Bakers Chapel CME Church

206 New Brick Church Pike
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Church Telephone: (615) 559-1100
Church Fax: (615) 559-1103
Reverend Woodrow Harris, Pastor
Local Preachers
Minister Linda Harris
Minister Douglas McKenzie
Reverend Stefanie Washington-Rogers

Our Welcome 

We thank you for worshiping with us today.  Our church family offers a warm, spiritual and Christian fellowship to visitors at all time.  It is our desire to extend a cordial invitation, that you join us in the following worship services:

Sunday School:  8:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship:  10:00 a.m.
Youth & Young Adult Worship First, Second, and Third Sundays: 10:00 a.m.
Bible Study Wednesday:  7:00 p.m.
Community Worship First Wednesday:  7:00 p.m.
Missionary Meeting First Wednesday:  5:30 p.m.


Church Motto

“With God, People Working Together Can Do Anything”

Direction to Church

From Nashville take I-65 North take exit 97 (Long Hollow Pike), turn left onto Long Hollow Pike, at 3rd traffic light, turn right onto Dickerson (Main) Road.  Go four (4) blocks, turn left onto New Brick Church Pike. Church is two (2) blocks on the left.
Reverend Woodrow Harris, Jr.

Reverend Woodrow Harris, Jr.

Bakers Chapel

Bakers Chapel CME Church


Church History 

The origin of Bakers Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church has not been established, however, it is believed that members worshipped with other fellow Christians as far back as 1812 at Walton’s Camp Ground.

In 1830, Goodlettsville Methodist Church (presently Connell Memorial United Methodist Church) built a new edifice and gave its previous church building to Black worshipers in the area.  From this group of worshipers, Bakers Chapel was organized 21 years later in 1851.  (

 We do not know when Bakers Chapel became part of the CME Church which was organized December 1870 in Jackson, Tennessee.  However, by the 1900s, some elder members report the Church having Traveling Preachers ordained by the CME Church.

 In 1905, Goodlettsville Methodist Church constructed a new red brick sanctuary and gave its old white frame church to Bakers Chapel.  Not only was this building a gift to Bakers Chapel, Goodlettsville Methodist Church moved it down the hill (about a block from their facility) near the railroad track.  This track was much traveled at that time.  Many stories have been told about riding the train to Ridge Top and White House, Tennessee, for twenty-five cents.  This train ride was looked forward to every Sunday and as often as possible.

 We do not have an accurate listing of earlier pastorates, but we do know that Reverend Dr. Bertram Doyle pastored Bakers Chapel prior to him being elected the 25th Bishop of the CME Church in 1950.  Also, Dr. Horace C. Salvage was a pastor of the church.  Dr. Salvage authored the book titled “The Life and Times of Bishop Isaac Lane.”  Bishop Lane was the 5th Bishop of the CME Church and one of the organizers of Lane College.

 Worship for Bakers Chapel continued at the railroad site for a little over a half century, until Reverend Parris Campbell, Jr., came in October of 1956.  He was assigned as pastor of Bakers at the Tennessee Annual Conference held at Mattie E. Coleman CME Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.

 At the close of Pastor Campbell’s first year at Bakers, a new lot had been purchased at its present location, 206 New Brick Church Pike, Goodlettsville, Tennessee.  This property cost $1,020.00 and was paid-in-full.  In 1958, Bakers Chapel relocated to this new location.  The church’s new building consisted of a full basement, a pastor’s study, furniture, speakers, and a modern kitchen.

 The pastorates of Bakers Chapel have edified and encouraged the membership and have left evidence of growth and contributions.  Some of the growth include the followings:  the burning of a $40,500 mortgage, increased ministries, expansion in Christian Education, installation of air and heating units, the installment of technology systems, and purchases of land, repairs and improvements to the parsonage and the church, attendance increases in worship services, Sunday School, and Bible study, the activation of children and nursery Sunday school class, the implementation of training and fellowship for church officers, a multi-cultural and multi-racial membership, the purchase of a church van, and the training of local preachers.  However, the comfort ability of Bakers Chapel was interrupted by disaster.

 During the afternoon of Friday, April 7, 2006, the building of Bakers Chapel sustained major damage and was declared a complete loss from a tornado that devastated the entire neighborhood.  As the severe weather traveled across Tennessee, 13 deaths were reported and the loss of scores of homes, churches, businesses and other property.  Several families who are members of Bakers Chapel are included in the loss of homes and other property.

 Following this disaster, a neighboring church, the Nashville Cowboy Church at 410 New Brick Church Pike in Goodlettsville, invited the congregation of Bakers Chapel to worship at their facility. We will always be grateful to the Nashville Cowboy Church.

After much prayer and the purchase of additional property, the church move into the beautiful edifice on April 6, 2009 with joy and thanksgiving. A special thanks to the pastors for their leadership in rebuilding Bakers Chapel CME Church.

The present pastor, Reverend Woodrow Harris, Jr., assigned to Bakers Chapel in 2012 by Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III.

Pastorates from the mid-Fifties:

Reverend Parris Campbell, Jr. (1956-1961)
Reverend Floyd H. Phillips (1961-1982)
Reverend William O. Lowe (1982-1990)
Reverend William Gant (1990-1991)
Reverend Dr. Nicholas Betts (1991-1992)
Reverend Dr. George W. Coleman, Jr. (1992-1994)
Reverend Thomas R. Crosslin (1994-2000)
Reverend Kelan  Motton (2000-2009)
Reverend James Baxter (2009-2012) 

Reverend Woodrow Harris, Jr. (2012-Present)