Lead Pastor – Pastor Lyle Morton
Pastor Morton, a dedicated and helping hands pastor, is happy to be the shepherd of Regester Chapel United Methodist Church. A native of Prince Edward County, Virginia and a believer of civil and social justice. He is a soldier for equity and equality for all that seek to reach their potential. Pastor Morton received his B. S. from Radford University and to further help him to help others, he earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is a lifelong learner in pastoral clinical studies, pastoral education and church and pastoral development. As a pastor, he has shepherded churches in the Holston Conference, Virginia Conference and Kentucky Conference and seven districts throughout these conferences. Pastor Lyle loves to lead workshops, teach and preach in which he has done in sundry places, for a wide variety of occasions. He loves to give glory to God, and he strives to show the love of Christ to others by the way he lives. Pastor Lyle is the oldest of three sons of Willie H. Morton and the late Mae W. Morton. He is blessed to be married to his high school sweetheart, Vera, for almost forty-five years. He is the proud father of two sons and five grandchildren.
Director of Music Ministry:
Music Accompanist: Teresa Wu
Teresa was born in Taiwan and emigrated to the United States in 1995, where she called southern California her home for most of her life. Her music education included piano and cello performances at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she served as principal cellist. She completed her B.A. in Music Performance at the California State University, Los Angeles, before she transitioned her career to focus on education and completing a Master's in Education and instructional design. Teresa started teaching cello and piano when she was 15, which fueled her passion for education. This passion leads her to pursue single-subject teaching credentials in music, English, Chinese, and computer science, where she taught middle school, high school, and university-level on pedagogy and educational technology. Teresa's musical accomplishment included numerous piano competitions and scholarship awards, winning two first places in Chopin and concerto performance competitions. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys learning new skills, keeping abreast in her fields, playing video games, watching TV, reading and writing fiction
Children & Youth Music Ministry Leader, Contemporary Worship Co-Leader: Dawn Houser-Abel
Dawn Houser-Abel is a free-lance vocalist with a career that spans thirty years. During her career, she has been fortunate enough to direct various instrumental and vocal ensembles. She has also provided solo and choir music that spans across all genres, and has participated in choirs of various levels under nationally recognized directors along the East Coast. Her passion has always been for ministry. She formerly toured with her family gospel group for 6 years and is an accomplished songwriter. Currently, she is the Children’s Music Minister and along with Anthony Gerogosian, leads the Contemporary service here at Regester each week.
Contemporary Worship Co-Leader: Anthony Gerogosian
Anthony is a native of Port Clinton, Ohio, and spent most of his young life growing up on the family farm before moving to Maryland in 1962, then to Virginia in 1967. His musical education includes two years of concert band in middle school and independent music studies. He earned an A.A.S. in Communication Design from Northern Virginia Community College. His professional career spans more than 40 years in several diverse musical projects as an acoustic soloist with duos, trios, quartets, as a drummer, bassist and lead guitarist and singer including in his own band. Anthony is also a successful guitar teacher, serving in Stafford and Woodbridge since 1997. He is passionate about his faith and his music, and is a prolific songwriter covering many genres including contemporary Christian. His vision is to reach people and encourage them to worship God through praise music here at Regester Chapel along with fellow Contemporary Worship Leader Dawn Houser-Abel and the Praise Team members. Anthony loves to spend time with his family including his wife, Denise, on their boat, cooking, gardening, writing new songs and recording them.
Children's Ministry Leader and Youth Ministry Leader: Keri Church
Keri holds a B.A. in Theater Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University in Montreal, an M.Min. in Theology and a Master of Biblical Studies from Veritas Baptist College. Keri has spent the past seven years teaching AP Literature, AP Psychology, and Theater at private Christian schools. She comes to us from Living Stone Church in Verona where she served as the Youth Minister. Keri maintains that there is no more joyful noise in the world than that of a child laughing. She loves reading, shooting pool, drinking coffee, and going on adventures with her better half. She cannot wait to meet you and partner with you in ministry!