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At Carpenter’s Square, we serve through our faith in Jesus and focus on four areas:  

Youth Development, Education, Recovery, and Community Connections 

We partner with Next Level Skills Basketball Academy in our Youth Development program to provide coaching, college readiness, and spiritual formation. We also partner with the Nashville Central Christian Warriors basketball league and serve as their home gym space as well as serving the community together. Every summer we offer our unique Foundations program for kids in our community that includes bible lessons, games, cultural speakers, dinner and food boxes. We also sponsor a sports camp in the summer with Lipscomb University and a futsal league with Trevecca University.  As a sponsor of one of the first bilingual Girl Scout troops in Nashville, we know that knowledge, along with strong mentors and spiritual guidance, will help the youth in our community excel and strive to achieve a higher education and beyond.

Our Education programs include ESL and GED classes through Casa de la Cultura.  We also offer free weekly citizenship classes. Helping our neighbors achieve literacy through ESL or tutoring is an area we will be expanding as we know this is the path to better jobs and a better life for our neighbors who were born here or are from another country.

We see the need for Recovery support groups every day. We currently hold nine AA meetings a week with 500 guests attending.  As a partner with Restore Small Groups, we offer Christian support groups that provide hope and healing communities through the Journey to Freedom books and curriculum.  The program is also offered in Spanish as Restauración.

Our Community Connections include special one-time events that reach out and provide needed services to those who live nearby, as well as providing events that celebrate the many cultures and rich diversity in our neighborhood.  We offer free community lunches every Tuesday and Wednesday, a back-to-school event where we give free supplies to area students, Trunk or Treat, a community Christmas party, Easter egg hunt, cultural celebrations such as our Fiesta Comunitaria, and health and dental clinics throughout the year. We look for opportunities to serve by providing a safe and Christ-centered space for weddings, funerals, and other needs in our building. Christ for the Nations Church also meets at Carpenter's Square serving the nations in our community.

By focusing on the four areas of youth development, education, recovery, and community connections we do what we do best: love our neighbors, serve our community, and meet specific needs, while shining our lights for Christ in the South Nashville community.  



Our Staff


Lisa Steele, Executive Director

Joe Hemphill, Youth Program Coordinator

Jeremy Pope, Next Level Skills Basketball Academy


 Board of Directors


David Karkau

Sales Manager, Optovue

John Bornstein

McKenzie Construction, LLC

David Sciortino - Chairman of The Board,

Vice President, Scott Insurance

Jerry Cover

Businessman and Investor

Ronnie Hunter, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry of Brentwood

Brent Culberson

Director of Community, Neighborhood, and Government Relations, Lipscomb University


Rick Betts, CPA, MBA

Partner - Carr, Riggs, Ingram LLC

Leslie Fisher

Human Resources Payroll Coordinator, Advent


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