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 cycling, rock climbing, 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 be settling into his longterm calling of Gospel ministry as he attends Covenant Theological Seminary and serves on staff at Flatrock! He especially looks forward to serving the church in the areas of teaching and discipleship as well as navigating the intersect of business and ministry.

Ashley Cates

Children's Director 

Ashley grew up in Lebanon, 30 minutes east of Nashville. She graduated from MTSU with a degree in Organizational Communication. Ashley enjoys spending time with friends and family, Saturday morning hikes, and all the southern breakfast foods. With six years in ministry including youth ministry, college ministry in India, and refugee resettlement work in Nashville, she has developed a passion for loving and serving people. The wonderful families who make up our congregation have made 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, where Joey studied at Fuller Theological Seminary, earning a Master’s in Theology. Sally is a history teacher. 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