virginia district nyi council 2019-2020

  • jerry varner (richmond southside)


    Jerry 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!

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  • Jeffrey Hernandez (Richmond connecting pointe)

    Vice President

    Teaching Pastor at Connecting Pointe 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!

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  • tina nelson (bridgewater Spring creek)


    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)


    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!

    Phone: (434) 249-0797

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  • timothy sluss (Winchester)

    Communications Coordinator

    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 to Strasburg, Virginia. Tim and Heather became the Youth Pastors at Alive Church of the Nazarene (formerly Manassas Church of the Nazarene) in Bristow, Virginia where they served with a 1 year commitment.

    Tim and Heather are now serving at Winchester 1st Church of the Nazarene as Associate Pastors. Heather has a focus in being the Youth Pastor. Tim assists Heather in the Youth Ministry, but is also an Administrative Assistant to the church.

    Phone: (703) 232-9967

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  • Cameron Dunlop (roanoke first)

    senior pastor representative

  • Tracy Gordon (Garden City)

    parent representative

  • Clay Bryan (Lynchburg)

    Young Adult Representative

    When I was in the seventh grade my family and I started to look for a church to call home. We looked around for awhile before we decided to check out Lynchburg First Church of the Nazarene. My whole family fell in love with the church. Soon after, I started to attend youth group and the many events that came with it such as camp and winter Retreat. The more I attended the more I fell in love with the different NYI events. I loved it so much I looked for ways to get involved. For the past 2 years I have helped plan the prayer room at Winter Retreat and for the past 4 years I have become more and more involved with the many different camps NYI is apart of. I look forward to working along side my fellow brothers and sisters to make NYI become great for all to enjoy.

    Phone: (434) 258-8908

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  • madison nelson (spring creek)

    Student Representative

    Hello I'm Madison Nelson. I'm a 16 year old from Spring Creek Church of the Nazarene. I love God, the FFA, and coffee. (In that order) I also have a strong passion for biology and ecology. On a usual Sunday morning you will see me up in the sound room. But once a month I help either in the baby, toddler, or kids room. I'm super excited to be a to be serving as a student rep on the council, and hope to grow in my faith while in this position.

    P.S. I'm Tina's daughter!

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  • Mary Kriner (Tidewater Central)

    Student Representative

    Hey there, I’m Mary Kriner! I am 15 years old and attend Tidewater Central, where my father serves as the Associate Pastor. There I work in the nursery, sing on the youth worship team and also plan the games for youth group! For the past two years I have sang in Ultraband, our district’s bilingual band. NYI events are some of my favorite times of the year, they are always fun and amazing! The VA NYI has helped grow my faith tremendously and I am so grateful to be part of the council. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for our district and the people in it.

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  • camden willis (lynchburg)

    Student Representative

    Hey guys! My name is Camden. I have been attending Lynchburg First Church of the Nazarene since birth. I got saved at a young age and am now working to grow in my walk with Christ. I love Jesus and good food and play for the golf team at my school. God has great plans for the Nazarene Church in Virginia and I am very excited to serve!

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  • Charlotte Geron

    student representative

    Hello, My name is Charlotte Geron! I am 15, and I attend West Point Community Church of the Nazarene. I like to help with the kids when ever I can, I love my youth group, and I am always willing to help. I have a dog named Mateo that I love. I have danced for 13 years, and have taught for that three years. I am here to listen and talk I am out going and love meeting new people.

    I believe NYI events are the best time to truly get to know people that love God. You will never forget one event; from the people you meet to the food you eat. You will remember every camp and winter retreat. It is like a sponge dipped in rich honey and the presence of the Lord is constant. It is an unforgettable experience to be surrounded by people like yourself - seeking to know and serve God better. I’m looking to working on the NYI Council and seeking ways to share more about Jesus.

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