Our Staff Team

Matt Hastings,
Lead Pastor

Ordained Elder

Joined HCN Staff in 2022

Matt has served as a youth pastor to churches in Florida & Michigan before taking a lead position in Tennessee. He has served as a lead pastor for 5 years in Chattanooga & 10 years in Estill Springs. Matt also serves as an adjunct professor for Trevecca Nazarene University’s School of Graduate & Continuing Studies program. He has taught Ethical Leadership, Congregational Discipleship, Intro to Christian Ministry, Christian Worldview and Biblical Perspectives. Matt and his wife, Keri, are both graduates of Trevecca Nazarene University. They have been married for 26 years and have 5 children, 2 sons in law & a grandson; Bailee & Matthew Davis (& Brooks), Evan & Emily Clemons, Matt Jr., William and Emmett. Pastor Matt is deeply committed to transparent pastoral ministry and fostering the church to live out an authentic faith in Jesus Christ.  Email
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Carol Waller,
Executive Pastor

Ordained Elder

Joined HCN Staff in 1999

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. The call of God on her life is to preach and lead and serve the local church. She is an Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene and a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University and Vanderbilt University. Carol is married to Michael Waller, who is the Director of Engineering at REI in Cookeville, TN and they have four children plus a new son-in-law: Anna & Chase Earles, Sara, Becca, and Lucas. Email


Jennifer Neely,
Community Life Pastor

District Licensed

Joined HCN Staff in 2019

Jennifer “Jenn” Neely has been at Hermitage Church for 26 years and came on pastoral staff in March 2019 serving as the LIVEWIRE Middle School Pastor. She brings high energy, deep faith and 20 years of experience working with University students as they identify and reach their life goals. Jenn is trained as a therapist and her greatest calling is to walk with people of all ages challenging them and pointing them to Jesus as they become whole and holy beings. Beginning in 2022 Jenn began serving as our Community Life Pastor. This role provides connection points for all ages, supporting and elevating the HCN values of hospitality, discipleship and relationship building. Jenn is married to Kris and is momma to Wyatt and Benton. Email


Hunter Steinmetz,
Senior High Pastor

Ordained Elder

Joined HCN Staff in 2014

Hunter Steinmetz serves as the high school and college pastor at HCN. Hunter is a child of HCN. He is an Ordained Elder in the church of the Nazarene and 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


Brad Mullins,
Middle School Pastor

District Licensed

Joined HCN Staff in 2022

Brad is a district licensed minister who is completing his Religion Major with a minor in Pastoral Ministries degree at Trevecca.  Brad has already invested time with our middle school students as a small group leader and has demonstrated faithfulness and incredible relationship building skills. Brad is married to Bella who works at HCA. We are excited to have him officially join our NextGen team. Email


Melissa Holder,
Elementary Ministries Director

Joined HCN Staff in 2021

Melissa currently serves as our director of Elementary Ministries.  She has a BS in Social Work and a background in Children’s Ministries.  She is married to Randy and homeschools her 4 children. Email



Mica Mitchell,
Preschool Director

Joined HCN Staff in 2016

Mica Mitchell has served in the HCN Lamb’s Club preschool ministry since 2016, when she initially began as the ministry assistant before becoming the preschool director. She graduated from the University of Louisville with a master’s in Communication Disorders and works as a speech language pathologist at a pediatric therapy clinic. Mica is married to Dustin and they have two young daughters. Email



Sam Green,
Contemporary Worship Pastor

Ordained Deacon

Joined HCN Staff in 2004

Dr. Sam Green is an ordained deacon in the Church of the Nazarene and has served as a part-time worship pastor since 1986 when he began at Hermitage Church of the Nazarene. He served at HCN from 1986 to 1990. Sam returned to HCN in 2004. Since 1998, Sam has served as a full-time professor at Trevecca Nazarene University. He currently chairs the Department of Worship in the School of Music and Worship Arts and is the director of Undergraduate Research. Email


Ramón and Alma Rosa Gonzalez,
Pastors of Iglesia del Nazareno Betel Hermitage

Ordained Elders

Ramón  and Alma Rosa lead HCN’s Hispanic Congregation.  He is a gifted communicator with a heart for evangelism.  Ramon desires that our Hispanic neighbors find HCN to be a place where they can worship and be discipled in Christ.  His is married to Alma Rosa and dad to Diana and Isaac. Email



Don Hastings,
Traditional Service Minister of Music

Joined HCN Staff in August of 2022

Don Hastings has over 50 years of experience leading worship and directing choirs in the Church of the Nazarene. He and his wife, B.K., are graduates of Trevecca Nazarene University. They have two children, Missi (Brian) Schmelzenbach, Matt (Keri) Hastings, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. Don is the Engagement Officer for Planned Giving and Senior Adult Engagement at Trevecca. Email


Peyton Schmelzenbach,
College Ministries Director

Joined HCN Staff in August of 2022 

Peyton Schmelzenbach was raised in Eswatini, South Africa and Florida. He is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University and brings a passion for connecting college students to an authentic community of faith like HCN. Email




Jody Scott
Property Manager/Ministries Assistant







Pam McNeese,
Head Housekeeper
MDO Director






Betty Willis,
Choir Secretary






Jo Anne Taylor,







Miriam McMillan,