Our Staff

Shane A. Smith
Interim Pastor

Mount Carmel is excited to welcome Pastor Shane Smith as interim pastor as we search for our next Senior Pastor. Read more about Pastor Smith’s heart below.

A passionate leader with a vision of designing an environment where it is easy for people to encounter God, experience life-change and embrace culture. He is a Rochester native with over 15 years experience in student ministries.

After three years of leading a Saturday evening ministry called “Axiom” he followed God’s call to the town of Gates, N.Y. where a strip mall vacancy between a liquor store and tattoo shop presented magnificent opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and grow a church family. As the church outgrew the space, an opportunity presented itself to purchase a seven-acre campus in Chili, N.Y. The church now has a permanent location with room to expand at our Paul Road location.

Shane confesses that apart from Christ we can do nothing! He celebrates the wonderful people who “stepped out of the boat” with him and his family in order to embrace a community. Shane has been Lead Pastor for the past nine years. Shane and his wife Kelly have been married since 1992 and have two adult children, Allison and Keegan. Shane and Kelly recently re-located to Point Loma where Kelly serves as VP of Institutional Advancement for PLNU and Shane serves as a hospice chaplain. Together they are committed to Christ and building the Kingdom of God.

Bryant Dougharty
Associate Pastor

Bryant grew up as a Missionary’s kid in West Africa. He has a Masters in Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications & Theater from Point Loma Nazarene University. He was Associate Pastor at May Avenue Nazarene Church in Oklahoma City for two years and joined our staff in February 2016. He is passionate about outreach, building relationships of reconciliation, and being a tool to bring God’s grace into people’s lives. He is married to his wife Lauren and they have two children, a daughter Cordelia and a new daughter.


Brian Whalen
Tech and Teaching Pastor

Brian is from the Western New York area. Prior to arriving at Mount Carmel Church of the Nazarene in 2004 he studied primarily computer and electrical engineering. He loves to talk faith and explore related questions. He has been a licensed minister for three years and looks forward to what God has for him. He has been married to his wife Lisa for 19 years.