivet Nazarene University, an M.A. in Theology from ONU and an M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Erik is passionate about people coming to know a God who is passionate about them. He is married to Ashley (our Worship Leader) and together they have three amazing children.
Our worship leader is Erik’s wife, Ashley Gernand. Ashley gradutated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Music and has been leading worship in church since 2002. She is a gifted leader and a wonderful mom to Anna, Grey and Boone.
Sarah Comer is our Connections Pastor. Sarah brings a big heart for community and helping new people get involved in the life of the church. She's working to enhance our community, connectedness and communication with one another at Real Life. Sarah is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University and is married to Tyler.
Sam Hattaway is our Youth Pastor with special responsibilities for leading Sunday nights and planning events for our Murfreesboro Nazarene churches. Sam is a recent graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University and is a District Licensed Minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has a great heart for seeing teens thrive in their relationship with Jesus and with each other.
Donald has been a member at Real Life Community for several years and has been actively involved in various ministries. He is currently retired and living in Murfreesboro. He is married to Phyllis. Donald brings a lifetime of experience and Christian service to the table in helping to lead our Church Board.
Brandi has been a devoted member to Real Life for several years. She helps to lead our youth in their events and organization as the NYI President. Brandi is married to Tony and mother to Alexis, Grace, Carly, and Easton.
Teresa Hodge is our NMI (Nazarene Missions International) President. She and her husband Jim have served the church in pastoral ministry throughout their lives and are now retired. Teresa still serves as our District NMI President and helps facilitate our congregation's engagement in worldwide missions.
Rich Hanson is our Building & Grounds director. He oversees the facilities and helps organize teams of volunteers for projects to help maintain and improve the place God has given us.