“What would happen if churches stopped making decisions based on their own survival and instead started giving themselves away in love?”

Erik Gernand

Our Leadership

Knowing Love and Sharing It

Ciara Cunningham

Children & Families Pastor

Ciara Cunningham

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.

To Be Determined

Lead Pastor

To Be Determined

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.

Ashley Gernand

Worship Pastor

Ashley Gernand

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

Connections Pastor

Sarah Comer

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

Youth Pastor

Sam Hattaway

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

Board Secretary

Clayton Williams

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 Ussery

NYI President

Brandi Ussery

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

NMI President

Teresa Hodge

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

Congregational Care Coordinator

Heather Smith

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.