Flatrock is governed by a body of Elders who lead our congregation along with our Deacons and Staff.

J Hager

Lead Pastor

J was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. J and his wife, Natalie, met while serving as volunteer leaders with Young Life on a mission trip to Guatemala in 2003 and were married in 2006. J graduated from Belmont University in 2002 with a B.F.A. in Design Communications. Later, J attended Covenant Seminary and received his M.Div. in 2008 and has been in full-time ministry since, spending seven years at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville serving as the Sr. High Youth and Young Adult’s Pastor. Natalie operates her own interior design business. They are blessed with 3 children, Esther Grace, Lucy Mae, and Henry James.

Ryan Hudson

Ministry Director 

Ryan is a Nashville native who enjoys CrossFit, cycling, running, and pretty much anything active that gets him outdoors. He graduated from Lipscomb University with a B.A. in Spanish and spent the first 5 years of his career in non-profit leadership aiding refugees through World Relief.  More recently he left the healthcare IT space where he managed accounts for a rapidly growing venture-backed firm. He is excited to finally settle into his longterm calling of Gospel ministry as he attends Covenant Theological Seminary and serves on staff at Flatrock! He especially loves serving the church through teaching and discipleship in addition to bringing direction to our various ministries in line with our overarching Mission and Vision.

Ashley Cates

Family and Community Care Director 

Ashley grew up near Nashville and loves cooking, hiking, exploring new cities, and quality time with friends. She graduated from MTSU with a B.S. in Organizational Communication. After a year of ministering to college students in India, she returned to Nashville to serve refugees through World Relief. Then in 2018 Ashley was led to Flatrock, sensing a call to full-time church ministry. The wonderful families that make up our congregation make Flatrock home for Ashley!

Joey Mills 

Music Director 

Joey was raised in Orange County, California. He grew up playing music and began serving as a worship leader and Bible teacher in college. He moved to Chicago in 2010 to study at Moody Bible Institute. There he received a BA in Bible, and met his wife, Sally! Joey and Sally got married in 2017. They lived in Pasadena, California for three years while Joey studied at Fuller Theological Seminary earning a Master’s in Theology. Sally serves on the Bible faculty at Christ Presbyterian Academy here in Nashville. They both enjoy biking and reading, but not at the same time.


Jeff Cantwell

Joshua Davis

Bassem Elsayed

Nathan King

J Hager - TE

Jack Philippi


Daniel Elliott

Joshua Hayes

Jonah Hescock

Branson Horn

Ryan Hudson

Gib Jeffries