Meet the Staff

The Reverend Barbara A. Cousar, Pastor

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.