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Children's Ministry Team



Melanie Brown

Children's Minister


Melanie has a difficult time remembering when she wasn’t involved in children’s ministry. She discovered her love for teaching children by helping in children’s Bible classes when she was a teenager.

Her volunteer role evolved into an official ministry position in 1999, and she joined the Otter Creek staff as Children’s Minister in 2002. Melanie especially enjoys working with music and creative arts to share the Bible in relevant and applicable ways for children, and to develop their hearts for worship.

Her ministry passions are spiritual formation in children, developing lifelong faith, and partnering with parents to nurture active faith by extending Sunday into the rest of the week.

Her great joy is her family. She has been married to her amazing husband, Jay, since 1989, and they have two beautiful daughters, Tori and Abby. A native of Little Rock, AR, Melanie received her degree from Harding University.

Dawn Crisler

Children's Elementary Director


Dawn and her husband, Brad, came to Otter Creek in 2005 with their two daughters, Audra and Carmen. She has volunteered in the Children’s Ministry in several roles and joined the staff in 2013 as the Children's Ministry Assistant.  She now oversees the K-5th grade program and is passionate about creating an effective and loving place for children to discover more about God.

Zac Smith

Upper Elementary Coordinator

Zac joined the Children's Ministry Team, in September 2015, as the Upper Elementary Coordinator. A Nashville native, Zac began attending Otter Creek in 2004. He has always had a heart and passion for serving people. Having served as a volunteer for the Otter Creek Youth Ministry since 2004, Zac has a gift for empowering students to embrace the importance of the life and ministry of Jesus through relationships.


Heather Blankinship

Children's Nursery Coordinator


Heather began working with the Children's Ministry in 2011 as Nursery Coordinator. She is responsible for training and equipping Nursery Volunteers for 6 nurseries on Sunday mornings and 2 nurseries on Wednesday nights. She ensures each nursery provides a safe, clean and loving environment for our littlest members. Heather and her husband Michael met while in the Otter Creek Singles group in 2003, and have twin boys Ben & Drew.

Katie Lipscomb

Special Events Childcare Coordinator


Katie is the Special Events Childcare Coordinator for Otter Creek.  With the many different events that take place, we are in need of qualified and reliable childcare workers to watch over many precious children.  She coordinates the workers and children's activities and assignments for any events held at Otter Creek outside of the Wednesday night and Sunday morning worship times.  Katie and her husband Justin have been members at Otter Creek since 2007 and now have two daughters, Harper and Merritt.

Kathryn Hutcherson

Children's Ministry Assistant


Kathryn Hutcherson is married to Paul, who she’s known since 2nd grade when they met at Highland church of Christ in Memphis. They have attended Otter Creek since 2015. She is mother to two daughters, Emerson and Allie.  Kathryn graduated from Lipscomb University and has previously had a career in marketing. She is a huge Vols fan, an avid reader and loves antiquing.

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