Who we areA little about us, our background, and what we believe.
In 2003, a small group of people felt led by God to start a new church in Spring Hill, Tennessee. We held our first worship service in Spring Hill Elementary School and gathered there every Sunday for the next decade. During those years, we launched The Well (our city’s food pantry) and The JetPack Project (an effort to provide weekend food for hungry students), ministries which are still thriving today.
The location of our worship services changed in January 2014, when we moved into our newly-completed building at 1001 Chapman’s Crossing. Our weekday preschool, The Academy at WellSpring, also opened its doors at that time. We launched ‘Trusting the Promise’ in March 2018; it’s an ongoing initiative to build a larger auditorium on our current campus and plant a new campus in Columbia.
That’s WellSpring’s history in a nutshell. The overall story of our church is exciting. But the personal stories within our church are even more amazing and important…stories of marriages rescued, addictions broken, lives changed, and eternities altered.
A lot’s changed at WellSpring over the years. But our mission, “Helping people follow Jesus,” has remained the same. Pretty much everything we do lines up with that stated purpose. We help people follow Jesus by encouraging folks to find family, know God, discover purpose, and make an impact. Our LifeTrack provides a fantastic overview of each step—learn more or sign up here!
People at WellSpring come from all kinds of church backgrounds…and from no church background at all! We may not all agree on everything. In fact, we probably won’t. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t worship together and help people follow Jesus.
We allow a lot of freedom. But we also recognize that there are some core issues on which we all need to agree. Here are four foundational truths that summarize our core beliefs:
Jesus is our Lord and Savior.
God is love.
With the Holy Spirit inside of us, we’ll bring life, grace, and truth to the world.
The Bible is right.
Rob’s a proud graduate of Cincinnati Christian University. He isn’t crazy about hugs from total strangers. But he LOVES his wife Corinne, their dog Odin, his Tacoma, and giving people permission to worship God with reckless abandon.
Care & Missions Minister
Keith hails from the Corncob Pipe Capital of the World, and he’s been married to Shari (his high school sweetheart) since 1983. On staff here since 2011, Keith focuses on pastoral care, missions, and ministry to senior adults.
Barry came to WellSpring in 2017 with over thirty years of ministry experience. As our Executive Minister, he oversees the WellSpring budget, manages our human resources, and generally handles day-to-day operational issues.
Melissa rejoined our team in 2020, having previously served on our ministry staff for almost nine years. Walk into our office and there’s a good chance you’ll hear her laughing! She oversees our Children’s and Student Ministries, and she brings a pipeline of young ministry leaders to WellSpring.
Greg’s passionate about all things music. He works behind the scenes to ensure that the music and tech aspects of our worship services are the best that they possibly can be. Greg and his wife Julie have made WellSpring their church home since 2008.
Kelly has been on staff since 2007, serving as an Administrative Assistant, the Director of Etc., and now our Graphics Coordinator. She, her husband Jon, and their two boys (Isaiah and Noah) recently moved back to Spring Hill from Lake Worth, Florida. Kelly enjoys songwriting and leading worship.
Scott invests in folks who are new to our church, long-time WellSpringers, our communication efforts, and LifeGroup leaders. He and his family have been deeply involved at WellSpring since late 2003, and he thinks Spring Hill may be the greatest city in the world.
Children's Ministry Assistant
Madi’s been a part of WellSpring since 2009, and she brings order to the chaos of children’s ministry. In all of her spare time (sarcasm intended), she’s pursuing a degree in early childhood education.
In addition to keeping Andy in line (no small task!), Amy keeps WellSpring’s financial books in order. She’s a mother to four girls and an accountant!
Andy graduated from Johnson University in 1995 and helped launch WellSpring in 2003. He and his wife Amy have four daughters: Lauren, Emily, Arica, and Kara. Andy loves working outside and is passionate about WellSpring being a place where it’s safe to explore what it means to follow Jesus.
Karen feels equally at home in the office or at her daughter’s cheer competitions. If we need something faxed, phoned, or filed, she makes it happen!
Traci’s been a part of the WellSpring family since May of 2016. She was a homeschooling mom for 25 years (!); you’ll now find her helping our “First Team” greet visitors and pour coffee on Sundays.
Youth Events Coordinator
Roni has an amazing knack for laughing in the face of adversity and insanity. That serves her VERY well during our youth trips and events!
Cam was born in an ambulance on the 5th Street Viaduct in Denver. He loves Mexican food, sports, and Misty (his wife of 25 years). He’s super passionate about helping kids follow Jesus.
Julie keeps our entire office (and staff) from descending into madness. In their spare time, the Shirks operate an open-pasture, pesticide-free farm.
EldersThis team provides spiritual oversight, guidance, and direction for our church.
The McClellans have been a part of WellSpring since October 2003, and Chad joined our elder team in September 2011. He and his wife, Jennifer, currently serve as marriage mentors in our church.
Larry and his wife, Kim, have been a part of WellSpring since 2011; he became an elder in October of 2017. You can find them during the week volunteering around our office. During our Sunday worship services, you’ll often see them helping out our First Team.
The Baynes family has been a part of WellSpring since the summer of 2005. Ed leads a team dedicated to keeping our WellSpring Kids area safe during Sunday worship services; he joined our elder team in October 2017.