Elkton United Methodist Church Staff


Debbie Powell, Pastor

Reverend Debbie Powell

I’m Southern girl from way back – Southern California that is. I was transplanted to Virginia when my husband retired from the Air Force. I graduated from the University of Maryland, in 1981 with a Bachelors of Science, majoring in Psychology. For many of our military years, I worked for overseas base chapels coordinating and directing Christian Education programs.
I have taken a circuitous road when it comes to ordained ministry. I attended Wesley Theological Seminary graduating in 1992 with a degree in Christian Formation with an emphasis in Education and Programming in order to better serve as a Christian educator. However, God placed a call in my life, moving me toward becoming the pastor, so I returned to Wesley and converted my degree into a Masters of Divinity in 1999. I was ordained an elder in 2001. I bring to Elkton UMC twenty plus years of experience in ministry. I am deeply privileged to serve God’s people in all times and truly appreciate the gift of sharing in each of your lives.
I’m married to Roger, who is also a United Methodist pastor – he is serving two churches in Amherst County. Together we have one son, Bryon who is married to Erin and our grandson Hanz just turned three.
I’m excited to greet each of you in the Name of our Lord and Savior and am looking forward to the ways in which we will serve Jesus Christ.



On the Lookout for a New Choir Director

We are currently looking for a Director for your Choir and Handbells.



Becky Holmes, Pianist

Pianist Becky Holmes

Becky Holmes is our church pianist and accompanist. She is also accompanist for the Celebration Singers, a community choir based in Dayton, VA. Becky began playing piano for her home church, Longmeadow Church of the Brethren, and for Youth Aglow meetings and her school touring choir in Hagerstown, Maryland when she was in her teens. She studied piano in Hagerstown for two years with Sung Mi Rhee, a concert pianist. As an undergraduate at Eastern Mennonite University, she studied piano with Stephen Sachs and dabbled in contemporary Christian music.

Becky is Audit Director at JMU. Becky received an AAS in Computer Science and a BS in Accounting from Eastern Mennonite University and is a CPA. She earned an MA in Technical and Scientific Communication from JMU in 2004. She lives in Harrisonburg with her husband Michael. They have two daughters, Katy and Emily.

1 Comment

  1. Dr. Linell Gray Moss

    Would you please forward to Becky Holmes? Thank you.

    Dear Harrisonburg Area Choirs and Music Directors:

    The first annual Harrisonburg Sacred Arts Festival will take place on September 21-22, 2018.
    The theme is Welcoming the Stranger. The Festival will begin with a Community Sing on Friday, September 21, 7:30 pm, to be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, and will conclude with a Mass Choir Concert on Saturday, September 22, 7:30 pm, at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church (HMC). Events and workshops will be offered during the afternoon on Saturday, Sept. 22 in Harrisonburg. This is a unique opportunity for your choir to participate in a large and exciting interdenominational choir festival!

    We invite your church choir to sing in the Mass Choir Concert on Saturday, September 22, at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. We request your reply by May 14, indicating your participation: http://www.hburgsacredarts.org or by email at Contact@hburgsacredarts.org. Registration fee: $25 for under 20 choir members; $50 for 20 choir members or more.

    ​Please contact me so I can send you the full letter with more information.



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