As we transition to a new school year in youth ministry, we have a tradition of celebrating the past year together and lifting up our high school graduates one last time at our youth banquet. We invite you to join us in holding these amazing young people in prayer as they embark on new journeys. May they know wherever life takes them they will always have a community praying for them and eager to welcome them home whenever they return.


Anna Bagwell graduated from Hume-Fogg School. She will attend the University of Pittsburgh and study environmental studies and rehabilitation science. Anna participated in the Nashville Children’s Choir for six years and has finished her fourth year in the Nashville Youth Choir. Outside of choir, Anna has played cello in her school orchestras for eight years. She has been a member at Belmont UMC since she was born and has been active in choir, handbells, and church basketball. Her favorite Belmont memories are from Beersheba and crazy times at Midweek. She will miss her church family very much.


Ben Deppen graduated from Hillsboro High School. He was a part of the cross country and soccer teams all four years. In the fall, he plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis.


Audrey Hines graduated from Hume-Fogg School in May. She has been active at Belmont UMC since kindergarten and stayed involved in Sunday school, youth group, and children’s/youth choirs. Audrey is thankful for her Belmont family’s support and encouragement. She was a 5-year member of the Tennessee Youth Symphony, played in the high school wind ensemble, a member of her high school swim team, and participated in a summer league swim team for 12 years. Audrey plans to attend Colorado State University and study Environmental Engineering and Environmental Policy. In the event of a COVID-19 imposed gap year, she will continue her internship with a Tennessee state senate campaign and the United States presidential campaign.


Gus Kohler graduated from Hume-Fogg School with district honors, Tennessee honors and Tennessee distinction. He participated in jazz band, concert choir, and was a captain on the varsity soccer team this past year. Gus was awarded a band letter and 4 pins for his 4 years of concert and jazz band at HFA. He will attend the University of Tennessee Knoxville this fall studying in the School of Music and was the recipient of both the Jim Dreher and Jerry Cocker music scholorships. Gus will work towards a Masters in Music and honing his jazz bass and piano prowess in the studio music and jazz studies program. Gus is looking forward to continuing to play soccer in college on UTK’s men’s soccer club. Belmont UMC has been an influence in his life before he was baptized in 2003. Beginning with Belmont Weekday School in fall 2002, Gus has participated in many aspects of life at Belmont. He sang in God’s Flock, Joyful Noise, Chapel Choir, and with the Open Door Singers. He has also participated in choir trips and the Appalachia Service Project. Gus has been an acolyte, scripture reader, bass accompanist, and played church basketball. He would like to extend his gratitude to Gayle Sullivan, Bill Cooper, and Ned and David Henry for opportunities in music given to him. He would also like to thank Darren Wright and Mary Jane and Phil Duke for their years of dedicated shepherding, mentorship, and fellowship through the years.


Abby Mendez has been at Belmont UMC since her freshman year. She has participated in youth and choir and was on the youth council and a choir officer. This fall, Abby will attend school at the College of William and Mary.


Zim Seely graduated from Hume-Fogg School. He will attend Purdue University next year and major in chemical engineering. Zim enjoys playing basketball and fishing.


Eh Klu Do


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