virginia district nyi council

  • jerry varner (richmond southside)

    nyi president

    About Jerry...

    He is currently serving at Southside Church of the Nazarene where he's been since 2004 as the Student Discipleship Pastor.

    Born in the country, raised at the beach, and comfy-cozy in the city, Jerry's greatest desire is to enjoy life being the best husband for his wife Merritt and the best dad for his 4 kids. After that, he's in it to disciple students who disciple students who disci---you get the idea.

    Jerry was called to ministry at the age of 16 and at that point told God "Wherever you want me to go, I'll go there. Whatever you want me to do, I'll do it. Whatever you want me to say, I'll say it." A 1995 graduate of Nyack College, Jerry has spoken to students from all over the country about walking with a wild-eyed Jesus. And while the road hasn't been all ice cream and lollipops, he wouldn't change one thing about his journey so far.

    As President of Virginia NYI, he's here to help youth leaders grow, connect, and see God's will revealed and clear in the state of Virginia and beyond!


  • Jeffrey Hernandez (Richmond The Remnant)

    NYI Vice President

    About Jeff...

    Sr Pastor at El Remanente (The Remnant) Church of the Nazarene in Richmond Virginia

    JNI & Ultracamp - District Hispanic Youth Director

    Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Jeff was called to ministry at an early age and at age 19, he was elected to lead the Hispanic youth leaders around the Virginia District Church of the Nazarene.

    He has served as the JNIVA President and NYI Hispanic Youth Director for 10 years and serves as a professor in the Hispanic Nazarene Theological Institute of the Virginia District.

    Since that time, he and the JNIVA team launched a bilingual youth camp on the virginia district which is in it's 8th year and has a record attendance of 230+ and has seen almost 100 young people give their lives to Christ through the camp.

    He has had the priviledge to speak to youth about the Gospel in different countries around the Americas from Nicaragua to Colombia.

    Currently serves interdenominationally in helping churches develop worship ministries and musicians and has worked with over 20 churches in Virginia.

    A former collegiate & NCAA athlete in track and field and FCA contributor. He and his wife Hannah serve together at their home church in Richmond and are graduates from Virginia Commonwealth University. GO RAMS!


  • tina nelson (bridgewater Spring creek)

    nyi secretary

    About Tina...

    Currently serving as youth pastor at Spring Creek Church where she has been there for the past 10 years and has served there a combined total of 15 years from a previous assignment there. Tina has been in youth ministry for almost 22 years as a volunteer, part time, and full time.

    Tina has been married to Tom for 15 years and has one daughter named Madison. Tom and Madison are Tina's heart and she loves that she gets to be wife and mother to them.

    Tina grew up in Illinois, gradutated from Olivet Nazarene University with a double major in social work and psychology. Tina is not only serving as a youth pastor, but also as our VA District NYI Secretary AND Eastern Field NYI Secretary!

    She loves doing life with students and their families and watching them grow and be excited about what God has for them and who they can be for Him!


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  • Christy Marshall (charlottesville)

    nyi treasurer

    About Christy...

    I was born and raised in Charlottesville, VA. As a child and early teenager I attended CFCN off and on but was away for several years. After some personal struggles I felt led back to the Church and I’ve been there ever since. At the suggestion of Clay Marsh I dropped in on youth group one night and have been involved ever since. Currently, I am the NYI President for Charlottesville First Church of the Nazarene working alongside a fantastic team helping to lead the youth ministry of CFCN. This is also my first year as the District NYI Treasurer.

    I work full-time at CFA Institute in the Educational Events and Programs Department. Our group is responsible for the planning and execution of live educational events in the finance industry. Thanks to CFA Institute I’ve learned I love to travel. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Boston, California, Chicago, Florida, Vancouver, Scotland, Paris, and this year I will be traveling to Singapore.

    Although I have no children of my own, I do consider each member of the youth group one of my own. I am blessed to spend time with wonderful teenagers and I have a great team of adults to work with. They each have a love and passion for God and the youth ministry at CFCN. I am VERY excited to be a member of the District Council and I look forward to getting to know everyone better and making new friends!

    Contact Information


    Phone: (434) 249-0797

  • susan kleinfeld-simmons (whitestone)

    NYI Youth Pastor Representative

    About Susie...

  • timothy sluss (Bristow Alive)

    nyi youth director/worker representative

    About Tim...

    Tim has been a part of the Virginia Nazarene District for a long time. He grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia with a twin brother named Nathan and a special needs little brother named Daniel.

    In the Summer of 2011, Tim received his calling to Youth Ministry at Virginia District Nazarene Family Camp. From there he took General Education classes at Northern Virginia Community College before transferring to Eastern Nazarene College in the Fall of 2013. He graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Religion.

    Tim met his wife, Heather, at Eastern Nazarene College and they married each other in June 2016.

    In 2015, Tim and his wife Heather were called to become the Youth Pastors at South Weymouth Church of the Nazarene in Weymouth, Massachusetts where they served for almost 2 years while finishing up their studies at Eastern Nazarene College.

    Tim moved back to Virginia in May 2017 where he and his wife currently live in Strasburg, Virginia and are both the Youth Pastors at Alive Church of the Nazarene (formerly Manassas Church of the Nazarene) in Bristow, Virginia.


    Phone: (703) 232-9967

  • bertha lidia llanos (fredericksburg salem fields)

    NYI young adult representative

    About Bertha...

    Youth Pastor Fredericksburg Iglesia

  • brad billet (west point)

    nyi senior pastor representative

    About Brad...

    I was born in Charleston, WV and moved to Long Island, NY before my family settled down in Northern Virginia when I was in 3rd grade. I chose to follow Christ at 6 years old when a tiger puppet led me through the sinner’s prayer. God first gave me a sense of calling at Winter Retreat in High School. That terrified me so I ignored it while I was in high school. At college (MVNU) God kept coming at me with His plans to use me. Scared, stubborn, and stupid, I ran as far from God and His people as I could. In only 4 months I had reached the end of myself. Physically and emotionally beaten up, my spirit was empty. I was hollow. God had never stopped pursuing me, but I felt ruined. Then it finally happened. As the year 2000 began, I surrendered—my dreams, my failures, my fears, my desires, everything. God began to transform me from who I was into who I was in Him. And, He used His people to help. Since that time God has taken me from Ohio, to Kansas City, and back home to Virginia. I’ve been blessed with a wife (Megan) and 2 kids (Mallory, Elijah). Amazingly, God continues to shape me and connect me to others. Today my time is spent helping others see what God can do in them when surrender happens--transformation happens best when we are connected together. Serving the District NYI Council as Senior Pastor Representative, I’m pumped to work for the same thing—connecting youth and senior pastors and the rest of us together so Christ can transform us into His people. We really do need each other!


    Phone: (804) 246-9359

  • david kriner (Virginia Beach Tidewater)

    nyi parent representative

    About David...

    Hi, my name is David Kriner. I am serving you this year as your Parent Representative to the NYI Council.

    I was born in Richmond and have spent most of my life here on the Virginia District. I am currently serving as the Young Adult and Discipleship Pastor at Tidewater Central COTN in Virginia Beach. Prior to serving at Tidewater Central, I served as the Youth Pastor at the Hampton COTN. My wife Theresa and I have seven children, four of which fall into the NYI age range. As a former Youth Pastor, a parent of four teenagers, and a Parent Representative to the NYI Council, I want to make myself available to the parents on the Virginia District and make sure that you, the parents, are represented. Feel free to contact me with any of your questions or concerns about what's happening here on the Virginia District.


    Phone: (757) 497-8703