Dan Koger, Pastor
Dan joined the church staff as our Associate Pastor in August, 2003. He served in that position until the church called him as our Pastor in September, 2016. He previously served churches in Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. A Virginia native, Dan met his wife, Leslie, in college. Leslie works at Western Branch Primary School. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Dan on the church: “I believe that the church is human and divine, sometimes imperfect; at its best, the hope of the world. My dream is that our church will continue to grow into who God wants us to be and what God wants us to do in this time and place, as we provide the welcoming Light and Love of Christ.”
Dan on his vocation as a pastor: “One of the best parts of ministry for me is when I am walking alongside people as they experience a God-sighting. This is an “ah ha” moment when they are aware of God’s presence, in all kinds of situations, regardless of the circumstances. Such an awareness is part of the ongoing spiritual journey, and it brings me joy to share that journey.”
Dan graduated from Averett College in Danville, VA (B.A. in Religious Studies), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY (Master of Divinity in Religious Education; Doctor of Education). He is also a part of the coaching faculty for Leadership in Ministry (associated with the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Seminary in Decatur, GA).
He enjoys reading, cycling, and photography. Having grown up 30 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, he also enjoys hiking, as time (and his knees!) allow.
Timothy Price, Director of Music and Organist
Timothy D. Price, a native of Goldsboro, NC, began studying piano at an early age with Anita Poland, then organ with Marshalle Lewis. He is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Sacred Music and Organ Performance. As a student, Timothy sang with the ECU Chamber Singers, an award-winning collegiate choir that recorded two CDs with the Gothic record label.
Timothy has traveled throughout New England playing our country's finest instruments, in addition to the organs of many renowned cathedrals in Germany, France, Spain, and England. He has served as the musical director for several churches during his career, as well as for eight Broadway musical productions at Center Stage and StageStruck Theatre companies. Timothy is an experienced handbell ringer and has performed and recorded with The Raleigh Ringers. He earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University in 2017 and currently teaches sixth grade English at Western Branch Middle School in Chesapeake, VA.
Chrissy Going ,Weekday Preschool and Kindergarten Director
Chrissy joined our staff in 2018 as the preschool director. She holds a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Florida State College of Jacksonville. She is a Florida native. Being a military spouse she has lived in Georgia, Washington, and now Virginia. Her husband Eddie serves is the US Navy. He is currently stationed in Guam. She is a devoted Christian, wife, and mother of 2 sons, Cameron and Charlie. She has a true passion for working with children. She began her career at the age of 16 working at her church's nursery and volunteering in the preschool. She has over 15 years of experience teaching children and 8 years directing and managing preschools. She enjoys arts and crafts in her spare time and Zumba. She is a licensed Zumba instructor for kids and adults.