The Idlewild Church family extends a warm welcome to our newest members! If you don't know them yet, please introduce yourself. And as always, when you see someone you don't recognize at church, ask them, "Are you new here? Or just new to me?"
Jim and Carole Epley first visited Idlewild last summer. Their daughter, Hyatt, was married here last August, and while visiting with her during the wedding planning, they realized this was a church where they felt welcome. They are excited to be a part of our church family. Both joined by reaffirmation of faith.
Nate and Lily Mahoney both came to Memphis to attend Rhodes College (Lily in 2006, Nate in 2007) and have been here ever since. After earning a degree in computer science, Lily began work in IT at AutoZone; the following year, Nate graduated with an economics degree and also found a finance job at AutoZone. They were married in 2012 at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, where Lily grew up. They are now expecting their first child – a boy! – in August 2016.
Jimmy Humphreys is private investor—he doesn’t consider himself retired. Growing up as a farmer’s son, he was in a small church that saw itself as struggling to survive. Now, a larger church with more programs appeals to him. He knows that the people who have supported Idlewild over the decades have made a wonderful “gift that keeps on giving” to the community.
Dusty Lemley grew up as a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greensboro, Alabama. After graduating from Auburn University, attending nursing school, and working in Georgia for some time, he relocated to Knoxville. There he met Liz Wilder, a lifelong Idlewilder, while they were working together as nurses. They moved to Memphis in 2009, started attending the church, and were married in 2012. Dusty has worked with both pediatrics and adults, and is currently an emergency room nurse at St. Francis Bartlett.
Emily and Matt Mulqueen met at Wesleyan University in Connecticut then lived in New York City until moving to Memphis in 2010. Emily is Chief Strategy Officer with Revolution Partners. Matt is an attorney with Baker Donelson. They both grew up Catholic and attended Catholic schools. They want their sons, Oskar and Dylan, to feel like they belong in a church community that will help encourage them to be thinkers and good citizens with strong values. They say, “it’s been awesome to see how Idlewild invites critical study without letting go of faith and ritual.”
Mary Edith Walker was brought up Presbyterian in Vicksburg. In 1975, she and her former husband were married here at Idlewild, and they served as deacons until they moving away 10 years later. Mary Edith has lived several places since then. She was an elder at Germantown Presbyterian. While living in St. Louis, she served as Commissioned Lay Pastor at First Presbyterian Kirkwood, Missouri, and attended Eden Theological Seminary. For the past 12 years she has been at First Presbyterian in Oxford, Mississippi. Now she is looking forward to being at Idlewild again, reconnecting with longtime friends and meeting new ones.
Rebecca Hinds is originally from Martin, Tennessee. She moved to Memphis in 2009 to attend the Cecil C. Humphreys’ School of Law at the University of Memphis. After graduating, she decided to remain in Memphis. She completed two judicial clerkships with federal judges, then entered private practice and most recently moved to the Martin, Tate, Morrow and Marston, P.C. law firm in East Memphis. Rebecca has been attending church here since 2011 and felt now, since putting down roots here, was the right time to choose Idlewild as her permanent church home. Her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Jerry Gillis, are also members.
Jenny and Rob Robertson moved to Memphis two years ago from Dallas, Texas. They aren’t strangers to Memphis since having previously lived here for eight years after both graduated from Ole Miss. Jenny is a native of Grapevine, Texas. She is employed with FedEx where she is Director for Global Citizenship. Rob is originally from Oxford, Mississippi, and works in marketing with the Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority. They have two children, Tate, a second grader, and Lily Jane, in JK, both who attend Grace-St. Luke’s.
Barbara Terhune is a lifelong Memphian and formerly a member of Calvary Episcopal. She is a graduate of Lausanne School and Agnes Scott College. Barbara has two adult children, Amelia and Christopher. Prior to her retirement she was a teacher and a self-employed real estate broker. She enjoys bridge, reading, and her four wonderful grandchildren.
Amanda Bostick grew up in Memphis and graduated from Hutchison. That was the first time she entered the doors of Idlewild. After visiting a few different area churches she feels most at home with the family at Idlewild; a place where all are welcomed to worship Christ in a warm environment. She appreciates the kindness and inclusiveness that she has not experienced elsewhere. Her nineteen-month-old daughter Liza loves her Sunday school class and they look forward to serving others and growing in Christ here. Amanda is employed with Acme Brick Company working in outside sales and business development.
Andrew and Sarah Colley relocated to Memphis from Little Rock a couple of years ago. Sarah is an executive at Regional One Health Care where she is passionate about healthcare. She is involved in several volunteer organizations in Memphis and enjoys tennis in her leisure time. Andrew is currently a student pursuing his Masters in teaching through Western Governor’s University changing from a career in Information Technology. He enjoys fly fishing and coaching kid’s sports teams. Alex is a second grader at Grace St. Luke’s and loves playing all sports, singing and video games. Maggie is in JK at Grace-St. Luke’s and loves exploring, creating, soccer and ballet. As a family they love to travel, exploring new places and watching Razorback football. Andrew’s grandparents, Ralph and Roberta Colley were Idlewild members for many years and his dad, Jim, grew up here. He has fond memories of attending with them and savoring the donuts next door.
Janice Goddard recently moved back to Memphis. is the daughter of Lewis Donelson. Janice attended Southwestern (Rhodes) before moving to Knoxville. There she was a member of Graystone Presbyterian Church where she served as both a deacon and elder. While there she was the Director of the Knoxville Montessori School. She has two grown children, Donelson Howell and Mason Howell.
Candace Phillips grew up in Memphis and graduated from Germantown High School. Her parents are members of Germantown Presbyterian. She is also a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and is currently employed with FedEx as a Senior Communications Specialist. She has been visiting Idlewild regularly for a couple of years and is pleased to have found a place where people of differing opinions can worship under one roof. She enjoys running, reading and traveling. She is currently planning trips to France and South Africa.