About Berry’s Chapel
In 1880, a group of Christians, including the Hamilton, Whitfield, and Dobson families, began to meet in the Perkins School (later called Parman School), a one-room building located at the present day junction of Spencer Creek Road and Hillsboro Pike. The first recorded baptism was Mrs. Fannie Hoskins in 1885.
The congregation soon outgrew the one-room schoolhouse and made plans in 1895 to build a new building on 6/10 acre of land donated by Mr. Berry Hamilton. The building, completed later that year, was built by Samuel Farnsworth with help from many in the congregation. Sarah Whitfield donated timber for the lumber. It was a frame building with hand-made pews and a wood-burning stove. Baptisms were conducted in the nearby Harpeth River until 1956.
In 1956 Berry’s Chapel members and subcontractors renovated the building. Brick veneer was added to the outside and a baptistery was built along with five classrooms, and a vestibule. A continued steady growth brought the need for a larger auditorium and more classrooms. In 1963, an educational building was built on adjoining land donated by Mr. and Mrs. Matt Dobson, Jr. The auditorium was destroyed by fire in January 1964, but the classroom building was spared. Several congregations donated funds to help build the present auditorium, which was completed in September 1965. A multipurpose building was built in 1987 and the preschool moved into new, larger classrooms. In 2008, a new education building was constructed adjoining an upgraded auditorium and basement classroom.
Our worship service begins on Sundays at 9:00 am.
8:00 am Early Bird Adult Bible Classes
9:00 am Worship Service in the Family Life Center
9:00 am Servicio en Español
10:30 am Classes for All Ages
10:00 am & 7:00 pm Bible Study
6-8:00 pm Encounter (Youth Group)
Daryl is new to Berry’s Chapel, having started in January 2018. Originally from Oklahoma, Daryl is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University. He has over 21 years of ministry experience serving first as a Youth Minister in Texas and then as a Preaching Minister for churches in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Daryl met his wife Amy while both were students at Oklahoma Christian. They have two boys, Spencer and Colby.
Daryl loves preaching and teaching and works to be creative in his approach. His goal is to teach ancient truths in modern applications in ways that are meaningful to a broad spectrum of learners. Visual illustrations, interviews, and some audience participation are not uncommon in his lessons.
Preston began working with the youth at Berry’s Chapel in January of 2018. Preston and his wife Shelby both grew up in the middle Tennessee area. Preston graduated from Freed Hardeman University in 2013 with a degree in Youth and Family Ministry. After graduation, Preston worked as a translator for Baja Missions in Ensenada, Mexico. Before arriving at Berry’s Chapel, Preston served as youth/assistant minister at Destin Church of Christ.
Preston has a heart for missions and working with teenagers. His goal is to show teenagers that they have a purpose that is greater than themselves and that God is calling them to use their unique talents to show His glory to the world.
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.
Berry’s Chapel Church of Christ services its members, the local community, and the global community through the service areas of Spiritual Growth, Member Services, Community Outreach, and Administration. Church deacons oversee and assist in the operations of each area.
A journey to become more Christlike for ourselves and those we encounter from the crib until our last breath on this earth. This area includes Worship, Adult Education, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Life Groups.
- Adult Education: Red Berry
- Develop relevant curriculum that promote growth and spiritual development.
- Children’s Education: Matt Spencer
- Work with the Children’s Education Coordinator with curriculum and resource needs.
- Worship: Mark Sullivan II
- Building relationships with God, Christ, Holy Spirit and each other.
- Youth: Mark Sullivan Sr. & Steve Burkes
- Work with the Youth Minister to bridge the gap between the youth and other ministries.
Members Helping Members, providing assistance and resources in times of need and creating events that provide opportunity for building personal and spiritual bonds among our church family. This area includes: ECHO/49’ers, Member Involvement, Care Groups New Members, Transportation, Shut-ins, Hospital Visits, Spanish Ministry, Men’s Ministry, and Women’s Ministry.
- Care Groups, Transportation, & Disaster Relief: Grant Dillard
- First responders to the BC family, community, and nation.
- Disaster Response: Mark Sullivan Sr.
- Show the love of Jesus by meeting the basic needs of people in distress.
- HALO: Steve Little
- Helping Aging Loved Ones / Prepare individuals, families and friends to care for aging loved ones.
- Men’s Ministry: Talley Floyd
- Growth in our brotherly bond through service opportunities that spread the Gospel.
- ECHO & 49’ers: Bob Roland
- ECHO & 49ers / Create a loving community by being an example and support for each other and those outside the group.
- Spanish Ministry: Frank Meza & David Miller
- Relationship building within the Hispanic congregation and community.
To introduce Jesus Christ to the world and demonstrate His love through our actions. Areas include: Local, Domestic, and International Missions; Community Outreach; Hospitality; Benevolence; Disaster Relief; Community Organizations; and Preschool.
- Benevolence: Tommy Wilkins
- Serving the needs and hurts of others.
- Facilities: Todd Lawson
- Maintain an environment of excellence that represents our commitment to God. (Buildings, Grounds, Equipment).
- Facilities Utilization: Matt Spencer
- Promote and assist the use of the BC campus for ministry needs. (FCA, Harpeth Water Shed, Mercy Clinic, Hearing Loss Association, etc.)
- Missions: John Cobb
- Spread the Good News of Jesus in the community and throughout the world. Utilization of champions for each supported work.
- Outreach: Ron Gambill
- 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.
- Hospitality: Mark Sullivan II and Ron Martin
- Create a reputation in community as a friendly family of believers accepting all people regardless of race, religion & economic status.
Through good stewardship and support, empower the Berry’s Chapel family to make and mature disciples. Areas include: Deacon Service Ministry Coordination, Planning and Budgeting; Accounting; Technology; Governance; Legal; Human Resources; Communications; Facility and Vehicle Maintenance; and Campus Safety.
- Finance: Ken Young
- Entrusted and responsible for the stewardship of the contributions and finances.
- Technology: Josh Wilson
- Ensure the technical aspects of worship are done with excellence giving all participants the best environment and tools to enhance worship without distraction.
Our Purpose and Beliefs
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 consists of local congregations of believers who come together to worship God, encourage and equip its members, evangelize the lost and serve those in need. Basically, the purpose of the church is to be Jesus to the world today.
1777 Berry’s Chapel Road
Franklin, TN 37069
Hispanic Ministry: 615-261-1022