History

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

Jesus

John 17:20-21

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2000

During Billy Graham’s Nashville “Another Music City Miracle,” pastors and ministers from across Middle Tennessee came together to serve our neighbors. As a century was born, pastors and ministry leaders across racial, ethnic, socio-economic, geographic, and denominational divisions came together, inspired to live out the prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, that the Church would be one (John 17:20-21). Celebrating the things we have in common, respecting our unique differences, and seeking to move forward united.

2001

Church Leaders involved in the 2000 Billy Graham “Another Music City Miracle” formalized their commitment to unity and service for our city by founding the Operation Andrew Group.

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2002

“The Gathering,” hosted by Operation Andrew Group on the first Sunday in 2002, brought over 8,000 people together by removing cultural barriers among churches to share our city’s resources.

2003

Operation Andrew Group’s diverse Board of Trustees worked to bring unity to the growing Middle Tennessee area. Nashville believers came together in a large “eclectic worship service” at Bridgestone Arena to hear national voices and to worship together.

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2003-2010

Operation Andrew Group continues to celebrate and convene pastors and their spouses, hosting the Honor Banquet, as well as facilitating pastors groups.

2011

Knowing that public schools touch every neighborhood, demographic, and community throughout Nashville, Operation Andrew Group launches United4Hope (U4H). For more on how U4H continues to create church partnerships, facilitates volunteers, and supports schools, click here.

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2012

Continuing to be inspired by John 17:21, UnitedNPrayer launches. Its mission: to bring churches, pastors, and congregants together in unity to pray for our city, for the Church, and for initiatives that love our neighbors well. UnitedNPrayer ended in 2020 with thousands having gathered across ecumenical boundaries to pray for our city and our neighbors.

2015

Inspired by the power of intentional mentoring, Operation Andrew Group launched the Oak Project. Oak Project continues to facilitate intentional, holistic mentoring relationships for young professionals. More information can be found here.

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2016

Continuing to bring pastors together in unity, LINC (Leaders In Nashville Connecting) launches. LINC allows leaders to be in relationship with other faith leaders, network, and collaborate with one another.

2020

In response to the unique needs of the COVID-19 pandemic, Operation Andrew Group launched Live Out Love, a day of service that brought churches from all over Middle TN together to be united in service to our neighbors in tangible ways.

2021

LINC reconvenes as a five-month cohort, bringing pastors together for intentional retreat, relationship, and civic engagement conversations and to learn from leaders all over the city.

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2023

February: Operation Andrew Group, in partnership with the Charis Foundation and Barna Group, generated the State of Nashville, a demographically representative study of Nashville residents. This comprehensive study can be found here.

August: United4Hope continues to serve MNPS with over 100 churches partnering with local schools and expands to the Franklin Special School District.

September: United4Pastors launches, bringing our pastor initiatives under one banner. For more information on United4Pastors, click here.

FUTURE

Operation Andrew Group continues to live out Jesus’ prayer in John 17:21, prayerfully considering future initiatives, as we seek to unite the Body of Christ. We invite you to join us as we partner with local churches to love God and our neighbors through United4Hope, United4Pastors, and Oak Project.

Board of Directors

Kevin Hawley

Board Chair

Melissa Roe

Vice Chair

Tammy Brewer

Secretary

Joe Hutts

Treasurer

Linda Leathers

President, ex officio

Mark Barrett

Carlina Bell Rollins

Sandy Bledsoe

Howard Gentry

Tam Gordon

Brenda Haywood

Stan Knott

Davis Mello

Michael Pratt

Wes Turner

Richard Williams

Leadership Team

Linda Leathers

Linda Leathers

President

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Adam Buzard

Director of United4Pastors

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Chris Kinney

Director of Oak Project

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Laura Varela

Director of United4Hope

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Stan Weber

Director of Donor Care

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Meredith Ball

United4Hope Program Manager

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Marian Campos

United4Hope Program Manager

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Ginger Gaines

Special Projects

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John Knorr

Office Administrator

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Jenny Runyon

United4Hope Program Manager

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“I was in the room twenty years ago when the discussions were taking place about the need to establish the Operation Andrew Group to continue the impactful efforts of the Billy Graham crusade in Nashville and the surrounding region. The passion of the founders was birthed out of the proven success that local congregations may come together and accomplish God-sized tasks for the Kingdom.”

Linda Leathers

President, 2020 - Current

CAREERS

United4Hope Program Manager

The Program Manager will primarily focus on providing critical support to Operation Andrew Group’s education initiative, United4Hope. United4Hope connects churches to public schools to see our students thrive and our communities transformed.

Apply here: Program Manager - Nashville-Davidson, TN - Indeed.com

 

Oak Project Program Manager

Operation Andrew Group’s mission is to unite the body of Christ as we partner with the local church to love God and our neighbors. The purpose of this role is to be a leader of high integrity, passionate about equipping young professionals of Jesus followers to grow to reach their full potential by participating in a mentorship cohort for one year. Mentees can know Jesus better and be equipped to love and lead Middle Tennessee in a way that honors God and brings His kingdom to earth in a way the promotes the benefit of all people.

Apply here: Mentoring Program Manager - Nashville, TN 37212 - Indeed.com

 

Building partnerships between churches and Metro Nashville Public Schools and the Franklin Special School District.

Working to equip, support, and connect Pastors in order to live out their calling.

Vocational mentoring that invests in the next generation of leaders.