Meet Our Staff
Pastor Steve was originally from northern Ohio near Ashtabula, Ohio, on Lake Erie. He moved to Virginia when he was in the fourth grade and settled in Scottsville, Virginia, graduating from Albemarle High school. He met and married his high school sweetheart and raised three kids and were foster parents to five other children over the years.
Pastor Steve graduated from Eastern Mennonite Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and has been a pastor in the United Methodist Church for Thirty-two years. During that time, he has served churches primarily here in the Shenandoah Valley.
Steve enjoys building things, especially around their home in Fort Defiance. He has participated in many mission trips where he has used his skills as an electrician and carpenter to make a difference in others' lives. He also enjoys raising a garden and spending time with his family.
Associate Pastor for Congregational Care and Youth
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Coordinator of Children Ministries
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Director of Music
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands, I sing for joy! Psalm 92:4 ESV
Joan Kenney has served Bridgewater United Methodist Church as the Sanctuary Choir since 1979 and more recently working with the Children’s Choir with Youth Singers.
Joan graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Music education degree. In addition to her church position, Joan is an elementary music specialist at Edward G. Clymore Elementary School. She lives in Bridgewater with her husband, Dennis and enjoys spending time with her family.
Drew Davis, originally from Berwyn, PA, has been organist/pianist at Bridgewater United Methodist Church since 1986, and has been employed by the Information Technology department at James Madison University since 1988. Drew studied organ under William Evans, Dr. Robert Elmore, Richard Alexander and briefly with John Weaver at the Curtis Institute of Music. He has performed in Philadelphia, New York City, as well as locally. He enjoys playing all types of music, but his favorites are classical organ repertoire from Bach and French composers.
Handbell Choir Director
Ramona Shirkey Evans is a graduate of Turner Ashby High School and Bridgewater College. She has been a church musician most of her life. She enjoys playing the piano, organ, and handbells. She currently serves as handbell director at Bridgewater UMC, Dayton UMC, and Montezuma COB.
Ramona lives in Montezuma with her husband Phil where they have poultry houses and operate her home place Clear Spring Homestead B&B. She enjoys spending time with her 2 daughters and grandchildren.
Edward Stoops has served Bridgewater United Methodist Church as the Custodian since 2004. He is also employed as the custodian at the Harrisonburg District UMC office and works during tax season at an accounting firm as an Administrative Assistant. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in Alexandria, VA and moved to the Shenandoah Valley in 1979.
His calling for ministry lead him to graduate from Rhema Bible Training College in Tulsa, OK in 1989. His employment history has given him experience working with computers, audio equipment, sewing machines, cleaning, organizing, and custodial and grounds work.
Edward likes to play different types of games: cards, board and computer games. He enjoys craft projects such as quilting, needle point and paper crafts using his Cricut cutter. He also likes going to the beach.
Christy Smith and her family lives right here in Bridgewater and enjoy our neighbors and local town events. Christy is the Bookkeeper for the church and very active in the Worship Ministry.
Christy, her husband Andy, and their four children are members at BUMC. Their family enjoys live music concerts, camping, hiking, and fishing as time allows. Christy looks forward to getting to know you and hopes to run into you in Bridgewater or on one of their outdoor adventures here in the Shenandoah Valley.
A native of Bridgewater, Ryan grew up attending BUMC and has been a member since 1996.
A graduate of Elon University with a B.A. in Corporate Communications, Ryan has been a web designer for more than a decade. He has served as BUMC webmaster since 2013.
Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, being in the great outdoors, photography and is an avid baseball fan.