Keith Curran took up the post of “pastor between pastors” in October 2017 and has assisted the congregation in the process of calling Rev. Beth, our next pastor (below).
This is Keith’s 2nd interim assignment. He served for 18 years at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Suffolk, VA, and held pastorates in Pennsylvania and Florida. His ministry degrees are from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey and Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia. He served as an army chaplain in the National Guard and Reserves for 12 years. He is author of numerous devotionals in The Upper Room and These Days, as well as authoring Meditations on Belonging to God (Witherspoon Press, 2005). He is married to Debbie who is a middle school teacher, and they have 4 grown sons and 3 grandchildren.
Contact Keith at 757-484-5125.
Green Acres welcomes Rev. Beth, whose leadership will begin officially on March 1, 2019.
Beth was born in Sac City, Iowa (northwest Iowa), to parents who are both Presbyterian pastors. The church next door was a second home to Beth and her older brother. When she was seven years old her family moved to Urbana, Ohio. Here her faith was shaped by the Wednesday night educational program, then called Logos (today it is called GenOn Ministries) with its strong emphasis on community, worship, Bible study, and service.
After graduating from Urbana High School, Beth attended college at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology and minoring in religion. She entered graduate school at Spalding University in Louisville, KY, and after one year she transferred to the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She graduated four years later with dual degrees, a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Masters of Divinity.
During those years she discovered her call to ministry in the church where she found her passion for sharing God’s love in worship and preaching, her commitment to helping children and youth to find their identity in the One who created us, and her dedication to making the world a better place through mission.
Mission has always been an important focus for Beth. She has participated in and planned many mission trips with adults and youth. She has also served on the boards for Marion Cares, an ecumenical mission program benefitting the underprivileged children, and FLY, a program to provide summer lunches to children in need.
After seminary Beth served as associate pastor at Community Presbyterian Church in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, and for the past eight years she has been associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Marion, Iowa.
Beth is an avid Ohio State football fan, and enjoys reading, going to movies, and shopping at arts festivals.
Jaime is a native of Virginia Beach and graduate of First Colonial High School. She completed her B.S. in Psychology at Old Dominion University. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity degree at Union Presbyterian Seminary.
Jaime spent 10 years as a financial planner before hearing a call to ministry, but she has always enjoyed working with youth. She formerly served as youth director at Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church and Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Jaime also has worked at the Presbytery level in many different roles.
Jaime says youth ministry is “truly my passion and my calling.”
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Marty Barstow, a native of Norfolk, VA, obtained degrees in Organ Performance and Sacred Music from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is also a member of the American Guild of Organists and has served in many churches thus far. In addition to helping people grow spiritually through music, he enjoys being with friends, road trips, and attending concerts.
Contact Marty at 757-484-5125.
A graduate of Converse College (Spartanburg, SC), Sarah brought her computer, organization, and people skills to the Green Acres front office in 2012.
Sarah and her husband, Jonathan, and their son, along with their spoiled-rotten dogs Bart and Andy, make their home in Virginia Beach. In her free time, Sarah enjoys singing with her church choir and keeping up with family in her hometown, Henderson, NC.
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Walt Hunting was born in Highland Park, Michigan. He grew up there and in Royal Oak, Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. After his ordination, he served congregations in Galeton, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C.; and Portsmouth, Virginia. He was Pastor of Green Acres Presbyterian Church for 34 years.