Pastors & Staff

Our Church thrives because of the energy and style of the people who are a part of our leadership. Here are a few of the people that make our church special, along with a “Fun Fact” about each one that you may not know!

Rev. Drew Colby

Rev. Drew VanDyke Colby (Pastor Drew) is a lifelong Virginian and United Methodist. He has served as the Senior Pastor at Grace UMC since 2019. He and his wife Allison both graduated from the College of William and Mary. Drew went on to earn a Master Degree in music before attending Wesley Theological Seminary and…

Rev. Janet Salbert

Janet has served churches in the Virginia Conference since 2002, joining in ministry at Grace UMC in July of 2014. She is a registered nurse and served in the USAF before entering into ministry. She graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity and is a graduate of the Shalem Spiritual Guidance Program.…

Rev. C. Milton Rodgers

Rev. C. Milton Rodgers III is an ordained Deacon in the Virginia Conference and has served at Grace UMC since 1992. Rev. Milton coordinates the fifteen musical groups who offer their gifts at Grace as well as concerts and musical programs throughout the year. Having received his Masters and Bachelors of Church Music from Westminster…

Susan Bardwell

“Ms. Susan” brings a BA in Early Childhood Education, a MA in Child Psychology and a PhD in Clinical Psychology to her work, as well as over 30+ years’ experience in preschool and early elementary grades. She and her husband Steve live in Stafford, and have one adult son, Brian, and two grandchildren. Her numerous…

Beth Brooks

Beth is the point of contact at the church for all things related to the buildings and campus. Beth has a BS degree in Psychology from George Mason University and has 25+ years experience in Early Childhood Education which included managing a large staff and maintaining the health and safety of the building. Her life…

Debbie Cali

Debbie is passionate about connecting with young people where they are to help them explore their spiritual journey while developing a relationship with Jesus Christ. God calls us to action and Debbie helps provide opportunities to serve God and HIS kingdom, locally, nationally and internationally through missions. She is originally from New Orleans and loves…

Denise Childers

A retired elder in the Virginia Annual Conference, Denise is glad to be “back” at Grace, having served here as one of the pastors from 2001 through 2007. Her role as Director of Senior Adult Ministries provides a unique opportunity to provide leadership and to serve alongside older adults (55 and above) in the congregation…

Mayce Combs

Mayce has volunteered with the children’s team for the past several years until recently coming on to the children’s ministries team. She loves teaching children all about Jesus especially through arts and crafts. Outside of Grace she is a full time college student at Northern Virginia Community College studying political science and will be transferring to Liberty University Fall 2021. She enjoys…

Anne Ellis

Anne has volunteered at Grace in many behind-the-scenes roles since she and her family joined the church in 2000. As a staff member, Anne manages the Grace website and is a part of the Communications team. Anne graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and worked as a software developer…

Arleen Field

Arleen is a former preschool teacher and has been involved with children’s ministries for over 25 years. She has a passion for sharing Jesus with children in creative ways and she loves working alongside the many Children’s Ministry volunteers at Grace. She enjoys reading, scrap-booking, spending time at the beach and in the mountains,cooking and…

Steven Field

Steven Field came aboard in June of 2017 as the Thrive Worship Coordinator. Steven has earned his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Christopher Newport University and is eager to be an instrument in the transforming of lives through the Thrive service. Additionally, he is a music teacher at Cardinal Forest Elementary in Fairfax…

Marlee Grouge

Marlee has been a part of the Nursery staff since 2014, shortly after she moved to Virginia from South Carolina. She obtained her BA in Psychology from George Mason University. In her spare time she enjoys crocheting, reading, antiquing, and all things Disney. She loves getting to work with and nurture the littlest disciples at…

Lynn Jost

Lynn is excited to work with singers of all ages in the dynamic music ministry at Grace UMC. Lynn serves as the director of three choral groups: The Wesley Singers, the Treble Ensemble, and The Grace Notes A Capella choir. She also serves as a music assistant and piano accompanist. Lynn is a Choral Accompanist/Assistant…

Cindy Martin

Cindy recently joined the staff as an Administrative Assistant. She grew up in Annandale, VA, but has lived in Bristow with her husband, Stephen, since 1998. After graduating from Roanoke College with a BS in Mathematics and a minor in Sociology, Cindy taught high school math and coached several high school sports. She took time…

Kristin Matthews

Kristin holds a BS in Psychology from Santa Clara University in CA where she met her husband Ned. They have 3 kids: Connor, Sophia and Grace. Before joining the Grace staff she worked in Children’s Ministries as an associate for 4 years, before moving to VA. Kristin’s passions are cooking & exercise, and a great…

Jeff McWhirt

Jeff and his family have been residents of Manassas for 30+ years, and a member of Grace for some time. His experience, involvement, and passion for theatre and live stage production makes him a great fit for Grace’s AV Coordinator. He’s an electrical engineer by day, as well as a husband, father of four, grandfather…

Sandy Risko

Sandy joined the Grace staff in 2003 and serves as Financial Manager. She and her husband, John, and their sons, Ben and Alex, have been a part of the Grace family since 1999. Sandy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Economics and Russian & East European Studies, and…

Ricky Thompson

Ricky lives in Triangle, VA and has lived over half his life in Prince William County and Manassas. He and his wife have eight children, all grown, and five grandchildren. Ricky is happy to be a part of the Grace family and looks forward to serving in any way he can.Fun fact: Ricky loves the…

Jose Villarreal

My wife Luisa and I are both part of the Grace UMC staff. After retiring in 2013 and taking a four year break, I returned to work and serving Grace in 2017. I’m glad I did because I love working with the staff, keeping busy and maintaining the church. Outside of Grace, I enjoy walks,…

Luisa Villarreal

My husband Jose and I reside in Manassas. We have one adult daughter and a yorkie. I’ve been part of the Grace UMC staff since 2008 and have over 30+ years of childcare experience. I love working for the families I care for.