NEW MEMBERS

 

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?"

August 2017


Sophie Jones & Chad Cunningham

Sophie grew up here and attended Hutchison. She earned a degree in fashion/textile design from the University of Alabama then moved to NYC, where she worked on Women’s Runway for Ralph Lauren for five years until deciding to move back to Memphis. Her fiancé, Chad Cunningham, has been an Idlewild member  for quite; after attending services with him here, she knew this would be the perfect place for here to continue to grow closer to the Lord! Sophie and Chad are to be married here on September 23—which they are very excited about! 

 


John & Tess Huwe
 

Jon and Tess met in undergraduate school at Ole Miss and were married this past December. Tess, who is originally from Potts Camp, Miss., recently finished her master’s degree in speech language pathology from the University of Memphis and now works for Shelby County Schools. Jon is from Corinth, Miss., and is in his final year of pharmacy school through Ole Miss. Jon and Tess are both excited to have found a new church home that shows the love of Christ through community involvement — and cannot wait to get to know their new Idlewild family!

 


Pete & Tracey Sanders
 

Pete and Tracey Sanders come to Idlewild from Fourth Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Caroline, where they lived for the past 10 years. Prior to that they lived in South Florida, Connecticut and Virginia, and both served on committees and as officers in their PC(USA) churches along the way. Pete’s career is in education; his move to MUS is what caused their westward migration. Tracey is a “recovering techie” who enjoys helping to improve small-company websites. Their daughter, Hope, recent graduated from university in London and is now studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan.


July 2017


August & Brandon Walker (Mara Layne) 

 


Brian & Alisha Boone (Scarlett)  
Brian is a Memphis native who grew up playing basketball and participating in the youth groups at Idlewild. He is a graduate of Rhodes College and is currently the CFO of Sommerset Apartment Management. Alisha grew up in California and graduated from MTSU. She is the Senior HR consultant for UT Health Sciences Center. They are parents to one-year-old, Scarlett, who will be baptized here in August.  

 


Chris Parker & Katherine Martin  
Katherine grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She earned her under graduate degree from Alabama and her graduate degree from Auburn, then moved to Memphis from Charleston, South Carolina about a year ago. She currently works in marketing with Looney Ricks Kiss Architects. Chris grew up in Fairhope, Alabama and received his bachelor's of architecture from Auburn. He is a designer/associate with John Harrison Jones Architect.

 


Shannon & Michael Hall
 
As a child Shannon attended Idlewild with her grandparents, Bill and Ruth Moore. She and Mike have been married for 32 years and live in Olive Branch. He works for General Mills and she is a supervisor with Desoto County Schools. They have three children, Amber, 19, who is in college at Mississippi State, Aaron, 24, a Germantown police officer, and Andrew, 27, whose son they enjoy spoiling.

 


John Tower  
John is the son of Steve Tower and has sung with the Idlewild Choir on a regular basis. He grew up in Memphis, graduated from White Station and attended Western Kentucky University. He has taught English as a second language in Korea and volunteers as a teacher at Vision Tree Language School, a part of the Korean Church of Memphis. John is currently coaching AAU track (middle distance) and preparing 10 athletes to run in the Junior Olympics in August. He also owns and operates the Pawsome Pet Concierge.


June 2017


Daniel and Anna Hamilton (Alma June)
Anna grew up in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee and Daniel is from Nashville. She is a lawyer with the public defenders office and he is also an attorney with the Hamilton Law Firm. They are parents to eight-month-old Alma June.


May 2017


Angela Ladner (Max)

Angela grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and has a master’s in accounting from Mississippi State University. She moved to Memphis in 2006 and has been a senior project manager with FedEx for six and a half years. She has a three-year-old son, Max. In her free time, Angela enjoys running or new workout challenge, having completed a full marathon and several half marathons. She loves to travel and has been fortunate to see most of the world traveling to every continent, except Antarctica, and 17 countries through business and personal travel.
 


Deborah Coleman 

Deborah, previously a member of First Baptist Church, found Idlewild after attending a special worship service. She is employed with Terry Reagor Realtors where she handles rental property and rents affordable vans.

 


Elliot & Ashley Davis (Reese)

Elliot and Ashley both grew up in Oxford, Miss., where Ashley was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. They began dating in high school. Ashley graduated from Ole Miss with a master's in tax accounting. Now she is the internal audit manager at Lucite International. Elliot graduated from Nashville Auto Diesel College and works as a diesel mechanic for MHC Ford. They have been married for 10 years and have a three-month-old daughter, Reese.
 


Julie Sparkman 

Julie grew up in Holly Springs, attended Mississippi State University, and has lived in Memphis for the last 10 years, and loves all things MSU. She is currently is accountant with Pfizer. Her family, parents, grandmother, sister and brother-in-law and their 3 boys all live in Olive Branch, so she tries to spend as much free time with them as possible. She is particularly interested in volunteer activities withing the church.
 


Laurel Dolan

Laurel moved to Memphis in January from California, where she was a member of the Laguna Presbyterian Church. A native of,Southern California, she received her under graduate degree from the University of Santa Barbara and her graduate degree from UCLA School of Public Health. She was employed as a quality improvement nurse with United Healthcare for the last 20 years. Currently she is awaiting her Tennessee RN license, then which she will seek employment in Memphis. Having been an active member of the PC(USA) for the last 40 years, she found Idlewild appealing because of the outstanding preaching and because there are three ordained women on staff. She is enjoying the Lectio Divina Sunday School class and has found connections in the Lenten Lectionary groups. Laurel has an adult son, Daniel Aaron Dolan.


Meghan & Ben Clark (Sloane & Mae)

Meghan and Ben recently moved back to Memphis from Charlotte, N.C., where they were members of Covenant Presbyterian. Ben grew up in Somerville. Meghan grew up in Germantown. They met as students at Rhodes College. He is employed with Service Master and she is an at-home mom taking care of their girls, Sloane, 3, and, Mae, who is 18 months. They are enjoying a rediscovery of Memphis after 11 years.  

 


Sally Lester

 

 

April 2017

Boyd & Charlotte Gillespie (Helen, Lily, Philip)

The Gillespie family moved to Memphis from Charleston, South Carolina last August. Boyd is the head of the Ear, Nose and Throat Department at UT Medical School. Charlotte recently finished service to their church in Charleston for APNC. Daughters Lily and Helen are in the 11th and 9th grades at Hutchison, and their son Philip is at MUS. 


John & Ashley Coffer 

Ashley is from Collierville and John grew up outside Houston, Texas. After graduating from the University of Tennessee. Ashley moved to Waco, Texas, to began graduate school at Baylor University; while there she met John, who was a recent Baylor graduate. They were married in 2012 and moved to Memphis in 2014 to be closer to Ashley's family. John is employed with First Tennessee Bank as a risk analyst. Ashley is an academic advisor with the University of Memphis. They live in East Memphis with their two dogs, Lady and Tux.

 


Justin Totty and Laura Gullet

Justin moved to Memphis to pursue a career in executive recruiting. He holds a bachelor's of business and an MBA from UT Martin, where he served as school mascot, was a campus ambassador, a social fraternity member, and a supervisor for the University Center. Now that he's in Memphis, he works as a recruiter with Gateway Group Personnel, is a Grizz and Redbirds fan, and enjoys biking and time at the dog park. Laura is originally from Martin, Tenn., and has lived in Memphis for almost four years. The youngest of three sisters, she graduated from UT Martin in 2013 with an accounting degree and from the University of Memphis in 2015 with a master's in accounting. Laura is an accountant with First Horizon National Corporation. She and Justin share in the like of sports and time with their pets.

 


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