Members and Responsibilities

 

The Rev. Chris Bennett is an associate consultant and facilitator with The Spark Mill, a Richmond-based strategic planning & consulting firm (www.thesparkmill.com). Prior to going into extension ministry, Chris spent over 15 years leading small, medium and large congregations in both rural and suburban settings. Chris began consulting part-time with The Spark Mill in 2016 and began working with them full-time in 2017. The Spark Mill works with nonprofits & associations, small business & start-ups, and higher education & faith-based groups.  Chris is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond). He and his wife, Jill, live in Richmond with their two boys, Henry and Nicholas.

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.

Unsil Choi is a member of the Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington in McLean since 1985. She currently serves as the president of the KUMCGW Women’s group and a committee member of the Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. Previously, Unsil served as a scholarship committee member at the Nathaniel Academy in Cacalchen, Mexico, to empower children to pursue higher education. Unsil currently works as a Korean interpreter for Fairfax County Public Schools. She is married to Henry, resides in Vienna, VA, and has two grown children, Justin and Jackie.

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.

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. He is vice chair of  the Common Table, co-chairs the Conference Leadership Discovery and Development Team, and is a member of the Episcopacy Committee. He is a member of Wellspring UMC in Williamsburg. He is married to Sandy, and they have one adult son David and daughter-in-law Ana and three grandchildren.

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.

 

Dr. Carlos Liceaga is the Leadership Team Leader at Warwick Memorial UMC in Newport News. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, the College of William and Mary, and Carnegie Mellon University. Carlos is a Certified Lay Servant and teaches Sunday School. He has been the co-leader and a translator for 15 Friends of Barnabas medical mountain teams in Honduras. Carlos served as a Reserve Delegate and Page for the 2016 Jurisdictional Conference. He is a Professional Engineer and works as an Acquisition Manager for NASA Langley Research Center. His wife, Marisol, is an engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding. They have three grown children, Juan (married to Jessica), Camil (married to Chase) and Mariel, and one granddaughter, Cecilia. Carlos enjoys dancing and plays the congas at his church. He enjoys participating in many sports such as tennis and triathlons.

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.

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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