Rev. Dr. Todd Wright
Todd joined the ministry of Village Chapel in 2009. He came to Charleston from Wrightsville Beach, NC with wife Maureen and their children, Emily and Nate. Both kids are now grown and graduated. Maureen serves as the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of West Virginia. He previously served churches in Kinston, NC and Mt. Holly, NC.
Todd was born in Munich, Germany while his dad was stationed there with the US Army, but Virginia was home whenever they were stateside.
He graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in History/Latin American Studies. He received his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary of Richmond, VA in 1992 and earned the Doctorate of Ministry degree through Columbia Theological Seminary in 2010.
Todd enjoys swimming, kayaking, and hiking the Appalachian Trail. He volunteers with several community organizations and works part-time at the YMCA as a lifeguard.
Minister of Education and the Arts
Rev. Dr. Amy S. W. Parker
Amy has served Village Chapel since October 2002. She is primary staff person for the educational ministries of the church. Her other duties include worship planning and leadership, social media, and assisting with visitation when the pastor is unavailable. Amy is a Charleston, WV native, a graduate of Centre College of Kentucky (BA ’84), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv ’88), and Wesley Theological Seminary (DMin in Arts and Theology ’18). She was ordained a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA) by the Presbytery of West Virginia in 1999. She served as moderator of the Presbytery of West Virginia during 2018.
Amy’s hobbies include painting, reading, and sewing.
Director of Music
The longest-serving member of the current staff of Village Chapel is the musician Carolyn Perrine: she became the church organist in January 1978. When the volunteer choir director retired, Carolyn assumed complete responsibility for the music program, including providing service music, music selection, and directing the choir. Her training includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Muskingum College, a Master of Arts in Music Education and Organ from Catholic University in Washington, DC, and ORFF Schulwerk Level 3 Certification from the University of Kentucky. She is retired from being a music educator in Kanawha County Schools where she was responsible for creating and leading the magnet school program for music at the elementary level, and is a past Dean of the Kanawha Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
We celebrated Carolyn’s 40 years at Village Chapel on January 28, 2018.
Church Secretary & Assistant Treasurer
Leslie Bremar comes to Village Chapel with a wealth of great experience that includes serving as the office administrator for the Presbytery of West Virginia from 2012-2015. She has a BA in Political Science from Eastern Kentucky University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kentucky. She’s a long-time member of Highlawn Presbyterian Church in Huntington. She lives in Teays Valley with her husband and their two sons.
Choir Director, Pianist
Sharon began her long career as a church musician as organist at the First Baptist Church in Kenova in the 1950s. She earned a BA in Music Education from West Virginia University and taught English and Music in Monongalia County. She has been part of the music program at Village Chapel since 1975.
Children's Choir Director
Dionne Canterbury directs the Close Encounters Children’s Choir.