John and Kristin Ragsdale have been married and in ministry together since 1993. They have two wonderful sons, Evan and Davis. After being on pastoral staff in Austin, TX, for 9 years, they moved to Nashville to launch John Ragsdale Ministries – an international itinerant ministry.
In 2010, they felt God leading them to plant a church. After much prayer, extensive research, and many confirmations, it became obvious that God was leading them to plant in Nashville. On May 18, 2010, they met in their home with a few friends and family to explore this new endeavor; and out of this gathering, The Hills Nashville began. The Hills officially launched January 22, 2012.
Connect with them: @johnrags / @kristinragsdale.
Ron Smith has been married to Michelle for almost 30 years. Together they have 3 incredible children, Chase, Cole and Carley. Ron is a sales and marketing consultant and business owner who assists companies develop marketing plans and raise funding. His clients include, or have included, Veggie Tales, Simon & Schuster, Bristol Development and others. His Publishing company has published more than 500 titles since 1999 and his management company manages world class magician Justin Flom and The Hills own, CAIN.
For years Pastors John and Kristin have planned with Ron and Michelle how they could work together and in mid 2019 they found a way. Ron joined the staff as a consultant to oversee Development and Strategic Planning and that role has now evolved into Executive Director. In addition, Ron and Michelle lead Small Groups.
To reach Ron, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Casey is a single foster + adoptive mom, who has dedicated her life to the local church. She has worked in ministry in some aspect since the age of 15, which is when she truly fell in love with Jesus + his people. She was part of launching The Hills in 2012 as a recent college graduate and has served in leadership in nearly every area of our church. After years of church planting + working at a family of start up companies in sports + entertainment, she made the switch to full time ministry in 2015.
In 2016, she became a foster mom to McKenzi and adopted her in 2019. She continues to foster, having more than 18 children in her home over the course of four years.
She currently oversees our Culture + Communications + Outreach, and is in the process of launching a nonprofit to serve children + families involved in foster care.
To contact Casey, email email@example.com.
Jared Johnson serves as The Hills Gatherings + Groups Pastor. He oversees the various Hills Teams that make The Hills' Sunday Gatherings Spirit-filled and life-giving experiences. Jared also oversees Hills Groups, and he has a passion for helping others find enriching community. Along with his wife Madison, Jared became part of The Hills family in May of 2017 and was ordained into ministry in August of 2018. This year, after hearing a call from God, Jared left his career as a mechanical engineer and joined The Hills' pastoral staff.
To contact Jared, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camila serves as the Director of Operations. Camila previously worked as a project manager in supply chain management and while serving the community at her former company, she felt a call to invest in Kingdom work. She loves her home country of Colombia and also loves international travel.
To contact Camila, email email@example.com.
Jordan Hicks serves as the Hills Kids Pastor at The Hills. He and his wife Jennifer became members of The Hills in 2013 and immediately started serving as a part of the Hills Kids team. Jordan became the leader of our children's ministry in 2016, then God moved on him to leave his career as a physical therapist and focus on full time ministry. He completed ministry training with Destiny Leadership Institute, and joined the staff as the Next Generation Pastor in July of 2019.
Jordan and Jennifer have a daughter named Lucy + a son named Joaquin.
To reach Jordan, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoë Morris moved to Nashville in 2014 to study Vocal Performance at Belmont University and to begin her career in Christian Music. She began leading worship at her home church in Connecticut when she was 15, and began writing music around the same time.
Leading worship at camps, retreats, worship nights, and a handful of churches in the Nashville and Connecticut areas over the years, she found her home at The Hills in September 2019. She currently serves as our Worship Coordinator and believes that, no matter what, He is always worthy of our praise and adoration.
To contact Zoe, email email@example.com.
Justin Herrera Serves as our New Venue Construction Liaison. With more than 10 years of construction management experience in both commercial and residential construction, he has been a great asset to our New Venue purchase and construction process.
Justin was born and raised in Southern CA, where he graduated from The University of California, Irvine. Upon graduation, he worked for his father’s general contracting firm where he served as an Operations Manager. In 2017, Justin moved to Nashville for work + followed God’s lead to plant roots here instead of returning to California as he had originally planned. He began attending The Hills and volunteering in many areas with a focus on the new venue. He also recommitted his life to the Lord in July 2018 and was baptized again. Justin also serves as part of our High School Hills Youth team + on the Video Production team.
To contact Justin, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zach serves as our Graphic Designer. He has served in various roles in the Church from Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor, Creative Director and Campus Pastor.
Zach also spent some time working for the Outdoor Channel producing & directing various TV Shows.
Zach is passionate about bringing the art of storytelling into every environment. He is married to his high-school sweetheart, Claire, and together they have 6 children.
Shawn and Beth Smith lead our Middle School Ministry and have been leading this ministry for over 3 years. With a love for children and passion for God, Shawn and Beth lead with love and compassion. They have two children of their own and understand the importance of creating an environment for kids that is encouraging, spirit-led and life-giving.
Professionally, Shawn is a manager in insurance claims, and Beth is the Director of Stores for White’s Mercantile.
Robbie serves as one of The Hills Youth leaders along with the help of his wife DaNaè. They have a passion for leading and walking alongside high school students in their walk with Jesus. It brings so much joy to them seeing the youth find their freedom and identity in a personal relationship with the Lord and building a community that creates disciples.
Robbie and DaNaè have been attending The Hills since 2018 and quickly made it their home serving on the worship team and hosting. They have two amazing children, a son named Emery and daughter named Eisley.
Steve and Courtney Slovenski are proud to serve as leaders of the Hills Youth Group. They walked into the Hills in 2018 and their lives changed forever. Courtney has helped with the youth since day one, and both Steve and Courtney were grateful and overjoyed to join the staff as youth leaders in 2020. They love discipling high schoolers and planning small groups, worship events and retreats for the youth.
Outside of church Steve runs a custom wood furniture company from his garage and Courtney runs a non profit ministry called Seed to Mountain. They take great pleasure in opening their home to the youth for various events and are humbled to lead such incredible high schoolers.
Sam Chappell serves on our oversight board.
With extensive experience during his thirty year career, Sam has advised numerous companies and Christian ministries on their M&A and business development activities in media and entertainment. He currently serves as an advisor for a private equity fund focused on the acquisition of music rights. Sam also operates Chappell Entertainment, a management company focused on nurturing established and unknown talent in music and print media.
Sam also served on the Board of Trustees at Mid America Bible College and on the Board of Directors for Liberty Christian School.
Sam’s great passions revolve around helping others find their destiny. He believes that our destiny creates our legacy, and he is determined to help everyone he encounters build their vision for themselves and their families.
Pastor Phil Brassfield serves on our Oversight board and serves as a pastor to our pastors.
For more than twenty five years, Phil and Cathy Brassfield have served the Lord in various ministry capacities. Phil was called by God at a young age to develop Leaders. And he has been, for many years, a trailblazer and designer of innovative and nontraditional ministry and educational concepts. He has served in almost every position imaginable in the local church, including Senior Pastor, and in a variety of executive positions with three different non-traditional Christian Colleges whose primary focus was equipping leaders in partnership with the local church. As the Lord continued to develop him as a Leader, He eventually brought into clear focus Phil’s life, vision and mission. That vision would prove to be Destiny Ministries.
As a seminar and conference speaker, Phil addresses relevant issues confronting leaders in both the religious and secular arenas. His message of grace, hope, and love, coupled with keen insight into life’s fundamental issues, has offered a light of God’s direction to many on their journey through life.
Dr. Mike Hayes serves on our Oversight Board.
Dr. Mike Hayes is a reconciler. His life and ministry is characterized by connecting people in life-giving relationship with God and each other. He is a uniter – catalyzing racial reconciliation and healing for more than 40 years. As the Founding Pastor of Covenant Church, he pioneered a ministry that exemplifies covenant relationships. Flourishing in diversity, with more than 100 nations represented, Covenant Church has become a leading voice for unity and a model for transcultural, multigenerational, and multiethnic ministry.
Dr. Mike Hayes currently serves as President of Churches In Covenant, a global network of churches and ministries united to bless the nations. In January of 2017, Dr. Hayes launched a new initiative focused on bringing hope and restoration to our nation. The Center for National Renewal, in Washington D.C., is a Christian, interdenominational, non-partisan organization who seeks to catalyze ideas and influencers for the work of national renewal. As a hub of intercession, education, reconciliation and influence, the Center for National Renewal serves to collaborate with local and national leaders to heal the deep divide in our land.
Dr. Mike Hayes along with his wife, Kathy, has embarked on a new journey. Leveraging decades of ministry and a wealth of influence, to see an unprecedented time of refreshing and renewal sweep across our nation and the world.
Tom Lowe is the senior pastor of Christ Church, a vibrant, diverse body of believers committed to serving people, developing leaders and impacting succeeding generations.
We often receive requests for counseling + while no one on The Hills staff is a trained therapist, we have a relationship with a local counselor we recommend. Dr. Rick Underwood is a trusted professional of The Hills & we recommend reaching out to see if he is a good fit for any counseling needs. You can view his website at rucounseling.com.
He offers a discount on the first session for Hills Members + attendees. In order to confirm your eligibility for this discount, email us at email@example.com. You can also contact Rick directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.