Rev. Kristin Clark-Banks- Pastor
Kristin at ForestHillsUMC.org
Kristin loves connecting with people and helping them along in their spiritual journeys with God. Before coming on as Senior Pastor at Forest Hills UMC, Kristin served as Associate Pastor at Belle Meade UMC and as minister of Children and Families at Christ UMC in Franklin. A native Nashvillian, Kristin grew up in the Old Hickory area. She graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University and earned her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Her love for the Church is revealed in her passion for sharing the gift of God’s presence with those around her.
Kristin is occasionally known for laughing at her own jokes before telling the punchline. She enjoys reading, traveling, experiencing and cooking delicious food, strives to run with her running group as much as possible, and belts out Broadway tunes at the drop of a hat--Alexander Hamilton and Wicked are always on the tip of her tongue. She especially loves spending time with her husband, Brady, and her wild and woolly son, Thaddeus.
Biff Fink- Director of Music Ministries
Biff at ForestHillsUMC.org
Believing that music is central to Christian faith and practice, Biff understands congregational song to be the heartbeat of worship. He leads our Choir, Handbell Ensemble and special musicians to fulfill their mission of encouraging congregational singing and engagement with the Scriptures and liturgies of our common worship.
Biff graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont and holds advanced degrees from University of Michigan School of Music and Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts. He and his wife Mary are blessed with three children and two grandchildren.
Stephanie Wesley- Children's Ministry Coordinator / Communications
Stephanie at ForestHillsUMC.org / Communications at ForestHillsUMC.org
Stephanie joined our church in June 2017 as our Children's Ministry Coordinator. Her heart for children and passion for spreading God's word lead her to pursue Children's Ministry. Since joining the team at Forest Hills, she also picked up the Communications position and works with the congregation to spread the good word about Jesus and Forest Hills UMC.
Raised in Auburn, Alabama, she grew up attending Auburn UMC and has served as Sunday School assistant, teacher, nursery caregiver, and Children's Choir Director throughout her time there. Stephanie is currently finishing her degree in Sociology through Troy University's online program. She has family and loved ones all over Alabama and Tennessee, and is happy to be here in Nashville with her dog, Sophie, and her cat, Tugger. When she is not with kiddos, you can find her singing to the radio, cuddling with her sweet animals, learning to cook a new recipe, or going to see the latest movie.
Gina Burns- Day School Director
DaySchool at ForestHillsUMC.org
ext. 15 or 615-373-1728
We are happy to welcome Gina Burns as our new Day School Director! Gina joined the Day School as Pre-K teacher in 2012 and took on the additional roll of Curriculum Coordinator in 2015. Gina feels it is the ultimate honor and privilege to be the director of our Day School that encompasses infants to Pre-K. She is excited to share her passion to provide a ministry in the academic, physical, spiritual, emotional and social development of each child within a Christian environment.
Gina was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. She moved to Brentwood in 2004 with her husband of now 26 years and 3 daughters. She loves her family time, traveling and has a green thumb. Gina is a people person and truly believes there are no strangers in her life- just friends she hasn’t met yet.
Gloria Toler - Financial Administrator
Gloria at ForestHillsUMC.org
Gloria has been a numbers person since she received her CPA license many years ago in Texas. Although born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, she can technically claim to be a native Texan since she lived there almost 20 years and both of her sons were born there. She graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a BS in Business Administration and also had the opporunity to live in Canada for a time. She enjoys reading, traveling, attending music festivals and shows, and occasionally playing the piano.
Gloria also enjoys volunteering with the Women's National Book Association, and has been a volunteer in some capacity since joining in 2005. She has served on the national board as treasurer and newsletter editor, and also with the Nashville Chapter as webmaster and newsletter editor.