Pastoral and Ministry 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. 26 or email
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.
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, conversations with friends, and exploring the world.
Phone: 615-292-3343 ext. 27 or email
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. 23 or email
Ben is an experienced youth leader who recently completed his MDiv at Vanderbilt Divinity, and is ordained as a Disciples of Christ minister. He has been summer camp director, resource and guide for staff, and program facilitator at Christmount, a national Disciples of Christ youth camp near Asheville, NC.
In addition to his work with youth in churches and camps, Ben is also a film director whose credits include Blank Street, a documentary about economic struggles in Virginia, the people experiencing them, and the idea of becoming involved in the community. He has served as a Disciples Peace Intern, traveling the country and visiting camps to facilitate discussions on faith and justice.
In addition to working for Second, Ben is producing a film about the Nashville Food Project to complete his divinity school coursework. He grew up in Richmond, VA and received his bachelor’s degree in photography and filmmaking in 2011 from Virginia Commonwealth University.
phone: 615-292-3343 ext. 22 or email
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 a daughter, born in 2016.
Teresa will assist Chandra part-time during the week.
Jeanette is a lifelong Presbyterian and has been actively involved in music ministry as a singer, conductor, and pianist in Nashville and in her hometown of Princeton, New Jersey.
Jeanette earned a Masters of Church Music at Belmont University. She has conducted choirs at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Blair School of Music, in addition to teaching choral music, music theory, and music history courses at Saint Cecilia Academy, Pope John Paul II High School, Belmont University, and Lipscomb University.
Jeanette MacCallum is the founder and Artistic Director of Vox Grata Women’s Choir, an auditioned community women’s choir dedicated to benefiting the needs of women in the Nashville community. She is also the author of “The Sacred Choral Works of the Venetian Ospedali," recently published by GIA in Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success, edited by Debra Spurgeon.
Jeanette is married to Doug and is the mother of two grown children, Christina and Jacob. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and mountain climbing with her golden retriever, Sunny.
phone: 615-292-3343 ext. 62 or email
Douglas comes to us from McKendree United Methodist Church where he served as Organist since 2012. Before that, Doug served for over 12 years as Organist at First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, playing for weekly Sunday services in addition to performing on several major recordings and concert programs. Doug was a finalist and 2nd place prizewinner in the prestigious American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation in Boston. In addition to his work as an organist, Doug is a professor in the department of English at Belmont University.
As an English teacher, Doug considers the hymn text carefully when preparing his hymn accompaniments. He is passionate about congregational singing and works hard to convey the meaning of the text from the organ. He enjoys our Juget-Sinclair organ, having first played it for its dedication in 2007.
Doug lives in Inglewood with his husband David Lyle. They are the proud parents of twin daughters, Mary and Frances, age 6.
Jessica joined the staff in October 2004. She brought with her 25 years of community involvement and working in office support positions in the Nashville area. She and her husband Kenny live just a few blocks from the church. Their daughter Kaylah and son-in-law Quentin also live close by. Jessica loves conversation and cooking.
At Second, Jessica is in the office every weekday afternoon except Wednesdays. She focuses on church property maintenance and building use. Jessica is also the Wedding Liaison for the Worship Committee.
phone: 615-292-3343 ext. 24 or email
Kathy is often the first voice people hear when they call Second, or the first person to greet them when they come into the office. She handles those front-line administrative duties and assists Nicole in keeping the church running smoothly.
phone: 615-292-3343 ext. 45 or email
Moderator of Session: Rev. Mary Louise McCullough
Clerk of Session: Baird Dixon
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