Meet Our Staff

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The Staff at Bethany United Methodist Church

 

 

 

Pastor John Lock

 

Rev. John Lock,  Lead Pastor

 

Pastor John and Mary will come to the Valley June 29 and move into the rectory in Mt Sidney that Bethany shares with Mt. Pisgah UMC.  Pastor John comes from the Winchester district, and has many years of experience leading United Methodist Churches.  His first service was July 3, 2016.

 

 

        What are you passionate about?

Sharing with others the Joy of knowing Jesus Christ.   To help others find their purpose in serving The Lord and the Joy that Servanthood can bring.

What is your favorite Bible verse?     

Luke 19:10  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Favorite movie?

It’s A Wonderful Life.  It has grown on me.

Who inspires you?

My family.  They show me many life lessons that help me each day.

What was your childhood ambition?

To be a short order grill cook at a diner.  And on my off-time be a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.  Or quarterback.  Or running back. Or…..

What was your first job?

Mowing neighborhood yards with my twin brother Joe.

What is the most influential book in your life (other than the Bible)?

Three Simple Rules by Bishop Rueben Job

How do you spend your free time?

Watching The Andy Griffith Show, attending local football games, enjoying birds and the beauty of nature, playing with our cats, mowing the yard, looking at flowers, laughing.

 


 

Dale Roller, Praise & Worship Leader                                         dmroller1@comcast.net        

Dale grew up on a dairy farm in Weyers Cave with a brother and a sister. The family moved to Weyers Cave when he was 2 so he has been at Bethany most of his life.  He started with piano lessons at age 8 and taught himself to play banjo at age 16.

Dale attended Virginia Tech for 2 years studying agriculture, then transferred and graduated from Longwood College (now University) with a degree in Music and a minor in Business.  He played music as his main profession for 14 years and became involved in computers while on the road.  Now he works as a computer programmer and system administrator at Wilson Trucking in Fishersville, VA.

What are you passionate about?
Music, my family

What is your favorite Bible verse?
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27

Favorite movies?
Lonesome Dove (I know, TV miniseries), White Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life

Who inspires you?
My parents: Harold and Carolyn Roller, Bev Roller, Dr. Bob Blasch – friend and piano professor from Longwood College

What was your childhood ambition?
To be a radio disc jockey, a detective or a musician (not all at the same time)

What was your first job?
First job: working on my family’s dairy farm, Kendale Jerseys
First jobs away from the farm: mowing grass one summer at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton, then playing banjo at one of the shows at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

What is the most influential book in your life (other than the Bible, of course)?
Hard question – When I was much younger, my Mema Myers had some books at her house that belonged to my uncles, a series called the Sugar Creek Gang. I read those (a number of times) and got more as gifts between age 7 and 12. These were stories about boys growing up in the country who had adventures and loved Jesus. I recently reread a number of these books as I was reading them with my son when he was younger.

How do you spend your free time?
Listening to and playing music, messing with computers, hanging out with my family, reading.


 

Marguerite

Marguerite McDonald, Organist, Music Director

 

Marguerite grew up in Weyers Cave on a dairy farm with her parents and two brothers.  She has attended Bethany since childhood.  After
graduating from high school, she attended Longwood College and received a bachelors degree in music education. Marguerite lived in Covington for seven years where she taught music in Alleghany County and served as the organist at a Baptist Church and a Presbyterian Church. She returned to the valley and began teaching music in Augusta County.  At the same time, she attended JMU where she earned her masters degree in music. Upon completion of her masters degree, she continued taking classes to become certified in school administration and supervision. In 1994 she began working  as a school administrator, which continued until her retirement in 2015. During this time, Marguerite worked for awhile at several different churches, including Bethany, as the organist/choir accompanist. She and her husband live at Fort Defiance with several four-legged fur babies.  She has two stepchildren who both live out of state. She also works part-time for JMU.

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my family, including my pets!

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my family, including my pets!

What is your favorite Bible verse?

I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. (NLT) Psalm 16:8

Favorite movie?
I guess that would be “Sound of Music” since I’ve seen it more times than any other movie and I keep watching it when it comes on!

Who inspires you?
My parents and my father-in-law.

What was your childhood ambition?
To be a teacher or a hair stylist.

What was your first job?
Babysitting

How do you spend your free time?
I enjoy sewing, quilting and working in my flower beds, and watching “I Love Lucy” reruns


 
Shawn Cook, Youth Director

scook0624@gmail.com

 

What are you passionate about?

There are many things I am passionate about, first one that comes to my mind is my faith.  I enjoy sharing Jesus Christ to others either through my actions or with my words.  I am passionate about being a good dad, husband, and a friend.  My most recent passion has been working with our youth here at Bethany.  We have some amazing youth and I am glad that I get to be part of their life.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

I have many favorites but if I had to choose one it would be “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Favorite movie?

My all time favorite movie growing up was the “The Goonies”.   This movie reminded me so much of all the adventures that I had with my friends.  No, we never found a big pirate boat with treasure but boy that would have been exciting!

Who inspires you?

My father –in- law, Steve McMillion has always inspired me.   To him there is no such phrase as “I can’t” you can accomplish great things just by trying.  He is a very passionate man when it comes to his faith, his family, and to his ministry.   He has definitely inspired me to become the man that I am today and the man I hope to be later in life.

What was your childhood ambition?

I can remember many childhood ambitions growing up but the one that comes to my mind is being a police officer.  Thought it would be awesome to catch the bad guys and take them to jail.  Plus eating donuts would have been a plus.

What was your first job? 

Mowing yards, trimming trees, pulling weeds, etc. was my first work experience. My first real job was a bagger at Kroger.  I can even remember taking the groceries to the car not something you see much today.

How do you spend your free time?

Love spending time with my family from going to the movies, camping, to just relaxing in front of the t.v. watching shows they enjoy. I also enjoy going to the gym in my free time.


Jan
Jan Root, Church Secretary

office.bethany@gmail.com         

Born in Champaign, Illinois on April 6, 1949, Jan is the oldest of five, with three brothers and one sister.  She was raised in the Lutheran Church and went to Concordia Lutheran College in Bronxville, NY.  Jan worked at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Southern Maryland from 1983-2008, first as a preschool teacher/director, then as a parish administrator.  She worked for eight different priests/pastors of all shapes, sizes and genders!

In 2008, Jan moved to Virginia to be near her daughter and several cats.  She also has a son, daughter-in-law and grandson in Morgantown, WV.  She enjoys living in the  Shenandoah Valley and working at Bethany!

What are you passionate about?
Reading, cooking, my cats, and my family!

What is your favorite Bible verse?
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”  -Matthew 7:12

Favorite movie?
Any musical

Who inspires you?
My 86 year-old very independent and energetic mother!

What was your childhood ambition?
To be a teacher

What was your first job?
Library aide sorting and shelving books

What is the most influential book in your life (other than the Bible)?
The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

How do your spend your free time?
Reading and trying new recipes


 

Phil & Ruth Ann Mikesell, Sextons             randpmikesell@gmail.com

 

Phil and Ruth Ann were born in Michigan.  They met at Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music in Grand Rapids, MI.  They married in 1963 near Caro, MI, Ruth Ann’s hometown.  After a short course at Michigan State University, they worked for Dairy Herd Improvement Association for about 3 1/2 years. Their first born, daughter Laura, was practically born in a barn!  In 1965 Phil began working in a factory (TRW) in Portland, MI and part-time in home construction.  Their son, Dale, was born in 1969 in Owosso, MI. On their own, they have built two different homes.

The Mikesells were co-chairpersons of missions at Bethany for 10 years.  They have been on 11 mission trips while at Bethany and have done local mission work here as well.  They have also served as Vacation Bible School teachers.

What are you passionate about?
Phil:  Family, missions and wood working
  Ruth Ann:  Family and missions

What is your favorite Bible verse?
Phil: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  – 1 Corinthians 10:31  
Ruth Ann:  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  – John 16:33

Favorite movie?
Field of Dreams

Who inspires you?
Phil:  Ruth Ann
  Ruth Ann:  Phil

What was your childhood ambition?
To stay alive and get out of town

What was your first job?
Phil:  Selling garden seeds and the Grit Magazine
  Ruth Ann:  Babysitting since 12 years old

How do you spend your free time?
We are retired, so we don’t have a lot of spare time on our hands!  We really enjoy camping, but we don’t get go often enough.


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