Kathy Tack has been Lead Pastor of Generations of Grace in Lebanon since 2013 - and was instrumental in planting the church.
The church, which officially opened its doors at 1633 West Main Street in September 2014, started as a small band of believers who wanted to reach others with the message of Christ.
"We decided to begin a new church in Lebanon because of the welcoming community, available space and because in the 2010 census, over half of the people in Wilson County stated they had no faith affiliation. New church plants are a great way to reach new people for Christ because they are not as intimidating as more established churches and can be easier to get involved in," she explained. "Our goal was to have a different kind of church that was welcoming to all ages."
Tack knows that it is rare to find a female church planter, but noted they have followed God's lead, every step of the way.
"I have been blessed with good mentors, a supportive husband and children and partners in ministry who have made our plant a success," she said.
Tack, who grew up in Brentwood, did not become a Christian until her 30s.
"Before then, I knew about God, but I didn't really know God, and I certainly didn't live my life for Him," she said.
However, once she asked Jesus to be her savior, Tack said her life was completely changed.
She was called into full-time ministry and ordained in 2009.
"The most rewarding part of being a pastor is sharing in the love of our church family and watching people grow. I have been amazed at some of the life challenges that members of our church have overcome, all while growing closer to God," Tack said. "It is fulfilling to me to watch others find their place in the world, reaching out to our community and being a light."
Tack has resided in Wilson County for the past 22 years. Not only is it a great place to plant a church, but to raise a family.
Tack has been married to husband, Allen, for 29 years. They met while attending Middle Tennessee State University.
They are adjusting to life as "empty nesters" with their daughter, Kelsey, living in Cookeville, and their son, Ryan, attending Liberty University in Virginia.
In her spare time, Tack enjoys reading, spending time at the beach and hanging out with her husband.
A year ago, the church opened the Faith Store as part of their ministry. The non-profit, fair trade store impacts the lives people from the United States and 27 other countries as they provide a marketplace for products, helping them find a way out of poverty, addiction and more.
"We love telling the stories of our products and artisans to our customers and community groups," Tack said. "It is an honor for us to support organizations and individuals who are working tirelessly to help people have a better way of life with hope and a future."
Women who inspire Tack are Deborah, in the Bible, and pastors Debbie Salters, Donna Rothenberger and Jeannette Flynn.
"Each of them is different, but their ministries reflect their love for God and His purpose in their lives and churches," she said. "As a female in ministry, it can be easy to look at the obstacles, but each of these women have taught me to look instead for the opportunities and make the most of them. Their faithfulness to serve others and their boldness to lead well inspires me to do the same."
Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.