Here at FUMC, we have a wide range of employees that help in a multitude of ways in the preparation and execution of our many ministries. Below you will find a brief bio, a photo of each staff member, and a favorite Bible verse. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them at any point with any questions for them or what they do at FUMC!
Pastor Peter Choi – Senior Pastor
Pastor Peter Choi was born in South Korea and has a very extensive ministry experiences in S. Korea, Canada and USA. Peter was ordained in 2003 and joined the Virginia Annual Conference in 2013. Prior to join Fishersville UMC, Peter did church planting in Canada, Peter has served West Franklin Charge on Danville District and planted Roanoke Korean Church. Peter received his Bachelor (Methodist Theological Seminary, South Korea), M. Div (Acts Seminary, Canada), M.A. (Trinity Western University, Canada), Ph. D. (University of Manchester, UK). His dissertation, “Leviticus and Its Reception from Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran” was published in Wipf and Stock Publishers. Peter loves the scripture, people, ministry and travel. Peter joined as the Lead Pastor of Fishersville United Methodist Church in 2019 and is ready and passionate to serve, encourage, and challenge people to experience God through our ministries at FUMC.
“Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.” || 2 Timothy 1:9
Rev. Dr. Gene Williams – Minister of Visitation
Gene Williams is a retired United Methodist pastor who retired in 2003 but cannot figure out what the word means. Gene believes that God-given gifts are meant to be used, thus the job of the Visitation pastor. Gene graduated from Eastern Mennonite College and Eastern Mennonite Seminary and went on to Candler School of Theology, Emory University for a doctorate. Gene enjoys his visits with congregation members, taking communion to shut-ins, and anointing with oil the sick.
“6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” || Philippians 4:6-7
Wendi Olli – Director of Children’s Ministries
Wendi has always been called to work with children. She began at the age of 12 babysitting children from her church community and her neighborhood. She went on to earn a BA in English with a teacher certification from Emory & Henry College. After college she worked with children at the Weinstein JCC in Richmond, VA and then at the FUMC Child Development Center (formerly Noah’s Ark Preschool). Currently, she works at FUMC in the children’s ministry and as the nursery coordinator. Also, she has served on the board for the FUMC Child Development Center.
Wendi was raised in the Fishersville United Methodist Church. She was baptized, attended throughout her childhood and youth, and was married here. She lived for several years away from Fishersville, but was excited to return to the area with her husband, Scott and son, Cole. She is thrilled to now be able to raise Cole at Fishersville UMC and watch him grow in faith as she did in her youth. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and learning how to complete small home improvement projects. Some of her favorite things are Harry Potter, Disney World, and the beach. If you do not know Wendi, please reach out because she would love to meet you.
“3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.” || Psalm 127:3
Tyler Hendricks – Office Administrator
Tyler is a born and raised member of the Augusta County community with many years spent going to school, working, and volunteering in numerous organizations between Harrisonburg and Waynesboro. In 2015, Tyler graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Religious Studies and a desire to work in ministry in some capacity. After working in banking and administration since graduation, Tyler has been excited to use his passion and education for ministry with his experience of administration for the benefit of all FUMC members and the neighboring communities for the past 5 years.
“26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” || Matthew 6:26
Robyn Brunk – Noah’s Ark Learning Center Director
Robyn grew up in Nelson County before venturing to college. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University. In 2005, she had the opportunity to return to James Madison University to earn a Master’s in Arts in Early Childhood Education licensed to teach Preschool through 3rd grade. She taught preschool for 11 years for Augusta County Schools and the Head Start program. Robyn welcomes the opportunity to share her love for teaching with children and families in her ministry role as Director of the Noah’s Ark Learning Center.
“5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.” || Proverbs 3:5
Lydia Hadley – Treasurer
Lydia Hadley has been a member of Fishersville United Methodist church since 1998. She is a life-long Methodist. She has been active as a treasurer, choir member, bell-ringer, member of trustees, member of SPRC and as a teacher. Lydia recently retired as Controller of Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. She is looking forward to being able to travel soon. Retirement will give her time to work in her yard and to do more knitting and cross-stitch. She is happy to have returned to the finance office as the role of treasurer.