Pastor of Telos at Southminster
Beth Smith McCaw spent her early years in the Midwest – Indiana, Ohio, and then Indiana again before coming to Nashville for graduate school (the first time) in 1989. At that time, her greatest fear was that she would end up a Presbyterian! Suffice it to say, she got over it. After completing joint degrees in pastoral care and social work, she worked community mental health, outpatient and church-based counseling and therapy settings for 25 years. During that time, she and husband Mark raised two wonderful kids. As the kids neared the end of their time in the nest, Beth began to think about what her next calling and vocation could be. She returned to Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2014 – 25 years after matriculating there the first time! – to complete the requirements for an MDiv. At the same time, she began the journey toward ordination in the Presbyterian Church, USA. Graduating in December 2016, she spent the next few months working part time, job-hunting and watching too much Netflix. In May of 2017, Beth began working with Southminster Presbyterian Church, charged with the task of beginning a new worshiping community focused in the neighborhood around the church and serving its needs. At the same time, the daycare center located at Southminster was facing a crisis. Beth had no idea how to run a daycare, but all those years as a therapist were helpful as she did her best to help the daycare staff and parents communicate and reorganize. This turned out to be a great (if stressful) way to get to know the people in the community, and Beth began meeting with various people to talk about forming a "Discernment Team" to look at what a new expression of church could be in south Nashville. This group has solidified and now forms the leadership team of Telos at Southminster – the new worshiping community at Southminster Presbyterian Church, which focuses on faithful community, worship and service. It has been an amazing, challenging and exciting journey of faith so far, and Beth can’t wait to see what God has next for Telos at Southminster, and those God brings to them. Beth is married to Mark and has two grown children.
Bethany 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.
Bethany and her wife Lanette were married at Southminster in 2016. They have two grown daughters and one granddaughter.
Pianist / Organist
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.
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's family includes two sons, two daughter-in-laws and three grandsons, plus their dog Timmy, who all live in Nashville.
Jannette Chambers, Clerk of Session
JoAnn was a member of Southminster since 1970. She sang 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 enjoyed her hobbies of reading, cooking and gardening.
JoAnn is survived by 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.