I was born on an Air Force base in south Georgia. I spent my elementary years in Gainesville, FL; high school years in Miami, FL. I have a B.A. in Business Administration from Maryville College, Maryville, TN, & a M.Div., MidAmerica Baptist Theological Seminary, Memphis, TN. I have pastored churches in GA, OH, and TN. I led a joint project with the North American Mission Board & the State Convention of Baptist in Ohio. I have taught at Boyce Bible College; Crichton College; Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies; Victory University; & most recently for Union University.
I am looking forward to getting to know you… please feel free to email me by clicking on my name below.
Serving? Leading? Compassion? Yes, it is all of these. Tony Dungy stated, “Leadership is all about serving others. It’s about helping them become better at whatever we are leading them in and helping them ultimately fulfill their potential in whatever setting they find themselves.
    Jesus wants us to become better servants as we lead by example. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28
    There are people around us who need our help and encouragement. Our role is to impact them in a positive way.
    I am very grateful to lead our church in this endeavor and to encourage us to be more like Christ. Contact me via the link below:
Rick & Terra Tatom met in Opelika, Alabama. They married in September 2007. Having joined New Church Memphis in 2009, they are homegrown leaders who since March 2017 have served as our Youth Directors. Click on their name below to send them an email.
The position of Music Minister at
New Church Memphis is currently vacant.
PHIL INMAN is serving as our Interim as we pray about the next one “for such a time as this“.

My name is Crisy Griffin and it is my passion and joy to share the love of Jesus with children! I began my journey in Children’s Ministry in 1996 and continue to serve New Church Memphis and our families as we guide children to know, love and serve God. Our ministry is blessed with a team of trained teachers and volunteers who bring the gospel to life through puppetry, drama, musical worship, crafts, games, and interactive Bible lessons! We strive to capture the interest of the children while teaching core truths of the Bible and applying it to their everyday lives in an age appropriate and nurturing format. In addition to being the director of children’s ministry, I enjoy playing the bass guitar in our praise band, writing VBS materials, coming up with new and “crazy” characters and skits, and organizing our Student Leadership Team in which middle and high school students receive training and experience to become skilled and confident leaders and disciples. Outside of my church family, I am overwhelmingly blessed to have an awesome husband and three daughters. I also serve families in our community as a pediatric physical therapist for children with special needs. It would be my honor and privilege to support your family in raising your children to “Love God, Love People, and Live It” through our gospel-centered ministry.   I encourage you to come meet our amazing Children’s Ministry Team and give us the opportunity to share our love and passion for teaching children with your family!