Our Pastor  


Meet Pastor Frank S. Gordon

Reverend Dr. Frank S. Gordonwas born to the late Rev. Dr. Gill H. Gordon, Sr. and Mary Frances Corder Gordon of Nashville, Tennessee.  Reverend Gordon is a 1971 graduate of East Senior High School of Nashville.  He attended American Baptist College, Trevecca Nazarene College, and is a graduate of the Emmanuel Bible College of Nashville with a Doctorate in Theology.

On August 18, 1972, Pastor Gordon, as we refer to him,  received his call to the Gospel Ministry and was ordained on December 16, 1974 at the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church under the pastorate of his father.  As God willed with His infinite wisdom, Pastor Gordon began his pastorate in November 1979 and became the fifth pastor of the Fourteenth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church.  As pastor, community and international trailblazer, Reverend Gordon has allowed his God given abilities, leadership, and spiritual guidance to direct him in assisting the needs of many others. 

In conjunction with his pastorate beginning in 1979, the church salutes his God given abilities, leadership, and spiritual guidance over the years.  Under his leadership and the power of the Holy Spirit, hundreds have been added to the church.  A new edifice was erected in 1989 at 2501 Buchanan Street. 

In addition to this accomplishment, Pastor Gordon orchestrated in 2003 through the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc., the building of Fourteenth Avenue Baptist Church in Adansi-Apagya located in the Obasi region of Ghana, West Africa.  Consequently, providing an opportunity for others to have a place of worship on foreign soil.  Through his leadership, the church has contnued to prosper and tailor its ministry to respond to the needs of the community, including its robust outreach to the homeless through the Room in the Inn Nashville. Furthermore to the aforementioned successes, Pastor Gordon’s enthusiasm for children has led to the implementing of the following programs designed specifically for children and youth:  The AfterSchool Program (TAP) which offers academic support through one-on-one tutoring during the school year and in the past years summer camp enrichment, Sister to Sister for preteen and teenaged girls, Toastmaster’s Youth Leadership group for all teens, and Destination Graduation for bothparents and their children in fostering student success. 

Pastor Gordon’s civic and national pursuits have led him to be involved in numerous organizations for the benefit of our community and abroad.  Such commitments have included:  the Tennessee Board of Professional Counselors, Metropolitan Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Member of the Metropolitan Nashville Public School Title One Advisory Committee, andMember of the Metropolitan Davidson County Sheriff’s Work Release Commission.  His denominational service includes, Former Moderator of the Nashville City Missionary Baptist District Association, Former President of the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Tennessee, and Former Board Member of the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc.  He currently serves as Second Vice President of the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc.

In all that Pastor Gordon has been allowed to accomplish, one of his greatest achievements derives from his family.  He is married to the former Tamera Ellen Riche.  Reverend and Lady Gordon have two daughters, Tomiko and Trevonda, and four grandsons.  

Our History

Fourteenth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church was founded in the spring of 1933 during a period of time known as the “Great Depression.” She was formed in the home of Will Walker, at such time, known as an “unchurched” man.

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2501 Buchanan Street
Nashville, TN 37208

By Phone: (615) 255-7167  Fax: (615) 255-0296

By Email: fourteenth@bellsouth.net