Speakers – Women’s Retreat Dickson, TN

Rev. Dr. Paula Smith

While listening to a sermon on Jeremiah 29:11-13, Paula Smith began to discern a call from God into vocational ministry. With the support of her church family, Ousley United Methodist Church, Paula obtained a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Paula’s gifts for ministry were affirmed by the Tennessee Annual Conference when she was acknowledged as a Licensed Local Pastor in September 2012 and as an ordained elder in full connection in June 2018. She received a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in the Wesley, Mission, Evangelism Tract in May 2018. Paula’s doctoral thesis was entitled Steal Away: Reclaiming Wholistic Health & Well-Being, which included a seven month comprehensive Clergywomen’s Health Initiative. Currently Paula is a coach, facilitator, and trainer with the John Maxwell Team and serves as the first female pastor at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church.

Rev. Marie C. King

Rev. Marie C. King is an ordained deacon with the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. She has served in pastoral roles at multiple United Methodist churches and as a chaplain with Tristar Centennial Medical Center and as a volunteer chaplain with Skyline Medical Center. Rev. King is a Faith Community Nurse in the health ministry setting at the Office of Connectional Ministries of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church Health and Welfare Committee and Steal Away Ministries.

Rev. Dr. Kim McLean

Kim McLean is a songwriter with over 300 song credits by artists like Tim McGraw and gospel mainstays The Martins and Sierra. Grammy-nominated, she won a Dove award for her gospel copyright “Count Your Blessing.” She became an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 2009 and has lead revivals and retreats in multiple denominations. Kim earned her EdD in Leadership and Professional Practice in 2018 and while teaching at Trevecca University she directed and helped develop an Associate Degree Program in Songwriting. As the owner of HCT Media, Kim is building a Creative Collective of musicians, songwriters, preachers, and artisans.