Meet the Planters

Smith and Kelsey Hopkins

Smith Hopkins serves as the Lead Planter for Oikos Church. He grew up in Rio Vista, TX, a small rural community south of DFW. He migrated to West TN to attend Freed-Hardeman University for ministry training. There he met Kelsey (Nickleson). They married and moved to Memphis in 2008. Together they now have three children—Annie (8), Fletcher (5), and Evie Bell (3). He holds a Master of Divinity from Harding School of Theology and a B.A. in Bible and Philosophy from FHU. He has ministered in churches of Christ in West TN for over 15 years in a variety of roles—young adults, education, and preaching. 


Kelsey Hopkins shares the vision for planting. She was born and raised in Memphis. She was baptized at the Highland St. Church of Christ and went to Harding Academy of Memphis. She holds her B.S. in Psychology from Freed-Hardeman University and a B.S. in Nursing from Union University. She served as an RN for several years in the ICU at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She is gifted with creativity and design, gifts she uses in family discipleship as well as entrepreneurial home renovation.


In Fall 2020, they completed a church planting assessment with Passion for Planting and received confirmation to pursue this work. Passion for Planting has also provided project management services, up to launch. In May 2021, Smith and Kelsey completed training with Onward Church Planting. Onward also provides them with ongoing coaching services. Highland Church of Christ (Memphis, TN) serves as the Sending Church for Oikos. Smith serves under the oversight of the Oikos Governance Team, which functions as the overseeing board of Oikos, until elders are appointed.

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