Pastor Chip was born in Pakistan while his father was stationed there with the US Air Force. God has led him through his life, and Jesus was a strong presence throughout his youth and teenage years. Chip and his wife Laura met as undergraduates at Duke. He was the founding Pastor of Evergreen UMC in Leesburg VA, where he had served for the past 20 years. Following graduation from Duke, Chip was an officer in the US Air Force before answering God’s call to Pastoral Ministry. He has been a Pastor for 26 years. Pastor Chip and Laura have 3 children, twins Caris and Will who recently graduated from college, and daughter Hannah who just graduated from high school.
Pastor Julie is licensed for pastoral ministry in the Virginia Conference, and earned a master of divinity in 2017. She’s been called to ministry a little bit later in life, having already enjoyed a distinguished career as a Registered Nurse in acute cardiology. Pastor Julie’s passion is in fostering an intergenerational faith community, and she served for many years as a director of children and youth ministries before accepting a charge as the pastor at Westover United Methodist Church.
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.
Janet was born and raised on Long Island in Farmingdale, NY. She has a degree in Math and English from University at Albany. Janet worked as a Senior Proposal Manager at Northrop Grumman Corp., Senior Aerospace & Defense Contractors Management Consultant for Ernst & Young, and then as an independent consultant for a wide range of government and private contractors. She moved south to Charlottesville in November 2016 and is enjoying all that the area has to offer, especially outdoor activities. Janet has been the Church Administrator at Aldersgate since January 2019, providing support to the ministerial and program staff. She has one daughter, Kyra, who works as an engineer in Portland, OR.
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!