Cliff was raised in Ocala, Florida, and a football scholarship brought him to Bethel University in McKenzie, TN. Cliff received his undergrad in Computer Information Systems in May of 2008 and a Masters of Education in May of 2010. After receiving his Masters of Education, Cliff felt called into ministry in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. So, in the summer of 2010 Cliff started his journey to receive a Masters in Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary. After completing his Masters in Divinity, Cliff was ordained into the Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Bethel’s campus on December 13, 2014.
Cliff was an Assistant Football Coach for Bethel University for six years while also working as the Chaplain of Athletics. Cliff has also served as a teacher, coach, and administrator in the K-12 Christian School setting.
Cliff has a beautiful wife, Kasey, along with one daughter and son, Ellie Anne and Lincoln Josiah. Cliff is immensely grateful for the beautiful family God has blessed him with. The Barnas’ mission statement comes from Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Tyler SpradlingYouth Minister
Tyler has been involved with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church since about 1981. He spent much of his childhood in the Fairfield congregation in Illinois. Tyler earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
After college he moved to Danville, VA where he volunteered for a few years with a youth group and was later hired by the congregation on a part-time basis. Shortly after taking the position, Tusculum Cumberland Presbyterian in Nashville, TN called and offered him a full-time position. That was October 2000, and he’s still here.
Tyler has a beautiful wife, Brittany, and two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth Ryan and Taylor Alexis, who light up every room they enter. He is thankful for the grace and love of God displayed by all of them.
Bryan HardenDirector of Music Ministries
Bryan is a singer who has spent over 30 years in the professional music industry, much of that time singing with “The Voices of Liberty”, Disney’s premiere a cappella ensemble at EPCOT’s American Pavilion in Orlando, Florida.
Along with his years as a professional musician, Bryan is also a sought out vocal consultant/musical director for a variety of clients nationwide. Much of that work has been “behind the scenes” as a studio vocalist in Nashville, Orlando, Chicago, Indianapolis, Memphis, and Los Angeles.
Originally from Sanford, Florida, Bryan came to faith in Christ as a teenager following a “Youth For Christ” concert in Orlando. Since that time, he has always had a deep love for church music and has enjoyed many years as a minister of music in local church ministries across the country.
Bryan is the proud father of his daughter Madi, a veterinary assistant, and his son Rob, a soldier in the Army National Guard and political science major in college.
Lisa AkersOffice Administrator
Lisa was born and raised in Alabama, where Lisa met her husband, Keith, in the church they both attended. Lisa has a business degree from Northwest Alabama Junior College. Keith graduated from Vanderbilt University, which is what brought them to Nashville. They have been married for 29 years, and now Lisa and Keith have 5 sons, 3 daughters-in-law and will have another early in 2018, plus 7 grandchildren. Lisa and Keith have been members of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship for over 30 years. They love to travel and spend time with family.
Lisa was a stay at home mom for a long time. After working at the YMCA, she worked with her husband for about 8 years. Then she decided to try a new thing and worked for a church in Green Hills. Lisa discovered she loved being part of ministry support, and that’s how she ended up with us at Tusculum CP Church!
Lisa’s favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”