Special Announcement from Scott Sauls

Dear Christ Presbyterian Church Family,

I’m writing with a special announcement regarding a new and elevated role that Pastor David Filson will assume on our Old Hickory Blvd Campus. It is rare to announce a “pastoral transition” that involves the pastor staying and continuing to serve his current Church community, but that is precisely what this is.

Dr. David Filson, Pastor of Theology and Discipleship

Dr. David Filson, Pastor of Theology and Discipleship

Recently, Christ Presbyterian Academy Head of School, Nate Morrow, reached out to Church leadership to ask our blessing to pursue David for an elevated role that would serve both Church and Academy—a position which David has prayerfully decided to accept. In this elevated role, David will comprehensively oversee and develop the spiritual climate and discipleship path for Christ Presbyterian Academy—including equipping all Bible teachers, shaping chapel services, writing a K-12 Bible curriculum, and instilling in the entire CPA community the core beliefs, ministry philosophy, and missional vision of Christ Presbyterian Church as expressed in CPC101. As an educational ministry of our Church, Nate sees in David the most highly qualified person to help CPA achieve this important goal. In Nate’s own words: 

(David’s) blend of theological acumen, pastoral approachability, and credibility is exactly what we need to move ahead as a pioneer in the realm of Christian education.
– Head of School, Nate Morrow

While we must relieve David of several responsibilities at the Church (especially administrative and other time-consuming duties that can be assumed by others), I’m very pleased to say that we are also able to continue enjoying David’s leadership in the areas of ministry where he is especially passionate and remarkably gifted. These include Sunday CORE class teaching, regular liturgy leading, and serving in the preaching rotation for all three Christ Presbyterian worship locations. David will also continue leading his Wednesday Men’s Bible study, teaching an NIFW Gotham cohort, serving on the Church’s pastoral team, and remaining active as a member of Nashville Presbytery. 

Beyond any doubt, David is one of Nashville’s most gifted theologians and Churchmen. Even more important than this, he oozes the gospel from every pore. As we sometimes say, David is one who would “bleed Scripture” if someone were to poke him with a fork. Thanks be to God that Christ Presbyterian Church and Academy will benefit from David as Pastor of Theology and Discipleship.

Please join me in thanking God for David, Diane, Luke, and Lydia Filson—and in praying for a smooth transition for their family to this new, elevated role on our campus.

Grace and peace,

Scott Sauls, Senior Pastor

P.S. If you are so inclined, drop David an email this week (dfilson@christpres.org) and offer him encouragement and thanks for his faithful service among us. And, as David would himself say, “hug his neck” the next time you see him at church.