Rev. Moonsup "Paul" Song - Senior Pastor
The Rev. Moonsup “Paul” Song, came to serve St. Paul UMC, Christiansburg in July, 2015. Paul was ordained in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1992. Since then Paul has served churches in Hampton, Bowling Green, Winchester, Arlington, Alexandria, and Fredericksburg. He has served in connectional ministry in the area of Conference Board of Discipleship, District Council on Ministry, District Committee of Ordain Ministry, and Conference Board of Ordain Ministry.
Paul was born and raised in South Korea, educated in College with BA and Graduate school with MTh. He came to the United States in 1988 became a U.S. citizen, and continued his education at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C, receiving a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry.
Paul has been married to Kim for 27 years. Kim is a pharmacy technician, currently working at NRV hospital pharmacy. They have three sons, Joseph 27, Medical Doctor in New York, Timothy, Senior at Virginia Tech, majoring in Chemical Engineering, and Daniel, Sophomore at Christiansburg High School.
Paul likes hiking, running, bicycling, and reading books, and family trips whenever possible. “I am thankful to God for serving St. Paul as a part of church family,” he said “to build up the church together with congregation.” Live by the grace of God is his guiding principle in pastoral ministry with five focal points: Calling, Covenant, Collaboration, Communication, and Celebration.
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Michelle West - Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries
Michelle West was born and raised in Virginia. She has lived in all three corners, growing up in both Northern Virginia and down near the coast. She came to the New River Valley originally when she attended Virginia Tech. There she studied History before heading down to Durham, NC where she received her Masters of Divinity from Duke. She has worked in several churches and non-profits (she also worked with Lemurs) before coming to St Paul. She is passionate about Prayer practice, youth and child christian education, and community development.
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Carol Gunter - Office Manager
Carol has been the Administrative Secretary at St. Paul United Methodist Church for 29 years. She lived in Pilot, Virginia until she was 12 years old and her family moved to Christiansburg, VA, where she has lived ever since. She has been a member of St. Paul UMC for 38 years. She is the mother of 6 children and grandmother of six grandchildren.
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Carol Slaughter - Part Time Church Secretary and IT Support
Carol was born and raised in Lynchburg, VA. She came to the New River Valley in 1996 when her husband transferred to Virginia Tech. She received her A.A.S. degree from New River Community College. She has 10 years’ experience in the IT and Computer Design field. She is currently working two part time jobs – one at Virginia Tech, where she works from home and her second is here at St. Paul UMC. Carol and her husband reside in Christiansburg, VA with their triplet boys. They are members at Wesley Memorial UMC.
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Henry Nixon - Facilities
Henry was born and raised in Christiansburg, VA. He and his wife Doris have one daughter and 2 grandchildren. He has been the facility manager here at St. Paul for 13 and a half years and has been a member for many more years.