The Office was established on April 11, 2019 as part of Governor Bill Lee’s inaugural legislative agenda.
Leveraging the power of faith communities, nonprofits, and government to improve life for every Tennessean.
For every Tennessean to flourish.
Collaborating with Faith Communities, Nonprofits, and Government.
Celebrating the good work happening across Tennessee.
Advancing initiatives that improve life for every Tennessean
Governor of Tennessee
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.
Meet our Team
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.
Project and Policy Director
Each year, The Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives compiles an Annual Report to present to the Governor and Legislature. We invite you to have a look at our First Year's Report, and pray for us as we enter our second year of working to bring together houses of worship, nonprofits and state agencies to solve Tennessee's biggest challenges.Download PDF