Project Connect Nashville was founded in 2013 to bring hope to the hurting community of Madison (just a few minutes north of Nashville). Our desire is to build relationships with individuals that are stuck in the cycle of poverty and connect them to the faith community. We provide knowledge, skills and encouragement through relationships and point them to the church that will walk with them throughout life’s joys and struggles. As a result, the Church grows in faith and love as they welcome the poor into their fellowship.
Project Connect Nashville exists to help disconnected and vulnerable men, women, and their families build relationships with others who will encourage and guide them, providing assistance when needed, educating and equipping them for the challenges each day brings, and celebrating every victory along the way. We also seek to educate the church on poverty, connecting those who desire to serve with opportunities to connect with hurting people in their community.
On May 1st, 2010, the waterways throughout Nashville began to rise at a historic rate. Concerned for the citizens of his community, Alan Murdock took action, creating a team to search for and rescue the elderly trapped in their homes, and to salvage the homes and belongings of their neighbors and friends. By the end of the week, he was directing hundreds of volunteers including the 101st Airborne Division. His leadership through this difficult time brought recognition from Metro Council, Hands on Nashville, and the Nashville Scene. He was named East Nashvillian of the Year, 2010.
The flood deeply impacted Alan, and increased his desire to serve God through ministry to the vulnerable in his community. Over time, through leadership roles in multiple relief organizations, he has developed a unique ability to recognize the “blind spots” where churches, businesses, and individuals could step in and serve to make a deep impact in the lives of families in poverty. He has also seen first hand the value in developing partnerships with other compassionate and like-minded organizations.
Today, Alan and his wife serve as leaders of Project Connect Nashville, developing deep and meaningful relationships, building hope, and providing a “real and unified” connection between families in poverty and the Body of Christ.
North Nashville Program Manager
Volunteer & Development Director
Project Connect Nashville
Board of Directors
Joel Anderson, Anderson Design Group, Inc.
Duffy Betterton, Web on Mission
Christa Bratcher, It Works!
Grant Ellis, Forum Six Financial
Mark Harmon, Retired Non-Profit Executive
Kerry Haymaker, Haymaker & Heroux
Jeremy Kelton, Kelton Homes
Fernando Munoz, Self-Employed
Marcus Rowe, Nectar Media
Ashley Sain, Owen School of Business
Howard Varnedoe, Ivybrook Academy
Annie Vaughn, Retired