Cogdell's moving to Memphis

This August, my family and I will be moving to Memphis, Tennessee where I will be serving as a pastoral resident at Fellowship Memphis Church (, where I was accepted into the pastoral residency program on a rolling 1 – 3 year commitment. We are excited to have the opportunity to learn from men who are faithfully serving the body of Christ through a powerful ministry that makes it a priority to train rising leaders. Fellowship Memphis is a gospel centered, multi-ethnic & disciple making church that was planted and is led by Dr. John Bryson. 

Why Memphis?

Memphis, TN., has been a staple city in the South for decades however it has stood as one of the most segregated cities in America for years. Although the city explodes with great BBQ and basketball, its history of racial tension made it an ideal place for a multi-ethnic church plant just about 15 years ago. I was drawn to Fellowship Memphis for three major reasons. 

1.    It is gospel centered: Everything comes back to Christ and his sacrifice for us in our sinful nature. The gospel is the power of God which saves and this church is centered on that.

2.    It is a teaching church: Fellowship Memphis has a heart to teach young leaders through discipleship, hoping that they will plant healthy churches to advance the gospel.

3.    It is intentionally multi-ethnic: The Kingdom of God is described as being multi-ethnic, multi-racial and diverse in many ways according to Revelation 7:9. This should not only be desired but actively pursued in our everyday lives and the gathering of the local church.

As I looked to pursue my calling through training, I was blessed to see that Fellowship Memphis held very similar convictions that I have… as well as a foundation of being faithful to the sound teaching of the Bible. We are praying that through our time in Memphis we will learn from their example of planting a gospel centered, bible teaching, multi-ethnic, church planting church.

What is a residency?

I worked at a hospital in the beginning of my professional career and I was able to see many residents walk the halls of the buildings, learning from the doctors and surgeons who had been practicing for years. A residency provides an opportunity to have first-hand experience in different ministry settings while in the beginning stages of learning. Essentially, I will be a student who is blessed with an opportunity to learn by experience while learning in a classroom as well.

Long Term Goals:

Our family looks at this move with faith and gratefulness in our hearts, knowing that it will build us up for the things that God has for us in the next season. We pray that the training that I receive in Memphis equips us to plant a gospel centered, multi-ethnic church wherever God leads us. We would love to return to the city that currently holds our hearts, Daytona Beach, to plant such a church. Our hope is that the Lord will continue to grow us to serve the community that we feel called to serve.

By joining us through prayer and/or your one time financial gift you will be helping us between now and the time we start the program on August 16th*. Your one time gifts will set us up with the foundation needed to transition to Memphis during a time where our family is growing (we are expecting our daughter to be born the first of September) and leaving two full-time careers. We are sad to leave Daytona Beach but know that God is calling us to take this leap of faith and we trust that it will prepare us to lead for His Glory. Will you please pray for us during this crucial time and consider partnering with us financially in preparation for the next season as we seek to pursue God's call on our lives.

Thank you.

Grace & Peace,

The Cogdell’s (Byron, Kimyatta, Parker & Robyn)