Senior Pastor Jim Bachmann is a native of Nashville. He graduated from John Overton High School in 1973. Subsequently, he attended and gradauted with honors from Belhaven College in Jackson, MS. He then attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Clinton, MS. He was called to serve as the associate pastor at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church from 1980–1991 before assuming the leadership of a fledgling church plant in his hometown, Covenant Presbyterian Church. After 25 years of fruitful service, Jim accepted the ambitious challenge to lead a new work at Stephens Valley Church. Jim has been married to his high school sweetheart, Kristen, for more than 40 years. They have five grown children and seven grandchildren. Jim loves his family, golf, tennis, and sports in general.
Assistant Pastor Heath Cross joined our staff in July of 2019. He grew up in northeastern Arkansas before moving to Mississippi to attend Mississippi State University (B.S.) and Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson (M.Div.). He has served in various churches in Forest Grove, Preston, and DeKalb, MS, most recently serving as the senior pastor of Edwards Presbyterian Church near Jackson, MS. Heath married his wife, Amber, in 2003 and they have two daughters. He enjoys sports, music, playing the guitar, writing, and reading a wide variety of literature.
Mr. David German serves as assistant pastor and minister of music. He has been a church musician for 40 years. David graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1975, received his B.A. from Olivet College in 1977 and his M.M.E. from Winthrop University in 1991. He has served at Highland Park Baptist in Southfield, MI, Calvary Church and Christ Covenant Presbyterian in Charlotte, NC, Grace Presbyterian in Peoria, IL, and Covenant Presbyterian in Nashville. He began his ministry at Stephens Valley Church in January 2017. He and his wife, Kathleen, have been married for more than 35 years and have four children, three grown and one in college. David is a master carpenter and enjoys cooking.
Scholar-in-residence, David Lawrence, preached for several congregations of the Church of Christ from 1960–1999. Additionally, he served with En-gedi Ministries (a Reformed ministry) from 1999–2001. David has a Ph. D. from the University of Kansas (1984) with an emphasis on Renaissance and Reformation history. He taught at Wichita Collegiate School from 1971–1988 and Lipscomb University from 1986–2011 where he served as professor of history. His classes included Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance-Reformation, Byzantine, and Middle Eastern history as well as European political thought. He and his wife, Alice, have had the opportunity of several lengthy periods of living, stuyding, and teaching in Europe. They married in 1960 and have two sons and three grandchildren. David enjoys playing the piano, model railroading, traveling, and making movies.
Miss Anita Murphy directs our Preschool Ministry. She graduated from Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN with a Bachelor's degree in Church Vocations and an emphasis in Christian Education. Anita has worked with children for almost 17 years and loves every moment! She currently works at McKendree UMC Daycare as a preschool teacher during the week. When she isn't with her precious preschoolers, Anita loves to bake and be with friends and family.
Miss Angie Thomas serves as our administrative assistant. Having attended Moody Bible Institute and Concordia University in Chicago, Angie has worked as the Music Administrator for Moody Radio and the Event Coordinator for the Sacred Music Department at Moody Bible Institute. More recently, she was the Worship Director for First Baptist Church in Geneva, IL and First Baptist Church in Wheaton, IL. Angie was also a professional member of the world-renowned Grant Park Festival Chorus in downtown Chicago for 10 years. She moved to Nashville in September 2016 and now performs with the Nashville Symphony Chorus and in a variety of other venues around the city. Angie enjoys spending time with her sister Abbie, who lives in Green Hills, and playing with her blind dog, Chief.