New Minister of Contemporary Worship Named at Germantown United Methodist Church


Rev. Dr. Steve Stone to lead new worship service

Germantown, Tenn. -- Germantown United Methodist Church is excited to announce that Rev. Dr. Steve Stone has joined the staff as minister of contemporary worship and outreach. In his new role, Stone will launch a contemporary worship service that strives to be a place for all people and encourages “coming however you are comfortable.”

Stone is an elder from the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church with more than 40 years of experience. In 1998, he founded Heartsong Church in Cordova and served as its lead pastor until his retirement in 2016. Stone also served as the conference director of New Church Development for four years.

Stone is active in interfaith dialogue and serves as executive director of the Memphis Friendship Foundation, a nonprofit organization that formed from the friendship between Heartsong and the Memphis Islamic Center. Stone, widely known as the “Starbucks Pastor,” was featured in a short story video developed by Starbucks Corporation five years ago highlighting ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change in their communities.  

Stone is married to Rev. Mary Stone, a retired elder in the Memphis Conference.

Senior Pastor Tim Carpenter said, "We rejoice to welcome Rev. Dr. Steve Stone to our Germantown UMC staff. He brings experience and knowledge of contemporary and alternative worship that is unequaled in the Memphis Conference. There’s no better person to lead the way as we reimagine a new purpose and vision for our contemporary worship service.”

The new service will launch on Sept. 26 at 11:00 am in the Owings Life Enrichment Center gym at Germantown United Methodist Church, located at 2323 West St., Germantown, Tennessee, 38138.

About Germantown United Methodist Church
Established 175 years ago, Germantown United Methodist Church began as a small group of Methodists who gathered for worship in each others’ homes in the 1830s. Today, the church has grown to a faith community of approximately 3,000 members, with a mission statement of: “loving God and loving others, serving Christ and sharing Him, and transforming lives and making disciples." For more information, visit online at