In 1991 Victor and his future wife, Heather, were both youth members of the “Voices of Youth” when the group travelled to the World Methodist Conference in Singapore. A native of Mexico City, Victor was one of the international participants in Voices.
Almost 25 years ago, Rev. Dr. Gómez came to Shenandoah University to study music. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition and fell in love with Winchester. Right after he graduated, he married Heather in 1997, who became his soul mate and partner in ministry. In 2005, their daughter, Jessenia, was born.
They moved to Atlanta where he went to Candler School of Theology at Emory University and received his seminary degree with a Master of Divinity. He continued his studies and attended Columbia Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Theology. He served at the Virginia Council of Churches as the Executive Director of Rural Family Development, a ministry with 180 employees, serving farm workers and their families through five migrant and seasonal head start centers, including one in Winchester. He also served the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association as the interim executive director in Washington, D.C. He is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.
Since 2011, he has served and became an active part of the Winchester area as pastor, chaplain, and advocate. He volunteers as chaplain for the Fire and Police Departments of Frederick County and the City of Winchester. He is the first President of the Latino Clergy Caucus in the Virginia Conference. He serves as faculty of the Methodist Seminary in Cuba where he has already taught to almost 200 pastors. He serves boards and agencies at Conference and District levels. He holds a Doctor in Ministry in Public Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. He comes with strong Wesleyan theological roots and believes that Missions is vital for ministry and looks for opportunities to serve God and expand as far as possible.
Rev. Dr. Victor Gómez
Rev. Gordon Meriwether is currently appointed to an extension ministry as Director of Congregational Vitality in the Harrisonburg District. Prior to this appointment he has served as Pastor of West Point United Methodist Church in West Point, Virginia and Pastor of The Greene Charge UMC in Greene County, Virginia. Before answering the call to ministry in 2012, he had a varied career in the US Navy, business, academia, and politics. He is a 1970 graduate of the University of Alabama and was awarded an MBA from George Washington University in 1988. He retired from the United States Naval Reserve in the rank of Captain in 2001 after four intelligence commands. Rev. Meriwether has taught leadership and business recovery in the Graduate Food Science Program at Michigan State University in the College of Veterinarian Medicine. He also taught Project Management for Business Professionals for Piedmont Virginia Community College and a variety of graduate level business courses for University of Phoenix both online and in residency. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Fellow at the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. In addition to earning his Master in Conflict Transformation (MACT) in the spring of 2014, Rev. Meriwether was also awarded a Master of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in the spring of 2015. From 2002 to 2012 he operated The Uriah Group, a company he founded to provide Crisis Leadership training to government and commercial organizations after 9/11. He closed the company in 2012 to enter the ministry.
Rev. Meriwether is married to the former Dana Smith of Churchville, Virginia. Together they are blessed by 4 daughters and 5 grandchildren.
Director of Congregational Vitality
It has been my pleasure to work for the clergy and laity of the Harrisonburg District for over 30 years as the Administrative Assistant. I have worked for 7 of the 8 Harrisonburg District Superintendents. While the job of district superintendent is the same, all 7 District Superintendents have brought different gifts and graces to the job and I have learned from each one.
I graduated from Ferrum College with an A.S. Degree, King College (Bristol, TN) with a B.A. Degree and I hold a Master’s of Science Degree from Radford University. My husband, Robert H. Woods, III, (Rob) and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on July 26, 2015. We live in Bridgewater, Virginia, and we are members of Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church in Fort Defiance. Our family includes a very spoiled Sable Merle Cocker Spaniel named, “King”, and a Tortoiseshell cat named, “Belle.”
I have a twin sister, Linda Woodyard, who lives in southwestern Virginia and two nephews.
My interests are interior design and I love antiques stores and malls. I collect a Heisey crystal pattern, Plantation.