Alan grew up as the child of church musicians, so the music of worship has often provided the soundtrack for his life. He studied philosophy and religion at Truman State University and received his Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. Alan has served as a campus minister at Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities in Nashville, Tennessee and as the Associate Pastor of Harpeth Presbyterian Church, also in Tennessee, directing youth and family ministries. Alan has a passion for helping folks engage with God through the study of scripture, spiritual practices, and theological conversations with fellow travelers on the journey of discipleship. Or, as Alan puts it, he just "likes hanging out with people and talking about God." He and his wife, Gracyn, love living in North Carolina.
A self-described Jesus freak, Joye loves helping people of all ages connect with Christ, God's Word, and the family of believers. She's a native North Carolinian who has earned degrees from Meredith College and NC State University. Joye oversees Discovery's discipleship studies and events, fellowship and connection activities, and congregational communications. She also functions as our church administrator.
Back in 2008, Jennifer's youngest son was a student in Discovery Preschool's inaugural class, and she's been serving and supporting our children's programs ever since. Prior to joining Discovery's staff, she chaired our Children's Ministry Team, taught Sunday morning Bible classes for children, and directed Vacation Bible School for several years. She has worked as a tutor at East Clayton Elementary School and is a frequent volunteer at both of her sons' schools. Prior to discovering her big love for kids, Jennifer was a project manager for an IT company and a marketing manager for an online finance company.
David Turner, Director of Music
David says, "Everyone is different, and people worship in different ways. We may connect with God differently, but creating an atmosphere for everyone to find the place where we can fellowship with God in worship is what drives me to lead. I try to incorporate different kinds of worship music into the service to give everyone the opportunity to express their style of worship to the Lord."