Meet Our Pastoral Team

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Abbey Labrecque, Lead Student Pastor

Abbey Labrecque (she/they) attends Vanderbilt Divinity School, where they are a second year Master of Divinity student pursuing the Spirituality and Social Activism concentration. In academia and ministry, Abbey is called to explore and nurture the ways in which they can live into their faith, whiteness, sexuality, and gender identities in integrating and justice seeking ways. They understand that uniting all of who they are is crucial to their serious and energetic commitment to exist within and collaboratively cultivate community. When Abbey is not attempting to integrate all of themselves, they enjoy walking in the woods, watching college soccer, and communing with others in the presence of yummy food.

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Rebecca Griffin, Associate Student Pastor

Becca Griffin is originally from Mobile, AL.  Her undergraduate degree was in worship leadership (church music and theology) and she is currently a candidate for an MDiv at Vanderbilt Divinity School where she is focusing on religion and art in contemporary culture.  She is interested in the intersections of religion, art, and psychology, art, and neuroscience.  She writes poetry that developed as a coping mechanism for anxiety and a desire for inner and outer reconciliation–her seemingly-endless project is called Ode to We and can be found at  She does stand-up comedy, enjoys rock climbing, appreciates pop culture divas (like Barbra Streisand, Amy Winehouse, Celine Dion, and Mariah Carey), loves dancing, values roller skating, admires Mary Oliver, and goes to the movies.


Diane Tugel, Supervising Pastor

Diane is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ.  She is Certified as a Clinical Educator with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education and she is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.  She holds a Doctorate of Ministry degree and has served in the parish, hospital, and hospice settings.  Diane is married with two adult children. She and her family moved to the Nashville area in January of 2017 to begin her work with the Nashville/St. Thomas CPE Partnership.  Besides her family and work, Diane enjoys boating, reading, golfing, and being in the outdoors.

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