Meet the Staff
Rev. Michael Kendall
Michael came to Farmville in June 2013. He is an ordained elder and a graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University and The College of William & Mary. He enjoys action/adventure movies, U.S. history, art and photography. His passion in ministry is helping people discover the stories of faith, their gifts for ministry and joy in serving others with the love of Jesus. His wife Kathy is a nurse manager at our local hospital; together they have three children.
Rev. Lyndsie Blakely
Minister of Youth
Lyndsie is an ordained deacon, serves as our Minister of Youth and has been serving at Farmville UMC since 2010. She is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College and Duke Divinity School. Lyndsie and her husband, Josh, enjoy being in ministry with middle and high school students and being a part of the music ministries at FUMC. They have two boys, Noah and Jeremiah.
Children's Ministry & Christian Education Director
Brandy is our Director of Education and Children’s Ministries. She has been with Farmville UMC since June 2017. She supports our Sunday School and short/long-term small groups, children’s programming, and special events. She is a 2017 Longwood graduate and teaches at Victoria Elementary School.
Tracey Oddo, our Office Manager, joined us in July of 2017. She and her husband Walt Oddo enjoy hiking and climbing as well as hanging out with their two Shiz Tzus. The Oddos are members of New Life, where they serve with the dream team.
Donna is our Financial Secretary and joined our staff in the fall of 2016. She is responsible for recording donations to the church, whether in our weekly offering, capital campaign gifts, or other one-time donations. She, her son Cale, and her grandchildren invite you to join them in the “box seats” up in the balcony each Sunday!
Kevin & Kaitlin Callihan
Interim Music Directors
Dr. Kevin Callihan is the Director of the Wind Symphony and Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Music Education, and Low Brass at Longwood University. Kaitlin Callihan is a PhD candidate at the University of Kentucky and is the Lead Teacher at the Longwood University Andy Taylor Center for Early Childhood Development. The Callihans have taught music at the middle school, high school, and university levels and hold degrees from Morehead State University, The Ohio State University, Northwestern University, and the University of Kentucky. Previously, Kevin and Kaitlin held faculty positions at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, KY.
Dr. Gordon Ring
Rev. Justin Hicks
Director of Wesley Foundation