Dr. Shane Stanford

Sr. Pastor, Christ Church
Founder, Christ Academy

Shane Stanford is the Senior Pastor of Christ UMC in Memphis. A former church planter, Shane is the author of over 15 books including the recently published "What the Prayers of Jesus Tell Us About the Heart of God" (Abingdon 2015). Shane's next two books are "If Your Heart is Like My Heart" (co-authored with Dr. Scott Morris), released January 2017 (Leafwood) and "Fantastic Failures", released August 2017 (Abingdon).

He is a graduate of Southern Miss, Duke Divinity School, and Asbury Theological Seminary. Shane is also the co-host of "We Believe in Memphis" and "You Matter". Shane is married to Pokey and they are the parents of three daughters.


Scott Lees

Executive Pastor, Christ Church
Executive Director, Christ Academy

Rev. Scott Lees has served as an ordained minister since 2000.  After graduating from Asbury Seminary in 2003, Scott became the Growing Deep Pastor at The Orchard: a multi-site United Methodist Congregation in Tupelo, MS.  Scott has served at Christ Church in Memphis, Tn for the last 8 years.  Focusing initially on discipleship, Scott transitioned into the role of Executive Pastor 5 years ago.  Working closely with Shane Stanford, the two have created a vision and ministry strategy focused around five values (worship, care, share, grow and serve).  Scott’s passion for developing disciples on mission is a significant reason he is excited about leading Christ Academy.

The loves of Scott’s life are Jesus, his wife Kristen, his two boys Harrison and Graham, and his alma mater The University of Georgia Bulldawgs.


Dr. Corey Latta

Pastor to Young Adults

Dr. Corey Latta serves as Young Adult Pastor at Christ United Methodist Church. Corey teaches and writes on theology, apologetics, and literature. He holds MAs in New Testament studies and English as well as a PhD in Literature. He is the author of four books. His forthcoming book is called C. S. Lewis on Writing (Cascade, fall 2016). He is currently working on a book titled "God Behind the Veil: How the Imagination Argues for the Existence of God," a work about the role of imagination in apologetics to be published 2017. He and his wife Jennifer live in Memphis, where they raise their four children, Justice, London, Emma Jane, and Gus.



Teaching Pastor at The Table

I’m a husband to one. A father to four. A teacher to many. A friend to a few. A pastor to a few more. A writer to readers. A reader to writers. A prophet to some. Occasionally I’m a Russian hit man. And despite my best efforts, I’m a pickpocket to none. My first book, Underdogs and Outsiders, was published in September 2016. I wish I knew how to read, so I could enjoy it with everyone else.


Dr. Jason Vickers

Professor of Theology
Site Coordinator Asbury Seminary

Dr. Jason Vickers is Professor of Theology and the Site Coordinator of Asbury’s campus in Memphis, TN. Prior to coming to Asbury, Dr. Vickers taught theology at United Theological Seminary (United Methodist) in Dayton, OH and Hood Theological Seminary (AME Zion) in Salisbury, NC. Dr. Vickers is an ordained elder in full connection on the Western NC Conference of the United Methodist Church, past president of the Wesleyan Theological Society, and current editor of the Wesleyan Theological Journal.

Dr. Vickers is the author or editor of ten books, including the Cambridge Companion to American Methodism (2013), The Sermons of John Wesley (2013), Minding the Good Ground: A Theology for Church Renewal(2011), the Cambridge Companion to John Wesley (2009), Wesley: A Guide for the Perplexed (2009), and Invocation and Assent: The Making and Remaking of Trinitarian Theology (2008).

An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Vickers enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping. Dr. He resides with his wife, Lacey, and their three children, in Collierville, TN.

Mike Fitzpatrick

Family Matters Ministry
Director of Student Ministry

Mike Fitzpatrick (a.k.a., Fitz) outkicked his coverage when he married Marcy, and he continued his outrageous fortune with the arrival of each of his four kids, Colin, Hanna, Bontu, and Nafi. Fitz has worked in Student Ministries at Christ UMC since the summer of 2013. Before that served in a similar capacity La Croix UMC in Cape Girardeau, MO for ten years. He somehow miraculously earned an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2003, and holds a BA in Radio/TV Production from Kent State University, the third college he spread his money around to. He is originally from Cleveland, OH, and is a lifelong fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes, the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavs, and yes, the Cleveland Browns. Fitz enjoys reading, BBC television shows, and cookies. While he has read many books, he has never written one, but has plans to write a short story and a devotional book sometime in the next year or two.


Rev. dallas pfeiffer

Assistant Pastor of Congregational Care

Rev. Dallas Pfeiffer is a Congregational Care Pastor in charge of Prayer and Spiritual Formation at Christ United Methodist Church Memphis, TN, where he previously served as the Director of Middle School Ministry for more than 6 years. He has a more than two decades of professional ministry, and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Seminary. Dallas is a husband to Tina, a father to Katie and Gavin, a walker of Tucker, and a consumer of good coffee. You can read his blog here.

Milton Craft

Coordinator, Christ Academy

Milton Craft has a proven record of accomplishment of immobilizing volunteers, resources, and funding to do the crucial work of ministry. Currently, he serves as an employee at the Asbury Theological Seminary in Memphis. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Bethel University and is currently working towards a Master of Divinity Degree and Masters in Church Planting from Asbury Theological Seminary. Upon completion of his degree, Milton plans to pursue a PhD. Throughout his 20-year career and ministry as a teacher and leader, he has served in roles as the Director for Building People Building Communities, Inc. and Outreach Minister for both St. Paul Baptist Church (Memphis) and St. James C.M.E. Church (Collierville). He also leads a ministry called Living Water with his wife Synolve. 

Milton and Synolve have been married for 22 years and reside in Collierville, TN. They have two children: Alexzandria, 20, a junior at the University of Memphis, and Evan, 18, a freshman at Darmouth. Milton is an avid Dallas Cowboys and NASCAR fan! He loves listening to classical and gospel music; repurposing furniture; and having lots of laughter and fun with his family.