The Story Continues

President's Report | 2016

In high school, Matt Hastings struggled to find his place. Music and a band seemed to fill that void, so halfway through his senior year of high school, he dropped out to travel with the band. He began to wander away from the church. When the band broke up, Matt felt directionless and ashamed. His parents, both Trevecca alumni, began to pray and invited their friends to pray, too.

That’s when Trevecca entered Matt’s story.

MATT HASTINGS, ’98, MA ’07

“I felt a genuine love, care and concern from the people I encountered. Not just the faculty and administration, but the students, too. I was still pretty uncomfortable in my skin, but learned to be myself and find my voice at Trevecca.”

Matt went on to earn his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Trevecca and now serves as the lead pastor of Estill Springs Church of the Nazarene in Estill Spring, Tenn.. He also teaches in Trevecca’s adult degree completion program.

But the story doesn’t end there. This fall, Matt’s oldest daughter, Bailee, began her freshman year at Trevecca. While Trevecca has long been a part of her family’s history, Bailee is excited about what the future holds—for her and for the University.

BAILEE HASTINGS, ’19


“I was pretty nervous coming to college. What I found was a community that genuinely cares for one another; a community to call home. I am excited to see what the future holds for the school, and I’m honored to be a small part in the story that is Trevecca Nazarene University.”