Pastor & Leaders
Rev. Lisa Blackmonson
Meet our pastor -
I was born and raised in the United Methodist Church. I Graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA in Religious Studies. While at VWC I toured with the Christian Performing Arts Troupe “Wings” melding my love of Christ and Music Theatre to bring the gospel to people in various places throughout Virginia and North Carolina.
I attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston Illinois and graduated with my Master of Divinity in 2002. While in Seminary I served as Chaplain at Lutheran General Hospital for one year working with the NICU, OBGYN and Trauma Team. In addition I served as Youth Pastor at Northbrook UMC for 2 years, before moving back to Virginia.
In Virginia I have served as Associate Pastor of Ebenezer UMC in Suffolk for 5 years. Senior Pastor of Providence UMC in Suffolk for 5 years. I have been on the Conference Directing Board of the GBOD. I was Senior Pastor of Broad Street UMC in Portsmouth and was appointed Pastor of Mathew Chapel UMC in 2015.
As Jesus said, “To whom much has been given, much is expected.” I believe that when we have experienced the inexhaustible love and grace of God we are bound, in gratitude, to offer the same to the world. This can look many different ways according to the gifts and graces of individuals and communities of faith.“
Lisa R. Blackmonson