Staff

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.  
Director of Discipleship and Connection

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.
Director of Children and Family Ministries

Amy Bishop

Amy received her degree in Psychology and Child Development from WKU and has worked with children with emotional and behavioral disabilities at Seven Counties and with children with developmental delays through First Steps. She was working at First Steps when God called her to ministry with Children. She was the Director of Children’s Ministry at Middletown UMC for 8 years before coming to St. Paul in 2015.Amy is married to her high school sweetheart, Tim, and they have 3 beautiful children, Hannah, Hailey, and Hayden. When she is not driving them around their numerous activities, she enjoys reading and running. Amy and her family are so excited to be at St. Paul!
Director of Spiritual Formation

Cullen Hornaday

Cullen joined the St. Paul staff in 2011, but has been a member at St. Paul since 1985. Cullen grew up in the Episcopal Church in Oxford, Ohio and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She and her husband, Charles, have two adult children, Marjorie and William. Cullen is grateful for the many ways St. Paul has nurtured her faith and enjoys developing spiritual formation opportunities that connect the St. Paul congregation more deeply with their own faith journeys, with God, and with each other.
Worship Assistant

Dr. Lori Elbert

Lori has been on staff since 2001. Lori helps leads the Koinonia worship service. Lori also assists with the Welseyan and Caroler choirs and Music Camp. Lori holds a Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma Baptist University, Master of Church Music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Worship Studies from the Institute of Worship Studies. Lori and her husband, Bruce, have four children, Nina, Gideon, Deborah, and Peter, and a granddaughter, Sofia.
Director of Music Ministires & Organist

Dr. Jim McFarland

Jim McFarland became the Director of Music Ministries at St. Paul in the spring of 2013. Jim earned a Bachelor of Music in Church Music at Union College in Barbourville, KY. He also holds an M.M. and D.M.A. in organ performance from the University of Kentucky. A lifelong United Methodist, Jim has served in various denominations throughout his music ministry. Jim has been married to his wife, Becky, for 22 years, and they have two sons – Andrew and Patrick. In addition to his passion for music ministry, Jim enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.
Assistant Director of Music Ministries

Karla Temple

Karla has been a part of the music staff at St. Paul since 1996. She teaches the preschool music class and directs the Wesleyan Choir. Karla is an alto soloist and section leader for the Chancel Choir. Karla holds a B.A. in Church Music from Asbury College and a Master of Church Music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Karla and her husband, Tom, reside in Oldham County and have twin sons, Nathan and Evan.
Director of Community Outreach

Angela Brooks

Angela joined the St. Paul staff in 2015 and is a connection between St. Paul and the community. Angela manages the church schedule, coordinates facilities and mission needs. In her spare time, Angela enjoys yoga, home improvements, and spending time with her niece – Riley Mae. She lives in the Highlands with her adorable two dogs, Ralphie and Alice.
Administrative Coordinator

Nicole Farmer

Nicole is very excited to be part of St. Paul Church. Her husband, Michael, and she have four children: Hudson, Parker, and twin boys Mason and Easton.She’s a native of Louisville, but is a UK fan to the core. In what free time she does have, she enjoys spending it with her five boys. Nicole is eager to meet new people and is open to your questions anytime!