Renaissance Leadership

Executive Director

Phone: 731-352-6983
Matthew Holt has been nominated as one of the top 5 musicians in all of southern gospel music for the past 4 years. He spent the majority of his professional music career with the award winning southern gospel group, the Perrys. He started playing the piano at the age of 3. He is also making waves as a Christian songwriter. He and his best friend, Joseph Habedank, own a music publishing company, HabeHolt Music. Since its conception in 2006, HabeHolt Music has over 40 songs recorded by well known southern gospel artists. "The Rose," recorded by the Inspirations Quartet, has been nominated as Song of the Year. Prior to joining the Perrys in 2004, he was the Minister of Music at Long Heights Baptist Church in McKenzie, TN. Matthew was born and raised in McKenzie, TN. He resides there with his wonderful wife Lindsey, and his beautiful little boy Fletcher. He uses his experiences in the professional music world and church worship with Renaissance. He is the Director of the Renaissance Quartet, as well as the Associate Conductor of the Renaissance Choir.

Director of Renaissance Theatre

Phone: 731-352-6984
B.A., Samford University

Brian Hill is the founding director of the Renaissance Theatre program at Bethel University. Renaissance Theatre is in its 4th year of presenting Broadway quality shows to the communities of West Tennessee.

Through the Renaissance theatre program, Brian has directed and designed sets for OKLAHOMA!, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR© DREAMCOAT, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE MATCHMAKER, SEUSSICAL, GOD’S FAVORITE, BYE BYE BIRDIE, and DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  He also has directed over 20 children’s theatre productions and designed sets for church programs throughout the southeast.

Some of Brian’s favorite roles that he has performed include Benny Southstreet in GUYS AND DOLLS, Sancho Panza in MAN OF LA MANCHA, an ensemble member in the Dixie Players production of GODSPELL, and Seth in CHILDREN OF EDEN

Brian received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.  He is married to Rhonda and they have two daughters, Kathryn Elisa and Brooklyn McKayla.


Assistant Director of Renaissance Theatre

Phone: 731-393-0405 ext.221


Director of Renaissance Technical

Phone: 731-352-6989



Director of Renaissance Choir

Phone: 731-352-6990 


Director of Renaissance Vocal Authority

Phone: 731-352-6985

Dustin hales from Cumming, GA and has a rich family history in music. Growing up in a musical family he was always surrounded by great singers, musicians and songwriters.
Dustin began a career in the Gospel music industry at age 20 with the Grammy nominated Dixie Melody Boys, where he also earned his first award nomination as Favorite Newcomer. Later he joined the Mark Trammell Quartet, where he saw nominations for Favorite Young Artist and Lead Singer, allowing him to perform in churches and arenas such as Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY and appearing on numerous television and radio broadcasts.

It was while with the Mark Trammell Quartet Dustin was introduced to Steve Hurst, a renowned vocal coach in the music realms. This is where he first studied voice and began teaching and coaching students from all over the country. Not only is Dustin a vocal coach but was also fortunate to be taught piano by Eloise Phillips, a much sought after instructor. He has taken the teachings of his past along with his own methods and has taught many students of piano.

‚ÄčAlong with vocal and piano, Dustin is a multi-talented musician playing a number of instruments and has also seen success with songwriting and producing; being a part of studio productions with producers such as, Lari Goss, Wayne Haun, and Steve Mauldin.

Assistant Choir Director
Phone: 731-352-6987

Connie Hodge-McCain comes to Bethel University by way of Nashville. After 33 years of teaching public school music, 22 in Knox County and 11 in Metro Nashville she retired and is now associate director of Renaissance Choir.
She graduated from Carson Newman with her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and from the University of Kentucky with a Master’s in Music Education. She has worked on Knox County and Metro Nashville Music Standards committees, was selected to be on the textbook committees for both school systems and for the state of Tennessee.
She has directed church and community choirs in East and Middle Tennessee, Nolensville UMC being the last church she served. Connie also represented Metro Nashville Schools at the Metropolitan Opera workshops for the past two years in New York City and has conducted workshops in Nashville for that endeavor to bring opera to the masses by the Met.


Director of Renaissance Revolution

Tremayne Johnson brings more than 15 years of marching band and percussion experience to the Renaissance program. Being one of the first in this area to win a Division1 percussion title as a student and instructor. Also, the recipient of the coveted Spence Allen Award for Outstanding Percussionist. He also had the honor of studying under a great educator in this area by the name of Ms. Nancy Matheson for a number of years. As the Minister of Music at his local church and presides over more than 5 choirs and instrumental programs.

Director, Bluegrass Music Division



Director of Renaissance Relations & Development

Phone: 731-352-6982


April Dodd
Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 731-352-6981