Senior Pastor Jim Bachmann is a native of Nashville. He graduated from John Overton High School in 1973. Subsequently he attended and graduated with honors from Belhaven College in Jackson, Ms. and then Reformed Theological Seminary in Clinton, Ms. He was called to serve as the associate pastor at the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church from 1980-1991 before assuming the leadership of a fledgling church plant in his hometown, Covenant Presbyterian. After 25 years of fruitful service Jim accepted the ambitious challenge to lead this new work. Jim has been married to his high school sweetheart, Kristen, for 38 years. They have five grown children and seven grandchildren. Jim loves his family, his dog, golf, tennis, and sports in general.
David German serves as assistant pastor and minister of music. He has been a church musician for 40 years. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1975, received his BA from Olivet College in 1977 and his MME from Winthrop University in 1991. He has served at Highland Park Baptist in Southfield MI, Calvary Church and Christ Covenant Presbyterian in Charlotte NC, Grace Presbyterian in Peoria IL, and then moved to Nashville as Director of Music Ministries at Covenant Presbyterian in 2012. David began his ministry at Stephens Valley Church in January of 2017. David and his wife, Kathleen have been married for 35 years and have four children, two grown, one in college and one in high school. David is a master carpenter and also enjoys cooking.
Assistant Pastor Arch Warren graduated from Abilene Christian University. He served as a minister in various Churches of Christ until entering the business world. Over a period of thirty years his experiences included pharmaceutical sales and management, management consulting, market research, and fast-food executive. His family moved from New York to Chattanooga in 1971 and were introduced to Reformed theology by friends and acquaintances. Their lives were radically changed. His wife’s first question to visitors in their home was, “What is your world-and-life view?” Arch was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America in 1987. He served as pastor of Sweetwater Valley Presbyterian Church near Athens, Tennessee for three years and Zion Presbyterian Church in Columbia until his retirement in 2010. Arch and his beloved wife Joyce had 7 children and were married 63 years, 9 months and 5 days until her death February 8, 2016. Arch enjoys telling tall tales and reading – in that order!
Assistant Pastor David Lawrence preached for several congregations of the Church of Christ from 1960-1999. Additionally he served with En-gedi Ministries (a Reformed ministry) from 1999-2001. David has a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas (1984) with an emphasis on Renaissance and Reformation history. He taught at Wichita Collegiate School from 1971-1988 and Lipscomb University here in Nashville, 1986-2011 where he served as professor of history. His classes included Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance-Reformation, Byzantine, and Middle Eastern history as well as European political thought. He and his wife Alice have had the opportunity of several lengthy periods living, studying, and teaching in Europe. They married in 1960 and have two sons and three grandchildren. David enjoys playing the piano, model railroading, travelling, and making movies.
Angie Thomas serves as our administrative assistant. Having attended Moody Bible Institute and Concordia University in Chicago, Angie has worked as the Music Administrator for Moody Radio and the Event Coordinator for the Sacred Music Department at the Moody Bible Institute. More recently, she was the Worship Director for First Baptist Church in Geneva, IL and First Baptist Church in Wheaton, IL. Angie was also a professional member of the world-renowned Grant Park Festival Chorus in downtown Chicago. She moved to Nashville in September 2016 and now performs with the Nashville Symphony Chorus and in a variety of venues around the city. Angie enjoys spending time with her sister Abbie, who lives in Green Hills, and playing with her blind dog, Chief.