Ministry TEAM


Jeff Palk

Lead Minister

Jeff is the lead minister and primary communicator on Sundays at New Garden Church. Although he was born in Brazil, you can tell by his accent, he's definitely a Tennessee boy. He grew up in a ministry family and never left. He and his wife have two kids, a boy and a girl, and an old english sheepdog named Albus. In his down-time, Jeff enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, and putting things together from IKEA.

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Mike Petty

Worship Minister

Mike's goal is to help create an atmosphere that invites our body of believers together to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Michael is originally from upstate New York and moved to Nashville 12 years ago to pursue music ministries. He has toured all over the world with several artists as a drummer and keyboard player in Christian and Country music. Michael has been a passionate worship leader for 15 years and it is his strongest desire to see people draw closer to God through worship. Furthermore, He is a songwriter who enjoys playing music, reading, writing, traveling and all sorts of outdoor activities.  

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Briana Froud

NG Kids Minister

Briana's desire is to help families lead their children into a growing relationship with Jesus. Having three children of her own, she is well acquainted to the ups and downs of raising kids. When she's not busy organizing an irresistible kid's program, she enjoys reading, thinking about math, and being outside.

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Michael Clinger

NG Student Minister

Michael's primary role is with our 7th-12th grade students by providing teaching, oversight, and care for the incredible volunteer team and families that are a part of our community. Michael gradated from Lipscomb with an emphasis in Youth Ministry. He is a Nashville native and in his spare time, he enjoys reading, watching movies, and going on hikes with friends. 

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Shepherds are responsible for the spiritual oversight of the church, teaching and shepherding its people, and modeling for them the Christian life. 

  • Andy Borchers
  • Marlin Lindsay
  • Mike Brian
  • Paul Hardy