Sam Parnell

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Sam Parnell

House Church and Discipleship Pastor


Sam provides leadership and resources for our house church leaders and grow class teachers to better equip them in their efforts to disciple our church family. He and his wife, Kristina, along with their four children (Eli, Kate, Luke, and Ike), worship at our Marathon campus. Sam also serves on the Respond Team, at Prayer Gathering, and with Ethos Kids.

Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Sam has been in Nashville since his freshman year at Lipscomb in 1999. He met Kristina there while she was serving on the freshman orientation team when his brother, James, was enrolling. Sam says of Kristina,

“ She caught my eye as she served my brother upon his arrival to campus. To this day, I love her heart for making others feel welcomed and cared for.”

Sam loves hiking, fishing, and attending live sporting events...Go Vols! Go Titans! Go Preds! 


Favorite Travel Destination:

Knoxville, Tennessee; Charleston, South Carolina; and Ensenada, Mexico

Favorite Things to Eat:

I love going out for a good meal: Gabby's, Baja Burrito, DeSano's, Hattie B's!

Favorite Music:

Worship music, Christmas carols, and the Pride of the Southland Marching Band

Favorite Books:

The Good and Beautiful God, In the Name of Jesus, The Divine Conspiracy, Upmost for His Highest, Celebration of Discipline