Ryan Schaeffer

Lead Pastor

Rev. Ry began serving our congregation in July 2021 and has enjoyed getting to know everyone in our faith community. He encourages us to grow together in our faith and is passionate about sharing the good news that Jesus is for everyone, with no exceptions! Ryan loves Bible Studies, his family, and hockey. 

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Nellwyn Beamon

Minister of Music

Congregational song is Nellwyn’s passion! She joined us in 2017 and has served churches in several denominations. Her degree is in Church Music from Mars Hill University. Nellwyn also works as the Parish Administrator for Emmanuel Episcopal Church in VA Beach.

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Ann Robertson

Preschool Director

Ann began teaching in our preschool in 2011 and then became director in 2017. She has a Social Work degree from Christopher Newport University, and previously worked for Head Start and as Family Services Coordinator for York Co. Ann enjoys the family-like feeling of our church and preschool.

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Brittany Saunders

Office Manager

Brittany is a Norfolk native and strong believer in Christ since she was very young. She has a passion for helping others and spreading God’s love to all people and animals.

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Dawn Anderson

Communications Lead & Office Coordinator

Dawn gave her life to Christ at a young age and has always been a member of a church. Having worn many hats over the years, she understands the needs of a church and is happy to be a part of our team.

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Lisa King

Finance secretary

Lisa joined our church in 2005 and began working in the church office in 2013.  She comes to us with a background in Social Work and looks for ways to share the compassion and helping hand of Christ while doing her work in the church office.

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Stephanie Balderson

children’s church teacher & Nursery worker

Stephanie began serving in our nursery in 2015. She has a degree in Parks and Recreation Management with a minor in Public Service from Old Dominion University.  She works at the Cape Henry Lighthouse and was previously a preschool teacher at Goddard. 

Caroline Wilson

Nursery worker

Caroline joined our team in 2022. She grew up attending Lewis Memorial UMC in Evans, GA. Caroline has a BSN from Augusta University and previously worked as a nurse. She now stays home with her son full-time.

Cathy Merritt

Pre-k 4

Lead Teacher

Brianna Graziano

Pre-k 4

assistant Teacher


debra cox

3 yr-old shining stars

lead Teacher

mandy goodlow

3 yr-old shining stars

assistant Teacher

emma small

2 yr-old fabulous frogs

Lead Teacher

cheyenne tyska

2 yr-old fabulous frogs

assistant Teacher


ellen sacks

 1 yr-old busy bees

lead Teacher

erin todd

1 yr-old busy bees

assistant Teacher