Meet our leadership
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Derrick Gardner - Lead Pastor
Derrick Gardner, born in Africa to missionary parents, graduated high school in NASCAR country, Kannapolis NC. Attended college in Royston Georgia, and served in the USAF for 8 years, 5 of those in Alaska. Pastored in SC and TN for close to 30 years. And if you think than was enough of a journey, ministry has taken him to Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominque Republic, and did we mention India and many more! He married a South Carolina girl, ‘because they are the best in the world', has a son and daughter, and is blessed to have 4 gorgeous grand-daughters. And how did all this happen? Because he learned early
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“That prayer is not preparation for the battle…prayer is the battle.” - Derrick Gardner
Sam Norfleet - Worship Director
Sam Norfleet was born in San Luis Obispo California, moved east to a small town called Delta Colorado during High School years and there discovered his passion to lead and minister through Worship Music. He attended college at Evangel University and graduated with his Bachelors in Music Technology in 2013. While in school, he led worship for Evangel’s chapels as well as volunteering at local churches, youth groups and special prayer/worship events. His wife Heidi and 2 year-old son Peter, moved to Tennessee to be part of Compassion Germantown in the spring of 2019 and Heidi will be teaching Mathematics at Briarcrest Christian School starting in the fall.
Hobbies: writing, recording and listening to music, cooking, carpentry, building guitar pedals.
"Music is the language of the soul, but pizza is the fuel for the stomach." - Sam Norfleet
Janice Warren - Kids Director
Janice Warren grew up in Pennsylvania in a close knit Mennonite community. She was one of 11 children. She has lived in Maryland, Texas and now Tennessee. Janice is married to Ron. She has three sons, (Jon, Jeff and Chris) three daughter-in-laws, (Tiffany, Kiri and Tanja) and four grandchildren (Joshua, Lucas, Julia and Aiden). While serving on staff at Padre Island Baptist Church and attending Howard Payne University Janice was called to Children’s Ministry. She has been serving in Children’s Ministry for 20+ years. Her favorite thing to do to relax is Spin classes at the Y.
"Kids are the best part of my job!" - Janice Warren
Gwyn Johnson - Student Director
Gwyn Johnson was born in Georgia, but raised in Tennessee. Despite having a degree in law enforcement, Gwyn felt like God had more in store and was leading her in a totally different direction than she ever dreamed. In 2015, she began interning for Compassion Church at the Germantown location and not long after was hired in March of 2016. Hobbies: Georgia Bulldog and Memphis Redbirds fanatic, wanderlust to broken countries that need Jesus.
"Ice Cream is Cheaper than Therapy" - Gwyn Johnson
Tanner Gregory - Executive Pastor/ Connections Director
Tanner Gregory was born in Waverly Tennessee. Through high school and college he discovered his calling to ministry serving on different teams at the Waverly Location of Compassion Church. In 2009 he moved to Dickson Tennessee to assist in launching another church location. For the last 10 years he has been part of the staff of Compassion Dickson. During this time he married his best friend and love of his life Lacey. Together they have had 3 children Dax, Kohen and Luna. During the Summer of 2019 they moved to Germantown Tennessee to be part of the team!