Antioch church minister, wife wounded by gunman


ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) – Minister Davis “Joey” Spann and his wife, Peggy, were both wounded by a gunman who opened fire inside the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch on Sunday.

Metro police said later Sunday that Minister Spann was in critical but stable condition while his wife Peggy, who News 2 was told is a retired psychiatric nurse, was stable.

In addition to being a minister, Spann teaches Bible at the Nashville Christian School. He is also a coach for the varsity girls’ basketball team. Spann is widely known as Coach Spann and popular with his students.

Tracy Brothers, the Director of Communications, sent the following statement to the school’s students, faculty, and staff Sunday afternoon:

As you may already know, one of our Bible teachers, Joey Spann, and his wife were both injured in the church shooting this morning at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch. We do not have any additional information at this time but want to boldly ask you to pray. Please lift up Coach Joey Spann and his wife Peggy and all who have been injured or impacted by this tragic event. We will keep you informed when we have more information. Thank you for being a part of our family of faith and for interceding on behalf of the Spanns.  – Tracy Brothers, Director of Communications, Nashville Christian School

In light of the shooting, many from the NCS community came out and participated in a prayer service for the victims Sunday night in the gymnasium at the school.

News 2 spoke with a good friend of the couple, Athletic Director Jeff Brothers, who was at the service.

“They were unfortunately the victims of a terrible tragedy this morning and we got together tonight to pray for them and all the victims and lift them up and wrap our arms around each other and try to get through this together,” said Brothers.

After the prayer service, school officials released the following statement:

We are thankful for all who have shown their support and prayed for NCS coach and teacher Joey Spann and his wife Peggy. Both are recovering from surgery at Vanderbilt hospital and are in stable condition. Our hearts are broken for all of those who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy, and we will continue to keep everyone in our thoughts and prayers.

People at the service also told News 2 the minister had his hands up trying to talk with the suspect before getting shot in the finger. News 2 was told the bullet then got stuck in his chest.

Spann has also coached and taught classes at Ezell Harding Christian School and Good Pasture Christian School in Madison. He has worked as a minister or youth minister at 7 schools in Middle Tennessee, according to the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ website.  PHOTOS: Mass shooting at Antioch churchClick here for more on the Antioch church shooting. 

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