Our pastors and staff

Dr. John Howe / Senior pastor

Dr. John W. Howe is senior pastor. He’s formerly the pastor of 3,000+ member Truro Church in Fairfax, Va., and most recently bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida.
Dr. Howe earned his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He then continued his higher education at the Yale Divinity School where […]

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The Rev. Adam Colson / Senior associate pastor

As Community Missions Pastor, Adam Colson’s focus is on the Great Commission, bringing the Gospel of Christ and the love of God into our community.  Through equipping and activating our members, Pastor Colson seeks to meet the needs (physical, emotional and spiritual) of those in the community. Pastor Colson also works with our current youth […]

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The Rev. Jordan Medas / Associate pastor

It’s ironic that my story of faith, as of now, stands with me following the call to serve the Lord in ministry. It started with my grandmother dragging me kicking and screaming to church just down the road at Central Baptist in Midlothian, VA. Many times it’s only in hindsight that we truly see God’s […]

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Minister Mike Lemay / Visitation minister

Minister Mike Lemay was born in Hanover, N.H., and moved to Salisbury, Md. as a child. He moved to Lake of the Woods in August 1990 with his wife Jean and three daughters, Jennifer, Krista and Tracy. Two daughters still live in LOW. His daughters and four grandsons have grown up in The Lake of […]

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The Rev. Thomas K. Schafer / Pastor Emeritus

Pastor Tom Schafer came to The Lake of the Woods Church in 1995 as senior pastor. During his tenure membership grew from 593 members to more than 900 with an average Sunday attendance almost double that of most regional churches.
Pastor Schafer entered semi-retirement in 2015, but remains active as the church’s pastor emeritus.
Pastor Schafer was […]

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John Higgenbotham / Youth director

John Higginbotham is director of our youth program, focusing on ministry and outreach to our junior and senior high youth. John brings a wealth of experience in children’s and youth ministry having served as principal of a Christian school for the past eleven years.  Both his classroom and administration background prepared John to connect with our youth […]

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Sherri Gaskill / Director of children

Sherri and her family moved to The Lake of the Woods in 2003 from Northern Virginia.  Since arriving at The Lake of the Woods, she has served in both the children and student ministries.  She joined the church staff in September of 2010 as the Children’s Ministry Director.
Sherri and her husband Dan have three children […]

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Belinda Divelbiss / Director of the Child Care Center

Belinda is the Director for our Child Care Center.
She can be reached at 540-972-2349 or by email at belinda@lowchurch.org

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Kevin Paxton / Director of music

Kevin is our director of music.

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Dave Goodrich / Director of blended and contemporary music (part time)

Dave Goodrich first joined the Blended and Contemporary Praise Teams as a drummer in March 2004. In February 2005, he was hired as the Director of Blended and Contemporary Music, and also currently serves as the AV/L (audio, visual, and lighting) director for the Worship Center. “My personal and professional goal is to direct people […]

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