Woodland Staff

In this chapter of Woodland’s life together, our church is engaged in an innovative partnership called the East Nashville Training Hub. Our team consists of both East Nashville Training Hub Partners and Woodland Staff. The Training Hub, made up of mostly young adults, carries much of the day-to-day responsibilities for the church, including preaching and worship planning, service and fellowship events, and children’s ministry.  We are grateful for the energy, creativity, and engaging wisdom of this team!

Meredith Cox

Lead Training Hub Partner for Woodland

Meredith Cox is a Nashville transplant from Georgia, by way of Princeton Theological Seminary. They are an ordained minister in the PC(USA) and are passionate about sharing God’s welcome for all! Meredith currently serves as a chaplain with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, offering compassionate, spiritual companionship for LGBTQIA+ folks seeking medical care. 

Mark DeVries

Lead Training Hub Partner

Mark served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee for 28 years .

He is the founder of Ministry Architects and Justice Industries and the co-founder of the Center for Youth Ministry Training and Ministry Incubators.  Mark is the author of 12 books, including recently released Reimagining Young Adult Ministry.  Mark and his wife Susan live in Nashville and have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Anne Havard

Training Hub Partner for Community Engagement

A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Anne studied religion and psychology and took classes at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Anne is a total nerd and spends most of her free-time reading, hanging out with her dog, playing trivia with friends, and traveling to Montreat, NC to hike, rest, and sit on her mom’s peaceful porch.

Joryán Hernández

Seminary Resident

Joryán is a high school cross country coach and second year M.Div student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, where he is concentrating in Chaplaincy and earning a certificate in Latin American Studies.  He earned a B.A. in Religion from the University of Florida and loves Gator football.  Born and raised in Cuba, he aspires to provide care to Latinx communities in various ministries.  If you ever want to go for a run or go hiking, definitely reach out to Joryán!

Paige Huggins

Training Hub Partner for Children’s Ministry

Paige Huggins is a student at Belmont University and is studying Christian Theology and Psychology. She is on the Student Advisory Board for Belmont’s Theology department, loves reading and investing in friends, and also works at The Well Coffee House. Born and raised in Waco Tx, Paige moved to Nashville in 2017.

Ashlan Jackson

Training Hub Partner for Guest and Member Followup

Originally from Aiken, South Carolina, Ashlan attended Furman University and graduated with a degree in Health Sciences. She is passionate about global health and the eradication of disease. Ashlan also loves corgis and key lime pie.

Ana Maria Luna-Gutierrez

Training Hub Partner

Ana Maria Luna-Gutierrez is a Nashville native and has been with Eastminster Presbyterian Church since adolescence. She has a Bachelors in Child Development with a focus in Psychology and also been an accredited student at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She has been in the childcare field the past 8 years and has recently taken a career change, focusing on her art! She’s hoping to provide care and change into her community in the name of God with fé, intencion, y alma (faith, intention, and soul.)

Cory Martin

Onsite Project Manager

Cory Martin seeps empathy from every fiber of his being. He is quiet, pensive and loves to think deeply. 

Being from Texas he grew up rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks. Since moving to in Nashville in 2008 he has added the Nashville Predators to the teams he cheers for. 

He loves horror movies and is obsessed with the director Wes Craven. 

Andrea Marulanda-Gutierrez

Onsite Project Manager

Andrea was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. She grew up in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church tradition, where she developed a passion for theology and felt called to ministry. Andrea received an M.Div at Wake Forest University, and she recently earned a Master’s in Theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Andrea hopes to serve vulnerable communities, especially the Latinx community in Nashville, as she discerns her call for ministry and begins the ordination process in the PCUSA Church. During her free time Andrea enjoys reading, singing, gaming, baking, and going on hikes.

Scott Sauers

Lead Training Hub Partner for Eastminster

A recent transplant from his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland Scott has been a music ministry leader for the greater part of a  decade. With a B.S. degree of Music and a history of leadership and participation in the life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Scott looks to work with churches integrating change and building up new programs!

He currently works for the The Escape Game as a Guest Experience Coordinator and lives locally here in Nashville. Never failing to greet you with a joke and a warm hello, Scott is ready (at the drop of a hat) for good conversations over coffee and a good board game. 

Jo Schornikow

*Music Director

Jo is a pianist, choir director, music teacher & church organist with over 15 years experience. Born in Melbourne, she moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue music.

She attended the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002, and since has been the recipient of numerous awards and has worked alongside some of the music industry’s biggest names.

She was the principal organist & choir director at Strathmore Uniting Church (2000 – 2008) and Flushing Messiah Lutheran Church in New York City (2008 – 2014).  In 2014 she relocated to Nashville, where she has been making music and enjoying her family.

Sara Staats

Training Hub Partner for Digital Communications

Sara recently moved back to the Nashville area after graduating from The University of Tampa. She studied Marketing, along with New Media Production.

Sara currently works at Aroluxe Marketing in Brentwood as a Social Media Strategist and handles all things digital for Woodland. Don’t be alarmed if you see her taking pictures of you during service. It’s for the Woodland Facebook and Instagram pages!

Adrian White

Seminary Resident

Adrian White is a writer, Texan, and second year M.Div student at Vanderbilt Divinity School. They grew up in the PC(USA) and feel called to the work of bringing to life the church’s growing commitments to the inclusion and thriving of all children of God! They are proud to serve on the board of More Light Presbyterians.

When not working and studying, Adrian enjoys playing board games with their spouse Wynn and taking long walks with their dog Bex.

*Woodland staff member.