Meet our staff

Karen Hess, Jim Cornfoot, Lucy Waechter Webb, & Mitchel Griffin

 

Rev. Lucy A. waechter webb, pastor

Lucy was born and raised in Midland, Michigan and is a cradle Presbyterian. Her youth pastor, a native Memphian, introduced her to Rhodes College where she studied Psychology and Music. She earned her Master of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Since then she has lived out her call to ministry in a variety of contexts. At Span, Inc., a community organization in Boston, she served people coming home from prison. She volunteer farmed across the country with an organization called World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. She then served as Associate Pastor at Summit on 16th UMC in Columbus, Ohio. 

She is passionate about how the Church can live into a new identity in this century and is especially dedicated to connecting young people to that call. Creating ministries of justice, participating in community development, and tending to the ecological world that sustains us are part of her call.

Lucy is a proud Michigander, partner to her best friend, Daniel, and mother to Gillian and Jude, and her pup, Arlee. She loves to run, strike yoga poses, grow lettuce, sew dresses, knit hats, sing, dance (when too many people aren’t watching), eat fancy cheese and cook all things from scratch. (There was a significant French Macaron baking phase once.) The mountains and lakes feed her soul just as the snowdrift and silence of the woods bring her nearer to the Divine. She hopes to one day raise chickens (and maybe pigs), and would love to learn how to fluently speak another language.

Reach her at Lucy@evergreenmemphis.org.


Mitchel Griffin, mission Developer

Mitchel Griffin was born and raised in the Mid-South area. He serves as the Mission Developer for Evergreen Presbyterian Church. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology from Hendrix College, in Conway, AR, and a Master of Education in Instructional Practice from Lipscomb University, in Nashville, TN. Before joining Evergreen, Mitchel taught in traditional public and public charter schools in Nashville and Memphis, TN. He worked with students with disabilities and gifted/talented students. He is a proud alum of the Teach for America – Memphis program.

Mitchel has been community organizing with 9-0-ONE (Organizing Network for Equity) here in Memphis since 2016 to bring about a more equitable education system. He has been trained in both community organizing and grassroots political campaigning through Leadership for Educational Equity and the Gamaliel National Network. In 2015, Mitchel was awarded from Hendrix College’s Department of Sociology/Anthropology the Juanita D. Sandford Social Justice Award for using sociological and/or anthropological knowledge to bring about a more just society.

Mitchel is passionated about community organizing, developing relationships, social movements, and coffee.

Reach him at Mitchel@evergreenmemphis.org.


jim cornfoot, Director of Music

Mr. Cornfoot is a sought out pianist, vocalist, and conductor throughout Memphis and the Mid-South area who passionately believes in the value of music and the fine arts in education. He serves as the Director of Music Ministries for Evergreen Presbyterian Church, where he directs the Evergreen Church Choir and provides music for Sunday morning services and special services. Mr. Cornfoot recently received an appointment to the faculty of the Collegiate School of Memphis, where he will direct the concert choir and offer courses in music theory, music history, and piano performance. The Collegiate School of Memphis seeks to give urban youth in Memphis an elite, private school education to prepare them for college success. Mr. Cornfoot also boasts a private studio talented pianists and vocalists of all ages. Mr. Cornfoot previously held a position on the faculty of music at Rhodes College, where he taught courses in music literature and history and directed the Rhodes Women’s Chorus and Rhodes Chamber Singers.

Mr. Cornfoot received the Bachelor of Arts in music from Rhodes College, where he studied voice with Dr. Diane Clark and Dr. Sean Cooper, piano with Dr. Tom Bryant, and conducting with Dr. Tim Sharp. He received the Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied conducting with Dr. Carole Ott and Dr. Wellborn Young, and voice with Dr. Nancy Walker. 

Reach him at Jim@evergreenmemphis.org.


karen hess, nursery Attendant

Karen graduated from Rhodes College in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Science. She now works as a Garden Educator for Big Green, a non-profit that builds gardens and provides environmental programming for students in over 100 Memphis schools. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, singing in choirs, and spending time with her partner, Collin, and her hound dog, Ollie. Karen is excited to get to know the children in the nursery as well as the rest of the Evergreen Presbyterian community!