Memorial United Methodist Church
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
God's Love Grows Here!


Pastor – Russell Cheatham
Pastor Russell was raised in Chestnut Hill Methodist Church in Lynchburg,Va.  He graduated from Lynchburg College in 1969 and received his Masters of Divinity from Oral Roberts University in 1981.  He served in the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference for 19 years before joining the Virginia Conference in 2000.  He has served as pastor of Memorial since 2010.  He met and married his beautiful wife, Julie, in New York City in 1977.  They have three grown daughters, two sons-in-law, one new granddaughter, Lyla Grace, and a cocker spaniel named Prince.

Music Director – David Leckrone
David is the music director at MUMC.  He and wife Bonnie have served in church music programs over 40 years.  He grew up in Osceola, IN, played trumpet and sang in Concert and Chamber Choirs at Penn High School.   David is a graduate of Manchester University in North Manchester, IN.  While living in Colorado Springs, CO, David sang in church choirs, Colorado Springs Chorale and directed the hand bell choir at ENT Air Force Base.  Moving to Northern VA he served 17 years as choir and hand bell director at Covenant Presbyterian Church.  Since moving to Appomattox he has sung in the choir and played trumpet at Timberlake UMC, directed the choir at Marsh Memorial UMC before accepting the position at Memorial.  He also is a member of the Bells of the Blue Ridge, a community hand bell group in Lynchburg, VA.

Pianist – Bonnie Plunkett Leckrone
Bonnie is our pianist and shares organist duties.  She grew up in Roanoke, VA where she sang in school, church and organized a community singing group.  Attending Manchester University she majored in voice performance and piano, touring the Midwest with the A Cappella Choir.   Moving with husband David to Colorado Springs, she directed the church choir and sang in Colorado Springs Chorale.  In Northern VA she was the minister of music/organist at Covenant Presbyterian.  Bonnie also accompanied the Woodbridge Children’s Chorale, performing in the White House three years and several Capitol Christmas Tree celebrations.  At Memorial she sings in the choir, plays the piano for the early service and plays in the hand bell choir.  She also teaches piano privately.

Keyboardist – Maxine Hollinger
Maxine F. Hollinger was born and raised in PA, a member of the (German Reformed) United Church of Christ. She graduated from Defiance College in Ohio, studying Christian Education and music, and received her master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. After a 30-year career in the Mental Health field, she and her husband Bob moved to Appomattox Co. to retire in 2001.  She enjoys her animals, farm and visits from three daughters and one son, five grandchildren and one great grandson. Maxine has been blessed to be able to play the organ at MUMC for ten years.

Office Assistant – Rena Baine
Rena graduated from Virginia Tech and the University of North Florida.  She was a teacher for several years.  She has been in Appomattox for 7 years and has been a member of Memorial UMC for that time.  She enjoys working as an Office Assistant in the church office, teaching Sunday School, and spending time with her church family in various activities.  She has a passion for missions and has served on mission teams in various parts of the world.

Treasurer– Janet McConville
Janet McConville has been with for Memorial UMC for 8 years and enjoys it very much.  She is married to Tim and they have 2 children, Aaron and Sarah.
Youth United Director - Cindi Williams
Methodist Day Care Director - Nancy Letterman
Church Council Chairperson – Ronnie Ranson
Lay Leader – Blair Smith