We are excited to welcome Rev. Dr. Jacky Gatliff as the new Director of Congregational Care at Christ Church. Jacky and her husband, Mike, lived in Memphis for five years until she accepted a position as the Associate Pastor of Stanwich Church in Greenwich, Conn., where she served for six years. A year ago, Jacky and Mike felt God calling them back to Memphis to be closer to their children and granddaughter. During this time, she worked with Christ Community Health Services offering spiritual health services to patients.
As Director of Congregational Care, one of Jacky’s primary responsibilities will be to develop our comprehensive Congregational Care strategy by mobilizing and training lay people to serve as Congregational Care Ministers. Additionally, she will fulfill other pastoral responsibilities as an ordained clergy member. Jacky will also walk with families during births, deaths and hospitalizations.
Keep reading for our Q&A with Jacky to learn more about her.
How many children do you have? Grandchildren?
We have two adult children: McCauley lives in Knoxville and is the Director of Strategic Communication and Events for the Chancellor of the University of Tennessee. She is the mother to our 4-year-old granddaughter, Reagan, who is into all things Frozen, ballet and swimming. Our son, Cort, and his wife, Abby, live in Birmingham where they are both M.Div. students at Beeson Divinity School. We are joining all the excitement as they anticipate the birth of their first child in June.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Our favorite restaurant to introduce both out-of-town friends and longtime Memphis residents to is The Terrace at the River Inn in Harbor Town. It’s the best place in town to watch the sun go down and to watch the light show on the “M” Bridge.
What is your favorite movie?
Whenever I see You’ve Got Mail is playing on TV, I will look no further, stop everything and watch it whether it’s at the very beginning or the last five minutes.
Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
My husband, Mike, and I are usually found outside biking or walking the trails at Shelby Farms. I enjoy keeping up with new movies as they are released. But if I don’t see it on opening weekend, then I’m waiting for it to appear on Netflix. While I have tried to enjoy reading fiction, I love to read a good memoir. Having returned home to Tennessee a year ago after being in Connecticut for six years, we continue to enjoy reconnecting with friends around the state who are like family to us.
Are there any other fun facts you want people to know about you?
I am an ACC college basketball fan and have a growing appreciation for SEC football. I have won the March Madness bracket for the last three years at my previous jobs and am still basking in the glow of UVA winning the NCAA tournament last year.
Jacky is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Seminary and has her doctorate in spiritual formation. Much of her advance education is focused on hospice and bereavement training, and she wrote her thesis on The Soul Work of Grief. Additionally, Jacky is a gifted leader who loves investing in people—particularly young moms—and is a terrific teacher.
Welcome, Jacky! We are blessed to have you leading our amazing Congregational Care Team at Christ Church:
Rev. Ken Stewart, Associate Director, Congregational Care
Rev. Jesse Johnson, No Whispers Program Director & Congregational Care Pastor
Leigh Anne Massey-Murray, Ministry Assistant