Meet Our Clergy

Rev. Catherine Clark Nance

Senior Pastor

865.521.0260

Rev. Catherine Clark Nance

Senior Pastor

Rev. Nance is the 42nd Senior Pastor at Church Street; Church Street is her seventh appointment.  She earned a B.S. in Political Science from the University of TN Chattanooga and her M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. She and husband Brad have been married for 36 years and have two adult sons, James and Steven. Catherine enjoys riding her bicycle, walking, and black coffee, and she is the older sister of former CSUMC Associate Pastor Barbara Clark. Catherine shares, “I am so thankful for the talented staff at Church Street. Church Street UMC is known for its far-reaching ministry and inspiring worship; I am humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of this community.”

Rev. Timothy Best

Rev. Timothy Best

Senior Associate Pastor

Rev. Timothy Best

Senior Associate Pastor

865.521.0279

Rev. Timothy Best

Senior Associate Pastor

Rev. Best serves as the Senior Associate Pastor at Church Street, and Church Street is his third appointment in the Holston Conference. Tim graduated with a B.A. in History and Religion from Emory & Henry College, followed by his M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. Tim likes black coffee, canoeing, BBQ, and reading. He is married to Christina, an education specialist, and they have two young children, Athan and Kate. Tim shares, “I am excited to serve God with the faith family at Church Street UMC.”

Rev. Palmer Cantler

Rev. Palmer Cantler

Associate Pastor

Rev. Palmer Cantler

Associate Pastor

865.521.0298

Rev. Palmer Cantler

Associate Pastor

I grew up in Johnson City, TN, a cradle Methodist. My mom was on staff at our home church, and so I grew up running around the church. In the summer before I started 7th grade, I was attending a Holston Conference Youth event and went to sign up for an afternoon workshop. As I was walking down the hall, I felt my feet stop in front of a lime green sign that read “So you want to go into ministry?” I laughed it off, because I knew how hard ministry is. But I found myself signing my name and really began praying and discerning where God was leading me. I had wonderful mentors who cultivated and encouraged my call.

I attended Wofford College, class of 2015, with a BA with high honors in Religion. I completed Duke University Divinity School in 2018 with my Masters of Divinity and also earned a Certificate of Leadership in Non-Profit Organizations from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Church Street is my first church in which I can make an impact in a leadership position! Wooh!

My favorite hymn is It is Well with My Soul.

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

Minister of Spiritual Enrichment

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

Minister of Spiritual Enrichment

865.521.0264

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

Minister of Spiritual Enrichment

I serve as the Minister of Spiritual Enrichment at Church Street and have served as an associate at CSUMC off and on since 1997.

I earned my Masters in English from the University of Memphis and then my Masters in Divinity (Theology) from Emory University. I completed my Ed.D in Public Relations in School Administration from the University of TN.

Along with our half-feral cat, my husband Dwight and I enjoy spending time with our two adult children and two grandchildren. My hobbies include the study of religious art, interior design, and gardening.

Program and Administrative Staff

To reach a member of our program or administrative staff listed below, dial 865-521 and 0+ the extension listed. The main Church Office number is 865-524-3048, and the office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. The Pastor On-Call number is 865-320-9100.

Rev. Pat Clendenen, Visitation Pastor

(use the office number or the Pastor-on-Call number to reach one of our visitation pastors)

Tim Ward, Director of Music Ministries: ext. 276

Edie Johnson, Music Associate/Organist: ext. 277

Jenny Cross, Director of Youth/College Ministries: ext. 287

Katryn Bancroft, Director of Children’s Ministries: ext. 282

Beth Cooper-Libby, Director of Preschool: 865-524-3511

Katie Vesser Strangis, Director of Communications: ext. 299

Dona Bunch, Director of Beacon of Hope: 865-599-5047

Kate Spencer, Church Administrator: ext. 268

Kelly Woods, Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor: ext. 262

Doris Lively, Executive Secretary: ext. 271

Nancy Keen, Receptionist: 865-524-3048

Eileen Weber, Part-time Secretary: ext. 278

Kylie Hubbard, Digital Media Specialist

Keith Bailey, Maintenance Supervisor: ext. 295

Jeffery Rose, Head Custodian: ext. 274

Custodians: Robin Crain, Kevin Bailey, Jacob Jenne

Pastor on Call Number:

865-320-9100