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.

Rev. Drew Colby

Rev. Drew VanDyke Colby (Pastor Drew) is a native of Richmond, Virginia. 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 becoming a pastor. He has served for six years as an associate pastor…

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 in 2006. Janet is passionate about nurturing and strengthening our…

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…

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 mixed voice youth choir, the Treble Ensemble adult female ensemble, and The Grace Notes A Capella choir. She also serves as a music assistant 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 the Music & Music Theater Recruitment Coordinator in CNU’s…

Darlene Runaldue

Darlene began her new position in January of 2016 after having served in Christian Education and as Program Director. She maintains her certification in Christian Education by the Virginia Conference of the UMC, is a trained Stephen Ministry Leader, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from the University of Mary Washington. She has two…

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…

Arleen Field

Arleen is a former preschool teacher and has been involved with children’s ministries for over 25 years. Arleen brings passion, deep faith and creativity to her ministry, and Grace is excited for all that she has brought to the church’s ministry to young children. Arleen and her husband Lenny have three children: Jessica and her…

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Marlee Shaver

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…

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 the preschool and early Elementary grades. She and her husband Steve live in Stafford, and have one adult son, Brian, and two grandchildren. Her…

Denise Childers

A recently 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…

Beth Brooks

Beth is the point of contact at the church for scheduling, publications, and church events, and she is a great resource for whatever questions you have about what’s going on at Grace. Beth has a BS degree in Psychology from George Mason University and has spent over 25 years in the Early Childhood Education field.…

Sandy Risko

Sandy joined the Grace staff in 2003 and serves as Financial Manager. As a member of both the building expansion and Lighting the Way teams, she is excited about our addition and what new ministries the space will hold.  Sandy and her husband, John, and their sons, Ben and Alex, have been a part of the…

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…

Matt Nelson

Matt has worked at Grace since the summer of 2004. He takes care of making sure that the building is maintained, safe, clean, and welcoming. He is key to making sure church spaces are prepared for the many groups that meet at Grace. Matt and his wife Tammy have three children, Stephanie, Jonathan, and Hannah.…