Meet Our Staff

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Steve McMillion

Senior Pastor

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.

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Jonathan Lamb

Associate Pastor for Congregational Care and Youth

Jonathan Lamb is Bridgewater UMC’s Associate Pastor of Congregational Care and Youth Ministries. In 2021, he was ordained an elder in The United Methodist Church. He serves as the youth minister at Bridgewater United Methodist Church. His first appointment as a Pastor was at Christ and Fields United Methodist Churches in Shenandoah, Virginia where he has served for the past three years (2017-2020). Under his Pastoral leadership, Fields Church was successful in effecting handicap accessibility to meet the needs of their congregation and the community. Jonathan’s ministry has been shaped by Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 22:37-39: "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself" (Common English Bible). Jesus' words continue to shape Jonathan’s ministry by guiding him to listen with compassion, share with others in joys and in heartaches, give freely of himself and his gifts, and love all those he meets. 

 

Jonathan grew up in Luray, Virginia where his parents and extended family continue to live. He attended Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and went on to Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Following seminary, Jonathan served as a hospital chaplain at Lynchburg General Hospital. As he enjoys spending time outdoors, Jonathan served five summers at Camp Overlook in his early twenties as a counselor and he continues to minister to children and youth at Camp as a volunteer chaplain in the summers. You may see him running and biking through the streets of Bridgewater or enjoy a hike with a great view in the countryside. He is excited for this new time and looking forward to working with everyone at Bridgewater UMC and in the surrounding community. 

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Joan Kenney

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.

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Drew Davis

Organist and Bookkeeper

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.

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Ramona Evans

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.

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Edward Stoops

Custodian

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.