Meet Pastor Emily

Please watch this video greeting from our incoming pastor, Emily Moore-Diamond. You may also click the buttons below to watch two sermons and a benediction from Pastor Emily.

Questions for Pastor Emily

The wee ones are wondering! Watch the video to see what some of our children want to know about Pastor Emily. Then click the button below for more questions and answers with our incoming pastor.

Meet Pastor Jeff

Please watch this video greeting and get to know our incoming associate pastor Jeff Harrison and his wife, Alacia. Then click the button below to find more questions and answers from Pastor Jeff.

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.

Who appoints pastors in the United Methodist Church?

In the United Methodist Church, pastors are appointed by the Bishop. After Pastor Rob discerned he was departing vocational ministry, our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Charles Bates, worked with members of our church known as the Staff Parish Relations Committee to discern the gifts and graces needed for our next pastor. The Bishop then worked with our Superintendent to locate the next lead pastor, the Rev. Emily Moore-Diamond.

Who is the new lead pastor at Ebenezer?

Rev. Emily Moore-Diamond has been appointed by Bishop Sharma Lewis to be the new lead pastor at Ebenezer. Pastor Emily comes to our church with 30 years of ministry experience, both as a staff member and as clergy. She grew up in Halifax County, Virginia and is married to Scott, a senior policy advisor in the field of international trade. She has a stepson, David, who is a student at James Madison University. Pastor Emily currently serves Aldersgate UMC, a large church in Alexandria, Virginia and has previously served churches in Richmond, Harrisonburg, on the Northern Neck and in Northern Virginia. Pastor Emily received her undergraduate degree from Bridgewater College and later attended Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. She spent a year serving as a chaplain with Mary Washington Hospital. As Pastor Rob shared in the introduction to her video welcome, Pastor Emily has born tremendous fruit throughout her ministry career, helping churches grow in worship and mission.  In her down time, she loves to run and read.

Who is the new associate pastor at Ebenezer?

Rev. Jeff Harrison has been appointed as our new associate pastor at Ebenezer. Pastor Jeff comes to us from West Austintown First United Methodist Church in Austintown, Ohio, where he has served as lead pastor for the past five years. He is married to Alacia and they have one son, Xavier, and are expecting a baby daughter in August. Pastor Jeff grew up in Northeastern Ohio and graduated from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio with a B.A. in Religion with a concentration in Practical Theology. He then earned a Masters of Divinity degree with a concentration in Practical Theology and Youth Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. In his free time, he enjoys walking his dog, Sampson, and cheering on the Cleveland Browns.

Will Pastor Monica remain at Ebenezer?

Yes. Pastor Monica will be appointed to Ebenezer this summer for her third year of ministry with us. However, her ministry focus will be new. With the help of grants from our conference, Pastor Monica will begin leading the expansion of the ministry outlined in our Focus 2025 vision, the NOVA Missional Hub, offering opportunities for worship, discipleship, and mission across multiple communities. She’ll be sharing more about this throughout the spring.

Why are we moving from two pastors to three?

As Pastor Monica begins work with the Missional Hub, the church will add an associate pastor to accomplish the ministry she is currently fulfilling. This centers on supporting our Family Ministries and congregational care.

When will we meet our new pastors?

Pastor Emily and Pastor Jeff will be installed at Ebenezer during worship services on Sunday, July 4. Pastor Emily will be preaching at in-person worship services at 9:45 AM & 11:15 AM and at online worship services at 8:15 AM, 9:45 AM, 11:15 AM & 6:00 PM. Welcome receptions for both pastors will be held outdoors on Sunday, July 4 from 9:00-9:30 AM and from 12:15-12:45 PM.

I have a question that was not answered on this page. Where can I get 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.

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Welcome Receptions

Pastor Emily and Pastor Jeff will be installed at Ebenezer during in-person worship services on Sunday, July 4. Our church family will have an opportunity to welcome them at two outdoor receptions that day: before the 9:45 AM service from 9:00-9:30 AM and after the 11:15 AM service from 12:15-12:45 PM.