Cherrydale United Methodist Church
Friday, August 17, 2018
Seeking Joyfully * Growing Faithfully * Sharing God's Love


Our Church Staff:

The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth A. Foss - Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Foss came to Cherrydale as our Senior Pastor in July, 2011. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.  She earned her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology in Atlanta and later earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary.  Ordained in 1989, she has been appointed in the Virginia Conference for 25 years.  Before coming to Cherrydale UMC, Elizabeth served in a number of ministry settings:  a small, rural charge; as the Associate Pastor at a large, urban church; a small town charge; a large suburban church; and a University church.  Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, various artistic pursuits, reading, and cheering on the Hoos.

Pastoral Assistant – Kevin Connelly
Kevin Connelly is a graduate of Tufts University and William and Mary Law School.  He is also a  graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary.  Kevin is married and has two adult daughters. 

Business Manager – Julie Wright

Music Director – Angie Shumway
Angie comes to us from Prince George's Community College where she is an Associate Professor of Music and teaches music theory, concert choir, music literature, music
appreciation, voice and piano.  She holds a BA and MA and is currently working on her doctorate in vocal performance at Catholic University.

Children's Ministries – Sara Duke, Rebecca Burton, Maribeth Bradfield 
Sara is extremely happy to be working with the children and youth at Cherrydale!  Sara, a life-long member of the church, believes in the importance of cultivating young people to serve the church and the broader community.  Sara is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and works as an arts professional in children's theater.

Maribeth has been a member of Cherrydale for 20 years and has been active in Children's Ministries in various capacities for the past 12 years.  She and her husband have a son in college, and she works as an engineer.

Youth Ministries – Sara & Kevin Duke
Sara and Kevin are excited to be working with the youth at Cherrydale!  Sara, a life-long member of the church, believes in the importance of cultivating young people to serve the church and the broader community.  They look forward to creating an enriching, supportive, and character-building youth program with discipleship at its core.  Both Sara and Kevin are graduates of the College of William and Mary; Kevin works at American University teaching math, and Sara works as an arts professional in theater.

Organist – Gwen Frazier
Gwen Frazier has been active as a Church musician/director in the Metro area and Northern VA & DC American Guild of Organist chapters since the late 1980’s, having moved to Manassas from Lexington, KY.  She holds Bachelor/Master’s degrees in Organ Performance from the University of Kentucky (Lexington) with some postgraduate work and has earned the Service Playing and Colleague Certificates in Performance from the AGO.  She has both served a wide range of denominations/liturgies, both having served Virginia/DC as a free-lance musician and a permanent staff member.  She has most recently served as Music Director/Organist of St. Luke’s UMC in Washington, DC and completed Interim assignments as Interim Organist at Pohick Episcopal Church, Andrew Chapel UMC, and Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church.  During the workweek, she is a Senior Administrative Assistant with Computer Science Corporation in Chantilly, VA.