Senior Pastor Matt Meisenhelter
Pastor Matt Meisenhelter was appointed as Senior Pastor at Community UMC in July of 2017. An ordained elder in full connection in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, he came to us after nearly a decade in new church planting and growth work in Northern Virginia. Prior to that he served a variety of congregations in Virginia and Pennsylvania where he is originally from. Pastor Matt was appointed here at our congregational leadership’s request for vibrant, energetic leadership to help our church grow larger, grow younger, and grow deeper!
A passionate Christian and dynamic speaker, Pastor Matt’s preaching style seeks to make the timeless message of the Bible clear and relevant to a modern 21st Century audience. His church leadership style is rooted in the Biblical model of doing church in the book of Acts, particularly in Acts chapter 6 where the lay Christians are empowered and equipped for mission and ministry in the church and in the world!
Matt is a summa cum laude graduate of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and a magna cum laude graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. Matt is married to Sarah who works as a special education teacher in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. They are the parents of two boys, Max and Sammy, as well as the adoptive parents of Leroy, their rescue dog!
Associate Pastor Brian Boettcher
Brian is a 2015 graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta where he received his Masters of Divinity. Pastor Brian earned a Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Religious Studies from Virginia Wesleyan College in 2012.
Brian grew up in the Western Branch area of Chesapeake, VA. and attended West End United Methodist Church in Portsmouth, VA. He was active in the youth group and served as youth group representative on the West End UMC Church Council. He was also involved in the District Youth Council serving as both a student and adult leader. While at Virginia Wesleyan, Brian was recruited by Florence Brooks to be a part of student ministry leadership team. Brian worked in areas of call and worship planning. During this time, Brian was working toward his BA in Religious Studies. Before graduating from Virginia Wesleyan, Brian was accepted at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
During his first year in Atlanta, Brian was a student Chaplain on the cardiology floor of Emory University Hospital Midtown. Brian began attending worship at Glenn Memorial UMC in his first year and began working as an intern for missions and worship. While he was there, Glenn held its first Stop Hunger Now (now Rise Against Hunger) meal packing event and Glenn partnering with the Emory University Wesley Fellowship. In his third year, he began to teach the Live and Learn Sunday School class. After completing his Masters of Divinity , Brian was appointed to serve at Community UMC beginning in July 2015.