Project Connect Nashville was founded in 2013 to bring hope to the hurting in Nashville. Our desire is to build relationships with individuals stuck in the cycle of poverty and connect them to the faith community. Poverty is not just a lack of financial resources, it’s brokenness in all areas of a person’s life. This includes finances, transportation, work, healthcare, housing, education, relationships and the church. We seek to heal areas of brokenness and guide the church in being a part of the mending process.
PCN exists to break the poverty cycle through relationship, resources, & education in partnership with the local church.
Project Connect Nashville’s beginnings can be traced back to the Nashville flood of 2010. Seeing the devastating impacts on their community of East Nashville, Alan and Michelle Murdock responded by organizing volunteers from the community and from churches to bring help and healing to those affected by the rising waters. Inviting people into their home for meals and holding classes at various churches, little did they know this would be the birth of PCN in 2013. Through prayer, discernment, and input from the community, PCN opened its doors and began reaching out to the vulnerable in Madison to offer hope and healing through relationship, education and resources.
As always, God was in the details and soon brought to PCN financial and volunteer resources through area churches. A grant from First Baptist Church Nashville allowed PCN to establish our Madison location and hire staff so we could begin offering our 4 day a week Work Life class. Our Woodbine campus was opened and continues to operate as a result of a grant from Brentwood Baptist Church. Other churches have been instrumental in PCN’s growth through funding and volunteering. We have seen first-hand the value in developing partnerships with other compassionate and like-minded faith-based organizations to serve our clients.
Today, Alan and Michelle serve as co-founders of Project Connect Nashville, Alan as Executive Director and Michelle as Development Director. The ministry has grown from the single location in Madison to include campuses in North Nashville and Woodbine. Each location ministers in a unique way to the community they serve through relationship, education, and resources, providing a real and unified connection between families in poverty and the Body of Christ.