Ministry Staff

Rev. Jefferson M. Furtado

Phone:  (615) 541-9383

Rev. Jefferson M. Furtado is a husband, father, and leader who is passionate about his call to pastoral ministry. He is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and began he journey in the United States in Holly Springs Mississippi, graduating from Rust College, a historically black liberal arts college and one of our United Methodist higher education institutions. Having earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Rust, he later continued studies, receiving a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Church Renewal from United Theological Seminary as well as a post-graduate certification in Homiletical Peer Coaching through Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Rev. Furtado is married to Linda Louise Furtado, a native of Nashville, TN, and a child of the Tennessee Conference. Linda is currently a seminary student, certified candidate for ordained ministry, and works full-time as the Formational Learning Technology Specialist at Upper Room Ministries. Before serving in ministry full-time, Rev. Furtado worked in the fields of technology and digital media at Comcast Cable Inc., United Methodist Communications, and Volunteer State Community College. Together, the Furtados are blessed with three amazing daughters, Sueli, Cintia, and Emma.

Phillip StegnerDirector of Music and Organist: Phillip Stegner

Phone: (615) 948-0659

Phillip Stegner has been the Music Director and Organist for Connell Memorial United Methodist Church since the year 2000.  He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and a graduate of Memphis State University.  Phillip moved to Nashville in 1978, primarily working as a conductor and pianist.  As a conductor, he has worked with a variety of major artists, to include Ernie Ford, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, Minnie Pearl, Loretta Lynn and Trace Adkins.  In addition, Phillip is the writer, music director and producer for Maestro Productions which he founded in 1997.

Support Staff

Nanci Frey
Mother's Day Out Director
Phone: (615) 642-6100

Marilyn Malone
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (615) 859-5915

Kelly Hicks
Voices of Praise and Priase Kids Choir Director
Phone: (615) 428-9337

Kathy Adams
Handbell Choir Director
Phone: (615) 851-0189

Amy Harrison
Director of Children's Ministries

Nursery Caregivers

  • Fiona Richards
  • Kecia Hurt

Sound Technicians

  • David Barton


  • Sharon James

Staff members whose numbers are not listed may be contacted by email at: