In 2006 Mike Harder felt God’s calling to plant Green Hills Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He and his close friend, Brad Dunlap, began to pray about moving to Nashville from Memphis to plant a new work near Vanderbilt University and the Green Hills area. In May 2007 Mike and Brad and their families moved to Nashville to begin the work.
A Firm Foundation
Mike and Brad led this early movement as co-pastors, dividing up the roles of leadership between them. They first began meeting as a Sunday night Bible Study at the Frothy Monkey Coffee Shop in 12South in August 2007.
On Feb. 10, 2008 the church officially launched with Sunday morning services at John Overton High School. During that time God grew a strong foundation of committed leaders and members who believed God was developing something special at Green Hills.
Season of Growth
In the fall of 2009 the church moved to Cabana restaurant in Hillsboro Village. The owner graciously welcomed the young church with open arms. The church grew quickly at Cabana, reaching a large number of college students and young professionals. In 2011 Brad Dunlap moved back to Memphis to plant Mercy Hill Church with the support of Green Hills Church. Mike Harder became lead pastor of the young church.
By 2012 the church had outgrown Cabana and was looking for a new place to meet. There was a lot of uncertainty facing the church because of limited resources and the high cost of rent in the area. In a mighty act of providence, God answered the church’s prayers in an unexpected way. On July 22, 2012, Calvary Baptist Church, located two miles away from Cabana, prayerfully gave their building to Green Hills Church. Over the next year Green Hills Church renovated their new building at 101 Bowling Avenue and held their first service at their new home July 21, 2013.
Following in Faith
As Green Hills looks to the future, we are tremendously excited for what God will do both in and through us. Because of God’s great faithfulness, we have confidence that He will lead us to make a difference in Nashville and the world. The best is yet to come!