A refugee has fled persecution.  They have survived wars, trauma, deprivation.  Lived in the uncertainty of refugee camps.  Resettled by the US government, they have been given a chance for a better life. 

But obstacles remain. 

Jobs have to be found.  English must be learned.  A new culture navigated. New foods.  New schools.  Different ways of thinking about time and relationships.  

Nations Ministry Center is committed to helping refugees rebuild their lives.

Audra Bridendolph, Middle School Success
Mary Dimngaihlian, Job Coach
Emma Fleet, Assistant Director of Youth Success
Chris Lovingood, Executive Director
Brianna Persinger, Middle School Success
Bikranth Pradhan, Front Porch (Elders) Coordinator
Sandy Maxwell, Office Manager
Abby Mosby, Director of Youth Success
Dan Naes, Job Coach
Viateur Sibomana, Job Coach
Shee Yah, Job Coach Rutherford


Lisa Beasley(Board Chair)
Davis Chaffin
Kelly Christie
Katie Crumbo (Secretary)
Susan Griffin
Mike Koban
Fran Linley
Sandy Maxwell (Treasurer)
Dr. Brent Pennington
Steve Roche
Melissa Shirey
Melissa Hill Threatt



Through immigration services to help refugees maintain legal status and services for refugee elders, Nations Ministry helps families overcome those obstacles that might prevent them from becoming genuinely self-sufficient.


Our youth literacy program NATIONS ACADEMY and summer reading program THE BIG READ help refugee children learn to read better. We also connect families to successful schools.  More info.


You help refugees find jobs.  We coach clients through the process, and help them find better jobs as they gain skills.

Nations Ministry Center is incorporated in the State of Tennessee and is a non-profit organization under IRS section 501(c)3.  We are also a validated ministry of the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  All services are completely nonsectarian in nature.  Our work is a partnership of many individual donors, churches of various denominations, generous foundations, and the Tennessee Office for Refugees.  All gifts are tax deductible.  Visit our profile at Givingmatters.com.