Lead Pastor – Rev. Kevin Rector
I started my journey as lead pastor at Gallatin First Nazarene in September of 2017. I have found this to be one of the most loving and generous churches that I have ever encountered. There is a really strong desire to serve God and I consider it a great privilege to be the pastor here.
Prior to serving here I was the pastor of the Wausau Church of the Nazarene, in Wausau Wisconsin, and Liberty Church of the Nazarene in Vilonia, Arkansas. Before that, I was a layman in Nashville, Tennessee, where I was a computer programmer and served my local church while preparing for ministry at Trevecca Nazarene University.
I have a masters degree from Trevecca in Practical Theology and a bachelors degree in business management from Olivet Nazarene University.
I met my wife Andrea while I was living in Nashville and we were married in June of 2002. We have four amazing and wonderful children. Zeb was born in 2004, Isabelle in 2005, Anna Grace in 2008, and Molly in 2009.
I have a lot of hobbies that I bounce between. Some of the things I like to do are: fishing, hiking, bicycling, computers, reading, and talking theology.
I have a real passion for telling people about how much God loves them. Whether we’ve been in the church our whole lives or have never attended a church service, we have no idea the breadth and depth and height of God’s love for us. He really values each and everyone one of us, and that is such good news.
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 Sumner County Schools. Pastor Lance wants to help kids know Jesus as Lord and help develop faithful families.
Worship & Community Pastor – Rev. Hayley Shaddix
Pastor Hayley is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She has served in various ministry role in the Nashville area; most recently as an after-school program director for a Nazarene compassionate ministry center in downtown Nashville.
Pastor Hayley graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a BA in Religion with a focus on worship ministry. She was ordained on the MidSouth District in 2015.
Pastor Hayley is married to Zac and they live in Gallatin. Zac is the office manager and middle school pastor. Pastor Hayley sees worship as a vital part of the Christian transformation process.