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Michael Nolan, President
Bringing ministry leadership and business excellence to accomplish the mission and vision that God has directed is the reason Michael Nolan now leads The Operation Andrew Group.
Michael has over 20 years of executive level leadership experience and has served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for multi-business unit organizations. He has education and experience in the areas of Management, Business, Finance, Operations, and Marketing. Michael worked in the for-profit sector with General Motors and GMAC (the financing arm of GM) before God shifted his focus to church ministry, which led him to the pastoral staff at a large independent church in Michigan. While there, he served in the areas of compassion and discipleship.
A native of Arkansas, Michael holds MBAs in Operational Management and Marketing from the University of Dallas. He and his wife Kristen have three daughters and live in Franklin. Kristen has served faithfully in ministry with Michael for 15 years. Michael Nolan is the founder and president of The Intersection Ministries. He coaches and comes alongside churches and ministry organizations to help with strategic planning, finance and business consulting, operational leadership, and more. Michael is also the author of The Business Side of Ministry.
Serving over 200 organizations across the country, Michael’s realization of the gospel’s power to propel faith and fuel ministry brings him to a new chapter with The Operation Andrew Group.
“Michael Nolan brings not only a servant’s heart but also a wealth of experience in leading multiple church ministries,” said Turney Stevens, board chair. “He has a Christ-centered vision of how Operation Andrew can equip congregations to serve our city more effectively. He has the leadership skills to build collaboration and cooperation, while respecting a broad variety of faith traditions and practices.”
Rhonda Lowry, Director of LINC, Past President
Just as Nashville has grown, OAG expanded under the leadership of Rhonda Lowry to meet the needs of area pastors and churches. First as a trustee, Lowry led development efforts, chairing the annual Joe and Honey Rodgers Christain Civic Leadership Award Dinner. “Rhonda opened the recipients to include servant leaders across the sectors of faith, business and education,” said Mike Arrington, OA Past President. “ Civic leaders influence the culture for Christ, Rhonda helped us shift to be more relevant to the area’s new generation of people and needs.”
As OAG President, Lowry launched the LINC ministry for “Leaders In Nashville Connecting”, a behind-the-scenes look at our city built into a year-long learning experience for pastors and ministry leaders. “Nashville is a place where unity has created new approaches to problem solving within churches, businesses and our civic culture,” said Henry Coles, OAG Trustee. “Not only has Rhonda been part of this transformation, she leverages her community and education experience to spearhead exciting community impact.”
A native of Missouri, Lowry holds a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University. She began her 30-year career in education as a sixth grade teacher in St. Paul, Minn. She also served as Director of Development for the law school at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and has been on faculty at Fuller and Pepperdine. Rhonda’s husband, Randy Lowry, is the President of Lipscomb University. Currently, Lowry is a senior fellow at Lipscomb University’s Institute for Christian Spirituality, as well as assistant professor of spiritual formation.
Read a blog post from Rhonda.
Stan Weber, Director of United4Hope
“I enjoy building out the capacities of children and youth, AND bringing along the local church community to make this happen”, says Stan Weber. After 30 years of leadership as the Executive Director of Salama Urban Ministries, Stan finds himself at this new place of team building.
Stan, a native of North Dakota, has been involved in urban ministry for 35 years; 5 years in Vicksburg, MS and most recently, 30 years as the founder and director of Salama Urban Ministries in Nashville. Salama is a faith based organization that seeks to assist families by equipping their children and youth with skills and values needed for productive adulthood. The Salama Institute is a conduit, a unique extended learning program that affords each student 650 hours of instruction per year in academics, performing arts and spiritual development. This investment is yielding a 100% High School Graduation rate, and 90% are continuing on to college.
Stan is married to Alice Weber, a Metro school teacher. Together, they have 4 adult children and 2 brand new daughters in laws.
Stan is strategically equipped to lead United for Hope. His years of advocating for the marginalized and his strong networking skills across the city provide the foundational skill sets needed to advance the mission and vision of United4Hope.
Mike Arrington, Past President
Mike (T. Michael) Arrington is the Past President of OAG, serving as a trustee of OAG for nine years prior before assuming his role as president in February, 2009. Mike previously had a 16 year career with LifeWay Christian Resources and following retirement served two years as a consultant to LifeWay’s A Defining Moment major-donor campaign while also serving as The Operation Andrew Group’s board of directors.
As Lifeway’s Vice President of the Corporate Affairs Division, he oversaw the corporate communications the programs and services of LifeWay’s national conference centers at Ridgecrest, NC. and Glorieta, NM.; and the corporate capital resource development activities. Mike also provided support to LifeWay’s president by representing LifeWay to various audiences, including Southern Baptist Convention agencies, seminaries and state convention offices. As a community servant Mike was Chairman of the Board for the Nashville/Middle Tennessee Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a member of the Nashville Rotary Club, Chairing the Tennessee Prayer Breakfast Citizens Committee. Prior to his tenure with LifeWay, Mike was an executive with Texas Utilities Electric Company (TXU) for 23 years, where he also was active in the Dallas/Fort Worth community and served on several boards.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, and completed additional study through the American Management Association, The University of Houston executive development program and the Levinson Institute in Boston.
DR. CHARLES McGOWAN, President Emeritus
Dr. McGowan, a founding member of the Operation Andrew Board of Trustees, assumed the Presidency after he “retired” as Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church where he served for over 15 years. He served as an officer in U.S. Army intelligence following graduation from Davidson College. Before entering Columbia Theological Seminary, he served for several years with the Office of Naval Intelligence. Now, after over forty years as pastor of a local church, he enjoys focusing on his passion of seeing walls that separate Christians broken down so that the fulfillment of prayer of Jesus (John 17:21) might be evident for all to see.
McGowan, a founding member of the Operation Andrew Group Board of Trustees, assumed the Presidency after retiring as Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church. Recently he founded McGowan Search, guiding congregations searching for pastoral leadership. Married for over 50 years to Alice, Charles delights in their four children, nineteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.