…as a Congregation

photo of original Collegeside Congregational Church

Original Collegeside Congregational Church Building

Our history as a congregation began in 1928 on the Peabody-Vanderbilt campus in Nashville.  As Collegeside Congregational Church, we presented a liberal witness to God’s Word.  In 1954, we moved to our present location at 700 Bresslyn Road, and changed our name to Brookmeade Congregational Church.  In 1957, we joined the merger of four historic denominations to become part of the United Church of Christ. (The U.C.C. is not related to the independent Churches of Christ.)

rev sharon temple image2Minister: November 2015 – Present. Rev. Sharon M. Temple comes to Brookmeade Congregational United Church of Christ after serving congregations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Louisiana. She earned a BS degree in Medical Technology from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary. She also has specialty training and experience in peer mentoring, personal and business coaching, transition ministry and church growth. Sharon is passionate about helping individuals and groups bridge the gap from where they are to where they want to be. She especially enjoys partnering with congregations to find ever more creative and extravagant ways to share the good news of God’s love.

Photo of Pastor Rick DiekmannImmediate Past Minister:  January 2013 – April 2015.  Pastor Rick Diekmann served as minister from January 2013 until April of this year. He came to us from his most recent position as senior pastor serving First Congregational Church for the last 20 years in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Rick received his Masters in Divinity from Yale University and his Doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.

Photo of Dr. Marvin MorganIntentional Interim Minister:  February 2012 – December 2012. Dr. Marvin Morgan holds a B.A. from Elon University, an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and a D.Min. from Drew University.  He has been trained in interim ministry through the Center for Congregational Health in Winston-Salem, NC. He served UCC congregations from 1970 to 1996 in the cities of Burlington, NC; Brooklyn, NY; and Atlanta, GA. For 15 years thereafter, Marvin worked at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, where he directed the Office of Continuing Education and taught courses in Church Administration, Missiology, and Ministerial Leadership. Most recently, Marvin served as Intentional Interim Minister at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Decatur, GA, and as Minister of Pastoral Care and Counseling at First Congregational UCC in Atlanta. Marvin has also exercised leadership in a variety of capacities throughout the wider United Church of Christ, including a term as Moderator of the 27th General Synod.

Photo of Rev. Linda WhitePast Minister:  Rev. Linda White served as our minister from February 2005 through December 2011. We celebrated her valued and loving ministry in January 2012. She was raised in Pella, Iowa and attended Central College in Pella. She has taught high school history and English in both Iowa and Colorado. Linda moved from Denver to Nashville in 1985. After graduation from Vanderbilt Divinity School, Linda served as associate pastor at The Downtown Presbyterian Church. She has completed certification training as a chaplain, serving as an intern at St. Thomas Hospital.