Rev. Dr. Jason Wilkerson has served as a licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church since 2017. “Brother Jason” was appointed to Greenbrier United Methodist Church in July of 2020. Prior to serving as the lead pastor of Greenbrier UMC, he served as the Associate Pastor of Springfield First United Methodist for three years.
He is a native of Springfield Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee and is a 1999 graduate of the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis where he earned his Doctor of Optometry degree. He has worked as an optometrist in Springfield since that time. Currently he is a part-time student at Asbury Theological Seminary where he is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree.
Brother Jason makes his home in Coopertown Tennessee and is married to his highschool sweetheart, Jenny. They have three amazing children: Jack, Kate, and Abby. They are also the proud parents of two cats named Ace and Dahlia.
Brother Jason enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Rev. Rita Hays is an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church. Prior to serving at Greenbrier as Associate Pastor, she served United Methodist churches in the Kentucky conference (Christ and State Street, Bowling, Green) and in the Tennessee Conference (Christ, Franklin; Connell Memorial, Goodlettsville and Matthews Memorial, Madison). She also serves as a chaplain at Skyline Hospital in Madison. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Mercer University (Macon, Ga.), her Master of Religious Education at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, Ky.) and her Doctor of Ministry at Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Louisville, Ky.).
Rev. Rita has authored several books and curriculum pieces for United Methodist Publishing House, Upper Room and Discipleship Ministries. She continues to write devotional and curriculum pieces.
She is married to Bill Hays and they have two adult sons, Allen and Ben, one grandson, William and two furry children – Ginger (dog) and Mercer (cat). She enjoys collecting Department 56 lighted buildings and accessories and is an avid Atlanta Braves baseball fan. She has also been known to attend a few Rod Stewart concerts (lost count)!
At Greenbrier she centers on pastoral outreach and congregational care.
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