Melody tanner

Lead Pastor

An ordained elder, Melody is passionate about sharing her faith with both new and mature Christians, those who have left the church, and those who don’t yet know Jesus. Together with the people of Ghent UMC, she seeks to rethink how we “do church.” She is a graduate of VCU and Wesley Theological Seminary. 

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Jonathan Tanner

Director of Discipleship

Jonathan has a special passion for relating the Bible and its concepts to everyday life and sharing Jesus with those unsure of his relevance in the 21st century.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from VA Tech and Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary.

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Nellwyn Beamon

Director of Music Ministry

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

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Ann Robertson

Preschool Director

Ann is our new preschool director. She has been teaching at GUMP since 2011; Ann has a Social Work degree from Christopher Newport University, and previously worked for Head Start and served as Family Services Coordinator for the County of York. Her favorite part of our church and preschool is that it is truly like a family.

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Lisa King

Church Administrator

Lisa has been an active member of our congregation for over 12 years, and has been working in the church office for more than 4 years.  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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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.

arianna shipp


Arianna is a current student at Old Dominion University, majoring in Biochemistry. She has studied piano under Claudia Nachtigal, Oksana Lutsyshyn, and Lee Jordan-Anders. Arianna studied piano for ten years and started studying organ under Stephen Cook.  

stephanie Balderson

Church Nursery Worker

Stephanie is an Old Dominion University graduate with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management with a minor in Public Service.  She works at the Cape Henry Lighthouse and was previously a preschool teacher at Goddard. Stephanie is originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia where she attended Antioch United Methodist Church.

Our Preschool Teachers

Cathy Merritt

Pre-K Lead Teacher

Cathy is the lead teacher for our 4 years old class.

Emily Wilson

Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Emily is the assistant teacher for our 4 years old class.

Debra Cox

Shining Stars Lead Teacher

Debra is the lead teacher for our 3 years old class.

Mandy Goodlow

Shining Stars Assistant Teacher

Mandy is the assistant teacher for our 3 years old class.

Emma Small

Fabulous Frogs Lead Teacher

Emma is the lead teacher for our 2 years old class.

Louise Manilla 

Fabulous Frogs Assistant Teacher

Louise is the assistant teacher for our 2 years old class.

Ellen Sacks

Busy Bees Lead Teacher

Ellen is the lead teacher for our  students who are 12-24 months old.

Sue hausmann

Busy Bees Assistant Teacher

Sue is the assistant teacher for our students who are 12-24 months old.