Honoring Momentum in Nashville

The Joe and Honey Rodgers Civic Leadership Award Dinner

on Monday, October 30, is the Ninth Annual Celebrationrecognizing Christian leaders who demonstrate excellence, humility, and enduring commitment as they demonstrate Christian character to the lives and communities in Middle Tennessee.

For nearly two decades, Operation Andrew has sought to unite the faith community, business
and civic leaders, government officials, agencies, and organizations to influence lives, address needs and demonstrate Christian leadership.

The Operation Andrew Group invites you to join in the recognition of these faithful Christian leaders to express appreciation for their community service, and to help underwrite the programs of OPERATION ANDREW through your sponsorship.

2017 Rodgers Honorees

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William F. Carpenter III is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LifePoint Health.  He has served as CEO since 2006 and assumed the additional position of Chairman of the Board in 2010.  He is a founding employee of the company, which was established in 1999, having previously served in various roles, including Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Governance Officer.
         Mr. Carpenter is a member of the board of directors of the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH). He is a past board chairman of the FAH and the Nashville Health Care Council, and currently serves on the boards of directors of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, NashvilleHealth, the Center for Medical Interoperability, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, Avondale’s Advisory Board and Nashville Public Radio.
Additionally, he serves as co-chairman of Partnership 2020, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s economic development initiative. A recognized leader in the healthcare industry, he has appeared on Modern Healthcare’s Annual “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list numerous times.  

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Dee Anna Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of Sarah Cannon, The Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Appointed as CEO in 2006, Smith is responsible for carrying out the overall strategic mission and vision for Sarah Cannon which offers cutting-edge clinical research as the foundation to its integrated cancer programs. From diagnosis to recovery, Sarah Cannon provides close-to-home access to world-class cancer care across the United States and United Kingdom. Joining Sarah Cannon Research Institute in 2005, Smith served as chief information officer and president of Sarah Cannon’s Research Services division. Previously, Smith served as founder and chief executive officer of Summit Research Solutions, a multi-specialty organization co-founded in 1996. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pepperdine University.
        Smith has received recognition for her contributions to the health care industry on a local and national level. She was named a 2013 Health Care Hero by the Nashville Business Journal in the chief executive officer category and she received Lipscomb University’s 2013 Heroes of Business award. Smith is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and American Society of Clinical Oncology. She serves on the Pepperdine University Board of Regents, the board of visitors for the Lipscomb University School of Pharmacy as well as the board of directors for the Nashville Health Care Council.  

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Pastor Emeritus L H Hardwick was a founding Trustee of The Operation Andrew Group and championed the greater purpose to unite the body of Christ in Middle Tennessee. Hardwick was appointed Senior Pastor of Christ Church at just 18 years of age with a small congregation of just eight people. Under his leadership, and in response to the consistent growth of the church through the years, Pastor Hardwick led Christ Church through three location changes and numerous building projects.
        Pastor Hardwick is affiliated with Global Network of Christian Ministries, Inc. and in 1986, was elected to the office of Moderator for that organization, a position he held for 10 years. He was a member of Churches Uniting in Global Missions (CUGM), a national group of pastors, under the leadership of Dr. Robert Schuller, former Founder and Pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Anaheim, California. In addition, Pastor Hardwick has received honorary doctorate degrees from Moody Theological Seminary and Emmanuel Bible College, and was an honored Guest Speaker at Oxford University in Oxford, England on two occasions. Pastor Hardwick has always been active in community affairs and was appointed by the Governor of Tennessee to serve an eight-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Mental Health Association. The position of “Pastor Emeritus” is bestowed on the former Senior Pastor Hardwick for one who has served it well, and who continues to demonstrate the potential for pastoral care.

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2017 National Day of Prayer

Reflections from The Chief of Police and City Guests

The Operation Andrew Group (OAG) and The YMCA of Middle Tennessee set about building prayer all around our town this year, specifically on the National Day of Prayer, the first Thursday in May. There were dozens of prayer gatherings, and five that were co-sponsored by OAG and the YMCA, now serving in their 14th year as community partners.

Perspectives were shared from 18 guest speakers during the “Diversity Downtown” program, held at Bennett Auditorium, in the Southern Baptist Convention Building. Key among them was Chief Steve Anderson, of the Metro Nashville Police Department, who offered a brief reflection on Nashville, now ranked the nation's 25th largest city, and how we are fairing.

Three times a year Chief Anderson attends a conference of the Major City Chiefs Association (MCC), gathering the 73 largest cities in the US, Canada and Great Britain together. A colleague recently asked the Chief why he primarily just listens when problems are discussed from the other major metropolitan areas. Anderson said that "if I put our problems on the table, we would be laughed at, because they are so small.”

So, we are blessed, and who is responsible? The answer he gave is, “you are”. The people of this community who continually support one another and love our city. The Chief shared that many of his prayers are already answered.

As Nashville's population continues to grow, strategic efforts to build churches, community networks, and cross-cultural support will increase. Ashford Hughes, Senior Advisor of Labor and Workforce, Mayor’s Office asked that we keep all, both “our city's leaders and those that are the least of these, in prayer.”

The 2017 theme National Day of Prayer Task Force centered on “His Great Name” (cf., Dan. 9:19) and identifies “your city” as the focus. This focus encourages every city to stand united in serving one another, strengthening each other’s “hands for the good work” (Neh. 2:18) each day.

OAG Prayer Chair Pastor Aaron Johnson offered that “we need to build bridges across the historical racial divide, to help brothers and sisters live in Music City, ...not messy city, where we don't work together.”

There are open doors all around us: north, south, east and west. People are longing to know the love of Christ and how wide, long, high and deep is this love that surpasses knowledge (cf., Eph. 3:19).

We all can serve together to remind each other of that reality everyday.

2016 Rodgers Celebration: Civic & Lifetime Achievements Honored

THE JOE AND HONEY RODGERS CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP AWARDS recognize individuals who demonstrate outstanding personal commitment, as well as excellence in leadership, business, and civic service with a lifetime of devotion to Jesus Christ to improve and enhance quality of life for all.  Past recipients include Miles Ezell Jr., Marty Dickens, Lee Beaman, Sam Bartholomew, Beth Harwell, Lee Barfield and Stuart McWhorter. 

Monday, October 17, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Allen Arena, Lipscomb University, Purchase Tickets

2016 Honorees:  Howard Gentry, Civic Leader, Metro Nashville’s Criminal Court Clerk; Amy Grant, Civic Leader, six-time GRAMMY Awards winner; and Lifetime Achievement to Don Finto, pastor, international speaker and respected author.

2016 Honorees:  Howard Gentry, Civic Leader, Metro Nashville’s Criminal Court Clerk; Amy Grant, Civic Leader, six-time GRAMMY Awards winner; and Lifetime Achievement to Don Finto, pastor, international speaker and respected author.

This is the first time that both Civic leadership and Lifetime Achievement awards will be presented. Join in celebrating three highly distinguished, career leaders who are daily speaking into Nashville's future.


Currently serving as Metro Nashville’s Criminal Court Clerk, Howard Gentry’s civic work began as Metro Council member-at-large, followed by his election as Davidson County’s first African-American constitutional officer, as vice mayor. In 2007, Gentry was a candidate for Mayor and missed the run-off by less than 300 votes. He has been elected to countywide office three times. Gentry’s civic contributions are countless, working through both elected office as well as through non-profit organizations which have impacted poverty, homelessness, adult literacy, workforce development and sustainable health care, among a long list of community accomplishments.


Influencing more than three decades of gospel, pop and folk music genres as a leading singer-songwriter, Amy Grant’s talent and quiet wisdom put contemporary Christian music in the national spotlight. A six-time GRAMMY Awards winner, Grant has six No. 1 hits, three multi-platinum albums and total career album sales exceeding thirty million. She is also admired as a leading community philanthropist with multiple organizations and thousands of lives changed through her unselfish and generous contributions of time and money: “Living matters. Celebrating life matters. Faith is the one thing that stands the test of time.”


Often called a pastor to pastors, Don Finto is an international speaker and author whose most recent book, released in spring 2015, is Prepare! For the End Time Harvest. Finto began his career in ministry in post-World War II Germany (Ph.D., Vanderbilt, in German Literature). He taught at then David Lipscomb College in the ‘60s and ‘70s and later became senior pastor of Nashville’s Belmont Church. A scholar, pastor and author, he founded The Caleb Company in 1996 whose stated mission is to equip God’s people with His heart and purpose for Israel and the nations.


Joe & Honey Rodgers

Ambassador and Mrs. Joe M. Rodgers were a Nashville “power couple” in their work, their faith and their international reach. Rodgers worked in construction, real estate and finance and was involved in projects for clients that included Hospital Corporation of America, Opryland, Vanderbilt Plaza, the Fifth Third Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall. President Ronald Reagan appointed Rodgers U.S. ambassador to France, after his service on the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. Rodgers was one of the visionaries who founded The Operation Andrew Group in the late ‘90s, serving as a board member and early chairman. His goal was to grow a collaborative group of Nashville’s Christ-centered ministries that together would make a stronger impact for Christ in Middle Tennessee. Joe and “Honey” Rodgers have a daughter, Jan Rodgers Dale (Bob), and a son Mason Rodgers (Kelli). They have eight grandchildren. Joe liked to say “Countries aren’t friends; people are friends.”

THE OPERATION ANDREW GROUP is an organization dear to Ambassador Joe & Honey Rodgers’ hearts. As one of the founders, Rodgers saw the need continually to build unity in Middle Tennessee, encouraging all people regardless of denomination, ethnic background, and economic status to come together, helping to transform their communities spiritually and socially.

Oak Project reaches the nerve center of Nashville

Commentary about the growing impact of this unique mentoring opportunity and the experience gained by those involved:

The Oak Project has the potential to impact this city. Reaching into the nerve center of Nashville we are seeking men and women business leaders, experienced and less experienced, in mentoring situations so they can learn from each other. - Rhonda Lowry

Before the Oak Project I was wandering the corporate world in my own knowledge and experience. I came from a very different background. Small town. Conservative. So, stepping into the Oak Project with Nancy Reese was the first time I could see how you can bring God and His Kingdom into the corporate world. I had never seen that before. Nancy dug in so much deeper. I had never heard anyone talk to me about it before. It was a desperate need that I had. - Rachel Figley

In the young guys today, there is no question about their knowledge, but what they need to know is how to introduce your faith into your work – how to follow the ways of Christ. This is what unlocks the power in a career. It is re-enforcing and encouraging to see them at this stage. Whatever they have gained, I have gained ten times. - Joe Hutts

Joe's knowledge has been a huge rock for me. I've called him up to tell him what's on my mind and he's always able to draw it back to the holy spirit. He encourages me that you don't have to have all the answers to go to God. - Nick Burnett

The leadership that Joe provided, perhaps throughout his career, has been one of love and the peace that looks a lot more like Christ than what we regualrly see in the business world. - Chris Kinney

I completely believe we are shaped by the people that we are in relationship with. - Bill Lee

I've been a believer all my life, but [sometimes] there are moments in life when it just clicks. And it clicked. - Jeremy George

The Oak Project provides an opportunity to gain additional experience to be with others who have common goals and aspirations. - Henry Coles, Jr.

As Nashville grows in complexity and diversity, we need Christians to be walking together, hand in hand, and to know each other well. In that way we can be Jesus to our city and give glory to God in our Christian walk, to Nashville. - Rhonda Lowry

Andrew's Net

A Quarterly Collection of Insights

We all long to be connected to the breadth and depth of our surroundings. God's work and service produces a blood line of understanding and true collaboration.

Be watching for perspectives from people who's hearts have been captured by God.