Our Staff

Our Pastor - - Steven Odom

Pastor Steven Odom likes to think that though he's not a Tennessean, he got here as soon as he could. Steve and his wife Nelia were married in 1977 and they have two children, Clare and Peter who live in Texas. Born and raised in Florida (BA FSU 1977), he received the M.Div. from Emory University in 1981 and D.Min. at the Graduate Theological Foundation in 1994. He was a Campus Minister at the University of Wisconsin from 1980-82, Associate Pastor at Park Ridge Community Church in Park Ridge, IL from 1982-87, Pastor of Palisades Community Church in Washington, D.C. from 1987-1993, and Pastor of First Christian Church in Terrell, TX from 1993-2007, when he finally made it to Tennessee! Steve is partial to theologians David Bentley Hart, Karl Barth, Robert Jenson, Christopher Seitz and R.R. Reno. When he can take his nose out of a book he likes to garden and drag his dog around the neighborhood (she doesn't like walking as much as he does. More of a "stop and smell the roses" dog. Beagle. Of course). Steve really enjoys Murfreesboro weather and thinks most people here don't appreciate how mild it is, especially compared to Florida, Texas and Chicago! Favorite food? Silly question: bacon, of course!

 Our Minister of Music- Charlene Parkinson

Charlene Parkinson has Music Degrees from University of North Dakota, Minot State University and University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She has served churches in North Dakota, Missouri and Ohio and is the Founder of the Music Ministries at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS.  Charlene is also the Director of the Symphony Chorus of the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra. She is married to Michael Parkinson and they have three children. (On leave till 8/20/17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Church Custodian - Roger Osborne

Roger has been attending Central Christian since 1990, and serving Central Christian since 2009 in custodial and property duties. He also serves as an Elder, served as Youth Group leader, Treasurer, and is currently the Assistant Treasurer. Originally from Berea, KY, he moved in 1989 to complete his undergraduate degree in Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). After 15 years in the music industry he returned to graduate school in 2009 earning a Masters in Business Education and his teachers license for grades 7-12 in Business Education, Technology, endorsed in Marketing, and highly qualified in Economics. He is currently an adjunct teacher with Daymar Institute and will teach computer programming in Nashville at Stratford STEM Magnet high school. He is married to Gretchen and has two sons.

 

 

 

 

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