MORTON MEMORIAL STAFF
Rev. Melisa Derseweh
Melisa is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. She received her M.Div. from The School of Theology at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She is married to John Vaughn, who, though a retired UMC elder, serves a small church in McMinnville, TN, Bascomb UMC. They have three grown children, Brandi, Nathaniel and Michael. Brandi and Brandi's wife, Heather, are parents to two of Melisa's greatest joys, granddaughters Emilienne, and Lissandra. Brandi serves as an educator in the Metro-Nashville Public School system, and Heather is a CPA. Michael works for the state of Tennessee in IT, and Nathaniel is a criminal defense attorney.
Elizabeth K. Masters
Elizabeth Masters is often is the first face most people see when they visit Morton Memorial during the week. She runs the day-to-day operations for Morton Memorial, including managing the master calendar, emailing the weekly announcements, preparing worship bulletins.and completing reports required by The Tennessee-Western Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church as needed. Elizabeth also, graciously helps those who come to the church for aid.
Music and Choral Director
Food Ministry Director
Dr. Nancy Boone Allsbrook is Professor Emerita at Middle Tennessee State University. She served as professor and coordinator of music education at Middle TN State University School of Music from 1979 until retirement in 2010. Nancy earned a BS degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College, a MS from the University of Tennessee, and the Ed. D. in Music Education from the University of Illinois. She and her husband, Lee, have lived in Monteagle, TN since 2010.
Retired from Parsons in Norcross, GA, where she conducted reviews and environmental impact assessments. She lives in Monteagle with her husband, Gordon, and enjoys hiking with her grandchildren. She enjoys helping others learn about caring for the environment. She has a Bachelor's in Environmental Science. She has been managing Morton's Food Ministry since 2019.
David M. Pilcher is a Certified Public Accountant who works part-time preparing income taxes. His professional career includes public accounting, as well as working in private industry. He is a life-long United Methodist and recently moved with his wife from Nashville to Monteagle; in part because of his long history of involvement with the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, serving on its Board of Trustees, including three terms as treasurer. David’s involvement with his former church in Nashville, includes serving on several boards and committees.