Rev. Dr. Ron M. Buck, Senior Minister
The Rev. Dr. Ron M. Buck began his ministry with Collierville Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in February 2013. Prior to that, he served as Senior Minister at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and as Senior Minister at Lindenwood Christian Church in midtown Memphis. Before moving to Kentucky he spent several years in the Tennessee Region, serving congregations in Halls and Rockwood, and teaching history at Dyersburg State Community College and Roane State Community College. He earned his M.A. in New Testament at Harding University, a Master of Divinity at Memphis Theological Seminary, Masters and Doctoral studies in American History at Memphis State University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky. He has also served as faculty at Hopkinsville Community College, where he was the visiting Professor of Religious Studies during the 2008-2009 academic year. He is adjunct Professor of Disciples of Christ History and Polity at Memphis Theological Seminary. Ron has served on the Tennessee Regional Board, the Regional Transformation Team, and the Commission on Ministry in both Tennessee and Kentucky. In recent years he has been through the visioning process led by the Columbia Partnership (George Bullard and Dick Hamm) with two different congregations.
He and his wife, Dr. Catherine Buck, moved to Collierville in the summer of 2013. They have two granddaughters, Mallory, age 19, and Catie Joy, age 12, who live with them.
Dr. Buck is currently studying church transformation and transition at the congregational and regional level, and is particularly interested in the ways in which mainline denominations will restructure over the course of the next decade.
He is currently preparing for and leading workshops and independent studies in the area of Disciples of Christ History and Polity. His next lecture course at Memphis Theological Seminary will be in the Spring 2015 semester.
Rev. Morgan Parks, Associate Minister
Morgan grew up in Memphis and went to Harding Academy and Freed Hardeman University. He worked in sales and was a Christian Worship Leader for 20 years before going into Ministry. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary and was Ordained the same weekend at his graduation. He is an avid trout fisherman, musician and Father of 6 children and has 11 Grandchildren.
Dr. Sheryl Lane, Director of Music
Dr. Sheryl Lane has been serving as the director of the music and organist at Collierville Christian Church since the fall of 2000. In addition to leading the music at Collierville Christian, she teaches music education classes at the University of Memphis and Mid America College, manages the Germantown Youth Symphony and she teaches piano, violin, viola, cello, voice and guitar at the Germantown Baptist Church conservatory and Lausanne Collegiate School. In her spare time, she enjoys ballroom dancing. Her husband, Ben, works as a trainer with Shelby Systems, a church computer software company.
Dr. Lane has been involved in church music since she was born, because her father was a minister of music. She grew up enjoying church choirs, hand bells, and church orchestras. Now she enjoys the opportunity to lead others to share their musical gifts and talents as they spread the good news of Jesus Christ through music.