Thrasher Memorial United Methodist
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
Tina Yates- Director of Christian Formation
Tina has been at Thrasher for 15 years and now serves as the Director of Christian Formation. Tina and her husband, Tim, have two children, Dustin and Logan.
Tina works with Explosion Worship, small group ministry, children's ministry, and J-Train. She and her husband love spending quality time with their family and watching their children play sports. According to Tina "Sunday is the most exciting day of the week!"
Josh O'Dell- Director of Music Ministries
Josh O'Dell holds a B.S. in Music (Voice and Piano) from Radford University with specialized studies in Choral Conducting and Sacred Music, as well as a Sacred Music Certificate from Virginia Wesleyan College. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Choral Conducting and Church Music from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. He is the recipient of performance-based scholarship which will enable him to complete his studies in these two areas.
At Thrasher he conducts a fully-graded music program, including: the Sanctuary Choir, Orchestra, Children's Choir, and Handbell Choir. Under his direction the Music Ministry recently released their first CD, Christmas at Thrasher, in December 2012. Before coming to Thrasher in 2010 he served as Minister of Music at various churches throughout Virginia and North Carolina.
Brandon Mock- Organist, Assistant Director of Music Ministries
Brandon Mock is currently a senior at Radford University pursuing a B.M. in Music Education, studying organ, saxophone, and voice. At Thrasher Brandon accompanies the choirs, provides music for the 11 a.m. service, and directs the preschool choir. Brandon began playing in church at an early age and has previously held the position of Music Director/Organist at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, NC and at Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church in Bluefield, VA.
Bonnie Jones- Director of Youth Ministries/Crossblock
Bonnie Jones is the Director of Youth Ministries and the coordinator for the Crossblock after school program. Bonnie and her husband, Dave, have three children; Mike, Megan and Matthew, as well as four grandchildren; Miller, Mayzie, Isaac and Levi. Bonnie is also the director of the preschool at Lynn Haven Baptist Church.
Connie Houff- Administrative Assistant
Connie started at Thrasher as Administrative Assistant in May 2013, after retiring from Virginia Western Community College with 32 years of Service as a Procurement Officer. Connie is married to Gary and they have 2 daughters; Sarah and Callie. Connie currently serves as the volunteer leader of the Worship Team and helps teach the Senior High Sunday School Class. She enjoys being involved in the Children and Youth programs at Thrasher.