Abby is a second year graduate student at Vanderbilt University, pursuing dual degrees in Community Development and Action, and Theological Studies. She is a recent graduate of Murray State University, with degrees in Nonprofit Leadership and Public Relations. Abby is passionate about the most vulnerable people experiencing holistic healing through compassion, reconciliation, and radical love, and desires to assist churches in practicing justice rather than charity to reimagine how communities can thrive. Enthralled by the power of storytelling, she loves to listen to the stories of the friends she meets at Open Table Nashville and is inspired by their resilience. When she’s not drinking tea and reading nonfiction books, she can be spotted eating Jeni’s Ice Cream or be found hiking with her husband and best friend, Deric.
Joi is passionate about seeking solutions to local policies and federal legislation that perpetuate cycles of poverty and subjugation for marginalized peoples
Lauren is a senior social work student at Belmont University, and is working at Open Table Nashville for her fall…
Michael is interested in the intersection of Faith and Justice and seeks to understand systems of oppression and the theological and ethical obligation to confront such systems and restore the oppressed.