Charlotte Heights Church of Christ History:
In 2006 the Elders of Charlotte Avenue and West Nashville Heights Churches of Christ began talks of merging the two congregations. Discussions continued until both congregations agreed to formally merge and create one congregation. The merger became official in November of 2007. The new name of Charlotte Heights Church of Christ was selected, a combination from the names of the two previous congregations. It was also agreed that the new congregation would meet temporarily in the West Nashville Heights building until a new facility was constructed.
Elders at Time of Merger
Charlotte Avenue West Nashville Heights
Frank Mayo Melvin Ryan Hal Bishop Don Wood Oscar Carver Larry Hime Wendell Tally
Ministers at Time of Merger
Charlotte Avenue – Darrell Blankenship West Nashville Heights – Jim Morgan
In 2007 both properties, Charlotte Avenue at 4508 Charlotte Pike and West Nashville Heights at 5807 Charlotte Pike, were placed on the market for sell. The Charlotte Avenue property was put under contract immediately with a sale to finalize in late 2007. At that time four lots with houses were purchased by the church at the intersection of Templeton Drive and Old Charlotte Pike. Three of the houses were removed in anticipation of immediately beginning construction of the new church building. The fourth house was preserved as a house for our yet to be hired Youth Minister.
The sale of the Charlotte Avenue property was derailed by opposition from the community, claiming the site was located in a Historic Overlay. This prevented the buyer from acquiring a demolition permit, thus causing the potential buyer forfeiting the purchase. As the result of the loss of the sale we began paying interest on money borrowed to purchase the building site at Templeton Drive and Old Charlotte Pike.
Over the course of the first 5 years, the congregation struggled with community conflicts and legal fees to fight the Historic Overlay issue over the sell of the Charlotte Ave property. And with the reduction in real estate values due to declining nationwide economic conditions the construction of the new building continued to be put on hold. The church was eventually issued an opinion from the State Attorney General stating the property was not located in nor had it ever been in a protected overlay and therefore the Charlotte Avenue building could in fact be demolished and the site offered for sale.
In 2012, the Charlotte Ave property was sold and in May of 2014 the ground breaking ceremony was held at the new site on Old Charlotte Pike and construction began. Charlotte Heights Church of Christ had its final worship service in the old West Nashville Heights building in November of 2015. The first service at the new facility was held on November 22, 2015, eight years to the month from the merger.
After moving into our new facility and continuing to settle in our official Grand Opening service/ceremony was held on March 6, 2016. After many prayers and with Gods help the dream was realized. During the brief time in our new facility we have hosted several events such as Ladies Day, Nashville Christian School events and a legal issues facing the church seminar.
You can find more information regarding our congregation within our website but please come visit us to get to know our leaders and members.
The Elders of Charlotte Heights Church of Christ
Larry Hime Steve Bishop Davis Webb