The Gathering at 840

The Gathering at 840 is the culmination of a vision that began over 12 years ago. It

started with a conversation I had with a builder friend.

The conversation centered on the builder’s challenge to me 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 a few years.

I took it to heart but did not feel the timing was right for me to start a church even

when he offered thirty-seven acres of land for a church site. A few years passed and

the builder once again challenged me to start a church in the area and showed me a

sixty-eight acre tract of land near Page High School that might be for sale. It

appeared to be a perfect church site but once again I felt the timing was not right.

Fast forward to 2016. After pastoring a Nashville church for twelve years, the Lord

has given me and some other believers a vision to start the church. We have prayed

and planned for this for over a year and we feel the time is right.

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

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

You can contact Phil at

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

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.

Phil Jones - Associate Pastor

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.