Pastors & Staff

Jedidiah Coppenger

Lead Pastor

Jedidiah Coppenger absolutely loves the middle Tennessee area, having gone to Moore Elementary, Freedom Middle, and Franklin High. Jedidiah played basketball at North Greenville University, where he became a Christian. Although he grew up in a Christian home, he didn’t become a Christian until he was 20. He remembers very vividly the day that he repented of his sins and trusted Christ. Soon after this, he sensed a call to pastor. He’s served in a number of pastoral roles over the past 13 years, both in the United States and throughout the world. He has a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Seminary and a Ph.D from Southeastern Seminary. He edited and contributed to Retreat or Risk: A Call for a Great Commission Resurgence and Theology and Practice of Mission: God, the Church, and the Nations. He is married to Melanie and they have three kids: Josiah, Susannah, and Judah… Oh, and he LOVES mexican food!

Lemanuel Williams

Director of Discipleship

Manny serves of Director of Discipleship for RCC. He loves connecting people to Jesus, the Church, & Jesus’ mission. Currently, he is a Hunt Scholar at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is finishing his M.Div. When he isn’t working, doing school work, or attending to the needs of the church, he spends his time reading, writing, attempting carpentry, being a music junkie, playing ball (football and basketball), watching NFL (New England Patriots fan) and the NBA (Boston Celtics fan), eating good food (Soul food and Italian are favorites), and enjoying good company and conversation.

Joshua Wester

Director of Ministries

Josh serves as the Director of Ministries for RCC and also as the Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the President at the ERLC. He is pursuing a Th.M. in Public Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh is married to McCaffity, and they have two children.

Channing Gillespie

Interim Director of Worship & Communication

Channing is a native of Tennessee. He holds a B.A. in Christian Ministry from Trevecca Nazarene University, and he has spent a great deal of time leading worship at area churches. Channing loves songwriting and has a deep desire to write songs for the church that exalt Christ and encourage the believer. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Jessica, and they have a daughter, Hadleigh.

Tyler Moffett

Director of Student City and Pastoral Assistant

Tyler serves as the Director of Student City for RCC and as the Pastoral Assistant. He is also a student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is finishing out his M.Div.  Tyler is married to Jen, and they have one daughter, Emery Kay.

Director of Kids City

Lauren Ivanoff

Interim Director of Kids City

Lauren Ivanoff received her Elementary Education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Leadership from Concordia University. She taught for 4 years and has 10 years of experience in various ministry contexts. All that to say, she loves learning and helping others grow in their walk with Christ. Lauren and her husband Nick love living in Franklin and investing in the community.

Ashley Powell

Director of Women's Ministry

Ashley attended Murray State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English Education, and Trevecca Nazarene University, where she received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership.  She taught high school at Brentwood for five years.  She is married to Brandon, and they have Madison (7) and Blake (5).  Since starting a family, Ashley has worked part-time in ministry roles including a locally-based nonprofit, Justice and Mercy International.  She enjoys all things outdoors, as well as kickboxing, reading, and coffee, especially if any of those involve the company of family and friends. Ashley loves connecting women to the Gospel and one another, and is excited to participate in what God is doing at Redemption City in a more strategic way.

Maggie Shelton

Director of Finance

Maggie got her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, her masters of accounting from the University of Southern California, and is a licensed CPA (inactive). She is wife to Brad and mother to Alex, Hensley and Sam and dog June. She is a founding member of Redemption City Church and enjoys exercising, gardening and good music.

Abigail Parker

Administrative Assistant

Abigail grew up in Virginia and comes from a family with 10 siblings. She has a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from James Madison University. Her heart in hospitality is for people to know the love of God in the small and simple acts, no matter who they are or where they come from.

Nathan Velasquez

Director of Hispanic Ministries

Nathan has been a pastor for over 20 years, coming to Franklin after pastoring a Hispanic church in Texas. He formerly served as the president of the Venezuelan Baptist Convention and his family’s work for the Gospel in Venezuela is ongoing. He is married to his wife Karina and they have 2 daughters, Gabriela and Nathaly. He has a degree in Theology from Venezuela Baptist Seminary and has finished his Th.M. in Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.