Our Ministry Team

  • Jeff Palk

    Jeff Palk

    Lead Minister

    Jeff started at HCC as the youth minister in 2012, but stepped into the role of Lead Minister in 2017. He has been married to Jenna for six years. They have an amazing boy named Finn, and they have two dogs: Albus and Gandalf. He also enjoys rock climbing, growing a beard in the winter, and drinking Coca-Cola.

  • Michael Clinger

    Michael Clinger

    Youth Minister

    Michael is our newest staff member and a proud Nashville native. He graduated from Lipscomb University in 2016. Michael’s goal is to see teenagers grow in a relationship with Jesus and with each other. He enjoys all things sports related and is an avid Tennessee Titans fan. In his spare time, Michael also enjoys going to see movies, reading, and writing. The way to Michael’s heart is through Nashville hot chicken, Mexican food, and pizza.

  • David Haffner

    David Haffner

    Children's Minister

    Dave & Jerrie have served in the children's ministry at various locations for many years and now work with the children here at HCC. Their goal is to share awesome stories from God's Word and teach practical every day lessons using object lessons, drama, games, videos, etc... Dave and Jerrie serve as part of an exciting children's ministry team that includes teaching teens how to teach Bible lessons through drama skits. Introducing children to Jesus is their life- time commitment wherever they serve.

  • Josh Whitson

    Josh Whitson

    Office Manager

    Josh makes sure everything in the office runs smoothly, coordinates communications between ministries, and oversees our outreach ministries. He's a big Red Sox fan and is always counting down the day until the opening game.

  • Mike Helms

    Mike Helms

    Deaf Minister

    Mike was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. He graduated with double major in Accounting and Organizational Communications from Lipscomb University in 1999. Mike continues to serve as a minister to the deaf since 1998. Mike has been a speaker for state and national workshops throughout the nation. He is the director of the Deaf Retreat since 2001 at Camp Discovery in Jackson County of Gainesboro. Since 1995, Mike has had long ties to Bridges, serving the Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities, where he served as a board member from 1997 to 2008, and as treasurer of Bridges's board of directors in 2005.

Our Shepherds

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Andy Borchers : Shepherd

Andy grew up in several midwestern cities, landing in Omaha for high school. He became a Christian while a college student in Flint, Michigan. He graduated with a bachelors and masters degree in business before going on to earn a doctorate. Andy met his wife Becky in Michigan. Both have been active in a variety of ministries over the years.

Andy is a professor and associate dean at the College of Business at Lipscomb University. Becky cares for their home and family. Andy and Becky enjoy time with their children (Caleb and Anna), significant others (Fran and Johnny) and 3 (soon 4) grand daughters. All live in Providence, RI and work in ministry.

Vision for HCC: A welcoming community that draws all kinds of people into a closer relationship with God and each other, serving the world as Jesus did.

Keith Pugh : Shepherd

Keith is President of Harlan Electric Company, Inc. He has been a member at HCC since 1980. He was married at HCC and baptized both of his sons at HCC.

Vision for HCC: That we will consider the feelings, needs and concerns of others in what we say and do. In a selfish world, a countenance of compassion will be noticed by the people whose lives we touch and will set us apart to shine among them like the stars in the sky.

Marlin Lindsay : Shepherd

Marlin graduated from Odessa High School 1961, Odessa, TX. He went to Texas Tech University and received a Bachelor of Music & Masters of Music Ed. degrees. He was a band & orchestra director for 15 years. He then hung up his conductor’s baton and became a mortgage banker.

He served as Deacon for the Cactus Drive church of Christ in Levelland, TX. before serving as Deacon & Elder at the Rancho Cordova church of Christ, Sacramento, CA. He became an elder at Hermitage church of Christ in 2005.

Marlin enjoys fishing and grandchildren activities.

Vision for HCC: To see a greater desire from within our congregation to seek the lost in our community.

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Mike Brian : Shepherd

Mike was raised in Hermitage/Nashville and attended HCC as a young child. He attended David Lipscomb College where his mother was an elementary school music teacher. Mike met his wife Lisa when they were both working at Opryland. Shortly after their marriage in 1979 Mike began leading singing at Berea church of Christ in Lebanon where his grandfather was an elder. Mike returned to HCC years later and served as Deacon in Building and Grounds. He began service as an Elder in 2009.

Mike is a claims manager in the corporate office of Community Health Systems in Franklin, TN. Mike and Lisa enjoy time on their boat ” A Moment’s Peace”, as well as gardening and woodworking.

Vision for HCC: People of every walk and interest coming together as a Christian family supporting one another and respective of our differences, while growing in knowledge of God and of his plan for each of us.

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Paul Hardy : Shepherd

Paul, a California native, first came to Tennessee to go to school at David Lipscomb University. While at Lipscomb, he met and married Marsha Taylor. Later, they were blessed with a daughter, Kaitlin. Both Paul and Marsha were fortunate to grow up in households with faithful parents with each growing in their relationship with the Lord. After 25 years of service in the US Air Force, they returned to the Nashville area. They have been part of the HCC family since 2010.

Vision for HCC: Our Hermitage and Old Hickory neighbors will see the love we have for one another and be attracted to develop a deep relationship with Christ and the Father. Likewise, we will encourage each other to grow in faith, love and serving our community.