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Meet the staff from Herndon UMC.

Gary Robbins

Gary Robbins

Senior Pastor

More about Gary.

Larry Buxton

Larry Buxton

Minister of Visitation

More about Larry.

Christine Hoyle

Christine Hoyle

Director, Children's Ministries

More about Christine.

Sheri Fairchild

Sheri Fairchild

Director, Student Ministries

More about Sheri.

Shannon Wise

Shannon Wise

Director of Music Ministry

More about Shannon.

John Shaffer

John Shaffer

Director, Contemporary Worship

Margaret Frost

Margaret Frost

Director, Children's Music

Luis Gonzalez

Luis Gonzalez

Organist, Traditional Worship

Mandy Hull

Mandy Hull

Accompanist, Saturday Worship

Jen Score

Jen Score

Office Manager

Julie Albanus

Julie Albanus

Business Manager

Victoria & Audelio Ayala

Victoria & Audelio Ayala

Custodians



Reverend Gary L. Robbins and his wife, Phyllis, come to us from Greene Memorial United Methodist Church in Roanoke.

Whether working as a youth minister, pastor, college chaplain, or staff member for the Virginia Annual Conference, Gary has always enjoyed opportunities to teach and preach.  A graduate of High Point University (summa cum laude) and Princeton Theological Seminary, Gary has served churches in rural, suburban, and university settings in Virginia, New Jersey, and North Carolina and has led workshops on youth ministries, young adult ministries, prayer, spirituality, Christian theology, and the Bible. 

For years, Gary has been an avid proponent of “immersion experiences”—experiences that invite youth, undergraduate students, and graduate students to become involved body, mind, and spirit in an issue. While serving as the Conference Youth Coordinator for the Virginia Annual Conference, Gary helped to launch Voices of Youth and Harvest of Hope and led groups to Richmond, Washington, and New York for legislative affairs seminars.  Over the years, he has orchestrated UMVIM teams to Mississippi, Oklahoma, Russia, Guatemala, Mexico, Estonia, Nicaragua, and the Bahamas.  As the chaplain of Shenandoah University, Gary developed campus life programming that yoked personal and social holiness and worked to develop experiences that involved students in cultivating their prayer and devotional life while exploring issues of social justice, global poverty, and Third World development.

During his thirty-seven years of ministry, Gary has served on the Conference Council on Age-Level Ministries, the Conference Boards of Discipleship, Global Ministries, Higher Education Ministries, and Diaconal Ministries, and the Executive Committee of the Conference Council on Ministries.  Over the years, he has served as the Co-Chair for the Virginia Conference Board of Church and Society and served as Chair of the Resolutions Committee of the Virginia Annual Conference.
Gary and Phyllis met in ninth grade and have been married for more than 40 years. Phyllis is from the Warrenton area and has been a preschool teacher for more than 30 years.  Kevin, their son, is 35.  He is married and living in Northern Virginia, where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in international food policy.  Katie, their daughter is 31.  She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska and teaches literature, writing, and film studies at Nebraska Wesleyan and Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.  She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

When he has free time, Gary enjoys reading, hiking, and music and has an ongoing interest in “Spirituality and the Arts,” “The History and Culture of the Bible,” and “Religion and Contemporary Culture.” 

 

Get in touch with us

(703) 707-6271
office@herndonumc.org
701 Bennett St, Herndon, VA 20170
Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm Friday, 9 am to Noon

Worship with Us

Saturday, 5:30 pm -- Casual Worship

Sunday, 9 am -- Traditional

Sunday, 10:30 am -- Contemporary

A Nursery is available for all services and KIDSClub is also available on Sundays during worship.