Watson Grove Church Hires Executive Pastor

Dray Bland Announcement

NASHVILLE, TN - Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church, “The Grove” in Nashville, Tennessee has expanded its leadership team by appointing Dr. Dray Bland as their new Executive Pastor. Watson Grove is a Christ-centered, Biblical-based, Spirit-led body of believers that serves as fertile ground for the growth of God’s people in South Nashville and beyond. In his new role, Dr. Bland will oversee ministry leaders and lead ministry operations at The Grove.

“We are so excited for The Grove! Pastor Faison has been leading the charge in Nashville and surrounding areas and Dray will be in lockstep with him and The Grove to help their ministries thrive at both campuses," shared Eric Albert, Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen who worked alongside The Grove on this search.

Dr. Dray has a wide array of experience that will be beneficial for The Grove. His experience in roles such as Chapline, Senior Pastor, and Executive Minister will help his leadership thrive at The Grove. As a previous Senior Pastor who is gifted in administration and strategy, the Lord is calling him to work alongside Senior Pastor John R. Faison, Sr. in a helping capacity. He is excited to serve the Lord and church faithfully with a focus on truth and relationships.

Dr. Dray Bland and his wife, along with their two kids, Daelyn and Devyn, are excited for this new move to Watson Grove. Watson Grove is a vibrant, multi-generational congregation that is passionate about God, people, and the Word. They are eager to be a part of this thriving community. We are honored to have worked with Watson Grove on this vital search and are thrilled to see how Dr. Bland excels as the Executive Pastor of Watson Grove Baptist Church.


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