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The Upper Room Fellowship
P.O. Box 305150
Nashville, TN 37230-9891

877-899-2781, 7530
615-340-7530
development@upperroom.org

Meet Our Team

Sherry Elliott

Executive Director of Administration, Interpretation, and Development

selliott@upperroom.org

For thirty plus years, Sherry has worked in various areas of The Upper Room’s ministry and yet continues to be amazed by all the new and interesting projects and partners which emerge as God continues to do a new thing. She loves working with her talented team members and talking with donors, both who make God’s love real to her every day.

Sherry is a member of The Academy for Spiritual Formation #41 in Sumatunga, Alabama, and a part of the Nashville Emmaus Community. She is a founding member of Providence United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, a place that shapes her faith and gives her hope for the church.

Sherry has two young adult children, Rachel and Taylor, and enjoys hanging out with them as well as reading a good book, drinking black coffee, watching a good show, and listening to James Taylor. She wishes she had more time to enjoy needlework and would love to learn how to water paint.

Ben Crumbley

Donor Services Manager

bcrumbley@upperroom.org

Since 2013, Ben has served as part of the fund development teams for both The Upper Room and Discipleship Ministries. He became the donor services manager for The Upper Room in 2014, bringing with him a passion for learning and problem solving honed from his time as a mathematics teacher and as a fundraising campaign supervisor for his alma mater, LaGrange College. Ben is the “man behind the curtain” on the development team, offering an open mind and helping hand to donors and staff alike as he manages and reconciles our donor system. Whenever Ben isn’t troubleshooting technical support issues for donors or analyzing numbers, he can be found discussing football with colleagues or playing multiple musical instruments during Upper Room Chapel services.

Nicole Curtis

Communications Manager

ncurtis@upperroom.org

For several years, Nicole served as a magazine editor at The Upper Room. Then she moved to South Africa to become a missionary where she fell in love both literally and figuratively. Upon moving back to the States with her South African husband and their twin daughters, she returned to The Upper Room to do development work, a love she surprisingly discovered as a missionary. Nicole believes that people want to be a part of something bigger than themselves and that is the primary reason why they give. Working together, donors and Upper Room staff can play a role in God’s work and that excites Nicole. In her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling, listening to music, reading the classics and history, playing tennis, and going to art museums. But more than anything, she loves spending time with her family.

Amy Skerratt

Donor Relations Manager

askerratt@upperroom.org

For the last four years, Amy has served as the donor relations manager. She enjoys working with donors and getting to know the reasons why they give. Originally from northern Michigan, Amy moved to Nashville in 2015 after graduating from Taylor University. She first heard about The Upper Room from her grandma and has memories of seeing The Upper Room daily devotional lying around her grandma’s house. In her free time, you can find Amy planning her next ski trip, fishing and kayaking, loving on her four nieces, or curling up with her dog and a book. Amy believes in the work of fundraising and development and is grateful for donors and their willingness to partner with The Upper Room.

Paige Swope

Team Assistant

pswope@upperroom.org

Paige has served as the team assistant for the past year and a half and enjoys working with her team members and being witness to the wonderful work God is doing at The Upper Room. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Paige moved to Nashville in 2016 with her husband, Josh. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and a proud Buckeye! In high school, Paige was blessed to attend a Chrysalis weekend, which is an experience that has forever shaped her Christian life. It is at The Upper Room where Paige has developed a heart for development work and a new appreciation for the work God does in our daily lives. In her spare time, Paige enjoys reading, writing, traveling, hiking, watching movies, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.

Hess “Doc” Hall

Associate Director of Emmaus Ministries

hhall@upperroom.org

Hess B. “Doc” Hall, Jr. has been serving as a local pastor in The United Methodist Church since 1998, first in north Georgia and now in Tennessee. He began work with the International Emmaus Ministries Office in 2014 when he came to head up Face to Face, an event for older adults in the Walk to Emmaus tradition. In 2020, he was named the associate director of emmaus ministries. He has been collaborating with The Upper Room Development team since 2018, helping to raise awareness of giving opportunities within Emmaus Ministries. Doc has a background in musical theater, opera, and storytelling. He is married to Karen, and they have two children, Jacob, 23, who is presently serving in the USMC; and Mariela, 16, who has daddy wrapped around her little finger!

Claire McKeever-Burgett

Associate Director of The Academy for Spiritual Formation

cmckeever-burgett@upperroom.org

Claire has a degree in English/professional writing and a Master of Divinity. She was ordained clergy in 2011. In 2013, Claire began working with The Academy in the areas of interpretation, development, and communications, learning more deeply about its mission of helping people connect with God, self, others, and creation for the sake of the world. Claire draws from her role as a pastor; spiritual leader; writer; teacher; poet; mother; spouse; certified yoga, dance, and movement instructor; and birth and postpartum doula to help raise awareness about funds for The Academy of Spiritual Formation. Check out the Academy Podcast to hear more from Claire and The Academy.

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Throughout my Walk I experienced the presence of the Risen One in the devotional spaces as well as in times of teaching, meditation, and prayer. The communion with brothers, experienced in the daily sharing at the table and in the Word, generated deep bonds of brotherhood.” 

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