Alan Bancroft, Pastor

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. 

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Joye Douthart, Director of Community Life

Joye loves helping people of all ages connect with Christ, God's Word, and the family of believers. She's a native North Carolinian and a graduate of Meredith College and NC State University. Joye produces all of our communications, oversees member and community engagement, coordinates alignment among our various ministry teams, and generally serves as the hub of all things Discovery. 

Jennifer Harrell, Director of Preschool and Children's Ministries

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. 

Photo Credit: dimnikolov

David Turner, Director of Music

David leads our Praise Band and organizes our music. He 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." 

Other Key Folks on Our Team

Harry Beshgetoorian, Treasurer
Amy Stiltner, Bookkeeper
Tom Westfall, Parish Associate
Our Session: Subomi Atika, Rich Borelli, Tom McConahay, Lee Radford, Margie Riedel, Josh Thompson