• 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. 

  • Sheri Owen - Director of Worship

    Sheri was raised in Charlottesville and got her Master’s in music therapy from Radford University.  She is married to her soulmate, Pat and together they enjoy spending time with 4 kids, 5 grandkids and 2 dogs.  Her fulltime job is Outreach Director at SARA, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency in Charlottesville.  She and her family love to cook, love the beach, love community theater and love spending time with their friends.

  • 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 making movies in film school, a rewarding time of ministry, not nearly enough time on sandy beaches, 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. For more information about our Youth Ministry visit our youth page.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.