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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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 Next Steps Minister

Michael works to facilitate groups, connect guests to our church, and oversees our "becoming a partner" process. Michael graduated from Lipscomb with an emphasis in Youth and Family Ministry. He is a Nashville native and in his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his friends over hot chicken, pizza, and chips and salsa.

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Madeline McPherson

NG Student Minister

Madeline works alongside Michael as a Student Minister overseeing and operating the day-in-and-day-out operations of the student ministry.  She graduated from Lipscomb University in 2018, where she studied Theology & Ministry and Music.  In addition to hanging out with students, she loves to sing, be with family and friends, and eat Mexican food.

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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

  • Paul Hardy