Meet Our Staff 2017-03-05T20:25:10+00:00
  • Rob Robertson
    Rob Robertson
    Lead Pastor
  • Whitney Gatesman
    Whitney Gatesman
    Praise Band Coordinator
  • Amy O’Brien
    Amy O’Brien
    Church Administrator
  • Ashley Thornton
    Ashley Thornton
    Information Technology Director
  • Melody Day
    Melody Day
    Director of Handbells
  • Rafael Scarfullery
    Rafael Scarfullery
    Music Director and Organist
Rob Robertson
Lead Pastor

Pastor Rob grew up in Virginia Beach. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a pre-med and history major. Following his graduation, Rob went into the information technology field and owned his own business.

In 1999, Pastor Rob answered the Lord’s call to ministry. He sold his business and attended and graduated from Duke Divinity School. He has served two congregations in the Virginia Beach area, prior to coming to Aldersgate UMC in 2016. Pastor Rob and his wife Carolyn have two children, Michael and Katherine.

Email: robrobertson@cvaumc.org

Whitney Gatesman
Praise Band Coordinator

Whitney was born and raised in Charlottesville, Va. She grew up very active in community theatre and school choirs. She first studied Musical Theatre and Music Education at Shenandoah University. She then earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Master’s Degree in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College. Whitney, and her husband Jeremy, have 3 children and have been attending Aldersgate for the past 3 years. Whitney runs her own Voice and Piano Studio, teaches Drama for a large homeschool coop, co-directs Higher Voices and performs with Black Box Players.  Whitney loves spending time with her family and friends.

Amy O’Brien
Church Administrator

Amy grew up in Charlottesville and has been with Aldersgate United Methodist Church since 2007. Having grown up in church and served in various ministry capacities and on church boards, she began working full time in the non-profit sector in 1999, quickly finding her niche in church administration. She has one daughter and they enjoy treasure hunting in antique stores, movies, adventures, and taking in a live show whenever possible. Amy is also an avid reader, writer, and Latin dancer. She will have to live a few more lifetimes to complete her bucket list.

Email: amyobrien@cvaumc.org

Ashley Thornton
Information Technology Director

Ashley Thornton was born and raised in Charlottesville, VA.  Ashley attended Liberty University where she earned a double major in Religion and Business Management Information System: Web Development. She joined Aldersgate’s staff in the fall of 2015, as the Information Technology Director. Ashley manages the website, database as well providing photography and videography for the church. Ashley enjoys finding new ways to use technology to help further God’s kingdom. When she isn’t working, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family and watching/playing sports, she is die-hard Dallas Cowboys and Maryland Terrapins fan!

Email: webmaster@cvaumc.org

Melody Day
Director of Handbells

Melody was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to Buckingham County at age two. She is a graduate of the Buckingham County Public School System, Liberty Baptist College, Lynchburg, VA and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Melody is the founder and owner of DaySong Studio, is an adjunct voice professor at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Melody has been the Director of Handbells at Aldersgate United Methodist Church since March of 2011.

Melody is married to Philip E. Day of Roanoke, VA.

Email: handbells@cvaumc.org

Rafael Scarfullery
Music Director and Organist

I’ve been at Aldersgate since 2009 and I love rehearsing with choirs, preparing the church music and playing the organ. I’ve been doing music ministry in several churches in New York, Texas, Virginia and the Dominican Republic. Besides, I’m a composer and classical guitarist and I share regularly the music I compose in concerts. My musical education began in the Dominican Republic and later in the USA where I completed a BM, MM & DMA in guitar performance, a MM in orchestral conducting several certifications in church music and 4 AGO certifications, including the AAGO and ChM. Apart from music, I love biking, reading and nature. www.RafaelScarfullery.com,

Email: rafaelscarfullery@cvaumc.org 

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