Meet the Staff

Rev. Adam Blagg
Senior Pastor
(540) 434-7747 ext. 201

Adam serves as the Senior Pastor at Otterbein UMC, coming to the church after having served for seven years at Glossbrenner UMC in Churchville. Adam and his family have made their home in Harrisonburg for the past 12 years and all four of their children attend school in the city. Adam is graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College and earned his Masters of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary.  Adam enjoys reading, running, cycling and spending time with his family.

Rev. Faith Fowler
Associate Pastor of Health & Wellness
(540) 434-7747 ext. 210

Faith is the Associate Pastor for Health and Wellness at Otterbein UMC. She joined the Otterbein staff in August of 2018 after serving for four years at John Wesley UMC in Harrisonburg. Faith graduated with a Sports Medicine Degree from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina and earned her Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2000. Over the past 20 years, Faith has served in a variety of ministry settings. In Washington, D.C. she worked in the inner city with those struggling with homelessness and addiction. She founded and directed a non-profit racial reconciliation youth ministry, and served as associate pastor for youth on Capitol Hill. Upon moving to New Jersey, Faith combined her education and passion for fitness and ministry to begin Fitness with Faith, L.L.C., which included Christ-centered personal training, small group exercise classes, and inspirational teaching and training about integration of body, soul, and spirit. Faith has lived in Harrisonburg since June 2012 and has two children, Solomon and Sarah Grace . In recent months, Faith has come to understand health and wellness in a new, more holistic way that holds together the reality of brokenness and suffering with the hope and promise of full redemption in Jesus Christ. The pain and struggles in her own life have birthed within her a new appreciation for God’s gift of each new day and the desire to humbly come alongside others who are on their own journey of healing.

Sandy Schaefer
Director of Music Ministries
(540) 434-7747 ext. 204

Sandy is the Music Director and Organist at Otterbein UMC. She has been a member of the music staff at Otterbein since October of 2004. As a young girl at Laurel United Methodist Church in Springfield , Illinois, Sandy was inspired by music, worship, and the church’s pipe organ which she wanted to someday learn to play. Sandy holds the degrees Bachelor of Sacred Music from Illinois Wesleyan University and Master of Church Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She has served churches as organist and music director for over thirty years at churches in Illinois, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia. Sandy considers it a blessing to work with the members of Otterbein’s dedicated and talented music ministry, including the Handbell Choirs, Sanctuary Choir, Youth Choir and College Chorale.  Sandy has two children, Jonathan and Elisabeth and a Shetland sheepdog, Harper. Also on the music staff at Blue Ridge Christian School, Sandy teaches private piano lessons, directs the High School handbell ensemble and accompanies the school choirs.  A lifelong baseball lover, Sandy is an avid fan of the Washington Nationals and enjoys all D.C. sports teams.

Melissa Miller
Office Manager
(540) 434-7747 ext. 200

Melissa has been the Administrative Assistant/Office Manager at Otterbein UMC since May, 2010.  She is a graduate of Bridgewater College.  Melissa is an active member of Mt. Horeb UMC, where she enjoys planning events for her church family.  In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching Professional Bull Riding, taking road trips, and photography.

Judy Falls
(540) 434-7747 ext. 207

Judy has been the Custodian at Otterbein UMC since September, 1976. She has been married to Melvin, her right-hand man, since 1969 and they have one daughter, Menika. In her free time, Judy loves to play with her cats, shop for antiques and cruise around the world on the big ships!

Otterbein United Methodist Church

(540) 434-7747

176 West Market St

Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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