Pastoral Staff

Pastoral Staff

Senior Pastor

Rev. Darren Brandon

Darren comes to St. Paul after serving seven years as Senior Pastor of Settle Memorial United Methodist Church in Owensboro, KY. He has also enjoyed serving United Methodist churches in Franklin, Berea, and Bardstown, as well as spending four years as a District Superintendent. Darren is a graduate of Belmont University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Darren and his wife Lori both grew up in Middle Tennessee. Abby, the youngest of their two daughters, is a student at Murray State University and will be doing her student teaching in Louisville this fall. Dea, their elder daughter, is a recent graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary with an emphasis in youth ministry. She and her husband, David, have a son, Davis, born in the spring of 2017. Dea is a recent graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary with an emphasis in youth ministry. In their free time Darren and Lori like to spend their free time at the family farm hammering away on projects. You might also see Darren riding his bike to work, playing a round of golf, or trying out a new restaurant. Darren and Lori are excited to live and serve in the Highlands.  
Associate Pastor

Cody Nygard

Cody joined the ministry at St. Paul in 2014, coming from Central Texas, where he was born and raised. Cody and his wife, Erika, a Louisville native, moved to Louisville following the reception of their Master’s degrees (M.A. in Religion – Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest and M.Ed. – Texas State University, respectively). Together, Cody and Erika have served in diverse congregations from rural to suburban before coming to St. Paul. Their theological emphases are diverse as well, focusing on subjects such as family discipleship, agricultural ethics, experiential faith, and thinking outside the box. Together they play acoustic Americana music as The Brown Mollies, and are in love with the Highlands.