Worship and Pastoral Leadership
Music DirectorBethany Reynolds was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She is a graduate of John Overton High School and Middle Tennessee State University with bachelor degrees in Recording Industry Management and Music Education.
From 1982-1999, Bethany was a full-time working musician, performing across the United States and Canada. The last five years of her performing career were spent in Branson, MO where she sang and played 3 shows a day on the Lake Queen Riverboat.
When Bethany moved back to Nashville, she focused on songwriting and producing. In 2009 Bethany went back to school to obtain a teaching degree in Music Education. She taught music for five years in Coffee County Schools and currently teaches music in Williamson County Schools. She teaches private music lessons in guitar, voice and piano.
In early 2015, Bethany was hired by Southminster Presbyterian Church as our Music Director.
Forrest Fisher was born in Nashville, TN. He graduated from Brentwood High School in 2008 and Lipscomb University in 2012. He holds a Bachelor degree in piano performance with a minor in worship ministry.
At the age of 6 Forrest discovered he had perfect musical pitch and subsequently began taking piano lessons. Later on he took clarinet lessons so he could join band at school. In high school Forrest joined choir in addition to wind ensemble to further broaden his musical experience all while still taking piano lessons. After graduating college Forrest worked with the Williamson County Youth Orchestra as their music librarian while also helping the orchestra on piano for 2 years.
When he is not playing services Forrest is working toward getting his certification in piano tuning. He also has a tuning and event service set up called Simply Piano: Tuning, Repair, Events. Currently Forrest has successfully tuned eight pianos as well as played for several weddings, events, and worship settings. Forrest also enjoys spending time with friends, family, and going to concerts.
Commissioned Ruling Elder
JoAnn has been a member of Southminster since 1970. She has sung in the choir, taught every age group in our Sunday School, led and attended numerous Bible studies, and served as co-youth leader for about ten years.
She has served on the Session for two terms, served on and chaired various committees, and has acted as Clerk of Session for more than fifteen years. JoAnn is currently serving a new term on the Session. She is chair of the Community Service and Outreach Committee, and is a member of Southminster’s Associate Pastor Nominating Committee.
JoAnn was a member of the first Commissioned Ruling Elder class (formerly entitled Commissioned Lay Pastor) offered by the Middle Tennessee Presbytery. She attended the PCUSA General Assembly in 2003 as a representative from the Presbytery, and she has served on the Presbytery’s Christian Education Committee.
Happily retired from the State of Tennessee, JoAnn enjoys her hobbies of reading, cooking and gardening.
JoAnn has two grown children. Her daughter, Meredith, and her partner Sandy live in nearby Donelson. JoAnn’s son, Joe; daughter-in-law, Davida, and grandson, Liam, live in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Debi Goddard, originally from California, was employed as the Church Secretary for Southminster from 2009 – 2011. However, the need arose for Debi and her husband, Bruce to return to California to aid in the care of aging parents. While back in California, Debi worked as the Administrator and Guest Services, for The Wellness Kitchen in Templeton, CA. This non-profit provided nourishing meals and healing foods for those in critical need, along with education resources.
Returning to Nashville in 2014, Debi also returned to Southminster. “It was like coming home,” she states. “Although I do not worship here, the members are like my family.”
Debi and Bruce, have two sons and two young grandsons who live in Nashville.
Southminster Child Care Center Staff
Director of Southminster Child Care Center
Susan Christison’s affiliation with the Southminster Child Care Center dates back to its establishment in the early 1970’s. As a member of Southminster Presbyterian Church, she served on the church committee which organized and originally opened the center as a Half-day Program for 3 to 4-Year-Olds.
In the early 1980’s, Southminster recognized a growing need in the community and added a Full-day Child Care program. Susan served as a teacher in the half-day program until it was discontinued. She then became the Curriculum Coordinator for the Full-Day Program, and later she served as the School-age Coordinator for the Before and After-School program.
Susan and her husband, Terry Christison, met at Auburn University and moved to Nashville upon completion of his military commitment. Both of their children attend the Southminster Child Care program.
Susan shares that, “My having been such a vital part of our program over the years has allowed me to share my creativity, to use my love of art and music with my degree as an Associate of Fine Arts, and to treasure the joy of participating in the lives of so many young children as they grow and learn. It’s been a blessing to me personally, and I feel it will bless children and their families in the years to come.