Our Staff

 

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Rev. George W. Chapman III   gchapman@firstpresway.com

Rev. George W. Chapman III was installed as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro in June of 2015.  He originally hails from the Charlotte, NC area.  He attended college at North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!), where he earned degrees in English and History, and later received a Master’s Degree in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art & Design.  George would work a few years as a starving artist before embarking on a call to ministry.  He earned a Masters of Divinity Degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA in 2006.  While completing a church internship during his final year of study, he met incoming seminarian Myra Hiott, and the two would marry in the summer of 2008.

As Myra finished her studies at the seminary, George would serve in a variety of pastoral settings in the Richmond area before pursuing his first ordained call as pastor of Buena Vista Presbyterian Church in the fall of 2009.  While in Buena Vista, George became involved in The Community Table of Rockbridge, which seeks to serve low-cost, nutritious meals to food-insecure families in the surrounding area.  He also became active in the Buena Vista chapter of Rotary International and has served on the Committee for Relational Ministry for the Shenandoah Presbytery.  As George pastored his congregation in Buena Vista, Myra completed her degree at the University of Virginia School of Law, and is presently a practicing attorney.

George has a variety of interests.  Saturday mornings he can be found with Myra at the local farmers’ market or perusing the shelves at the used book store.  He loves good food, whether it means staying home and cooking in or trying the latest eatery.  When time allows, George and Myra look forward to any occasion to travel, explore and do anything generally outdoorsy.  In his free time, he enjoys sketching, riding his bicycle and really bad zombie movies.  George is a Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor through and through, and is proud to be part of the First Waynesboro family as he continues this next phase of his ministry!

 

 

Roger Daggy,  Director of Music                                           rogerdaggy@gmail.com

Roger has made a huge impression with his capabilities on the organ, piano and as choir director adding much to both the 8:45 and 11:00 services.

Roger was born in Waynesboro and while in high school studied organ under Ed Zimmerman at FPC.  He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from Northwestern University.  For the past thirty years he has been a church musician and recital organist.  Additionally, during that time, he was involved in the organ industry, devoted to the care and maintenance of historic pipe organs.

From 2001 until the beginning of 2015, Roger was the Organist for the Parish of St. Matthew in Pacific Palisades, CA, as well as the Parish School.  He spent eight years as Music Director/Organist for Calvary Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC.

His concert venues in the United States and Europe are too numerous to mention here.

On July 17, 1988, Roger and wife Kimberlea were married at First Presbyterian Church.  Kimberlea is a nationally syndicated classical music announcer/producer whose rich voice frequently enhances our choir.  They have two children:  Maximilian and Celia.                                           

Barbara

 

   Barbara Bombassaro, Financial Secretary

barbara@firstpresway.com

Barbara moved here in 2003 with her husband, Richard who was transferred from their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.  Their black and gold flag is always flying during football season.  They are blessed with one daughter, Amanda. Amanda and her husband, Jeremiah, recently moved to Charlotte NC, in search of warmer weather.  She is currently teaching 3rd grade. Barbara’s other daughter, Cookie, walks on four legs and is the best dog (except when she turns into a Cookie Monster).  Barbara’s favorite words her husband can say to her are, “Don’t cook tonight, let’s go out!”  She was raised in a wonderful Catholic family by two wonderful parents, who are missed.  Her parents owned a bakery growing up, so she loves to make homemade goodies.  Barbara has one brother, Walter.  He is a Priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, for their Deaf and Signed members.  Barbara’s husband knows that he has no choice when Dancing with the Stars is on TV.  Rick and Barbara love to go on rides everywhere and nowhere in particular.  She has been working at First Presbyterian since January 2004 and considers this her other home.  She says that “When my lucky lotto numbers are called, I’ll be living at the beach.”

 

 

 Sarah Watson, Nursery Attendant
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Craig Cavanaugh, audio-visual  support

Craig was born in upstate New York and moved to this area in 1972.  He graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1981 and went into the United States Air Force and served four years as a Ground Radio Communications Operator.  While stationed at MacDill AFB in Florida he met his wife Cindy, who also was active duty Air Force.  After their time in the service, they returned to Waynesboro where Craig worked for a short time as a disc jockey at WZKT (formally WAYB) until they closed their doors.  He owned and operated Mystic Music DJ Service for almost 20 years until retiring from the DJ scene in 2012. Craig works his full time job as Quality Control at PlyGem Siding Group in Stuarts Draft and has been employed there for over 25 years, and is president of the Waynesboro Players community theater group.  He and his wife Cindy have two wonderful children Carissa and Corey, and a grandson Dreagen.

Michael Griffith, Maintenance Technician

Michael was raised and attended school in Philadelphia, PA. He is married to Bernadette.  They have three daughters, Faye 14, Kelly 8, and Katie 2.  Michael has been coming to Waynesboro to visit family since he was a child and moved here one he became an adult.  Michael has worked full time at Blue Ridge Doors for over 10 years and ably finds time to work for our church.  Although he has little free time, what he does have he spends with his wife and family.

 

 Caroleia Strandberg, Housekeeper