The Reverend Melisa J. Derseweh, Senior Pastor Minimize

Greetings!
When we look for evidence of Christ among us, we find it!
Whether in the beauty of worship together or in working together to help transform our world, I regularly witness Christ in the people of The Church in the Curve, as we lovingly nicknamed this church.
We intend for you to receive extravagant hospitality from us - - - and we intend to be welcoming because Christ welcomes each one of us into the curve of God’s embrace.
Let us share with you some of the transformation we are experiencing:
We provide nutritious food for about fifty children each weekend during the school year . . .
We provide food, clothing and information and prayer for persons needing help . . .
We sponsor or host AA, NA and OA groups as well as other community groups . . .
We celebrate the Resurrection every Sunday morning and provide small groups to encourage our spirituality . . .
. . . plus more!
Come share the journey with us!
Grace and peace, +Melisa

Pastor Melisa Derseweh is in her eighth year serving this church. Her husband the Rev. John Vaughan serves as Senior Pastor of Trinity UMC in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Their adult children are busy completing degrees and starting careers. Melisa graduated with her Master of Divinity from The University of the South (Sewanee). When she is not teaching, preaching, or meeting with people she loves to spend time at the Y, streaming great TV she missed or playing in the dirt with hopes of more healthy plants in her life.

Debbie Byrd, Deaconess, Church Coordinator Minimize

As a member of Andrew Price for 27 years, I have had the opportunity to mature in my faith as a follower of Jesus. I now serve this church, this community and the world as a United Methodist Deaconess. I have been called by God to take my faith into the world with a ministry of love, justice and service. I have been the Church Coordinator during the last 10 years. I have been involved in various outreach ministries which have served our brothers and sisters who are without food, homes and clothing. I continue to work with these outreach ministries but also volunteer with an organization whose purpose is to educate people of the reality of human trafficking in Nashville, help the survivors regain their lives and find ways to stop it.

Another of my greatest joys is my daughter, Grace, who is a constant inspiration of the integrity and perseverance of the human spirit.

Dr. Darryl Nettles, Director of Music Minimize

Darryl Glenn Nettles, a native of New York, was granted a Doctorate in Vocal Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. While in Illinois he was a student of Mignon Dunn of the Metropolitan Opera. He also studied with Heinz Rehfuss of the Paris National Theatre and with the renowned artist William Warfield.

In addition to his vocal studies, Darryl studied composition with Salvatore Martirano and has written countless vocal, choral, and instrumental works. He is the author of African American Concert Singers Before 1950 (McFarland and Company, Inc.).

Darryl has appeared with Opera Sacra of Buffalo, New York, the Western New York Opera, was an apprentice with the Greater Miami Opera, and most recently appeared with the Buffalo Opera Unlimited Company of New York. As tenor soloist Darryl performed with the Heartland Symphony of Minnesota, the Buffalo Philharmonic of New York, and the Nashville Symphony of Tennessee. He also served as rehearsal accompanist with Maestro Julius Rudel, the internationally celebrated conductor of opera.

Darryl coached and performed with the legendary jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams and was chosen by her as featured soloist for the Western New York premiere of her jazz mass. His CD Reminiscing, a collection of jazz standards, was released in the fall of 2000. On the recording Darryl is both vocalist and pianist. A new CD project is in the making at present and will also feature jazz music.

Darryl is currently Coordinator of Vocal/Choral Studies in the Department of Music at Tennessee State University in Nashville. Prior to this appointment he served as Chairman of the Music Department and Coordinator of the Humanities/Fine Arts Division at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minnesota.\

Darryl teaches applied voice, opera history, opera workshop, choral conducting, vocal techniques, and vocal methods and conducts the University Choir and Meistersingers.