OUR STAFF

   

Blaine Thomas, Pastor

 
Welcome to Bethany UMC.  If this is your first time here, a long-time member, or anything in between; I hope you find this place to be one that radiates God’s love into the world.  My name is Rev. Blaine Thomas and I am so humbly grateful to be the pastor here at Bethany United Methodist Church.  I hope and pray that you find Bethany to be a welcoming congregation, where you can be your most authentic self.  We gather together to build our relationship with God and one another; as we strive to be more like Jesus Christ.  If this sounds like something you want to be a part of, come check us out!
 
What are you passionate about?  I am passionate about making disciples of Christ, enjoying the life that we have been given, and loving people from all walks of life.  Blaine is a die-hard Florida State Seminole.
 
What is your favorite Bible verse?  “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will fly up on wings like eagles; they will run and not be tired; they will walk and not be weary.”   (Isaiah 40:31)
 
Favorite movies?  Remember the Titans, Shawshank Redemption, Invictus, and Gridiron Gang
 
Who inspires you?  I have countless mentors and family who inspire me every day, but when it comes to those who are well-known public figures the likes of Bobby Bowden and Mike Martin.  Both of these Florida State University former football and baseball head coaches had a huge amount of influence on me as a child, and even now.
 
What was your first job?  My first job, which was not recognized by the government, as a teenager, was an animal and house sitter.  My first government recognized job, was being a runner for a private investigator.
 
What is the most influential book in your life (other than the Bible, of course)?  “Running for My Life: My Journey in the Game of Football and Beyond” by Warrick Dunn.
 
How do you spend your free time?  I love to be outside, in God’s beautiful creation with my wonderful fiancée. I also love to spend afternoons out on the golf course!
 

Dale Roller, Praise & Worship Leader

 
Dale grew up on a dairy farm in Weyers Cave with a brother and a sister. The family moved to Weyers Cave when he was 2 so he has been at Bethany most of his life. He started with piano lessons at age 8 and taught himself to play banjo at age 16.
 
Dale attended Virginia Tech for 2 years studying agriculture, then transferred and graduated from Longwood College (now University) with a degree in Music and a minor in Business. He played music as his main profession for 14 years and became involved in computers while on the road. He works now as a Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Jenzabar in Harrisonburg VA.
 
What are you passionate about?  Music, my family
 
What is your favorite Bible verse?  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27
 
Favorite movies?  Lonesome Dove (I know, TV miniseries), White Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life
 
Who inspires you?  My parents: Harold and Carolyn Roller, Dr. Bob Blasch – friend and piano professor from Longwood College
 
What was your childhood ambition?  To be a radio disc jockey, a detective or a musician (not all at the same time)
 
What was your first job?  First job: working on my family’s dairy farm, Kendale Jerseys
First jobs away from the farm: mowing grass one summer at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton, then playing banjo at one of the shows at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.
 
What is the most influential book in your life (other than the Bible, of course)?  Hard question – When I was much younger, my Mema Myers had some books at her house that belonged to my uncles, a series called the Sugar Creek Gang. I read those (a number of times) and got more as gifts between age 7 and 12. These were stories about boys growing up in the country who had adventures and loved Jesus. I recently reread a number of these books as I was reading them with my son when he was younger.
 
How do you spend your free time?  Listening to and playing music, messing with computers, hanging out with my family, reading.
 
 

Marguerite McDonald, Organist, Music Director

 
Marguerite grew up in Weyers Cave on a dairy farm with her parents and two brothers. She has attended Bethany since childhood. After graduating from high school, she attended Longwood College and received a bachelors degree in music education.
 
Marguerite lived in Covington for seven years where she taught music in Alleghany County and served as the organist at a Baptist Church and a Presbyterian Church. She returned to the valley and began teaching music in Augusta County. At the same time, she attended JMU where she earned her masters degree in music. Upon completion of her masters degree, she continued taking classes to become certified in school administration and supervision.
 
In 1994 she began working as a school administrator, which continued until her retirement in 2015. During this time, Marguerite worked for awhile at several different churches, including Bethany, as the organist/choir accompanist. She and her husband live at Fort Defiance with several four-legged fur babies. She has two stepchildren who both live out of state. She also works part-time for JMU.
 
What are you passionate about?  I am passionate about my family, including my pets!
 
What is your favorite Bible verse?  I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. (NLT) Psalm 16:8
 
Favorite movie?  I guess that would be “Sound of Music” since I’ve seen it more times than any other movie and I keep watching it when it comes on!
 
Who inspires you?  My parents and my father-in-law.
 
What was your childhood ambition?  To be a teacher or a hair stylist.
 
What was your first job?  Babysitting
 
How do you spend your free time?  I enjoy sewing, quilting and working in my flower beds, and watching “I Love Lucy” reruns.
 
 

Cindy Kite, Office Administrator

 
Cindy was born and raised in the Valley.  Her mom is a local girl and her father was a handsome sailor from California.  Although she has lived in several different states, she has always come back to the Valley.  She graduated from Fort Defiance High School and Blue Ridge Community College with an associates degree in Business.
 
She has been happily married to her best friend Randy for 34 years.  They have two adult sons and a lovely daughter-in-law, whom all graduated from VA Tech … GO HOKIES!  Their oldest son Chris and his wife Lindsay live and work in Northern Virginia and the youngest, Ryan, lives and works locally.  They also have a very spoiled two-year old dog named Sophie.
 
Cindy has been a member of Bethany for over 50 years and truly loves and appreciates her church family.  She has been involved in Children’s Ministries, organizing and chairing Community Vacation Bible School for many years.  She has also been involved with the youth and loves working in Women’s Ministries.
 
What are you passionate about?  I am passionate about many things … my church, my family, my friends and continuing to grow as a Christian woman.
 
What’s your favorite Bible verse?  “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10
 
Favorite movie?  I love to watch movies and it’s hard to pick just one, but if I have to it would be “The Notebook.”
 
Who inspires you?  My husband who has always been my biggest cheerleader.
 
What was your childhood ambition?  To be a school teacher.
 
What was your first job?  Babysitting and then McDonald’s
 
How do you spend your free time?  I love spending time with my family.  And doing DIY’s around the house.  I also enjoy traveling with my husband, reading and crafting.  Oh, and spoiling our rotten, mischievous dog Sophie.