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Praise Team

Don Poythress

Worship Leader

Don is a noted songwriter, having songs recorded by Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Sir Cliff Richard, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, and Stephen Curtis Chapman, among many others.

Don recently scored a number one hit on the Country charts with the single “I’m a Little More Country Than That” recorded by Easton Corbin. He has also penned the Dove Award-winning Song “The Promise” as sung by The Martins. It was awarded top recorded song in the Southern Gospel Category. He also wrote the Dove Award nominated song “Lay It Down” by Jaci Velasquez and the London Philharmonic.

Shawn Pody

Assistant Worship Leader

Shawn hails from Ruston, LA. Over his 30+ years in Nashville, Shawn has toured with many artists, including Grammy Award-winning Jerry Reed, and country star, Trace Adkins. Shawn has produced many albums in his studio (such as Front Porch Hymns and Walk in the Light) for himself and for various other artists.

He and wife Kelly have 4 grown, married, children.






Anita Crosby


Anita, originally from Mobile, AL, has opened for acts such as Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Ray Stevens, as well as touring and performing solo concerts.

She is employed at eviCore Healthcare as a Senior IT Business Analyst.

Anita has been a member of the ALC Worship Team for more than 20 years.







Erin Grainger


Erin grew up in Mt Juliet and has attended Abundant Life since 1993. She has sung with the praise team over 20 years. She and her husband, Adam, have served in many capacities over the years at Abundant Life, as youth leaders, mission leaders, and young adult leaders. Adam serves the praise team as the technical engineer over the live internet feed and the screens for worship/ PowerPoint for the sermon. 

Erin and Adam have four sons. Erin works as a nurse as well as homeschools her four children.


Jessica Routzahn


Jessica moved to the Nashville area in 2002, and currently resides in Lebanon, TN.

She has 15 independent cuts across Pop, Rock, Soul, Country, Christian, and Celtic genres; her most recent cut being with Joe Robinson, an international guitar virtuoso. Her song, “I’ll Remind You” was used by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America for their 10th Anniversary and Educational Summit, and Jessica sang it during a Nashville Fundraiser.

Jessica and her husband Seth have two sons, Foster and River.


Kenna West


Kenna is a recording artist, Multi-Dove Award-winning songwriter, and a five-time “Songwriter of the Year.” With over 100 “Song of the Year” nominations and 27 wins to her credit, she has also garnered eight BMI Awards for songs like “Say Amen” and “Even Me.” In 2021, Kenna released her debut project with the Crossroads Label Group, entitled “A Reason for Hope.”

Her singular goal, whether writing songs, teaching or standing on a concert stage, is to “creatively communicate” the Gospel.



Rachel Manning


Rachel grew up singing with her musical family. She began leading worship herself while doing missionary work in Panamá, Central America for 4 years with her family, where God cultivated a true heart of worship in her.

She moved to Nashville in 2019 when she was 18 years old, and fell in love with the Church family at Abundant Life. She also serves alongside her husband, Samuel Manning, Youth Pastor at Abundant Life and enjoys singing with the youth Praise Team as well on Wednesday nights. 

Leah Knotts







Bill Hullett

Lead Guitar

Bill is an A-Team session player, and has played on records by George Jones, Merle Haggard, Vern Gosdin, Tammy Wynette, Hank Williams Jr., Martina McBride, Loretta Lynn, Radney Foster, Marty Robbins, Bobby Vinton, Brenda Lee, Billy Joe Royal…and countless others. He was a staff guitarist on TNN’S “Music City Tonight” TV Show for its entire run of 5 nights a week for 3½ years, playing guitar behind such music icons as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Glenn Campbell, Chet Atkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Reba McIntire, Aaron Neville….way too many to list.



Dr. Graham West


In December of 2021, he was awarded a PhD in Computational Science from Middle Tennesee State University. In addition to science and music, Dr. Graham is passionate about philosophy and theology.

Graham is making his debut with the ALC Worship Team in 2023. He is a youth leader at ALC, as well as a multi-instrumentalist, who plays with the Wednesday night Youth Worship Team.






Debbie Hullett


Debbie is a vocalist and bassist and songwriter. She has opened for, performed with, and/or written songs for such heavyweights as Gene Watson, The Statler Brothers, Bill Monroe, Johnny Rodriguez, Hank Thompson, Sammi Smith, B.J. Thomas, Melba Montgomery, Red Simpson, Jan Howard, Bobby Bare, Freddy Weller, and Brian Collins, among many, many others.

Bill and Debbie have been married since 1970, and worked in the music industry throughout their years of marriage. They have raised three children and find great joy in them and their grandchildren.

Tony Paoletta

Pedal Steel Guitar/Dobro

Tony moved to Nashville thirty plus years ago, to work in Patty Loveless’s touring band. He has also toured with and/or recorded with The Lost Trailers, THe Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, and Travis Tritt.

Tony has been at Abundant Life Church sine the early 90s, and is a great part of the worship band.







Chris Spencer


Chris is a native of Bentonville, AR, and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, with a degree in accounting.

He is married to Dianne, and they enjoy entertaining and travel.

He has been a member of ALC since 2007. Chris serves as a deacon, as well as being part of the ALC Worship Team. 



Donny Howard


Donny was born in San Antonio, Tx, and has been in the Nashville area since about 1980. Donny is married to Nita, with 2 daughters.

Donny toured 15+ years as pianist/vocalist in commercial cover bands, and then with nationally known recording artists, such as Sylvia, Jim Glaser, Helen Cornelius and Reba McEntire. For 20 years, he taught elementary music and band for Robertson County schools, as well as serving as pianist, organist, vocalist, choir director and/or worship leader for the various of churches he attended.

He found ALC through Ricky Skaggs.

Joseph Solorzano


Joseph is originally from Portland, ME. He has been a part of ALC since 2018.

Joseph started playing drums at age 12, and since he was 17, began playing with other musicians at different churches. He says, “since the first time I picked up the sticks, drumming and making music has been a passion of mine.”



Mike Lonas

Percussion, House Sound and Recording

Mike and wife Pam are East Tennessee Hillbillies and moved to middle Tennessee in 1990. Mike is an Air Force veteran and both Mike and Pam have rewarding careers with the Federal Aviation Administration.

They have two sons and a granddaughter.

Mike plays drums and percussion in the worship team. 

Kerry West


Kerry grew up on the road with his mother, the legendary singer Dottie West. After running sound for her and working in studios across Nashville, he now works as Head Sound Tech on tour for Ronnie Milsap.

Kerry has his own studio, West-House, and is married to Kenna Turner West, and they have one son, Graham.