In June 2022, Pastor Monica Reynolds will move on to her next chapter in ministry and Ebenezer will welcome Rev. Donovan Archie as our new Associate Pastor. Please click the buttons below to learn more.
A Message From Pastor Monica
Please watch this video message to learn more about Pastor Monica's next chapter in ministry.
Meet Pastor Donovan
Please watch this video greeting and get to know our incoming Associate Pastor Donovan Archie.
Pastor Donovan's first Sunday at Ebenezer will be Sunday, July 3. We invite you to join us for Welcome Receptions between worship services in the Gym.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please refer to the FAQ's below for information about the pastoral transition. Check back often, as updates will be posted as soon as they are available.
In the United Methodist Church, Associate Pastors are appointed by the Bishop in conjunction with the District Superintendent, Lead Pastor, and members of the Staff Parish Relations Committee. Together, they discern the gifts and graces needed for our next pastor, interview potential candidates, and submit preferences to the District Superintendent. The Bishop then works with our Superintendent to appoint the next Associate Pastor.
Pastor Monica began discerning several months ago the desire to focus on the special needs of her family and be more present with them. COVID has presented new challenges in family life. She believes strongly in Ebenezer and the vision of the Love Your Neighbor Network; this has been a difficult decision. Her new ministry will allow her to align meeting her family’s needs, the work of ministry, and her call to military chaplaincy. She will move to Front Royal, VA to be the chaplain at Randolph-Macon Academy, where her three youngest children will be enrolled.
All United Methodist Pastors transition at the same time. Pastor Monica’s last Sunday with us at the main campus will be June 5, and she will take vacation time in June. She will continue serving Ebenezer through June 29. Our new Associate Pastor will begin the same day.
We are excited to welcome Rev. Donovan Archie as our new Associate Pastor. Beginning in June, Pastor Donovan will lead the Love Your Neighbor Network and support our main campus and online ministries. Pastor Donovan is attentive to the emerging changes happening within and around the local church and recognizes the need for something infectious, fresh, and relevant to happen in how we reach others and build relationships. He believes the body of Christ, the church, can and will change lives in real and creative ways by using real and creative means.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Pastor Donovan moved to Alabama in his teens and graduated from Alabama State University with a BA in Communications and Multimedia. He worked in banking for four years before he felt God put it on his heart to become a pastor and graduated from Wesley Seminary in 2015. He has been married to Adreka for 6 years and they have two children: Aubrey (4), a Cocomelon and Pink Fong expert, and Daven (1 1/2), a “foodie” and snack lover. Their family adventures include exploring new cities and all things dinosaurs and science.
This position is funded jointly with a five-year grant from the Virginia United Methodist Conference Church Development Team to assist in growing new faith communities. Pastor Donovan will oversee and develop the Love Your Neighbor Network, but will also maintain an office on site in order to support our main campus and online ministries, preach occasionally at the main campus, and provide congregational care as needed. The Love Your Neighbor Network was launched in 2021 to be and do church right where people live – out in the community and neighborhoods. Click the button below to find more information.
If you have a question about Ebenezer’s pastoral transition that was not answered above, please email our Pastors’ Administrative Assistant, Jen Shoup, using the button below.