In 1997, the Preston Taylor Homes in northwest Nashville had only one community center to address the need for building positive relationships with over 1,800 children under the age of 18 in the neighborhood. Patrick Hamilton engaged his church, St. Paul Southern Methodist (renamed Green Hills Community Church), in providing support for this neighborhood. Led by Hamilton, a group of churches, agencies, and community members in the Preston Taylor community organized Preston Taylor Ministries in March 1998. PTM began by providing children living in the community with Bible studies, recreation, tutoring, mentoring, and music instruction.
In 2007, PTM moved its operations from First Baptist–West Nashville into a building donated to PTM by Martha and Hal Wilson. Named to honor this generous family, the Hal and Martha Wilson Center is located at 4014 Indiana Avenue. This permanent space provided a base for expanding to serve more children through the launching of satellite sites.
In 2008, PTM established a second afterschool site in North Nashville in partnership with Faith United Missionary Baptist Church. Faith United serves 20 children in K-4th grades.
In 2010, PTM began serving high school students through Servant and Leadership Training (SaLT) Program. High school students met for tutoring and life skills training including career exploration, service learning, job training, and college exploration. High school programming began including Dinner and Devo in 2014.
PTM added afterschool sites between 2010-2020 including a partnership with St. Luke’s Community House in 2016 and McGruder Center in 2019.
In 2020, PTM serves approximately 320 children and youth in kindergarten-13th grade at eight afterschool sites. PTM believes that to be successful in life they need to be connected to a caring adult, a positive peer group, a purpose, and educational opportunity.
The mission of PTM is to empower Preston Taylor children and youth to discover and live their God-inspired dreams, develop a love for learning, and build joy-filled friendships that glorify Christ Jesus.
In order to provide the context for helping students to grow in their sense of connectedness, PTM enlists over 300 volunteers to serve 320 children/youth weekly through a variety of academic, job development, and mentoring programs.