Staff

Say hello to the leadership team at Grace Church.

Meet our leadership

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Jonathan Trees - Lead Pastor

Jonathan Trees' pastoral ministry blends his experiences from years leading worship, teaching and serving the Florida District as Mentor Coordinator, Midsouth Ministry Area Coordinator and Midsouth Board of Credentials. He enjoys hiking in the mountains of Tennessee and speaking as an advocate for living organ donation.

Jonathan Trees - Lead Pastor | Grace Church of the Nazarene "The best is yet to come!" - Pastor Jonathan

Kevin Simons - Pastor to Youth & College Students

Kevin Simons has been involved in Youth Ministry for 32 years and has served in the Nazarene church in many different parts of the country, most recently in Venice, FL. He and his wife, Meghan, met and fell in love at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.

Kevin Simons - Pastor to Youth & College Students | Grace Church of the Nazarene "God's doing a new thing in our region." - Pastor Kevin

Laura Neumar - Director of Worship & Young Adults

Laura Neumar has been on staff since 2017. She graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a Bachelor’s degree in Worship Arts. While attending TNU, Laura was a member of the traveling southern gospel group, “Redeemed”, in addition to leading chapel worship. She continues her legacy by mentoring chapel musicians and those in the worship arts program by offering internship opportunities at Grace.

Laura Neumar - Director of Worship & Young Adults | Grace Church of the Nazarene "God's plans for your life are better than you can imagine." - Laura

Alyssa Forest - Pastor to Children & Families

Alyssa Forest has been at Grace Church since October 2018, after having served as a missionary pastor in Maui, Hawaii through Nazarene Headquarters for 3 years. Alyssa is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and additionally she has her bachelor’s of science in nursing and has been a registered nurse since 2007.

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" Proverbs 22:6

Rebecca Bailey - Pastor of Recovery & Counseling

Rebecca Bailey has been on pastoral staff since 2013, and the Celebrate Recovery Pastor since its launch in 2017. She received a B.S. in Psychology and a M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program from Liberty University. In addition, she is district licensed and is pursuing ordination with the Church of the Nazarene. She is certified in Symbis Premarital Counseling Facilitator, Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1), and is a Phase 1 Brainspotting Clinician.

"Jesus cares about you more than you could ever know." - Rebecca

David Johnson - Church Planting Pastor

David Johnson came to join our staff in 2017, shortly after his retirement from the mission field. He and his wife, Lisa, provided evangelism, pastoral training, discipleship, and administrative support to both the Madagascan and Kenyan people through Nazarene Missions International (NMI) for over 17 years. Their adult daughters, Lauren and Amanda, who were raised in Africa, now reside in Nashville as well. David started the Grace Church Swahili worship service, which meets on Sundays at 11:00am. He has a passion for lost and marginalized cultures, and his humble spirit draws these people to him. We are thankful to have both David and Lisa stateside at Grace church!

"Jesus cares about you more than you could ever know." - David