Executive & Lay Staff

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John Hemming

Lead Pastor

Karen and I celebrate 17 years of marriage on July 20, 2019. We are blessed with three children: Luke (12), Aaron (10), and Anna (5). Culpeper UMC is the third church we have served. The journey began at Cave Spring UMC (2008-2012) and our second appointment was Powhatan UMC (2012-2019). It's been a joy to work alongside others, striving to build God's Kingdom. To be sure, Christ has shown up in amazing ways, helping me understand my role as a pastor and challenging people to BE disciples of Jesus in order to MAKE disciples of Jesus. Spiritual disciplines are vital to my daily life, reminding me that I am a follower first and foremost. The Hemming family is excited about our next stage of ministry at Culpeper UMC. Without a doubt, God is already on the move at Culpeper UMC and I look forward to building onto the wonderful legacy left by Pastor Randy.

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Kelly Weiss

Executive Director

Hi, I’m Kelly Weiss, the Executive Director at Culpeper United Methodist Church.  I joined Culpeper UMC in January 2018 after I heard God’s call to join this beautiful church in its mission, and I became a professing member of the church in February 2018.  I have been blessed to work for Culpeper UMC, to be part of this community, and to be involved with the many wonderful ways in which Culpeper UMC helps out in the community.  

Prior to joining Culpeper UMC, I spent 17 years at ATIS – the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions in Washington, D.C. where I was the Vice President of Finance and Operations.  I have also worked for law firms in Washington, D.C., for the Alaska Department of Revenue, and in the U.S. Senate for an Alaskan Senator. I received my Master of Public Administration from The American University, and my undergraduate degree from the University of Washington (go Huskies!).

I have been married to my lovely wife, Maria for 22 years. Maria works for the University of Virginia as the IT Infrastructure Manager for the School of Engineering and Applied Science.  We have two amazing daughters, Hailey (17) and Caitlin (15), who attend Culpeper County Public Schools.  Our other family members include our two Pugs, one Golden Retriever puppy and our five (!) cats.

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Jean Wood-Kobert

Director of Music Ministry

Jean Wood-Kobert received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, with an emphasis in piano performance, and also studied organ, voice, conducting and music education. She received additional training in music education in the areas of Musikgarten, Orff Schulwerk, Kodaly and Dalcroze methods of teaching music to children. She has taught music in public and private elementary schools, as well as taught private piano lessons in Virginia, Maryland and Florida. When living in Maryland, she taught courses in music education, fundamentals of music and accompanied vocal and instrumental students at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD.

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Jean Krueger

Administrator of Congregational Life and Event Planning

Jean Krueger has volunteered in many areas of CUMC before joining the CUMC staff family in June 2016. She has been married to Paul Krueger IV since October 1988 and they have three great kids, Paul Carl V & Colin Michael, twins born in Dec 1993 and Keely Morgan born in July 2000. Jean loves to read and dig deeper into the Bible and is also passionate about youth and youth ministry where she has been a volunteer small group leader for many years.

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Aly Wynham

Preschool Director

My name is Aly Wynham and I am excited to be joining the ministry team at

Culpeper UMC as the Preschool Director.

I will bring my classroom experience as a kindergarten teacher in Culpeper County Schools (2006-2015) and what I have learned as a local small business
owner, to support Culpeper UMC Preschool as it continues to shine a light in our community.


I graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and History and accepted a position at A.G Richardson Elementary where I taught kindergarten, first
and second grade. In 2015 I decided to pursue another lifelong dream of opening my own small business in downtown Culpeper. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my son, who is serving in the Air Force and my daughter, who will be in high school this fall. I currently
attend Grace Church of Fredericksburg.

 

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Greg Harpine

Modern Worship Leader

Greetings Church Family - I am very honored and excited to introduce myself to you although I have seen so many familiar faces already. My name is Greg Harpine and I am your new Modern Worship Leader
at Culpeper United Methodist Church.
I am a lifetime resident of Culpeper.

For 42 of the 50 years that I have lived here, I have been an active member of Culpeper Presbyterian Church. During my time there I was heavily involved in their music department including choir, bells, quartet, and development and leading our praise team as well as our Sunday evening Praise and Worship Service. I served on our worship committee and also taught youth and adult Sunday school classes.

I am a private music teacher at White Dove Studios, a local business I have owned and
operated since 2007. In 2010 I left a 20 year career in local law-enforcement to teach music full time. I am also the Executive Director of a non-profit called Souls In Harmony which offers therapeutic music programs for those suffering Alzheimer’s dementia, as well as other cognitive disorders including strokes. COVID has impacted our ability to provide these
services, but are anxious to get volunteers back to work as circumstances allow.
I am the father of two adult daughters (Caylie 20) and (Ashton 22). I am in a relationship with an amazing woman, Melissa Dean, who brings 3 boys to the family (Wyatt 23), (Liam 21),
and (Luke 4).

We are so thankful for the opportunity to integrate into this church family and to move into our next chapter with you here at CUMC.

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Maria Weiss

A/V Coordinator

Maria Weiss serves as our A/V Coordinator handling sound, video and graphics for Culpeper UMC.   Maria works as the IT Infrastructure Manager for the School of Engineering and Applied Science at The University of Virginia.   She is married to Kelly and has two daughters, Hailey and Caitlin.

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Gina Vallette

Church Accountant