Shady Grove United Methodist Church -- Mechanicsville
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
growing together

Staff

Rev. Jay Kelchner, Lead Pastor
Pastor Jay came to Shady Grove in June of 2010.  An Elder in the United Methodist Church, he attended Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C. and received his Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology at Virginia Union in Richmond, Virginia.  A graduate of the University of Maryland, Jay is a huge Terrapin fan.  In addition to his love for the Lord, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family, running, cycling, playing golf, and eating anything with chocolate in it.  He and his wife, Jo, have 5 grown sons and make their home in Mechanicsville. Email Pastor Jay at jkelchner@shadygroveumc.org.
 
 
 
 Rev. Sandra Bottoms, Associate Pastor    
 
 
 
 
 
  

 

Dixie Chappell, Children and Family Ministries Coordinator 
Dixie Chappell joined our staff in June of 2016.  Dixie is originally from Somerset, Pa.  She and her husband Eric moved to Mechanicsville in 2001.  They have four children.  Dixie has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology.  Her journey at Shady Grove began with Kitty’s Kids, where all of her children have attended.  She has been involved in several areas of the church over the years including Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, and the youth program. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping, hiking, kayaking, and gardening. Email Dixie at dixiechappell@shadygroveumc.org.

 

Bryan Greer, Minister of Music

Bryan conducts the adult and youth choirs, administrates a multifaceted music ministry, and produces an annual concert series. His musical leadership has included church music ministries of all sizes, volunteer choral and orchestral ensembles, and music in higher education. At home on both sides of the podium, Bryan has sung with the Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, the Berkshire Choral Festival, Omaha Chamber Singers, Clarion Chamber Choral, and other festival and semi-professional choral organizations.   He has attended conducting workshops with internationally renowned conductors Anne Howard Jones, Andre Thomas, Rodney Eichenberger, Dennis Keene, Paul Salamunovich, and Edward Polochick. Also, Bryan has participated in specialized small ensemble workshops with the Kings Singers, Chanticleer, and Western Wind. Additionally, Bryan is an active composer with works published by Hinshaw Music and Morningstar Music Publishers.  Bryan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He maintains active memberships with the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.  Most importantly, Bryan is husband to Nichole, and father to Morgan and Elliott. In his spare time, he prefers to read, improve his chess game, visit local historic sites and restaurants, and follows Nebraska football religiously. Email Bryan at bryan@shadygroveumc.org.

 

 Vicky Traylor, Business Manager vicky@shadygroveumc.org

 

Keri Marston, Communication Coordinator
Keri manages the internal and external communication efforts of Shady Grove, this includes the web site, the church's social media strategy, contemporary worship presentations, print communication, advertising, and other communication needs.  Keri holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from James Madison University. She is also President of the Virginia United Methodist Conference Board of Communications.  Her leadership experience within church communication has included small, medium, &  large membership churches, district level communication, as well as Conference-wide communication efforts. Keri was baptized at Shady Grove as a small child and returning to the church she loves has been a true homecoming.  Keri and her husband Chris have been members since 2010 and have two daughters.  Email Keri at kerimarston@shadygroveumc.org.

 

Laura NealleyLaura Nealley, Programmatic Assistant
Laura is wife to Tom and mom to 2 adult children - Marcus (married to Megan) and Catie. Laura and Tom moved to Richmond in August 2016 from Reston, VA where she had been the office manager at Dulin UMC, in the City of Falls Church, for 8 years.  She is thrilled to be back working in the local church and looks forward to joining the staff and congregation of Shady Grove UMC and being in ministry together.  She grew up near the ocean and one day will again be living near water and palm trees. She enjoys all kinds of food, but mostly food that is cooked for her by someone else. Email Laura at lauranealley@shadygroveumc.org.
 
 
Karin Nelson, Secretary/Receptionist
Karin has been at Shady Grove United Methodist Church since 1987.  She is the church Secretary/Receptionist.  When you come to the church office Karin is one of the first people you will meet.  She loves working with volunteers, interacting with the members, and enjoys her varied duties and ministry at Shady Grove including holding Bettie Reid’s dog “Precious.”  Karin and her husband Tom, have a grown son and daughter.  She enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling. Email Karin at karinnelson@shadygroveumc.org. 
 
 
David Fielding, Organist 
Paul Bakeman, Hyperlink Praise Band Director  paulbakeman@shadygroveumc.org
John McAlister, Trinity Choir/Orff Ensemble Director
Tracy Fabricant, Cherub Choir Director  ttfabricant@henrico.k12.va.us
Dee Shiflett, Kitt's Kids Director   kittyskidsinc@gmail.com
Mary Sue Swann, Nursery Attendant
Verna Leuthe, Nursery Attendant
Wondell Kareem, Facility Care Supervisor
Mark Mundie, Sexton