The Gathering at 840 is the culmination of a vision that began over 12 years ago. It started with a conversation between our Pastor, Gene Mims, and a friend of his who happened to be a builder. 

The conversation centered on the builder’s challenge to Gene to start a church in the area near Page High School. He explained that hundreds of homes would be built and thousands of people would live in the area in just a few short years. 

Gene took this conversation to heart but did not feel that the timing was right—nor that the Lord was calling him to start at church at this point— even after the friend offered thirty-seven acres of land for a church site!

A few years passed and the builder once again challenged Gene to start a church in the area. This time, he showed Gene a sixty-eight acre tract of land near Page High School that might be for sale very soon. It appeared to be a perfect church site but once again the timing was not right.

Fast forward to 2016.

After pastoring a Nashville church for twelve years, the Lord gave Gene (among others on his team) a vision to start a new church. After praying and planning for over a year—they now felt it was in the Lord's timing to move forward.

The Gathering at 840 is a community of believers inviting others to follow Christ with us.

We are a church:

  • Built upon a biblical foundation
  • Dedicated to preach and teach the Word of God faithfully
  • Seeking to live for Christ daily
  • Doing life together as a church family
  • Ready to make disciples
  • Excited to be in the Southeast Williamson County Community

We are a multi-generational church with a clear focus on serving families with children, students and young adults. We will help men and women do well individually, in their marriages and families. We have an experienced core leadership that is ready to fulfill our passion of fulfilling the God’s Commission by introducing persons to the joy of following Christ.

We are here and we are ready to do life together with you as we follow Christ in these exciting times! Come and see what God is doing in your community.

You can contact Gene at gene.mims@thegathering840.com.

Phil Jones also joined The Gathering at 840 from Judson as Associate Pastor.
Gene and Phil have shared this vision for many years.

You can contact Phil at phil.jones@thegathering840.com.

For general questions, you can contact their assistant Lora Hayes:


What We believe

The Gathering 840 is a Southern Baptist Church

and believes in the doctrine of The Baptist Faith and Message

You can Click Here to read it in its entirety. (En Español)

Gene Mims


Pastor Gene is a native of Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech. He received

both his Masters and Doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in

Ft Worth, Texas. He and his wife Ann have been married 44 years. They have

two children Jeff and Marianne. Pastor Gene and Ann have three grandchildren, Sara Kate, Hampton and Marjorie.

Pastor Gene has served churches for over forty-four years. He was Vice-President

of Lifeway Christian Resources in Nashville, TN for thirteen years and President of International Baptist Network for two years.

Pastor Gene joined Judson Baptist Church in Nashville, TN in 2006 as Senior Pastor. At this time he is Co-Pastor of Judson with his son Jeff and Founding Pastor of The Gathering at 840 here in Williamson County Tennessee.

Pastor Gene enjoys reading, golf, model trains and Virginia Tech football.


Pastor Tod joined The Gathering at 840 in 2020. He grew up in South Texas and earned a business degree from Texas A&M University. He earned his Masters degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary and his Doctorate from Southern Seminary.
He has been serving the local church on a full time basis since 1997.

One of Tod’s passions is to see parents and grandparents fulfill their God given rolls to bring up the next generation in Christ. This is accomplished when the church actively and intentionally equips one generation to share with the next.

Tod is married to Deborah and they have one daughter. He likes to relax out on the golf course or by reading a good non-fiction book.

Cooper bascom

worship leader

Pastor Cooper grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Cooper and his wife

Hanna Beth recently moved to Nashville from Orlando, Florida. Cooper attended

The University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama. He has had the opportunity to

participate in many different aspects of the music industry. He was a participant

on The Voice, designed and performed his own show at Disney Springs, served in

several churches, including Calvary Baptist in NC, Northland Church in Orlando,

Florida and First Baptist Church in Windermere, Florida. Cooper is very excited about the opportunity work with The Gathering as Worship Leader.

Phil Jones

Pastor Phil came to The Gathering at 840 from Judson Baptist Church. He and Pastor Gene have been part the church plant here in Williamson County since

its start in September 2017. 

A native of Louisiana, Phil has served churches in Louisiana, Texas and Tennessee since college in 1969. Phil graduated from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and received his masters from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft Worth, Texas.

He and his wife Donna have two adult children, Janice and Derek and three grandchildren Zoe, Lincoln and Charlie. 

Phil enjoys grandchildren, golf and LSU football.