About Us

The Office was established on April 11, 2019 as part of Governor Bill Lee’s inaugural legislative agenda.

Our office brings together faith communities, nonprofits, business leaders, state and local governments to recognize and implement best practices in our shared goal to make life better for every Tennessean.

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Governor Lee launched this office with an awareness that government is not the answer to our problems and with the recognition that we are all called to feed the hungry, visit the sick and imprisoned, care for our neighbors and provide healing to those who are suffering. His mission is to bring faithful, compassionate people together with state and local governments, find new ways to solve some of our toughest issues and leverage opportunities that contribute to the flourishing of Tennessee communities.

Bill Lee

Governor of Tennessee

Meet our Team

Dave Worland

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Dave Worland

Executive Director

dave.worland@tn.gov

Dave Worland was appointed Executive Director of The Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives by Governor Bill Lee on July 8, 2019. Mr. Worland’s career demonstrates his faith in action and highlights his last 30 years leading local, national and international nonprofits that are dedicated to doing good in our communities. A gifted visionary, he has made his mark by bringing people of faith and goodwill together to build initiatives that promote hope and healing in the lives of people right here in Tennessee and around the world.

Cherita Bloodwirth Adams

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Cherita Bloodwirth Adams

Communications Director

bevelle.puffer@tn.gov

Matthew Grove

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Matthew Grove

Project and Policy Director

matthew.grove@tn.gov

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