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.
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Nolan went to seminary in his 30s thinking he might end up teaching theology or church history. Instead he discovered a passion 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.
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James is originally from the small town of Danville, IL, which is also the same hometown of Dick VanDyke. Before arriving in Nashville, he spent a year living in Hollywood, FL working in Family Ministries. He attended McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago where he earned his M. Div. He was also a Young Adult Volunteer in the city of Chicago prior to attending seminary. He has also been a chaplain intern at the Cincinnati Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. He is passionate about the faith and spirituality of children and is committed to nurturing the spiritual life of children, and being a resource to families as they teach their children the stories of our faith.
In his free time, James enjoys playing piano, trying new recipes, and quilting.
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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.
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We are seeking a Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry who is primarily a facilitator of community and able to seek out and launch opportunities for our youth and young adults to grow in relationship with God, themselves, and each other. A full job description with a typical year in the life of this person can be found here.
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.
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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 7.
Nicole manages Second’s office and oversees the communications, publications, website, calendar, session, budget, accounting and financial needs, member records, and much more...
Nicole is also a photographer and a yoga teacher! She and her husband, Hart have two daughters, Piper and Holland.
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Emily Joy Allison-Hearn is originally from central Illinois, but has been living in Nashville for five years. She grew up in a ministry family and holds a degree in Christian theology and apologetics. She previously worked as the communications coordinator for local homeless outreach organization Open Table Nashville and now joins Second Presbyterian as our office assistant. Emily also teaches yoga at various YMCAs and studios around Nashville, and in her spare time she enjoys cooking, writing poetry, and spending time with her partner and her dog Harley.
contact: 615-292-3343 ext. 145 or Emily@secondpresbyterian.net
Moderator of Session: Rev. Mary Louise McCullough
Clerk of Session: Kim Vance
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