Meet the Staff

Bobbie Henley / Pastor

As a pastor, two of my favorite things to do is lead worship and give communion. And I get paid to talk every Sunday! Participating in a baptism is also a highlight of being in ministry. I’ve enjoyed getting to know people from backgrounds and ages – from out littlest members to our senior saints.

I’m what is sometimes called a “second career” pastor. In my previous life, I was a commercial interior designer. I also worked in both outside and inside sales in the architecture and design industries. I’ve also worked as a church secretary for several years in Baptist and United Methodist churches. I attended Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. I was ordained an elder (the formal name for a minister in the UMC) in 2014. I’ve also done an internship and a residency as a hospital chaplain.

I’ve had many “fur” children over the years. Currently I am owned by two dogs. In my spare time (what spare time, I’m a pastor! 😊) I like to watch old black and white movies. I also like to read.

I think ministry should be fun. We should come away from church and mission with a sense of accomplishment and a deep joy from serving God and other people.

Something you may not know about me – I didn’t go to the Holy Land until this year – and then I went twice!

Anita Motley / Administrative Assistant

I have been an Administrative Assistant with the United Methodist Church for 16 years. During this time I have “worn many hats.” I love what I do and am privileged to be a part of the Trinity United Methodist Church family.

I reside in Chatham, Virginia with my husband of 23 years. I have two children, two step-children, and enjoy being “NeeNee” to my six grandchildren: Lillie, Garrett, Laura, Colby, Izabella and Caleb.

Along with loving my grandchildren and spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, cooking and being there for others.

Something you may not know about me – my favorite color is yellow, my favorite flower is an iris and I love baseball.

Tara Ferris / Director of Discipleship

I have worked for Trinity since May 2012. I first felt my call into ministry at the age of 13, my home church was going through “The 40 Days of Purpose” book by Rick Warren. While going through this 40 day challenge I knew that God was calling me into ministry as a vocation.

As the Director of Discipleship I have the opportunity to help live out our UMC’s Mission Statement, which is “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” While I help and oversee and all the ministries of our church, I specifically lead our Youth and Young Adult ministries.

Something you may not know about me: I have a deep love for the Backstreet Boys, Wrestling, and the Washington Redskins.

Sandie Parker / Music Director

I am privileged to serve TUMC as Music Director. (I am also a 5th grade school teacher.) Music, especially church music, has been a part of my life since I can remember. My dad was a pastor, and I came from a very musical family. My children have been blessed with the music gene as well!

I have been a private music teacher (voice, piano, and organ), a private and public school music teacher, and directed many choirs/ensembles through the years. Music is truly my passion, and music ministry is what I love the most.

Something you may not know about me: I started playing the piano in a church at age nine and did my first wedding at age 12.

Interested in learning more?

Phone: (434)793-4196


Address: 409 Arnett Boulevard, Danville, VA, 24540