Pastors & Staff


Lead Pastor

Dr. Alan Thompson served as our pastor until his retirement in April 2017. Our church is currently looking for a new lead pastor.

Youth Pastor – Rev. Stephen Kihnley

Pastor Stephen is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He has served as a part time staff Youth Pastor at Farmdale in Louisville, Kentucky. He also served as the NYI President at Nashville Grace until he was called to full-time ministry as the Youth Pastor at Gallatin First Church of the Nazarene in November 2011.

Pastor Stephen graduated from the University of Louisville in 2005 with a Bachelors Degree in Arts with concentrations in Philosophy & Religious Studies. He received further education through the modular course of study by the Church of the Nazarene as well as Northwestern Nazarene University.

He and his wife Bethany are proud parents of their son Caide. They enjoy traveling to visit family who live in different states. Pastor Stephen is a passionate Louisville Cardinals fan, loves sports, outdoors and traveling. Most importantly, Pastor Stephen wants to see teenagers become disciples of Christ, building a relationship with Christ that will last a lifetime.

Children’s Pastor – Rev. Lance Conn

Pastor Lance is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He has served in children’s ministry and as associate pastor in churches in Tennessee and Alabama.

Pastor Lance graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a BA in Religion with a focus on children’s ministry. He then finished his master’s at Trevecca in Religion with a focus on biblical studies.

Pastor Lance is married to Debra and they have two daughters. Debra is a teacher of the deaf for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Pastor Lance wants to help kids know Jesus as Lord and help develop faithful families.

Worship Pastor – Rev. Shelly Head

Pastor Shelly is an ordained deacon in the Church of the Nazarene. She has served in worship leadership in Ohio and now Tennessee.

Pastor Shelly graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a degree in church music. Shelly has a passion and calling to write worship music for the church and continues to pursue that passion.

Pastor Shelly is married to Dan; they have three adult sons and two grandchildren. Shelly desires to see the body of Christ come together in corporate worship to connect with God in authenticity and passion for a deeper relationship with him.

Office Manager – Sue Bruce

Sue is our temporary office manager during the pastoral interim. If you call or email the office, Sue will be helping you.