• Providing spiritual and strategic leadership to the ministries of the church ensuring that the work of the church is aligned with the mission and vision of Culpeper UMC.

  • Providing oversight and counsel for the day-to-day operations of the church including issues related to staff.

  • Monitoring the finances of the church and recommending an annual budget to be approved by the Church Conference.

  • Completing annual evaluations for the Lead Pastor and Associate Pastor.

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The Leadership Team consists of nine lay members serving in rotating three-year terms, plus the Lead Pastor, the Associate Pastor and the Executive Director.


The Team


John Hemming

Lead Pastor


Kelly Weiss

Executive Director

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Jan Fitts - Chair


Jan has served in ministry through connect team, women's ministry, Naomi's fellowship, small group leader, choir, Kelsey's Big Give, expansion team, stewardship team, child/youth protection policy team, confirmation mentor, and speaker for events. Jan's professional experience includes licensed social worker, public speaker, serves on social work boards, executive director for Community Action organization, assisted in non-profit startups and has served on local and state non-profit boards.  Jan attends the 11:00am service and her spiritual gifts are administration, shepherding and giving.


Chuck Garver


Chuck Garver (2022) has served in ministry for the Praise Band, in Wesleyan Building Brothers.  Early Response Team (UMCOR), ABLAZE Leadership Team, Worship Committee, Central Virginia Mission HUB, Mission Central volunteer, USDA,  Powerpack, and Manna Ministry.  Chuck’s professional experience includes many years in the police force, including as Detective, Investigator, and Chief of Police in Ohio, and Chuck served many years as a firefighter in Ohio as well.  Chuck attends the 9:29 service where you will frequently see him playing bass for the Praise Band.

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Mary Alice Hoffman


Mary Alice has been a member of CUMC for over 47 years.  Mary Alice is a member of the Virginia Hendrick Circle, and is currently the Vice President of our local United Methodist Women.  She has been co-chair for the annual Christmas Bazaar for 7 years, and previously served on SPRC, the Finance Committee, and was a volunteer for the church office.  One of the ministries she enjoys is sending cards to church members and community friends.  Mary Alice is a retired Verizon employee of 43 years, and now works part-time at the Frenchman’s Corner on Davis Street.  She also keeps busy volunteering for the USDA monthly food distribution at CUMC, and volunteers at the local hospital and for the American Red Cross.


George C. Valletti


George C. Valletti III began serving in the field of ministry as a youth council treasurer and praise band member.  His ministry services have included audio/visual technician, volunteer for Carpenter's for Christ and Love Inc., church grounds and maintenance team member, and most recently volunteer for Flame Café ministries.  George's professional experience consists of educational research, STEM education, K-12 teacher, school leadership team, and administrative coordinatorship, as well as curriculum development and program manager.  George and his family attend the 9:29am service and his spiritual gifts are shepherding, serving/teaching and administration.

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Dr. Lee Simpson


Lee, his wife, Whitney, and their three girls, Lauren, Rylee and Georgie have been members since 2006.  He has worked in a myriad of ways within the life of the church at CUMC. These missional opportunities have been both administrative and missional in nature and helped to grow Lee as a person and as a follower of Christ. These opportunities have ranged from working with youth as a confirmation mentor and table leader.  He has worked with several different ministries for outreach within the local community such the church’s wood ministry, Power Packs, Kelsey’s Big Give and serving lunch and dinner with the Warming Shelter and with Manna Ministry.  Administratively, he has served as SPRC chair, Finance chair and working with the Nominations committee. He has worked on the Ministry Team RoundTable and even helped serve on the committee that developed the current leadership structure with the Leadership Team.  He has also served as president of the Men’s Ablaze United Methodist Men. Other, administrative service work within the church included organizing and participating in the 9:29 worship service to coordinate worship activities such as scripture readers, ushers and communion stewards. Finally, he has worked with the Cuba Mission team to partner with the international church in Cuba.  His greatest passion is discipleship and continuing to develop the opportunities for folks who attend CUMC to grow in Christ and understand what it is to be a disciple of Christ. He has started several small groups and is interested in helping to develop more groups to disciple and mentor other believers.


Jim Jewett


Jim has served in ministry as finance chairman, expansion team, congregational care, missions, elder and youth leader.  Jim's professional experience includes economic management and strategic planning, IT and Business consultant, business analytics, business owner of Madison Farms, network architect for charities, former lecturer in CIS - Cybersecurity for JMU and former professor for Piedmont VCC.  Jim attends the 8:00am service and his spiritual gifts are administration, serving and giving.


Rick Martin


Rick has served in ministry on the Missions Team, Cuba Mission Team, CUMC Preschool, Spark Children’s Ministry, Ignite mission trips, YES sponsor, Confirmation mentor, Small group leader, and Wesleyan Building Brothers.  Rick’s professional experience includes engineering, IT service management, and program management in the telecommunications, contact center, and IT consulting industries.  Rick and his family attend the 9:29am service and his spiritual gifts are serving, mercy, and shepherding. 

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Darrel Watson


Relatively new to CUMC, Darrel has served in ministries at prior churches on: pastor search committees, ground maintenance, finance committee, security committee, bible study leadership, veteran support activities, and volunteering at a large food bank.  Since gaining membership in CUMC, Darrel shares teaching assignments in the Wesleyan Sunday school class.  After graduating from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, he served five years in the Navy before managerial positions in industry – primarily consumer and military products - before retiring from an aircraft manufacturing company.  Darrel and his wife “Wally” attend the early service.


Karen McLean


Karen McLean served as a Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader, and taught children’s Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.  Karen and her husband were members of a small home group study and are interested in bringing this fellowship back when possible.  Karen enjoys cooking and delivering meals when needed and sending cards.  Karen has a BS in Public Health, M.ED in Special Education and a certificate from George Washington University in Educational Leadership.  After staying home to raise her 3 children, she taught in the Special Education classroom for 10 years, and currently is the Special Education Administrative Coordinator in Prince William County Schools.