Ministry Staff

Senior Paster: Paul GardnerPaul E. Gardner

Phone: (615) 428-9185

Paul E. Gardner is the Senior Pastor at Connell Memorial United Methodist Church.  Previously, Paul served at Blakemore UMC in Nashville and Hilldale UMC in Clarksville.  Paul attended Candler School of Theology and has been ordained as an Elder in the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1982.  Paul has participated in 6 Mountain TOP (Tennessee Outreach Project) trips, one trip to Nicaragua, and multiple relief weeks in New York’s Staten Island, New Orleans, and was one of the leads in the recovery efforts during the Tennessee floods and the Clarksville tornados.  Paul is passionate about helping others see and understand that our faith is an everyday trust that God is indeed sovereign in the world and He is always recreating us.  This passion helps develop special times of worship and service and new ways to reach out to the world in faith and love.

Paige BachDirector of Student Ministries: Paige Bach

Phone: (863) 214-6575

Paige just moved to Goodlettesville, Tennessee from Sebring, Florida.  She recieved her Bachelor's of Arts in Youth Ministry from Florida Southern College and is currently working towards getting her Masters of Arts in Youth Ministry.  There is nothing in the world that Paige loves more than helping teenagers grow in their relationship with Christ.  Paige is working through an agreement with the Center for Youth Ministry Training.

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: