Meet our staff and leaders

  • Matt Taylor

    lead Pastor

    Matt is married to Charly, and they have two children, Ellie and Carter.  Matt and Charly both attended Trevecca Nazarene University, although they attended at separate times.  They met as counselors at a High School Church Camp—where Matt insists he married his camp girlfriend!

     

    Matt loves a good home improvement project, fishing and spending time with his family.  Charly is an avid reader, beach lover, and hard working mom, who is currently a Nurse Practitioner in Portland, TN.  The Taylor’s also love their yellow Labrador, Lucy.

     

    Pastor Matt’s primary responsibilities include preaching/teaching, vision casting/strategy, pastoral care and leadership of the pastor staff and church board. 

     

    Matt has his B.A. in Religion from Trevecca Nazarene University and his Master’s of Divinity from Vanderbilt University.

     

    You can reach Matt by calling the church office at 615-325-4805 or through email at PastorMattTaylor (at) gmail.com

  • Giah Kress

    Worship and Community Life Minister

    Giah grew up in Sumner County and graduated with a Music Degree from Union University in Jackson, TN. She has led worship in the local church for over twenty years, including nine years as the Director/Founder of the Sumner County
    Worship Choir. Giah has worked with children’s choirs, youth choirs, and adult choir ministries and has a huge heart for teaching the younger generation about personal worship and worship-leading for others.
    Giah lives in Hendersonville with her husband, Jason, two sons, Brennan (21) and Ethan (18) and the diva of the family, Heidi Bell. Giah loves to travel, read mystery novels and the Tennessee Vols!!


    Giah’s life verse is Jeremiah 29:12-13- “Call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all of your heart.”

  • Bev Embry

    Church Secretary

    Bev was born and raised in Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Olivet Nazarene

    University. Following graduation Bev married her roommate’s brother, Jeff. For over 20 years they moved wherever the United States Air Force sent them, including twice to Germany.


    They have four daughters: Kristi (lives in Missouri), Krista (lives in Tennessee), Keri (stationed with the Air Force in Nevada), and Kandi (stationed in Virginia with the Air Force). Kandi’s husband, Jon, is retired from the Air Force. They have three children-Kirsten (stationed in North Dakota with the Air Force), Amara, and Chase.


    Bev enjoys time with family and taking walks on the beach.

  • Keegan Reckinger

    Youth Minister

    Keegan is originally from Freeport, Illinois and attended Olivet Nazarene University for a year after graduating from high school. After a four year enlistment in the United States Marine Corps, Keegan relocated to Bethpage in order to attend Trevecca Nazarene University; studying for his bachelor’s in Religion with a minor in world history. 


    On any given day you could find Keegan doing one of many things. He has a love for knowledge and learning, whether that be from a hands-on task or a book. Reading, fishing, shooting, working on his truck, traveling, and spending quality time with Ty and Attila (his girlfriend and dog) are a few things that Keegan loves. 


    Although he would tell you that he did not picture himself as a youth minister at the time of his calling, Keegan has a heart for what unique obstacles the youth of our time go through on a day-to-day basis. Life for youth can be confusing and like navigating without a compass at times but Keegan brings his experiences, struggles, and own challenges to the teens, confronting difficult questions early on that can grow into complications with grave consequences in young adulthood. Keegan is here to be a leader, guide, defender, and friend of the youth of Portland Nazarene Church!

  • Adrianna Holt

    Communications

    Adrianna is married to Chris Holt. They have one daughter, Christabella.  Adrianna also works as the Head Custodian at a local elementary school, where she can be close to her daughter. Chris works for A Family Legacy as a family service counselor helping people plan for their funeral and cemetery arraignments. He likes football, playing golf, and video games. Adrianna enjoys helping coach her daughters sports teams, building things, and being with family. 


    Adrianna graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a BA in Worship Arts. Her focus was on the media side, taking classes that ranged from graphic designs, recording audio, and pastoral and theological classes.