Leadership & Staff

Mike Sisler

Worship Band Leader


  • Bible Verse: Romans 12:1-2, Micah 6:8
  • Movies: The Godfather, Jaws, The Shawshank Redemption, Empire Strikes Back, A Christmas Story
  • Books: Where the Red Fern Grows, The Hobbit, The Old Man and the Sea, Cash: The Autobiography
  • TV Shows: Seinfeld, Ted Lasso, The Office
  • Podcasts: The Rewatchables, Films to Be Buried With, Drivetime Devotions
  • Music: Anything that inspires, soothes, or makes me tap the steering wheel
  • For fun I like to: Make music! But I also enjoy movies, sports, coaching little league, traveling with my family, riding around RVA on two wheels, or occasionally taking hacks at a golf ball.

About Mike

I grew up in Roanoke, VA where my family attended Covenant Presbyterian Church. My sisters and I spent our Sundays in the front pew as our parents sang in the choir. When I wasn't playing sports, I was making guitar noises in garage bands. After high school, I attended William and Mary where I sometimes went to class, I played rugby as often as my knees would let me, and where I met the love of my life, India. We married a few years later as I pursued a career in telecom (with Sprint and later Ericsson) and she trained in medicine. We spent 6 years in Nashville (Go Titans!) before calling RVA home in 2009. We have a daughter, Audrey (14) and a son, Emmett (11) as well as two super-mutts, Penny and Dolly. All the while, I've kept my love of guitar and singing, and you just might catch me doing both around town. But the past 10 years or so, I have come to realize that both of those pursuits are best calibrated when pointed heavenward.

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Elders are charged with the oversight of the life of our congregation – leading, governing, and caring for its members.  Both individually and collectively (as the Session), elders provide leadership in worship, teaching, mission, evangelism, care and nurture.  Along with the pastors, the elders are the shepherds of the flock.

Deacons are charged with the sympathy, witness and service for all our members. Deacons are persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies and sound judgment. Both individually and collectively (as the Diaconate), deacons provide compassionate care for all church members. 

The Session

Class of 2024

Christina Annas, Congregational Life Chair
Neely Barnhardt, Faith Formation Chair
Caley Cantrell, Membership Chair
Mary D. Ellison, Clerk of Session
LaMont Noble
Nicholas Reynolds, Finance Chair

Class of 2025

Heather Cooper
Elizabeth Darling, Outreach Chair
Clark Lewis
Ann Nickels, Communications Chair
Jim Purser, Nominating Committee Chair
Susan McNulty, Personnel Chair

Class of 2026

Gary Barranger, Property Chair
Eone Beck
Kathy Harris, Worship Chair
Shep Haw
Alison Herring
Charlotte Woodfin

The Diaconate

Class of 2024

Jon Chase
Mary Farrell
Connie Gottwald
Julie Magrath
Jon Morris
Ashley Raggi
Teddy Reynolds
Karen Rohr
Kathy Smallwood
Beth Witt

Class of 2025

Kim Basmajian
Sally Brown
Burton Kunz
Ann Latstetter
Melissa Layfield
Sean McAndrew
Tara Modisett, Moderator
Rose Lane Nimmo
Cortland Putbrese
Christa Santos
Anton Van Thoen
Marsha Williams

Class of 2026

Laura Bland
Blanche Bruns
Madeline Bryson
Bill Collier
Matt Cooper
Martha Mathews
Melissa Mintz
Martha Morrill
Robbie Rice
Meg Simonton
Sheila Smith
Kelly Winters