Pastoral Staff

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

Hunter Steinmetz,
College and 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

Jennifer Neely,
Middle School 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 experience working with 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.  Her primary focus is grades 6-8, but she can be found all over the church using her creativity and love of people and the church.  Jenn is married to Kris and is momma to Wyatt (6) and Benton (4).  Email 

Ramón Gonzalez,
Pastor of Iglesia del Nazareno Betel Hermitage

Ordained Elder

Ramón leads 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

Sam Green,
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 

Melissa Holder,
Interim Elementary 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