Staff

  • Jim Olive Minister

    Jim and Beth Olive met at Lipscomb University and married at Jackson Park on August 23, 1968. They have worked with the Jackson Park Church since June 1, 1971. They have one daughter and son-in law, Beth Ann and Jason Stockton and two grandchildren: Hunter and Isabella Stockton. Jim and Beth celebrated their 40th year of service at Jackson Park in 2011. They continue to be very involved in one of their favorite ministries, Room-in-the-Inn and enjoy eating out with their neighbors, the Pickards. 

    Favorite Scripture: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen.” Eph 3:20-21  

    "This is a favorite scripture because it reminds us constantly that we have available to us a power that is greater than anything we could ask or think about. God is present with us and through His Spirit empowers us to be used by Him to His glory."

  • Heath Pickard Minister

    Heath and his wife, LouEllen, married in August of 2010. They have a beautiful baby girl, LouEtta, which has been the main focus of their lives over the past year now. They live right next door to the Olives. Heath grew up in Dickson county but has lived in Nashville for nearly 15 years now, and LouEllen has lived in Nashville all of her life. Heath has served on the ministry team here at Jackson Park since 2005 working, primarily, with young families as well as preaching. He loves to spend time with LouEllen and Etta and also enjoys hunting and fishing.

    Favorite Scripture: "Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4   

    “I like this verse because it speaks specifically to the identity and purpose of the individual that understands why they were created to live life on this earth. When we truly delight in God, our heart’s desires are fulfilled because our needs and wants have become the needs and wants of our Father in heaven.”     

  • Austin Nichols Youth Minister

    Austin has lived in Nashville his entire life. He graduated from Lipscomb University, where he met his fiancee’ Erika, with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Ministry. He will also receive his Master of Divinity in spring of 2017 from Lipscomb.  He has served as the youth minister at Jackson Park since May of 2015 and enjoys coffee, playing with his rowdy nephews, traveling, the Nashville music scene, video games, and is a purple belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (so watch out). 

    Favorite Scripture“For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us." 2 Corinthians 4:6-7

    "This passage reminds me of how God brings light to even the darkest places. God is the God of redemption who is making all things new. 

  • Hope Welch Administrative Assistant

    Hope Welch Administrative Assistant Hope and her husband, Allan, were married in 1985 and currently live in White House, Tennessee. Both Hope and Allan grew up in the Inglewood area. They are blessed to have a family that continues to grow. Lindsay & Kurt Hodges, their oldest daughter and son-in-law, have two children, Cecilia, born in November, 2011, and Patrick, born in September 2014. Brittney, their youngest daughter, and her husband Jared, live and work in Cookeville, TN where they both graduated from Tennessee Tech University. Hope has been the "secretary" at Jackson Park since 1996 and feels extremely blessed to be a part of this family. 

    Favorite Scripture: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5 & 6

    "This is one of my favorite scriptures because so many times I have been directed to these verses when in the midst of making a big decision. When situations don't make sense to me, I can rely on God and not lean on my own understanding, and every time I do this, He is faithful."