MEET OUR STAFF
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. 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 public education in both 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 the Juanita D. Sandford Social Justice Award from Hendrix College’s Department of Sociology/Anthropology for using sociological and/or anthropological knowledge to bring about a more just society.
Mitchel is passionate about community organizing, developing relationships, social movements, and coffee.
Reach him at Mitchel@evergreenmemphis.org.
Jim Cornfoot, Director of Music Ministries
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.
Corey Martin, Director of Children’s Ministries
My name is Corey Martin and I am extremely excited about this opportunity to join the Evergreen family!
I’m from the backwoods of Woodstock, Tennessee and the soulfulness Soulsville is what they call it. I graduated from Millington Central High school in 2013 and I just graduated this past May from Alcorn State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Education & Psychology concentration.
Under the leadership of Rev. James Fifer, I accepted Christ and was baptized at the early age of seven. I can remember my mom and dad purchasing me a karaoke because I would always go home and preach the sermon I heard that Sunday morning. Growing up I was extremely involved in the church. As a matter of fact, it was one Sunday at Youth Day that I realized I wanted to use the gift of singing and entertaining for the rest of my life.
Since then God has used me in more ways than I could’ve ever imagined! I’ve had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall in New York, all over the city of Memphis, and even 22 cities across Europe. I’ve had the opportunity to be in the movies “Get on up”, “Ma”, and “Uncorked.” I’m a living witness that if you stay faithful over a few things, God will make you ruler over many.
My goal every day is to not only inspire someone to be better than they were the day before, but to put a smile on someone’s face each day. My long-term goal is to use arts a vehicle to inspire, nurture, and heal our communities. Again, I am beyond grateful for this opportunity, and look forward to meeting and fellowshipping with my new Evergreen family!
Reach him at email@example.com.
Rev. Beatrix Weil, parish associate
Rev. Beatrix Weil serves as the Chaplain of Rhodes College and the Parish Associate of Evergreen Presbyterian Church. She was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in July 2017. She has served in many different contexts, including a high school, hospital, college campus ministry, and numerous churches of different traditions. She attended Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2017) and the University of Notre Dame (BBA, 2014), but grew up just outside of New York City. Her favorite places in Memphis are Overton Park and Crosstown Concourse. She enjoys swimming and playing Irish sports like hurling and Gaelic football.
Rev. Beatrix Weil leads our Nourish Circle. You can submit your pastoral care request right at www.evergreenmemphis.org/nourish.
Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.