Under the authority of Jesus, our Shepherds provide biblical guidance, direction, and spiritual care for the Fourth Avenue family. Shepherds (also called Elders) are selected through an intentional process that includes corporate prayer, Bible study, congregational recommendations, and the collective discernment of the present Shepherding group.
Keith and Stephanie Bain
Keith and Stephanie Bain began attending Fourth Avenue in 2003. They’ve been married since 1992 and have three children, Grace Payton, Jeb, and John. Keith works for Chubb Insurance and Stephanie is an independent sales rep. Keith and Stephanie have been involved with Fourth’s Life Group Ministry, Youth Group Parent Council, Women’s Ministry and Communications Team. Keith was appointed as a Shepherd in 2015.
Chris & Jo Barnhill
Chris and Jo Barnhill have been members of Fourth Avenue since 2001. They were married in 1988 and have two children: Davis and Madison. Davis is an attorney and lives in Nashville. Madison is working towards a graduate degree in History and lives in Franklin. Chris has a MPA Degree in Nonprofit Management, and is the Executive Director of Franktown Open Hearts, a local faith-based agency ministering to impoverished children. Jo has been a real estate agent since 2004. The Barnhills have been involved in the teen ministry (group leaders for 8 years) and in Life Group ministries. Jo co-leads the Women’s ministry, and Chris leads the JOY seniors ministry. Chris was appointed as a Shepherd in 2020.
Brant and Jennifer Bell
Brant and Jennifer have been members of Fourth Avenue since 2005. They have been happily married since 1990 and have four children, including three sons and one daughter. In March of 2020, they became grandparents to Elijah. Brant is an owner and provider at 7 Springs Orthopedics. Jennifer writes curriculum for Grace Marriage, and together they direct the Grace Marriage ministry at Fourth. They serve in oversight and support for all things Youth at Fourth, and Jennifer is active in the Worship Ministry and Women’s Ministry. Brant was appointed as a Shepherd in 2015.
Allen and Cindy Gentry
Allen and Cindy Gentry are long-time members at Fourth Avenue – Allen since 1985 and Cindy since her birth. They were married in 1983 and have three children — Jase, Mary Morgan, and Hope, who all grew up at Fourth Avenue. The Gentrys have been involved in Children’s Ministry, Prayer Ministry, Franktown Open Hearts, and Jail Ministry. Allen has been a Shepherd since 2007.
Tony and Melinda Simmons
Tony and Melinda Simmons have been at Fourth Avenue since 1995. Married in 1987, they have two daughters, Morgan (husband, DJ) Stanfield and Paige (husband, Spencer) Zehring. They are enjoying their two grandchildren, Kasen and Tatum. Tony is a Regional Claims Manager for Farm Bureau Insurance. The Simmons have been involved with the Intercessory Prayer Ministry since its inception in 2001 and Tony has served as a Shepherd since 2010.
Mark and Sherri Street
Mark and Sherri have been attending Fourth Avenue since 2008. They were married in 1973 and have three married children: John, Rachael, and Rebecca. Sherri is retired and Mark is a partner with his son in the tuxedo business. Mark and Sherri have been involved in the Life Group Ministry, First Impressions greeting team, AWANA Children’s Ministry, Prayer Ministry, and the Mission Committee. Mark was appointed as a Shepherd in 2013.
Mike and Jenny Webb
Mike and Jenny have been members of Fourth Avenue since 2003. They were married in 1995 and have a daughter, Lindsay, and a son, Cameron. Mike is an accountant and is currently starting a financial consulting business. Jenny is currently managing the finances and operations of the Webb household and assisting Mike with starting their business. Mike enjoys cycling, riding his motorcycle, art, and hiking the Appalachian Trail with his brother. Jenny enjoys reading, walking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. They served as Life Group leaders and class facilitators, and are also actively involved with Grace Marriage and Youth at Fourth (YAF). Mike began serving as a Shepherd in 2020.
Terry and Stephanie White
Terry and Stephanie began worshipping at Fourth Avenue in 2003. They met while at Harding University, married in 1990 and have 2 daughters. Molly is married and lives in Raleigh, NC and Carlee is studying at Samford University. Stephanie is an RN with her Masters in Nursing Education and Terry is Director of Accounting with Lumina Foods. Terry was involved with the audio visual ministry for years and they are both part of the Safety Team, Grace Marriage, and small groups. Terry was appointed as a Shepherd in 2020.
Phil and Nancy Williams
Phil and Nancy Williams have been at Fourth Avenue since 1995. They were married in 1962 and have two daughters, Angela and Edie, and one son, Eric, as well as eight grandchildren. Phil is a retired DuPont engineer and has been involved in the financial processes of Fourth Avenue. The Williams have taught marriage classes and are currently leading a life group. Nancy has been active in the Women’s Ministry and co-teaches a home-based ladies Bible class. Phil has been a Shepherd since 1997.
Bill and Donna Wright
Bill and Donna Wright relocated from Michigan and have been at Fourth Avenue since 2005. They have been married since 1986 and have three married adult children, Ashley (Nathan Parrish), Joshua (Alyssa), and Zachary (Chaney), and have 2 sweet grandsons and 1 granddaughter. Donna currently enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering in the community and serves as one of the leaders in the Women’s Ministry at Fourth. Bill works at HCA and serves on the GraceWorks Board and currently serves with the Benevolence and Widows ministries at Fourth. They both are active in life groups. Bill has been a Shepherd since 2009.