Our Leadership

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Josh Howerton

Lead Pastor


Pastor Josh has been with The Bridge since 2008. He graduated from Union University with an undergrad in Biblical Theology and is currently engaged in continued theological education at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Josh and his wife, Jana, have two precious daughters, Eliana and Felicity. After being a Christian, husband, father, and pastor, Josh is a Kentucky basketball and Cincinnati Bengals football fan.

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Craig McKown

Executive Pastor of Operations


Pastor Craig has been with The Bridge since February of 2011. Craig grew up in Nashville and graduated from Lee University with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Biblical studies. Craig and his wife Lindsey have 3 amazing kids: Greyson, Selah, & Crew.

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Matt Svoboda

Executive Pastor of Ministries


Pastor Matt has been with The Bridge since July 2011. He got his B.S. in Religion from Liberty University and is currently working on his MDiv at Southern Seminary of Louisville, KY. He is married to Meredith and has two sons, Caleb and Calvin. Matt enjoys sports, reading, and the outdoors.

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Stone Meyer

Worship Director


Stone and his wife, Brittney, have been with the Bridge since the fall of 2015. After moving from Texas to Tennessee to study at Belmont University, he spent the first three years out of college working for Capitol Records. Stone loves to listen to music, read, write songs, travel, and spend time with friends and family. He also loves a good prank, so watch out.
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Rob DeWitt

Director of Care and Membership


Rob and his wife, Carol, and three children, Will, Garrett, & Elizabeth have been at The Bridge since 2013.  Rob is a certified Biblical Counselor and earned a Master’s degree from Denver Seminary.  In addition to his passion for pastoral care, Rob enjoys time with family, sports and cheering for his Wofford Terriers.

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Kelly Stewart

Kids Ministry Director


Kelly joined The Bridge staff in July 2016 after moving back to the South from California with her husband, Jason and four kids, Parker, Emery, Bradley and Judson. Kelly has been in ministry for over twenty years, with a focus on discipleship and ministering to families. She earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and a Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Tennessee. Kelly has also earned a Masters of Religious Education from The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kelly can often be found on a field watching her kids play sports, exercising, spending time with family or interviewing interesting people for the ThinkOrphan podcast, which she co-hosts.

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Judd Smith

Facilities Director


Judd has been at The Bridge since February 2013 and has recently completely planted his feet in the Columbia/Spring hill area.  He is originally from Nashville, but completed his degree at MTSU with a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science.  He recently got married to the love of his life, Olivia Smith, and they have a house together in Neapolis with their dog Abby. Judd enjoys anything outdoors including hunting, fishing, canoeing and last but not least, Kentucky basketball....go CATS.

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Matthew Stone

Community Groups Director


In 2003, Matthew, his wife Lori, and their three sons Kaleb, Jackson and Jacob moved to Spring Hill from their birthplace, Memphis. After serving in multiple ministry positions ranging from volunteer to full-time in children’s, small-groups and youth ministries, Matthew and his family came to The Bridge in 2012. Their family likes to keep very busy with marching band, sports, mission trips to Honduras or simply having people in their home for a meal and laughs. Matthew loves to cook, play softball and watch sports, but more importantly he likes to see people enter into a saving-relationship with Jesus and then love on each other by “doing life” together!

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Eric Lloyd

Student Ministry Director


Eric has been with The Bridge since January 2016. He graduated from Williams Baptist College with an undergrad in Christian Ministries. He and his wife Kristie have two kids, Libby and Jack. Eric enjoys reading, music, sports, and laughing.

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Deanne Vaubel

Kid's Coordinator


Deanne has been at The Bridge since 2014 when she, her husband Dave, and her daughter Adeline moved to Spring Hill from Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Counseling and Student Personnel. Deanne enjoys sports, running, and traveling.

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Angie Brady

Administrative Assistant


Angie has been at The Bridge since 2012. She graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music and a minor in Biblical and Theological Studies. Angie and her husband Daniel have 3 beautiful daughters: Linley, Gracyn and Callyn. She is a homeschooling mom who enjoys hosting game nights and reading.

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Joey Jacob

Worship Creative & Tech Coordinator


Joey has lived in the Nashville area his whole life. He received his degree in Nursing and is now close to graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. He has served for several years in student ministry as well as worship ministry. In his spare time he enjoys writing songs and long romantic walks on the beach.

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Jason Germain

Worship Leader


Jason Germain, is a founding member of the band 'downhere' who toured extensively for 13 years. In 2013 he came off the road, raising a family and pursuing a less transient life in music. His passion is for worship and shepherding, and he started leading worship at The Bridge in 2014. He, his wife and two daughters live in Chapel Hill where Jason runs his Mastering facility. His hobbies include farming, songwriting and spending quality time with his family.

Jonathan Edwards

Creative Director


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