Abundant Life Church (615) 754-7035

About ALC

ALC History

Abundant Life Church began as a Bible Study in a living room here in Mount Juliet. As the group grew in size, a church was formed, and was named the Chapel of Love. In 1988, the current structure was built on Woodridge Place. Along with the change of venue, the name of the church was also changed to Abundant Life Church. Previous pastors of the church included Wilburn Fisher (Founding Pastor), Ray Hughes (1990 -1992), and Rick Duvall (1992-2000). In 2001, Pastor Larry Grainger became the Senior Pastor of ALC, and still serves at ALC in that same capacity.


Abundant Life Church

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    Weekly ALC Meetings

    Sun     9:30am: Church Service
    Mon 10:00am: Women's Bible Study
    Tue    6:30pm: Westphal Home Group
    Wed   6:30pm: Hullett Home Group
    Wed   6:30pm: Pody Home Group
    Wed   7:00pm: Youth Group
    Thu    6:00pm: Phillips Home Y.A. Grp
    Thu    6:30pm: Spencer Home Group
    Sat     8:00am: Men's Bible Study

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    Vision Statement

    Preparing God’s People for the Mission Field of Life: (REAP)

    • Reaching out to the lost and unchurched of our community
    • Equipping and Discipling God’s people to do the work of the ministry
    • Anointed praise and worship that exalts the Lord Jesus Christ and sets captives free
    • Practical demonstrations to one another of God’s love toward us

    What We Believe


    We believe all Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, was given by inspiration of God as the writers were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the very words of God, and that these Scriptures are the only rule of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)

    We believe in the one true God…who has revealed Himself as existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – distinguishable but indivisible. (Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:21-22)

    We believe the human race was originally created by God in His image, until sin entered by disobedience and rebellion and left humanity totally incapable of saving itself. (Romans 5:12, Genesis 1:27)

    We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, very God and very man. (Luke 1:26-35, John 1:1,14,18, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6)

    We believe Christ our Savior died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and appeared to His disciples. (1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Romans 4:25)

    We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, His exaltation as Lord to the right hand of the Father, and His literal, physical return the second time for the Church. (John 14:2-3, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

    We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of Christ upon the cross, by which we obtain the remission of sins through His shed blood. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 9:12-14, Romans 5:11)

    We believe in the resurrection of the dead, eternal judgment, and life everlasting. (John 3:16, 5:24-27, Mark 9:43-48, 2 Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 20:11-15)

    Meet Our Staff

    Larry and Anne Grainger

    Pastor & Pastor's wife

    Larry Grainger is the Senior Pastor at Abundant Life Church. He is married to Anne, and they have four sons and four great daughter-in-laws. They also have fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Originally from Panama City, FL, they have been residents of Middle Tennessee since 1986.

    In 1998, the Grainger family became a part of ALC, with Larry becoming the pastor in March of 2001. Larry and Anne have been involved in ministry since 1973, having been pastor, teacher, associate pastor, and general support for other pastors.

    Rob and Cyndy Shearer


    Rob Shearer is an Elder at ALC. His wife, Cyndy is the Director of the ALC Children’s Ministry. Rob and Cyndy are longtime educators and have been leaders in the home school movement since the 1990s.

    Rob and Cyndy are the Co-Directors of the Francis Schaeffer Study Center, an ALC ministry. FSSC offers a mid-week tutorial for home-schooled students, and a 2-day-a-week Charlotte Mason tutorial for students in grades 1-7.

    They have 12 children and 17 grandchildren.

    Kevin and Karen Brummett


    Kevin is an Elder at ALC. He and his wife, Karen, also teach the capstone Worldview Course for High School Seniors at the Francis Schaeffer Study Center, an ALC ministry. The church’s support of home-schooling families was what brought the Brummetts to ALC in 2000.

    Kevin & Karen both grew up in Mt. Juliet. They have been close friends since Jr. High. They both graduated from Mt. Juliet High School and attended Middle Tennessee State University together. They were married in 1982 and have a son, Christian, who is married to Rowan, and a daughter, Katy, who is married to Dan Jones. Kevin and Karen have eight grandchildren.

    Kevin is a veterinarian, and he and Karen own and operate The ARK, a veterinary clinic just east of Mt. Juliet.

    Don and Aubrey Poythress


    Don Poythress is an Elder, as well as the Director of the ALC Worship Team. Don works as a singer/ songwriter, but says he has found the most joy in leading worship at ALC for almost 30 years.

    Don is from Clinton, MS, and moved to Nashville to attend Belmont College. He is married to Aubrey, and they reside in Mt Juliet. Don and Aubrey have two sons, Oren and Aaron.

    Phil and Clancy Eakes


    Phil Eakes has served as an Elder at ALC since April 2010. Phil became a member of ALC in 2005, and had previously served as an Elder at Victory Fellowship in Nashville, TN. Phil has long been a part of the modern day Movement of the Spirit, and studied at Rhema Bible School for three years in the late 70s.

    Phil is a successful businessman, and has spoken at numerous Christian businessmen meetings and at various churches within the US. He is also a member of Opportunities, Inc., led by Ron Gray, a minister within the CSM organization, taking the Gospel to the nations through business connections. Additionally, he is a recognized minister within the Apostolic Resource Ministries organization.

    Phil and his wife Clancy met on the band field in college, and have been married since 1973. They have been a part of the Mt. Juliet community since 1975. They have three children (Chris, Aaron and Chase), and three grandchildren (Henry, Rylee and Adam). Clancy is a retired special education teacher from the Wilson County School District, as well as a committed mother and avid tennis player.

    Rod McIvor

    Youth Pastor

    Rod MacIvor (he’s the tall one) has been a part of ALC since his mid-teen years. He has recently joined the ALC staff as the youth pastor.

    Rod has been, and continues to be regarded as, a missionary on American soil. He has worked for many years (and continues to do so) with Life Choices, a ministry that goes into schools and brings the story of Rachel Scott, who was killed in the Columbine massacre for her faith. For more information concerning Life Choices, you can click on this web page – http://www.lifechoicespresents.org

    Cheryl White Jones

    Office Administrator

    Cheryl joined the ALC staff in November of 2013. She is married to Billy Paul Jones, a long time member of Abundant Life Church.

    Cheryl and Billy Paul were married in 2006, and she has one daugher, Rachel Leftwich. Cheryl comes to ALC with many years as a church administrator and secretary, having served the church in which she grew up in Hendersonville, TN.

    She is also a member of The Whites, a singing family who have been members of the Grand Ole Opry since 1984 and were 2008 inductees into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. The Whites also have the distinction of being cast members of the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou” as well as Grammy award winning recording artists.

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