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
After 11 years of leading Real Life Community, our Pastor, Erik Gernand, and his wife, Ashley Gernand, our Worship Leader, have taken assignments at Trevecca Nazarene University as the University Chaplain and Director of Worship Ministries. While we are sad to see them go, we trust God's leading as we move through the process of calling a new pastor. In the meantime, our current staff and ministry leaders will continue to keep us on mission at Real Life as we seek to Connect, Grow and Share. For more information on our transition plans, check out our Transition Planning page.
Our interim Worship Coordinator is Bethany Gilley. Bethany graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2009 with an undergrad in Biology and Minors in English Lit. and Chemistry. She also graduated from Trevecca with a Masters in Medicine in 2011. Bethany has served on our Worship Team and in Children's and Groups ministries for several years.
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.
Clayton Williams has been a member of Real Life Community since the beginning. He has served in just about every ministry area, but regularly helps lead worship on the guitar on Sundays. Clayton is currently serving as the Board Secretary for Real Life, helping to provide leadership and direction to that group. He is married to Kim and together they have three wonderful children.
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.
Heather Smith is our Congregational Care Coordinator. She and son, Blaine have attended Real Life for the last several years, and Heather has always had a passion for helping others. Heather has a great passion for this ministry as she facilitates meeting our congregation’s needs.
Doug is serving as our Interim Ministry Coordinator at Real Life Community during the search for a new Lead Pastor. He has served for years in several ministry roles here and has a great understanding and passion for the mission and vision of Real Life. If you'd like to get in touch with Doug, please use the contact form below.