Meet Our Church Staff

Bob Weeks, Senior Pastor

Verona UMC is Pastor Bob Weeks’ third pastoral appointment after 20 years in business as vice-president and then president of a publishing company. Bob is a native of Woodbridge, Virginia. He served as pastor of the Phenix Charge in Charlotte County from 1998-2002 and outreach pastor for New Creation UMC in Chesapeake from 2002-11.
           He is now in his eleventh year at VUMC.
           Bob is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in counseling. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University. Over the years he has served on both the District and Conference Boards of Ordained Ministry, as the Virginia Conference President of the Licensed Local Pastors Association, as a member of the Conference Board of Communications and Board of Older Adult Ministries.
           Bob and his wife of 46 years, Lydia, own a home in Staunton where they share their home with six chickens, a couple of beehives, and their rat terrier Sadie. They have three adult children – Robert, Dee Dee, and Elizabeth – six grandsons and two granddaughters.
          To hear Bob’s sermons, visit our Facebook page.

Shawna Hiner, Aisle 7 Campus Pastor

Shawna grew up in Verona, Virginia and has been a member of Verona UMC since birth.  A graduate of Blue Ridge Community College, she began her employment at VUMC in 2003. She and her husband, Tracy, have a daughter, Anita, and a dog, Max. Shawna was commissioned as a United Methodist Pastor in June of 2018 and is currently enrolled in her final year in the Course of Study for Licensed Local Pastors at Duke Divinity School.
Jennifer Cook, Office Administrator
Jennifer brings a deep faith in Christ and a love for serving to her position as Office Administrator. She is a graduate of Ft. Defiance High School and Johnson and Wales University in Norfolk, Virginia. Jennifer and her husband and four children are long-time residents of Verona. 

Bill and Carolyn Harlow, Youth Directors

Bill and Carolyn began their work with our youth as volunteers prior to becoming members of our church staff. Their hearts are truly with our youth and they have helped, by God’s power, to create an outstanding, mission-centered, youth fellowship at VUMC. Bill and Carolyn live in Verona, while their  daughter and son attend Virginia Tech and William & Mary, respectively.

Joy Tinsley, Director of Music Ministries   Joy’s enthusiasm for praising God in music results in an energy level in our  choirs and congregational singing that lifts our spirits and our faith.


Sheila Fair, Treasurer Sheila Fair Treasurer

Sheila joined our staff July 1, 2013. She is a CPA, a graduate of Mary Baldwin College with a degree in Business Administration, and an active member of Staunton Missionary Alliance Church. She has been on mission trips to Russia, Ecuador, Burkina Faso, and Germany. She lives in Mt. Sidney with her family and is the owner of Cardinal Financial & Tax, Ltd.

Linda Toler, Organist Linda has served as our 11 a.m. worship service organist for many years. She also plays the piano when needed. Her warm smile, encouraging spirit, and adaptability to the worship needs of the church have made her an invaluable member of our worship team.


Rhonda Reeser, Pianist

Rhonda is the pianist for VUMC. She was an employee of the VUMC Day Care when she was asked to play the piano for the choir back in the early 90’s.  She became the full-time pianist several years later, providing the music primarily for the early service.  Rhonda has been a member of VUMC since childhood and lives in Verona with her husband Brian and their daughter and son.

Day Care StaffDaycare picture 2014

Established in 1993, our Day Care serves children 2.5 years-Pre-K. Director Dana McCray has worked here for 22 years
and also serves as a Pre-K teacher.
Jessie Woodson (14 years, Pre-K); and Toni Painter (6 years, 2.5-3.5-year-olds).
Kenny & Donna Cason, Custodial Staff  Ken and Donna are responsible for the custodial care of our building facilities. Both are members of VUMC – Donna also serves on our daycare staff. The Casons have the best needs of our church at heart and do all they can to ensure that VUMC’s facilities are clean and welcoming.