Pastoral Care at McKendree Village

Rev. Dr. Joel Emerson is the Director of Pastoral Care at McKendree Village and is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Dr. Emerson directs the Center for Excellence in Aging and Older Adult Ministries at McKendree Village.


The Center of Excellence in older adult ministries is a ministry of McKendree Village and provides training, resources, consultation and networking for clergy and laity to help support effective and comprehensive older adult ministry programs. At McKendree Village, we offer a complete continuum of care in a homelike, faith affirming environment. Our chaplain is available for resident visits and family comfort and grief counseling. Joel can be reached at or 615-871-8843.

Video: McKendree Village – Meeting Spiritual Needs

McKendree Village offers weekly services in both the Willard Harris Blue Memorial Chapel, located near the Link Welcome Center, or the smaller chapel located on the 2nd floor of the Towers, in Independent Living.


Illuminated cross donated by Mrs Jan Wesson in memory of her late husband James Robert “Bob” Wesson.


9:00 am – Worship (1East)

9:20 am – Worship (2East)

10:00 am – Sunday School (Willard Harris Blue Memorial Chapel)

10:45 am – Worship (Willard Harris Blue Memorial Chapel)


10:30 am – Towers Devotions (2nd floor Towers Chapel)

3:00 pm – Prayer and Share (Manor 2nd Floor)

3:15 pm – Prayer and Share (Manor 3rd Floor)


10:30 am – Worship (Willard Harris Blue Memorial Chapel)