Members and Responsibilities

 

The Rev. Chris Bennett is the associate pastor at Ebenezer UMC in Stafford, Virginia. A graduate of Virginia Tech and Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond), Chris has served with small, medium and large congregations in both rural and suburban settings during his 10 years in pastoral ministry. His wife, Jill, is a preschool teacher and they have two boys, Henry and Nicholas, who are both in preschool where Jill teaches.

The Rev. Marc Brown is director of Connectional Ministries for the Virginia Annual Conference and chairperson of the Common Table. He is a native of Virginia and an elder in the Virginia Conference with a bachelor’s degree from Radford University and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. Marc has served appointments in the Virginia Conference since 1977: appointed as a student to Wesley Theological Seminary, Buckroe Beach (Peninsula District), Trinity Associate (Richmond District), Toms Brook-Mt. Olive Circuit (Winchester District), Emmanuel (Charlottesville District), Thalia (Norfolk District), Richmond District Superintendent (Richmond District), and as director of Connectional Ministries since July 2008. His wife, Beverly, is an elementary school teacher in the Henrico County school system. They have two children, Ginny (married to Bryan) and Adam (married to Rachel), and four grandchildren: Abby, Brady, Frankie and Ethan.

The Rev. Dr. Sherry L. Daniels is senior pastor of Norfolk United Methodist Church in Norfolk, Virginia. She is a native of Texas (Houston), and an elder in the Virginia Conference with a bachelor’s degree from Texas Southern University, Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary, and Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University. Dr. Daniels has served as campus minister at Texas Southern University, associate conference staff for Christian Education in the Texas Conference, senior pastor of Cornerstone UMC in Houston, Texas, and on the Bishop's Cabinet in Illinois Great Rivers Conference as director of Congregational Development.

David Dommisse is the treasurer and business administrator of the Virginia Annual Conference. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and worked as a Certified Public Accountant for Smith & Eggleston PC in Richmond and as the controller for a large staffing company before joining the conference. A native of God’s Country (Wisconsin), he still vacations there with his wife, Carol, an operations manager with Wells Fargo, and their twin 16-year-old boys, Derek and Drew. He currently attends St. Matthew’s UMC.

The Rev. Don Gibson is the senior pastor of Basic United Methodist Church, Waynesboro.  A graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Don has served in a variety of ministry settings including international missionary/pastor.  Don has a great passion for encouraging and equipping the local church to live into the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ through practical theology.  Don, and his wife Christy, have six children and also serve as therapeutic foster parents.

Iris Gunter-Smith currently serves as the Eastern Shore District Lay Leader and chair of the Commission on Ethnic Minority Concerns and Advocacy. She represented the Eastern Shore District on the Conference Leadership Development and Discovery Team. She also serves as the registrar for the District Committee on Ordained Ministry. She is a native of North Carolina but retired after 32 years with the Accomack County School Board in Accomac, Virginia. She resides in Onancock, Virginia, and has two grown children.

Warren R. Harper is serving as Conference Lay Leader and president of the Board of Laity. Most recently he served as District Lay Leader of the York River District. He is the former Conference Lay Leader and conference director of Lay Speaking of the Northern New Jersey Annual Conference. He is a member of Wellspring UMC in Williamsburg. He is married to Sandy, and they have one adult son and two granddaughters.

Jennifer Lee is a member of the Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington in McLean, currently serving as the chair of the Praise Ministry. She is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory of Music, having majored in piano performance, and is also serving as one of the church accompanists. Along with other church musicians, she started a youth music camp at the Nathaniel Academy in Cacalchen, Mexico where many youth members are exposed to the joy of singing and playing different instruments. Jennifer is also very passionate about the children’s ministry and has preached to the young ones for many years. She currently works as an engineer, having graduated from Princeton University with a master’s degree in electrical engineering, at a private firm and has two grown children, Jason and Rebecca.

The Rev. Larry Lenow is the senior pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Richmond. A native of Texas, Larry holds a B.A. from Trinity University and an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. In his 26 years in the Virginia Conference he has served in a variety of church settings — small medium and large: North Garden: Trinity; Messiah (Associate); Courthouse Community UMC; and Fredericksburg UMC. Larry is married to the Rev. Amy Lenow, a deacon in full connection on the associate staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care (VIPCare). The Lenows have two grown sons.

The Rev. Rob Lough was raised in East Tennessee and received his B.A. from the department of Religion and Philosophy at Maryville College in 2001. Following September 11, that year Rob accepted a commission in the United States Air Force and flew as a special operations navigator on KC-135 Tankers including four tours in the Middle East in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Rob graduated from the Candler School of Theology in 2009 and pastored the Pembroke Charge on the Roanoke District for four years during which time he was awarded the Denman Award for Evangelism. He is currently the pastor of Saint Mark's UMC in Daleville.

Rachel Miller is currently a member of Aldersgate UMC in Charlottesville, where she is on staff as the director of Ministries with Young People. Rachel has served other congregations as youth director and director of Missions & Age-level Ministries. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University and is currently working toward her M.A. at Wesley Theological Seminary. Rachel is called to work with children, tweens, youths and young adults and has a heart for those without permanent homes and those with mental illness. She has a passion for international mission work and has made multiple trips to countries in Central America. In 2010, she served in the Democratic Republic of Congo as an Individual Volunteer in Mission at an orphanage for three months. She enjoys volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in her community.

 The Rev. Jonathan Page is the Lead Pastor at Fieldstone United Methodist Church in the New River Valley of Virginia. He was born and raised in Virginia Beach and holds degrees from Christopher Newport University and Duke Divinity School. He is married to Kelly, shares a birthday with Mr. Rogers, and is passionate about learning, leading, and loving others. 

The Rev. Susan Reaves is the conference secretary. An elder in the Virginia Conference, she was born in Sacramento, Calif., and her formative years were spent in California and Maryland. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Drew University’s School of Theology. She has pastored churches in Bedford County, Franklin and Lake Gaston. Currently, she is the pastor of Trinity UMC in King George County. She is married to Michael Reaves who serves as the pastor of Fletcher’s Chapel UMC. They have two daughters, Michelle (married to Ryan) and Rachel.

Martha Reed is a member of Crenshaw United Methodist Church in Blackstone. She has been a member at Crenshaw for her entire life. Martha has served in many capacities at Crenshaw, most recently as lay leader and chair of Missions. She is currently the Mission Coordinator for the Farmville District. Martha has been on several international mission trips to Honduras and Guatemala. She is very involved in local missions and co-coordinates the Southside Gleaning Network (Society of St. Andrew) in Nottoway County. Martha is an assistant professor of Biology for Southside Virginia Community College. She is married to David and has two daughters, Maggie and Mary Preston.

The Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster is currently the Roanoke District superintendent. Kathleen is a native Virginian. Her home church is Fredericksburg UMC. She is a graduate of Stafford County High School, the College of William and Mary, and Duke Divinity School. She has served in a variety of settings (the Greensville Charge in Emporia, Forest Grove UMC in Ashland, McGaheysville UMC in the Harrisonburg District, as superintendent of the Staunton District, and most recently at Asbury UMC in Harrisonburg). Kathleen is married to the Rev. Harold Webster Jr., a retired elder in the conference. She is mother to Joel; stepmother to Cherise and Harold III; and grandmother to Michael, Tyler and Liam. She enjoys walking, cool weather hiking (no mosquitoes, snakes, snow or ice), and reading (especially compelling fiction for fun).

 

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