Sherry Cothran is a pastor/preacher, writer and musician that merges fields of religion, spirituality and culture. Cothran was known in the rock world as the lead singer of The Evinrudes, the late 90’s popular rock band whose single, “Drive Me Home,” climbed pop/rock charts to number one in the southeast. She has shared the stage with many popular bands of the era like Goo Goo Dolls, Spin Doctors, Bare Naked Ladies and others. She has acted in a film, written songs for t.v, movie and radio and these days, she is a critically acclaimed writer in music and word and also travels to speak, lead workshops and perform while pastoring full time in the United Methodist Church. Sherry brings a fresh perspective to the practice of creative and thoughtful religious & spiritual practice in the 21st century.
Cothran was recently featured in USA Today, The Tennessean and video interviews and performances for various programs including an internationally released video put out by United Methodist Communications. She has been a feature performer/leader at Festival of Homiletics and a regular preacher at Scarritt Bennet’s series “Tuesdays in the Chapel.” Cothran’s own blog, “Peddling Hope in Dystopia” is widely read, she has also blogged for Alive Now, Abingdon Women, Ministry Matters and Church Recovery. In addition, her sermons are featured regularly in the “Good Preacher” lectionary homiletics journal. Sherry recently received a grant from the Lily Endowment through the Louisville Institute for Pastoral Leadership, to write a series of songs based on texts and poetry of Wisdom from five religious traditions. Her new CD, “Kiss the Ground” will be out in late, 2016 along with a companion curriculum. Sherry was the Artist in Residence for Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 2015, recently signed with literary agent, Rachelle Gardner with Books and Such Literary Management and is working on her first book. Her last CD, out in 2013, was “Sunland,” a compilation of songs written and produced by Sherry based on the lives of what she affectionately calls the “untamed” women of the OT, it was her 6th CD.
In 2015, Sherry was named the Director of the Nashville Jung Circle, a non-profit devoted to community and education around the works of depth psychologist, C.G. Jung and the co-founder Dreamweave, a social enterprise that helps to transform the lives of incarcerated women working inside the prison system teaching job and life skills. Rev. Sherry Cothran currently serves as the pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Nashville, TN, and is regularly booked for speaking engagements, workshops and interactive concerts.