About Berry’s Chapel
Visiting any church, especially a larger one, for the very first time can be a tough experience. Well, we want to put you at ease. Your first visit to Berry’s Chapel will be refreshing, friendly, and enjoyable for your whole family. We want you to experience inspiring music, helpful teaching and preaching, friendly people, and a place where you feel welcome and “at home”! Here are a few answers to your questions and what you might expect on your first visit.
Our main worship services are Sunday mornings at 8:00 am and 10:30 am. Both services are identical with the same Bible message and music program, so choose the one that best fits your schedule.
8:00 am & 10:30 am Morning Worship Services
9:30 am Classes for All Ages
9:30 am Clases Bíblicas por Edades
10:30 am Servicio en Español
6:00 pm Evening Service
Dennis Makins has been a member of Berry’s Chapel since 1991 and a Christian since 1974. Husband, father and grandfather (“Gaddy”) he serves, and has served, in many capacities. Dennis has been a deacon in two previous congregations that saw him and his family move from Michigan to Florida and, finally, home to Franklin, Tennessee. He served as an elder for nine years previously and now brings a unique perspective to the ministerial role. Having been in industry and management for over 30 years he now brings the learned talents together to benefit the church. Dennis is a teacher, a confidant and one you can depend upon. Dennis firmly believes in the Word of God and the truth that is available to all. Be aware that his favorite book of scripture is Colossians.
I grew up in a small farm town called Sheridan, Indiana, where I enjoyed playing sports and being part of small, tight-knit community. When I was 16 years old, I found myself lost and on a path where I felt I had no real purpose and things just seemed meaningless. However, God, in His time, stirred my heart during an “Awakening” retreat in Kokomo, Indiana, and it’s there where my eyes and heart were opened to Christ and His love. I decided to commit my life to Christ at 18 years of age and to follow Him wherever that would lead.
My journey led me all the way to ARKANSAS to Harding University where I found my calling and studied Youth & Family Ministry. While there, I met my amazing wife, Tammi, and we’ve been married for 8 years. We have two fun and crazy boys who love to never sleep in : ) Ethan (5) and Weston (2).
While my path took a different turn after Harding, as I went into sales, I have been able to enjoy different roles with the youth ministry at Berry’s Chapel over the last 7 years. I am grateful for Sam, Sarah Jo, and their kids, for the time and love they poured into the BCYG. As my family begins this new part of our journey with the youth, we are very excited to get to know each of them and their families.
Frank Meza has been the Hispanic Minister at Berry’s Chapel since 2012. He began to serve when he was 18 years old as a youth group minister. He earned a Theology degree from Baxter Institute of Biblical & Cultural Studies. He formed part of a missionary team in Mexico City where served as a one of the ministers.
He is married to Rosa, a native of Tennessee, they have two kids – Kennon David and Karlie Joy.
Children’s Education Coordinator
Kristen is responsible for our Children’s Ministry for ages nursery through 5th grade. Our children are the future of the church and that is Kristen’s driving motivation. Her goal is to provide not only a good Bible education for our kids, but a deep, long-lasting love of God and his Word. Whether in Bible classes, Children’s Worship or one of our children’s events, she strives to keep children engaged and excited to learn more about God.
Kristen was born and raised in Albany, NY, but has lived in Nashville since 2003. She graduated from Harding University with BA in Music and a BA in Psychology. She has worked in Metro Nashville’s school system for the past 5 years. She is married to Mark Sullivan and together they have two twin daughter, Ruthie and Maddie.
Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Develop relevant curriculum that promote growth and spiritual development.
Serving the needs and hurts of others.
Care Groups, Transportation, Disaster Relief
Grant Dillard & David Eagan
1st responders to the BC family, community and nation.
Work with the Children’s Education Coordinator with curriculum and resource needs.
Mark Sullivan, Sr.
Show the love of Jesus by meeting the basic needs of people in distress.
Maintain an environment of excellence that represents our commitment to God. (Buildings, Grounds, Equipment).
Promote and assist the use of the BC campus for ministry needs. (FCA, Harpeth Water Shed, Mercy Clinic, Hearing Loss Association, etc.)
Entrusted and responsible for the stewardship of the contributions and finances.
Helping Aging Loved Ones / Prepare individuals, families and friends to care for aging loved ones.
Frank Meza & Hoby Wood
Relationship building within the Hispanic congregation and community.
Mark Sullivan II & Ron Martin
Create a reputation in community as a friendly family of believers accepting all people regardless of race, religion & economic status.
Dennis Makins & Chuck Ettinger
Pursuit of active participants in Kingdom Growth.
Growth in our brotherly bond through service opportunities that spread the Gospel.
Spread the Good News of Jesus in the community and throughout the world. Utilization of champions for each supported work.
Jail, Assisted Living & Preschool / Bridge the gap of logistics, age, social and ethnic challenges while building relationships with the various leaderships that will promote and enhance outreach successes.
Ensure the technical aspects of worship are done with excellence giving all participants the best environment and tools to enhance worship without distraction.
Mark Sullivan II
18-36 year age group / Focus on efforts to attract/retain the transitional generation post high school including Family Builders.
Building relationships with God, Christ, Holy Spirit and each other.
Young @ Heart
ECHO & 49ers / Create a loving community by being an example and support for each other and those outside the group.
Mark Sullivan, Sr. & Steve Burkes
Work with the Youth Minister to bridge the gap between the youth and other ministries.
About The Bible
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, divinely inspired; that it contains no errors and that it has been preserved by God for us; that it is authoritative for his church and each of us for every age (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16,17). We believe the Bible is the only guide to a relationship with God and, ultimately, our only guide to heaven (John 12:47-50; James 1:21).
We believe that God exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are one God (John 10:30; Hebrews 1:1-3; Matthew 3:16,17; Acts 10:38).
We believe God created the universe by His Power and Word (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 148:5).
We believe that God is all-knowing, all-powerful and ever-present (I Chronicles 29:10-12).
About Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus Christ was sent by God the Father into the world to save sinners (Luke 19:10).
We believe that Jesus Christ was virgin-born, sinless in life, and mighty in words and deeds (Matthew 1:20-25; Hebrews 4:14-16).
We believe Jesus was both God and man, that He was crucified for our sins, and was bodily raised from the dead. He then ascended to His Father’s side where He is head of the church and intercedes for believers. (I Corinthians 15:3,4; Hebrews 7:25).
We believe Jesus Christ is coming again and that, as His children, we will gain the ultimate triumph—victory over sin and death and that He will bring us safely to His heavenly kingdom. (I Corinthians 15:51-57; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Timothy 4:18).
About The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a person, is God, and has all the divine characteristics. He indwells all Christians, baptizes and seals us at the moment of salvation, and enables us to live godly lives. (Acts 2:38; II Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 1:21,22; I Corinthians 6:19; 12:13; Romans 8; Galatians 5:22,23).
We believe that God saves us, not on the basis of what we have done, but according to His mercy and His grace (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-10).
We believe that our response to God’s grace includes; FAITH: trust & obedience; REPENTANCE: turning away from sin and towards God’s will; and BAPTISM: an immersion into Christ and newness of life (Acts 2:37,38; 2 Peter 3:8,9; John 3:1-7; Romans 6:1-4; I Peter 3:18-22).
We believe that it is by God’s power or work that we are given salvation: only He can forgive sins, clothe us with Christ, add us to the church or body, and save us (Acts 22:16; Galatians 3:27; I Corinthians 12:12,13; Mark 16:15,16).
About The Church
We believe the Lord’s church is a local body of baptized believers who come together to worship Jesus Christ, edify the believers, evangelize the lost, and minister to others (Acts).
1777 Berry’s Chapel Road
Franklin, TN 37069
Hispanic Ministry: 615-261-1022