Howard Plummer, Senior Pastor
Howard Plummer has served as the Senior Pastor of HCN since 1995. Howard is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University and Fuller Theological Seminary. He identifies himself as a preaching pastor. He loves the written and living Word, the mission of God, and people.
Howard is married to Anna, a pediatric/post-op nurse. They have four children: Kelly and her husband, Roger; Brady and his wife, Michelle. Kelly and Roger have one son, Rhett. Brady and Michelle have three children: Kennedy, Leyton, and Nolan. They all live in Middle Tennessee, attend and serve at HCN, and eat Sunday lunch together. Email
Carol Waller, Executive Pastor
Carol Waller serves as Executive Pastor at HCN. In this role, she oversees all administrative and operational aspects of the church to ensure the vision & mission of HCN are accomplished. She is an Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene and a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University and Vanderbilt University. She is a native of Middle Tennessee.
Carol is married to Michael Waller and they have four children: Anna (18), Sara (16), Becca (15), and Lucas (8). Michael is an electrical engineer at REI in Cookeville. They have raised their children at HCN and consider it a privilege to serve in their home church. Email
Hunter Steinmetz, Senior High Pastor
Hunter Steinmetz serves as the high school pastor at HCN. Hunter is a child of HCN. He is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry. He began an internship with the NextGen Team in 2013 that led to him becoming the middle school pastor in 2014. In the spring of 2015, he became the high school pastor. Hunter is a mission-minded, discipleship-driven, and Spirit-led follower of Christ and calls his students to be the same. Email
Ronnie Thompson, Middle School Pastor
Ronnie Thompson serves as Pastor to Middle School Students at Hermitage Church. He has been an active part of NextGen Ministries serving as Elementary Pastor, Sr. High Assistant Pastor, College, and Middle School Pastor since joining the team in 2002. During that time he has continued his education through Trevecca Nazarene University and Nazarene Bible College. He has also served as Senior Pastor on both the Tennessee District and North Arkansas District. Ronnie is a product of Hermitage Church. He has attended regularly since invited to VBS by his best friend in second grade. Ronnie was married in the church to his high school sweetheart, whom he met in the youth group. Ronnie has two children, Ben and Shelby, who are also active in the life of the church. Email
Kayla Smith, Children’s Pastor
Kayla Smith serves as the pastor to families with children from birth through fifth grade. She holds degrees in special education and in organizational leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. Kayla is married to Eric, who assists in worship ministry at HCN and serves as the Audio/Visual Director at Trevecca Nazarene University. Eric is also an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Both Eric and Kayla love the Church and are happy to use their gifts in ministry however they can. Email
Sam Green, Worship Pastor
Sam Green has served as Pastor of Worship at HCN since 2004. He oversees the preparation of the weekly and seasonal worship music for the choir and the band. As a professor at Trevecca Nazarene University, Sam currently serves as Director of the Center for Worship Arts and Director of Undergraduate Research. Sam has an earned doctorate in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University and an Advanced Certificate in Worship Studies from the Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies.
Sam is married to Keli and they have three daughters and two sons-in-law: Isabella, Anna-Laura and Cody Garrow, and Sophie and Topher Davison. Keli is the Performance Improvement Coordinator at Centennial Medical Center. Email
Jon Nelson, Young Adult Pastor
Jon Nelson serves as the pastor to individuals who range from college age to early thirties. He has been involved in ministry from an early age because of his passion of teaching and serving others. He holds a B.A. degree in Mathematics Education from Olivet Nazarene University. He also teaches part time at McGavock High School. Jon is married to Cassidy who also serves as a small group leader at HCN for teenage girls and is currently a counselor for Rest Stop ministries. They have two young children Nora and Caya. The Nelson family not only loves to serve the community at HCN but loves to be a part of it. Email