Staff

  • Lance King - Pastor  

    Lance is a graduate of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and Colorado State University. He is married to Tonya- a joy to the world! Together they enjoy life with their daughter and son. He enjoys anything with an internal combustion engine as well as soccer, carpentry, and coffee. Lance joined Chestnut Grove in September 2006. Previously he served as Associate Pastor for Discipleship Outreach and Youth at a sister church in Richmond, VA.

  • Barbara Edwards - Minister to Children and Families  

    Barbara, along with husband Kenny and their three children joined Chestnut Grove in 2000. In August 2010 Barbara joined our staff as Minister to Children and Families. Barbara is a graduate of State University College at Oswego and Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also a graduate from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Before coming on staff Barbara retired with a total of 31 years in public education. For more information about our Children's Ministry visit our children's page. 

  • Zac Cannon - Associate Pastor of Youth  

    Zac – along with his wife, Jess, and their children, Dexter and Penelope – were welcomed to Chestnut Grove in the summer of 2017. After a decade-spanning adventure in California (including an extended honeymoon, making movies in film school, a rewarding time of ministry, battles with infertility, not enough time on sandy beaches, far too many seminary papers, and the enigma that was a vanishing cat named Steve), the Cannon’s decided their plot needed a change of location; returning home to Virginia to explore what God had spent so much time and energy preparing them for. Zac can often be found sipping coffee while getting lost in a good book or the weeds of his own imagination. His love languages are sci-fi and cheesecake. 

  • Landon Collins - Associate Pastor of FOrmation  

    Landon and his family joined Chestnut Grove in the spring of 2015. In 2008 he convinced his wife Erin to marry him and they now have two wonderful children; Liam and Lydia. Landon is a graduate of Christopher Newport University and George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He has a deep desire to live life to the fullest (John 10:10) and does so by enjoying woodworking, mountain biking, and exercising. Previously Landon served as a Youth Minister and Interim Missions Pastor at a church in Waco, TX. He would also like to make it known that he is an avid Alabama fan. 

  • Paige Hale - Interim Director of Music

    Paige has a Bachelor of Science in Institution Management & Dietetics from Oregon State University. She is married to Dan & has 3 children & 5 grandchildren. She enjoys hiking, her horse, cooking, & music. Paige started playing the piano in the 3rd grade & continues to play every day.Paige has worked for over 15 years as a Director of Music & Worship and simultaneously owned & operated the 'Little Bear Daycare'. 


  • Ben Hardesty - Artist in Residence

    Ben Hardesty is a song writer and performer based out of Virginia. He loves ice cream (Turkey Hill Double Dunker to be precise), meat, and being around people. He spent his childhood between the jungles of Bolivia and the swamps of his home state. Upon graduating high school Ben left for a year long program in England at Capernwray Bible School. It was there that he decided to start his band "The Last Bison", and ever since he has devoted his life to writing for, recording, and touring with The Last Bison. Having operated as an "indie" and a "major label signee", Ben has gotten some panorama on the world of music. Ben has also spent a decade serving as a worship leader in both small and large settings. Leading worship on a missions trip to Thailand led Ben to meet his wife Geneva several years ago, and they now reside happily in a tiny house ( yes like the ones on tv) in Earlysville, VA. 

  • Melanie Bowyer - AV Steward

    Melanie (Mel) Bowyer has attended Chestnut Grove since 2006. As the A/V steward she leads a talented team that make things work behind-the-scenes for services. Mel has a B.A from the University of North Carolina and a Masters of Education from The University of Virginia. When not behind the soundboard, Mel can be found working in the Education department at Monticello. Mel is married and has four kids. She enjoys fostering rescue dogs, quilting, and running. 

  • Ann Comarovschi - Administrative Assistant

    Ann is the central hub of communications at Chestnut Grove. A former business owner and entrepreneur, Ann very capably keeps the office in order, publications in print, and the congregation informed. Ann and her husband enjoy caring for animals, gardening, and travel. 

  • Kris Moran - Preschool Director  

    Kris has been a member of Chestnut Grove since 2006 and joined our staff as Preschool Director in July 2008. She has both an undergraduate degree in management and a Masters of Education enabling her to guide both the business and instructional aspects of her job. Kris resides locally with her husband and three children. She enjoys reading, exercising and travel. To learn more about Chestnut Grove's Preschool visit our preschool page.