Who We Are

The Gathering at Bluff Park is a modern worship experience in the heart of Bluff Park. We exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by creating space for friends and neighbors to find belonging, grow in grace, and serve the world. We worship at 11am on Sunday mornings as a part of Bluff Park United Methodist Church.

Our Staff



Rev. John Carl Hastings is the main pastor for The Gathering at Bluff Park. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, John Carl is passionate about folks finding communion with God, with one another, and with the world. He is married to Tori Hastings, a pastor at Canterbury United Methodist in Mountain Brook. They have two kids, Brooks (2) and Eliza (4mo) as well as a long-haired miniature dachshund named Gracie that loves to chase tennis balls, tear things up, and ruin carpet. John Carl is a graduate of Auburn University and The Divinity School at Duke University.

Cole Arn is the Director of Creative Worship for The Gathering at Bluff Park. Cole is from Plant City, FL, and is an Undergraduate Music and Worship Leadership student at Samford University. He is married to Lindsey, a Nursing student at Samford. He studies voice with Dr. Sharon Lawhon and is a member of the Samford A Cappella Choir. He is active in both his fraternity and a student organization focused on sustainable missions. He has been active in worship ministry since early high school and hopes to continue in full time ministry.