A Season of Change, from the Board of Directors

For the last year and a half, Lisa Steele has worked to provide the ministry at Carpenter’s Square with an intentional focus for the multicultural community of South Nashville by centering on four areas: youth, education, support, and community.


As Executive Director, Steele has helped Carpenter’s Square to be a collaborative ministry that not only works to meet the needs of those living in the Woodbine area, but also points them to Jesus.

On August 2, Steele will leave Carpenter’s Square to further her passion of working with the Latino community in Honduras as she becomes the Executive Director of Family Life Missions and works with Por los Niños (For the Children) in Catacamas, Honduras, a ministry that provides residential homes and families for children whose biological families are not able to love and care for them. As Executive Director, Steele will be based in Nashville and travel to Honduras several times a year.

“I have enjoyed working at Carpenter’s Square and serving our multicultural community,” said Steele. “I know that our Board of Directors is committed to continuing to serve this community and build on the good work we have done. I am also excited to begin working with the team at Family Life Missions. This will combine my love of children, serving others, and working with the Latino community in Honduras.”

“We will miss Lisa, and we appreciate all she has done for Carpenter’s Square,” said David Sciortino, chairman of the Board of Directors. “She has done a fabulous job of setting a foundation for us and directing our focus on four distinct areas. During this time of transition, we have asked Brent Culberson to serve as the Interim-Executive Director.”

Brent is the Director of Neighborhood, Community and Government Relations at Lipscomb University on a full-time basis. He has worked as a consultant in strategic planning for Carpenter’s Square for the last year. In addition to his professional role at Lipscomb, he will work part-time with staff and board members to maintain normal operations over the next few months as the board conducts a national search for a full time Executive Director. We are grateful to Lipscomb for allowing Brent to serve Carpenter’s Square through this leadership transition.

“Brent has worked closely with Lisa and the rest of the Board as we have crafted our strategic plan for Carpenter’s Square. Our Foundations Children’s program, futsal indoor soccer league, Next Level Skills Basketball, student mentoring program, Kyle Hutchison scholarships, Grace Notes Music program, citizenship classes, recovery support groups and counseling, and our vast community outreach all fit into the four areas of focus that Lisa helped us to form. I foresee a smooth transition as we continue to serve our community with Brent leading and with the help of our Youth Programs Coordinator, Joe Hemphill,” said Sciortino.

Lisa Steele