Pastoral Care Minister
Albert has served on the Fourth Avenue staff since 2002. During his time with us, Albert has led the Intercessory Prayer Ministry, which has received over 150,000 prayer requests from the church family. The growing involvement in this ministry has taken a priority position in the church’s life and supports the Shepherds’ desire to create a culture of prayer.
Albert’s education spanned twenty years at seven colleges, universities and seminaries, ultimately receiving his Doctor of Ministry degree. His international prayer ministry has extended beyond four decades on five continents. He continues to speak at meetings, workshops and seminars. He serves as a member of the Presidential Prayer Committee and has for 20 years. Albert has been married to Patsy Davenport Lemmons for 64 years. They have five children and eleven grandchildren.
Gary Shrader is Executive Minister at 4th. He came to Fourth Avenue after retiring from Williamson County Schools after 30 years as a teacher, coach, and principal. Gary works with the staff, members, ministries, and shepherds to serve the congregation and community. Gary and his family have been involved members at Fourth Avenue since 2000. Gary and Lydia have been married over 30 years, and have 3 boys: Brad, Bryan, and Cameron. Lydia is a retired teacher, and now works as a sitter with the elderly. They enjoy travel, nature, gardening, antiquing, and photography.
Spiritual Life and Outreach Minister
Dean Barham serves as the Spiritual Life and Outreach Minister. Dean earned his Doctor of Ministry degree at Lipscomb and his law degree from the University of Virginia, and has served in a variety of ministry roles for churches in Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, as well as an adjunct professor in ministry and Bible at Lipscomb and Lubbock Christian Universities. He has been married for over twenty-seven years to his wife Melanie who is a public school teacher, phenomenal storyteller and amateur artist, and they have three wonderful children: Christine, David, and Luke. Dean loves coaching football, reading, music, coffee and a certain NFL team in Dallas. Dean’s greatest passion in life and in work is to live and tell the story of a Man who wouldn’t stay dead.
Mark plans and leads Worship for 4th Avenue assemblies. He is a songwriter and Lead Vocalist for the band Salient while also maintaining an IT Management career. Mark has written for, performed with, and produced many bands and vocal groups over the years and loves to find ways to breath new life into classic music, incorporating contemporary Christian songs as well as older hymns in worship. He and his wife, Melissa, have two very active young sons and a daughter and enjoy trying to keep up with them.
Database & Technology Minister
Katherine serves as an administrative assistant for Fourth Avenue. Her focus includes our church management software, various technology needs, and our HR department. Katherine and her husband Lee have attended Fourth Avenue for 15 years. They stay busy with their three boys, Andon, and twins, Jackson and Kenan.
Evan graduated from Lipscomb University with a Bible and Ministry degree concentrated in Youth Ministry. He has a passion for speaking affirmation into the lives of students, and has had the opportunity to serve with youth ministries in the Nashville and Brentwood areas. He is currently enrolled in the MDiv program at Lipscomb University to further his knowledge and experience in ministry. He has a fascination for watches and for New York City, and loves to explore.
Robyn oversees the ministry environments for our school-aged children, Kindergarten through 4th grade. Working with kids while sharing the love of Jesus Christ with them is her dream job. She and her husband Mike have two children, Ruby and Bo. Robyn loves spending time with her husband, playing trivia games with her kids, laughing with her friends and regularly trying new ice cream flavors.
Early Childhood Minister
Devon oversees our ministry environments for our nursery and preschoolers. She loves little children and is delighted to be serving in these ministries. Devon and her husband Ben are expecting their fourth child this summer. As a family, they enjoy traveling, hiking, and playing games. Devon is also a painter and illustrator; she has always found the beauty in the world to be in the details.
Lydia serves as an Administrative Assistant and Facilities Manager. Her duties focus mainly on daily accounting procedures as well as scheduling and care of our building. Lydia has served here on staff in several capacities over the years and is a life-long member here at Fourth Avenue. She and her husband, Chuck, were married here at Fourth over 30 years ago and they have two children, Tyler and Maggie. Lydia, Chuck, and their little dog, Penny, enjoy their hobby of trains and backyard railroading. Lydia also loves to cook and share good food with those she loves.
Laurie has attended Fourth Avenue Church for over twelve years. She serves as an Administrative Assistant, working primarily with the Worship Ministry and Website as well as providing assistance in other areas as needed. Laurie enjoys singing, reading, and the fellowship at 4th Avenue.
Nikki was born and raised in Cookeville, TN where she graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Library Sciences. She has been serving in student ministry for 8 years and is passionate about loving people and helping them discover their voice and purpose. Nikki believes Jesus came to give us life to the FULL, and she plans on pursuing that for the rest of her time here on earth. She loves Jesus, family, friends, singing, running, coffee, and essential oils and you can always be sure she’s up for a new adventure or doing anything outdoors. Paul stated it best when he said in Acts 20:24 “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.”