Ministry Team

Russ Nanney, Lead Pastor

Russ Nanney, Lead Pastor

I grew up in Raleigh and graduated from Campbell University and Duke Divinity School.  My wife, Lindsey, and I live in Wilmington where we spend much of our free time outdoors fishing, hiking, jogging, and ministering alongside our congregation. I have a passion for preaching God’s Word and leading people into a deeper relationship with Christ. 

Please contact me if you have questions related to your study of the Bible or would like to better understand the mission, vision, and values at Harbor Church.

Rev. Emily A. Mills, Associate Pastor of Youth & Family Ministries

Rev. Emily A. Mills, Associate Pastor of Youth & Family Ministries

I grew up in Cary, NC and graduated from Wake Technical College. I have served on United Methodist Church staffs since 2000 and am licensed clergy in our Annual Conference. My husband James and I love to spend time with our two daughters and their families. I am an advocate for women and children and am passionate about Youth Ministry and leading worship.

Please contact me if you need information about Youth Ministry or our Core Value Teams.

Lisa Southerland, Children’s Ministries and Preschool Director

Lisa Southerland, Children’s Ministries and Preschool Director

I am a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and administrate all programs for children ages birth through 5th grade. My passion is for our local families: that they find a place within a community of faith to grow and minister alongside other families.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the church, our children’s programs, and how to get your family more involved at Harbor Church.

Terri Brooks, Program and Facility Director

Terri Brooks, Program and Facility Director

I studied Business and Nonprofit Management at Cape Fear Community College and UNCW. It is my mission to ensure that Harbor provides a hospitable and safe environment to all who enter our facilities. I love serving at Harbor, supporting the staff and congregation in all areas of scheduling and facilities operation/use. As a Stephen Leader at Harbor, I also oversee the Stephen Ministry, DivorceCare, and Single & Parenting, and GriefShare ministries.

Please contact me for all Facilities needs, or if you have questions related to the ministries listed above.

Elizabeth Smith, Office Manager

Elizabeth Smith, Office Manager

I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism. It is my mission to live a life that conveys the Gospel. As the Office Manager, my duties are many, but one of the most important aspects of my job is being the face of Harbor to all who come or call in. I strive to serve our congregation and community with love and honesty. I am happy in my work and love the people at Harbor!

Please contact me if you have any general questions about Harbor ministries or who on staff can best serve you.

Curtis Campbell, Traditional Music Director

Curtis Campbell, Traditional Music Director

Over my 34 years of pastoral ministry, it has been my joy to lead music ministries, record albums, and engage the community through local symphony orchestras and chorales. I have always maintained a love for music of all kinds, and I graduated from UNC Greensboro with a degree in Music Education.

I look forward to making music to enhance our worship with our choir at the traditional worship service at 8:45AM. We are always looking for new faces (and voices!). We have a GREAT time!

Please contact me if you have an interest in either the choir or our orchestra.

Taylor Lee, Director of Modern and Contemporary Music

Taylor Lee, Director of Modern and Contemporary Music

I’m a Wilmington local who has deep roots in Harbor Church. I have been attending Harbor since I was 12 years old. I graduated from UNCW with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. I have toured professionally as a musician and have now answered God’s calling in my life to lead people into Worship through Music. 

Helena Mead, Staff Assistant

Helena Mead, Staff Assistant

As the staff assistant, I fill in the gaps around the church. My role ranges from cleaning to administrative tasks to supplementing the children’s ministry. It is my joy to work alongside Lisa, Elizabeth, and Terri in a variety of ways.

Mollie Philbin, Adult Discipleship Coordinator

Mollie Philbin, Adult Discipleship Coordinator

I graduated from UNCW with a degree in Elementary Education. Through my life experience as an elementary school teacher and mother, it has been my privilege to journey alongside many Christ followers all over Wilmington. My commitment to the Harbor family runs deep as they have helped me through a difficult stage of my life in the last couple years.  I hope as Adult Discipleship Coordinator to journey with people toward a closer relationship with God. 

Please contact me if you have questions about what it means to have a deeper relationship with God.

 Lorene Walsh, Staff Accompanist

Lorene Walsh, Staff Accompanist

I graduated from E.C.U. with a B.M. double major in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, and attended grad school there in Piano Performance as well.  I work full time as Office Manager/Executive Assistant at First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, and part-time as Music Director for Opera House Theatre Company, in addition to providing music for Harbor’s traditional worship service.  Sharing my gift of music allows me to give back a portion of what God has given to me.

Buddy Kinley, Custodian

Buddy Kinley, Custodian

I served in the US Army for 19 years in communications, transportation, and as a medic. I have three kids, and I enjoy spending time with them. When I can, I like to fish and play pool. I am glad to be on staff and a member of Harbor. In my job as custodian, I take care of Harbor’s Ministry Center, help with the upkeep of buildings, and assist with other events and tasks as needed.