Teresa is a current MDiv student at Vanderbilt Divinity School who comes to Second after serving congregations in Nashville, Houston, Texas, and Stamford, Connecticut. Before she moved to Nashville in 2013 Teresa developed her love of education, spending two years teaching English in Japan, then returned to the States where she earned her certificate in Early Childhood-4th Grade and ESL. Her teaching experience includes ESL for refugees, 3rd Grade, Kindergarten, Art, and 1st Grade Koine Greek. Teresa completed her MEd in Teaching and Curriculum from the University of Houston in 2012.
In Nashville Teresa has served as an Outreach Intern at Open Table Nashville and will begin her Clinical Pastoral Education internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center later this Spring. She is passionate about exploring the intersections between pastoral theology, education, social justice, and racial reconciliation.
Teresa is a candidate for ordination in the Tennessee Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is married to John Siemssen and they are proud parents of an one daughter, born in 2016.
Rev. Dr. Mary Louise McCullough — Pastor and Head of Staff
Mary Louise is a second career pastor who spent 10 years discerning a call to ministry while working in journalism and corporate communications, in Chicago and Richmond, Virginia. For a decade she was the youth editor at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and a freelance writer. She received an MFA in creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University, and worked as a spiritual director and retreat leader at Richmond Hill, an ecumenical retreat center committed to racial reconciliation and spiritual formation.
In 1998 she moved to California to attend San Francisco Theological Seminary where she met her future husband, Mike Wilson, also a Presbyterian pastor (and a drummer!). They graduated in 2002 and spent the next 10 years in Western Pennsylvania, most of them in Pittsburgh where Mary Louise served as pastor of Sixth Presbyterian Church, a More Light Presbyterian church. She received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2012. Mike and Mary Louise have a dachshund, Hazel, and cat, Veronica. Their grown son, Evan, lives in Nashville.
phone: 615-292-3343 ext. 126 or email
Rev. C. Nolan Huizenga — Associate Pastor
Nolan went to seminary in his 30s thinking he might end up teaching theology or church history. Instead he discovered a love for pastoral ministry, and since 2006 has served churches in New Jersey, North Carolina, and now Tennessee. Nolan loves to preach, teach, and lead worship, to build community, and to join with others in discerning what it means to follow Jesus in our time and place. He feels profoundly honored when people tell him the truth about their lives. At Second Presbyterian Nolan especially appreciates the way this congregation strives to be Christlike in compassion.
Nolan also serves on the Committee on Ministry for the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee, and he is a board member of UKirk Nashville, the Presbyterian campus ministry at Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities.
Tennessee is the tenth state Nolan has called home. He holds degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, Drew University, and Houghton College. Nolan's diverse interests include music, aviation and space, reading and writing, fine conversation, and exploring the world.
Phone: 615-292-3343 ext. 127 or email
Chandra P. Allen — Director of Children's Ministry
Chandra Allen loves children, has a deep sense of connection to Second, and is excited to begin a new chapter with this church, leading our children and their families in the Peaceable Kingdom and nursery. One of her former colleagues described Chandra as an amazing combination of “intellect and heart.” She and her husband Harry, who were married here, are now proud parents of three children — Noel, Naomi, and most recently Noah. Chandra is a former Young Adult Volunteer and lived in the “tool shed” more than 10 years ago!
A 2009 graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, Chandra has served as Assistant Director of Education, Programs and Connections at Scarritt-Bennett Center since December 2010. Prior to that she spent a year as a chaplain resident at St. Thomas Hospital. Before attending divinity school, Chandra served as a Seattle Intentional Community Program intern through the Young Adult Volunteer program of the PC(USA), tutoring second and third grade boys in English and Math.
Chandra is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College, was a ministry fellow of The Fund for Theological Education, and received a Lilly Scholarship in Religious Vocation and Leadership, among her many honors for scholarship and community service.
phone: 615-292-3343 ext. 123 or email
Carly Misenheimer — Interim Director of Youth Ministry
Carly is originally from North Carolina and made her way to Nashville after spending some time in Charlottesville, Virginia and Seattle, Washington. She loves the music scene in Nashville and she’s working on improving her honky tonk two-step. After completing two semesters as the Divinity School intern at Second, Carly is excited to transition into the position of Interim Youth Director and continue journeying with our congregation. She will be finishing her MDiv at Vanderbilt in the fall and is under care of Second in the PC(USA) ordination process. Having worked with the confirmation class this past year, she is excited to learn from the curiosity and hopefulness of the youth as they grapple with faith and action.
phone: 615-292-3343 ext. 122 or email