MINISTERS & STAFF

Ministerial & Program Staff

Head of Staff

David grew up in Greer, South Carolina and was raised in a Presbyterian family. He earned a BA in Political Science and History at Presbyterian College in 2004 and a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Carolina in 2006 before discerning a call to ministry. He completed a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2010, where he currently serves as President of Columbia’s Alumni Council.

David began his ordained ministry at Madison Presbyterian Church in 2010, serving first as Director of Youth Ministry and then as Associate Pastor before being called as Pastor and Head of Staff in 2013. David officially joined Idlewild in February 2021. 

David believes that the church is called and equipped by God to be a place of transformation, both personal and communal. He shares with Idlewild a pressing sense of God’s call to tirelessly pursue justice and equity in the world. Some of his most impactful ministry has focused on anti-racism work through formational opportunities and community organizing. Through both his preaching and his pastoral care, David encourages people to live into hopeful, Christ-centered lives in the midst of an ever-changing world.

When away from the church, David enjoys golf, hunting, all things college football (especially Clemson), and spending quality time with his friends, his family, and his dog, Sam.


Pastor and Head of Staff 

david@idlewildchurch.org

Associate Pastor 

Anne is currently serving as as Transitional Head of Staff.

Previously, she was Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Evangelism, coordinating the Nurture Ministry Unit working with the Congregational Care, Evangelism and New Member Welcoming Committees.   Working with the Christian Formation Ministry unit, Anne visions, designs and helps to implement and evaluate Baptismal Buddies and Confirmation Ministry. She also serves on the board of the Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina.

As a teacher and pray-er, connector, collaborator and preacher, Anne  is a patient listener who loves dreaming up a good meal and calling people together around a table; as well as delighting in the solitary work of writing, disappearing into a good book or poem. She also enjoys gathering a group of folks to get out in nature and encouraging movement in the beauty of creation, all the while reflecting on God’s good abundance.  

Anne is a marathon runner, avid reader and writer who loves to live life to the fullest. She is married to Jim, who works with The Sterling Group as a Managing Director, and together they parent two young adult children, Betsy, (married to Daniel Eldridge, living in Seattle, WA) and James, living in Starkville, MS; and a college student, Abigail.  

Before moving to Memphis, Anne served as Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Mobile, Alabama. A graduate of Rhodes College and Columbia Theological Seminary, Anne has doctoral course work in instructional design from the University of South Alabama which guides and informs her ministry. Anne has served as an Adjunct at Memphis Theological Seminary and also serves on Presbytery and denominational committees.

Associate Pastor

901-726-4681 ext. 222
anneapple@idlewildchurch.org  

Director of Young Adult Ministry

In addition to serving as Director of Young Adult Ministry, Elizabeth is the UKirk campus minister to the University of Memphis and Rhodes College through the Presbytery. She is overjoyed at the opportunities to lead young adults in the meaning-making, truth-seeking, question-asking, faith-deepening work of ministry.

Elizabeth joined our staff in June 2018. She grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and moved to Memphis in 2009 to attend Rhodes College, graduating in 2013. After a gap year spent volunteering with an NGO in India, working as a restaurant hostess, and interning at University Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa (now Grace Presbyterian Church), Elizabeth attended Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville. While in Nashville, Elizabeth was a member of Second Presbyterian Church and completed her field education internship at Westminster Presbyterian. She earned a master of divinity in May of 2017, and married her husband Tim later that month (May 2017 was very busy!). That August, Elizabeth and Tim moved back to Memphis, where she worked as a chaplain resident at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Outside of work, Elizabeth and Tim are dog-parents to a needy-yet-cuddly Jack Russell terrier named Lucee and a sweet lab-mix named Carla. Elizabeth also enjoys spending time outside walking, running, and biking; reading a good novel; cooking and eating tasty food; hanging out with friends and family; and traveling, whenever possible.

Director of Young Adult Ministry
UKirk Minister, Presbytery of the Mid-South

901-259-4358
edoolin@idlewildchurch.org 

Associate Pastor

Sara Dorrien-Christians is a native “Michigander” and graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Before moving to Memphis in January 2017, she served as pastor to Pine Island Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

A big believer in the Church’s calling to serve the community, Sara has experience in many outreach ministries at all levels of the denomination. She founded and co-moderated a faith-based group working on gun violence prevention, has served on the National Committee of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, and has worked as a General Assembly volunteer and consultant with the PC (USA) Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy. As a seminary student, Sara chaired the seminary’s “Claiming Justice” committee, and she worked as a chaplain at an inner-city Episcopal parish and poverty center.

Sara was immediately compelled by Idlewild’s Outreach Ministry and has served as our Outreach Coordinator since 2017. She is dedicated to outreach because it reflected a commitment to wide diversity of people and the issues that affect them—from the homeless and indigent community to those who live in developing countries to children who are navigating adverse experiences. Idlewild is clearly committed to the welfare of the community in which it resides and to reflecting the way of Christ in the world.

In her free time, Sara helps to edit a gymnastics website and has traveled across the U.S. and abroad to cover elite competitions. She also enjoys writing, running, and watching HGTV.

In January 2019, Sara and her husband, Will Christians (pastor of Shady Grove Presbyterian Church in Memphis) welcomed Nicholas John William Christians to the world. They are also parents to a crazy, lovely dog, Dietrich.

Associate Pastor
901-726-4681 ext. 235
sdorrien@idlewildchurch.org

Director of Children’s Ministry

Marjorie Reynolds leads our many children’s programs, from nursery through 5th grade. Conveying God’s love and nurturing children as full participants in the church, she works with the Children’s Ministry committee to develop curriculum, service projects and fun events, and encourages our younger members to take part in worship services.

Marjorie is an elder at Germantown Presbyterian, where she has been very involved in children’s and youth ministry for a decade. She has a background in sales and operations and extensive experience in professional and volunteer project management. She has three children who are in middle school (Kate and Rees) and high school (Chancellor).


Director of Children’s Ministry

901-259-4354
mreynolds@idlewildchurch.org

Director of Youth Ministry 

Jeanene Mutchler joined the congregation January 2021 as Youth Ministry Director.  Originally from Memphis, she has spent the last 5 years splitting her time between Dubai, UAE and Bangkok Thailand.  She previously served as the Director of Spiritual Formation and Storytelling at Creative Life Foundation- a faith informed NGO that addresses issues of poverty and human trafficking in Bangkok and Northern Thailand.  Prior to that, she was the Minister to youth and families at Metro Baptist Church in New York, Ny.  

Jeanene loves conversations and work around the intersection of faith and justice and exploring how the Church is called to be the hands and feet of Christ in our society.  She thinks youth have a unique perspective and calling to speak to people of faith in this cultural moment. 

Her husband, Will, a pilot for Kalitta Air, and children Noel and Liam, endure and occasional delight in her culinary experiments. They do not have a dog yet, but are gradually becoming convinced by their son,  Liam, that a pooch must soon be added to their family. She loves a good book, a good walk, a good netflix, a good meal, and good friends. 

 

Director of Youth Ministry
901-259-4343
jeanene@idlewildchurch.org

Theologian in Residence

Nurture Ministry

Director of Nurture Ministry

Jacob grew up in Olive Branch, Mississippi, and attended the University of Memphis. He joined our staff in the fall of 2015 upon graduation. Growing up, he watched his dad run an inner-city basketball league and fell in love with the lifestyle. He has wanted to work in sports ever since. He has coached soccer for multiple high schools in the area since his own high school graduation. Jacob also loves playing in church basketball and softball leagues in the greater Memphis area. Jacob loves working for Idlewild, and when you ask him how he is doing, he will always tell you that he is living the dream.

Jacob met his wife Amy in college and was married in 2017. They welcomed their baby girl Addison to the world in 2020 and have a fun-loving dog named Sky. They love watching the occasional crime TV show on Netflix and spending time with family and friends.

 

Director of Nurture Ministry
901-259-4350
jpierce@idlewildchurch.org

Coordinator of Nurture Unit
sgross@idlewildchurch.org 
901-259-4349

Music Ministry

Director of Music Ministry

Barry joined the Idlewild staff in October 2013. He has served churches in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Denver, Oklahoma City, and Elkhart, Indiana. Music in worship has always been his greatest love as he grew up singing in children’s choirs and playing piano and organ as a child in his home church.

His formal education was in Oklahoma but he continues to study every summer at various academies in the United States and Europe.

Barry honors and loves the treasure of music that the church holds. Through centuries and throughout the world music has given life to the prayer of Christ’s body. To cultivate and to enter into the life of this treasure of sacred music is a joyous ministry and a calling to Barry.

“To work and serve at Idlewild Church is a blessing because Idlewild is a church with a long history of nurturing worship through music. The resources here are great: the distinctive French classical-style pipe organ; the splendid carillon; the fine choir; and the engaging congregation as well as the many who engage and support our work together here. It is a joy.” –Barry Oliver

BARRY OLIVER
Director of Music Ministry
901-259-4342
boliver@idlewildchurch.org 

DONIA WADE
Clerical Assistant
dwade@idlewildchurch.org

DAVID CAUDILL 
Carillonneur 
901-726-4681

PEGGY McCLURE
Assistant Carillonneur

DAVID SCHNELL 
Handbell Choir Director
901-392-1629 
dhschnell@idlewildchurch.org

Administrative & Support

JENNI BROOKS
Transitional Director of Operations and Communications
901-259-4341 
jbrooks@idlewildchurch.org

MIMI MCDUGLE
Office Assistant
901-259-4340
mmcdugle@idlewildchurch.org

MARSHA ENLOW
Pastoral Assistant
901-259-4348 
menlow@idlewildchurch.org

BRENDA HARRIS
Administrative Assistant for Education and Outreach Ministries
901-259-4355 
brenda@idlewildchurch.org

ZOE WHELAN
Communications Coordinator
901-270-3080
zwhelan@idlewildchurch.org

BRIGID UNDERWOOD
Finance Administrator
901-259-4353
bunderwood@idlewildchurch.org

AMANDA KOHR
Accounts Receivable & Stewardship Coordinator
901-259-4352
akohr@idlewildchurch.org

KRIS ACKLEN
Sound Technician
krisacklen@gmail.com

VERNA YARBROUGH
Custodial Director
901-726-4681

KEITH CARTER
Transitional Maintenance and Facility Supervisor
901-259-4356 
kcarter@idlewildchurch.org

JESSE YARBROUGH
Maintenance Technician
901-259-4356
jesse@idlewildchurch.org

BERTHA “MAE MAE” SIMMONS
Food Services Assistant
901-259-4351

DANNY THOMAS
Food Services Assistant
901-259-4351

STANLEY WILKES
Custodian
901-726-4681

RICKY HORTON
Custodian
901-726-468122