Chattanooga’s First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) announces the installation of Rev. Allison Bright as associate minister to children, youth and families. In a ceremony held last Sunday, Rev. Bright, some of the children under her care, the congregation and church leaders all entered into a covenant of shared service.
“My vision, and greatest hope, for our families is that they learn the faithful stories of our biblical ancestors and can see themselves in the story of God--no matter what shape their family takes,” Rev.
Senior Minister Rev. Brandon Gilvin said growing the church’s commitment to family, youth and children is a priority, and he adds that Rev. Bright is already having an impact. “Allison is theologically astute and well-versed in research on faith formation for children and youth,” Rev. Gilvin said.
Rev. Bright is a graduate of Truman State University in Missouri and recently earned a master of divinity degree from Texas Christian University’s Brite Divinity School.
Rev. Bright calls herself a “Jane-of-all-trades.” “But I think people who know me well would tell you that my greatest gift for ministry is in shaping communities. I'm energized by building groups where each person is highlighted for their best self and unique gifts,” she adds.
Rev. Bright recently moved to Chattanooga from Ft. Worth, Tx., where she was assistant minister at University Christian Church (DoC) and assistant minister at South Hills Christian Church (DoC). She was named a Walker Ministerial Preaching Scholar for excellence in preaching, and last year she studied at the Ecumenical Institute with the World Council of Churches in Bossey, Switzerland.
“She brings an empathetic, non-anxious presence to any situation, which is important when you consider just how chaotic 21st century family life can be. But most important to our congregation, she shares our vision of an open and affirming church that welcomes families of all sorts into a diverse, intergenerational community of love and support,” said Rev. Gilvin.
Dr. Christal Williams (left), regional minister and Tennessee president of
the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) conducts the installation ceremony for Rev.
Allison Bright (seated), surrounded by leaders and children of the church