At Chester United Methodist Church, our staff consists of intellectual pastors and clerics that are committed to providing exceptional service to our growing community. They are the faces behind the daily upkeep of the Church, and the reason behind our ability to smoothly run our events and services. Contact us today and speak with one of our staff members!

Director of Music

Joshua N. Wortham, our Music Director/Organist, has a degree in Church Music from Campbellsville University in Kentucky. He is also the director of the Richmond Men’s Chorus and spends his free time directing musical theater in the Richmond area. Joshua has performed concerts throughout the southeastern United States, as well as Italy and Brazil.


He is often accompanied in the office by his dog, Gilligan, the unofficial church mascot!

Minister, Children and Family Ministries

Alina joined Chester UMC as a youth back in 2009, participating in mission trips to Branches in Florida City. While there she found her passion to serve in mission with children and youth. In 2013, Alina followed a call to serve as an Americorps member and continued on as a Program Coordinator. After serving at Branches for the past four and a half years, the spirit called her to return home and serve in ministry. Alina is excited to bring her gifts and passions back home to and looks forward to diving deeper into relationship with

Christ and the Chester community. 

Preschool Director

Jennifer Barnes, our Preschool Director, has her Master's in Elementary Education, and has taught Kindergarten in Chesterfield County. She and her husband, Michael, were married in 1996, and have two sons, Braydon and Brenden. Jen enjoys being with her family and being active. She loves mountain biking and sitting on the beach. Her family is rounded out with four dogs, three Chihuahuas and a German Shepard.

Church Secretary

Terry is a Virginia Tech graduate and has been an active member of CUMC since 1992. She and her husband, Bill, have three adult children and one grandson. In addition to singing in the Chancel Choir, the Dawn of Grace ladies ensemble, and The Bridge worship service, Terry also volunteers as our sound technician.

Financial Administrator

Victoria was born and raised in Virginia and attended John Tyler Community College.

She and her husband Danny have adult twin girls and five grandchildren.

In May of 2017, she was employed through Robert Half Accountemps

as the CUMC Financial Administrator and in October was hired!

On January 28, 2018, she became a member of Chester UMC and sings in our choir.

Financial Secretary

Julie is a lifelong member Wesley United Methodist Church in Hopewell

and has served as their Treasurer since 1997.  She also owns and operates Holly Lane Interiors where she works with designers to create custom window treatments and

other home decor items for their customers. Julie enjoys sewing, spending time with

her family and her two boxers, Berkley and Dini.

Communications and Office Assistant

Leigh Ann has been a CUMC member since 2017. She comes from Lexington, Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky. She is an avid Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan. She enjoys volunteering as a Sunday School teacher and being a Mother to two young children Brooke and Colin. She loves to laugh and spend her time with family and friends. She recently picked up the game of golf but wouldn't say she's enjoying it yet!

Dale & Karen Clark

Youth Sunday


Adebayo “Bayo” Ogungbade

 HS Youth Directors

Jennifer Brame

Middle School Director

Office Hours: 

Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

12132 Percival St.

Chester, VA 23831

(804) 748-6006

(804) 748-0859 fax