Senior Pastor:
Bill Marion

Originally from Chattanooga Tennessee, Pastor Bill Marion served on staff at Abba’s House in Hixson, TN under both Ron, and Ronnie Phillips for over a decade before accepting the Senior Pastor position at Ray of Hope Church in Harrisonburg, VA in February 2018.


Pastor Bill first accepted Christ as a small child while traveling with his father and mother, William & Violet Marion. Pastor Bill’s parents were National Evangelists, and Pastor Bill spent almost all of his elementary school years traveling with his parents who were preaching the gospel around the world.


But despite being raised in a Godly home, by Godly parents, Pastor Bill admits that he spent the first half of his adulthood fighting God’s perfect plan for his life.


“It’s not that I didn’t want to serve God, I did. It’s just that every time I tried, I became religious instead of Godly. I saw the Bible as a rule book, instead of a book of love, written by our heavenly Father that provides instructions. I had to learn about God’s powerful Grace, His Mercy, and that I needed Him every day!”


In 2005 Pastor Bill made a lifetime commitment to God and Godly service when he attended Abba’s House.


“I stopped playing games. I was tired of always being in a mess, and I finally took my walk with Christ and my calling seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot to learn, but I knew this was it. I wasn’t turning away from the love of Christ again."


During Pastor Bill’s 12 years at Abba’s House, he taught a Life Group, led Mission Trips, produced, wrote, and directed several inspirational musical productions with over 200 participants. Pastor Bill served as a staff writer while also serving The Worship Pastor at Abba’s House, Ken Hartley and the “Zadoks” (The Abba’s House Choir & Orchestra), organized and led retreats, conducted weddings and funerals, served on the board of Ronnie Phillips Ministries international, preached the gospel at Abba’s House, and churches around the country. Pastor Bill was selected “Teacher of the Year” twice at Abba’s House, and he was publicly commissioned and released to the IPHC (Appalachian Conference) by Pastor Ron and Pastor Ronnie Phillips during the Abba’s House’s Fresh Oil New Wine Conference in March 2018.


Though Pastor Bill began pastoring Ray of Hope in February of 2018, he was ordained publicly by the IPHC at the IPHC Conference Camp Meeting in Dublin, Virginia, in June of 2018.


Pastor Bill received an education at both Union College and Tennessee Wesleyan College, focusing on History, Education, and Theology. While at Union College, Pastor Bill played football for the Bulldogs in 1992 and 1993, and was a writer for the college paper. 


Pastor Bill is an author and helped write several books for lead pastors, and he is also a verified YouTube creator in which he creates his own light-hearted YouTube Channel, Bill Marion A Nose for Life.


He served in both the Army, and Kentucky Army National Guard from 1994 to 2003. In 1997, Pastor Bill graduated from Officer Candidate School. After the events of September 11, 2001, Pastor Bill’s army unit was mobilized. Pastor Bill received two Army Accommodation Medals for his service while on active duty.


Pastor Bill is happily married to Caroline Marion, and they have three adult children; Anna, Nathan and Crystal.


Pastor Bill’s life scripture:

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


Visit the Pastor's Corner by clicking here to see what the Lord is placing on Pastor Bill's heart.

External Media Ministry Leader / Records Admin:
Caroline Marion

Caroline is originally from Florida. She was not raised in church, had no interest in church and did not know God's love for her. Shortly after her move to Chattanooga, TN she began attending Abba's House and on July 10, 2005, she accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior. God's word became alive in her heart and in her life.


Caroline sang in the Zadok choir at Abba's House in Hixson, TN for 13 years. She started out as a volunteer in the Worship department at Abba's House and became a full time staff member at Abba's House in October of 2007. She served for a short season in the Adult Ministries Department while maintaining the church member database. Beginning in the Fall of 2008, she felt the call to serve in the Worship Department and remained in that position for the duration of her time at Abba's House.


Caroline joined her husband in the full time ministry at Ray of Hope Church in February 2018. She has a deep love for people. She feels that the Lord has placed her here to help rescue others from the same lifestyle she once had, to help them see that there is forgiveness and grace in the arms of Jesus Christ and to empower them to fulfill their destiny as Christian's.

She also serves as Secretary in the Women's Ministry.


Caroline has 2 favorite scriptures:

Psalm 13:6 ... "I will sing the Lord's praise, for He has been good to me."

Revelation 4:8 ... "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."


Caroline is happily married to Pastor Bill. They have 3 amazing children: Anna, Nathan & Crystal.


You can also connect with Pastor Bill and Caroline on facebook by clicking here.

Executive Administrator:
Teresa Meadows

Teresa has been a member of Ray Of Hope Church since 1999. She accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was 23 years old.


"I love the Lord with all my heart and I love serving Him on a daily basis. My hearts desire is to make Heaven my home and to help lead others to know Jesus Christ as Savior in their lives."


In the past at Ray of Hope Church, she has served as the Women's Ministry President for 9 years, she has served as a Sunday School Teacher, a Christian Education Leader and also praise and worship leader for 10 years.


Teresa now serves as the Executive Administrator, the Vice President to the Women's Ministry, a member of the prayer team, and a member of the Board at Ray Of Hope Church. She is also a part of the Ray of Hope Choir.


Teresa has lived in the Harrisonburg area for her entire life. She is the Vice President and Treasurer of the Elkton Neighborhood Watch. She also serves the city of Harrisonburg as a Pharmacy Technician.


Teresa's favorite scripture is Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."...


"Because no matter what circumstances or trials we face, it's all part of God's plan, and it will work out for the good. I need to trust His purpose for me."


She and her husband Jim have 2 beautiful daughter's and 1 adorable granddaughter.

Worship Leader (Interim):

Bill Kite

Bill has been a member at Ray Of Hope Church since 2018. He accepted Jesus as his Savior at the age of 9 and then rededicated his life back in 1968.


Bill has served in the Worship Ministry at Ray Of Hope Church for several years.


"My favorite passage in the Bible is Psalm 23 because it gives me comfort and hope."


Bill and his wife Sue have 8 children: Robin, Gary, Stephanie, Melissa, Holly, Melanie, Tracey & Tonya.

Next Generation Executive Ministry Leader:
Shelly Defreese

Shelly has been a member of Ray Of Hope Church since the year 2009.


Shelly was born and raised in Mahwah, New Jersey. She accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was 11 years old.


Shelly attended The King's College in Briarcliff Manor in New York (A Christian University) majoring in Elementary Education. Her journey at that college brought her to the Shenandoah Valley in the year 2004. She currently works for the Rockingham County Public School System.


"I bought my home in Weyers Cave in 2009. At that time our neighbors introduced us to Ray Of Hope Church. One visit and we felt we returned home."


In 2012 she completed her foster parenting license and 3 months later received her 2 sons, ages 8 and 3. Eleven months later, her daughter arrived at 2 days old.


"My home, hands and heart were full! I prayed for peace and strength to be there for them and their parents and for whatever path we would travel. Twenty five months later, all 3 were legally and officially my children. More importantly, we became a God appointed family."


Shelly's favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope."


"This scripture has always rang true in my life and I thank the Lord for all of His blessings on me!"

"God's Squad" (Youth Ministry) Leader:

Eric Massey

Eric has been a member of Ray Of Hope Church since 2011.


He teaches ages 12 through 18 at Ray Of Hope Church.


"God called me from a young age to work with the youth. I learned how to study the Bible and come up with lessons from my father who also served as a Pastor."


Eric is married to Debbie and they have 5 wonderful children.


"To single out one Bible verse to call my favorite is difficult for me. If I had to choose then I'd say that my favorite book of the Bible is Job."

Young Adult Ministry Leader / Assistant Prayer Team Leader:
Kimberly Cash

Kimberly committed her life to the Lord in a revival in August of 1996.


Before moving to Ray Of Hope Church, Kimberly was a member of her previous church for 20 years and served in different areas at different times such as Secretary, Treasurer, Children's Church Leader, High School Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader and has also been the writer and director of Christmas Productions. Kimberly also led a non-denominational young adult Bible Study for 5 years.


"I have a weakness for hound dogs, rabbits, books and caramel latte's."


Kimberly and her family have been at Ray Of Hope Church since June of 2017.


Kimberly and her husband Sam have 3 children: Sammy (and his wife Ana), Aspen and Madison.

Men's Ministry Leader:

Sam Cash

Sam's Pentecostal roots run deep and he committed his life to the Lord in April of 1998 at a revival.


Sam and his family have been at Ray Of Hope Church since June of 2017 and prior to that he was a member of his childhood church. During the time at his previous church, he served for 8 years on the Administrative Board, he led and was active in building committees for the fellowship hall and Sunday School rooms. He served as chauffeur and chaperone for many of the youth trips as well.


"Having grown up in the mountains of the Blue Ridge, I am an avid hunter. I enjoy experimenting with recipes for the wild game I hunt."


Sam is also an experienced gardener. He manages a 700+ acre cattle farm so he spends most of his days outdoors, either working on the farm or hunting in the woods with his hounds.


Sam and his wife Kim have 3 children: Sammy (and his wife Ana), Aspen and Madison.

Women's Ministry Leader:

Melanie Correa

Melanie fist accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of 10. Later, in the year 2010, she rededicated her life and was also baptized.


Melanie became a member at Ray Of Hope Church in 2011.


She has assisted by teaching in the nursery, children's and youth ministry's from time to time. Melanie became Vice President of the Women's Ministry in 2014 and has been serving as President of the Women's Ministry since June of 2016.

Melanie also serves on the prayer team.


"I am very blessed with my family that God has given me. I was a widow for 13 years and have had 4 children leave the nest. I remarried in January of 2018 to my wonderful husband, Gabriel Correa. He has been a member of Ray Of Hope Church for 18 years and was a widower himself. We have 3 children at home: Alicia, Charles & Maleyna."


Melanie's favorite scripture is Psalms 23:1-6


"Keep your faith always. God does answer prayers."

Helps Ministry Leader:

Jeanette Smith

Jeanette has been a member of Ray Of Hope Church since 2004 when she truly gave her heart to the Lord.


In the past, she has served as the Women's Ministry Treasurer, the Fundraiser Coordinator, on the Prayer Team and has assisted with Sunday School Classes.


The Food Pantry was started by Jeanette in 2017 as a way to help the needy and support different functions of Ray Of Hope Church.

Jeanette also serves on the Prayer Team.


Jeanette is married to her wonderful husband James Sr. Together they have 3 wonderful children and 7 awesome grandchildren.


"My precious mom is Barbara Mowbray. She is my prayer warrior and she helped teach me how to truly believe in Jesus Christ. I praise God everyday for my life. The Lord brought me through and healed me of cancer in 2016. My walk with Him became even stronger. Every chance I get, I tell everyone around me of the awesome God I serve."


Jeanette's favorite book of the Bible is Psalms and her favorite scripture is Psalms 27:14.

Choir President:
Donna Fink

Donna has been a member of Ray Of Hope Church since 2009.


Donna currently serves on the Prayer Team and she also handles the Hospitality Ministry (flowers & cards). She is also a part of the Ray of Hope Choir.


Donna's favorite scripture is Joshua 24:15


"I can't say enough about all that our Lord and Savior has brought myself and our family through."


Donna is married to Wayne and together they have a daughter and a son as well as 6 grand children.

Prayer Team Leader: Curtis Ward

Curtis was prophesied over at the age of 3 months that he would be a minister of the Word of God. He received salvation for the first time in 1984 but walked away from God shortly after that. He then gave his heart, mind and soul to the Lord Jesus Christ in 2007 and he has been evangelizing  since 2009.


Curtis married his wife Naomi at Ray of Hope in 1983. He became a member at Ray of Hope in 2018.


His favorite scripture is Isaiah 41:10 "Fear, thou not for I Am with thee; be not dismayed for I Am thy God. I will strengthen thee, I will help thee, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness."


Curtis and his wife Naomi have 4 adult children, 2 daughter-in-laws, 1 son-in-law and 5 beautiful granddaughters.

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Administrative / Missions:

Mervin Diehl

Mervin has been a member of Ray Of Hope Church for 22 years.


In the past at Ray of Hope, Mervin has served as the Men's Ministry President for 8 years.


Mervin has been on the Board for 20 years. He was the overseer of building the new sanctuary at Ray Of Hope Church, he has been the Missions Director for 15 years, and he is also the director of the Fundraiser Committee.

Mervin also serves on the Prayer Team.


Mervin has been a member of the Mt Crawford Ruritan Club for 40 years and he also works at the Rockingham County Fair as the Grounds Keeper.


"I love serving the Lord and my community."


Mervin's favorite scripture is John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."...


"I love this scripture because I know that I am not worthy and that I'm just a sinner saved by grace and He gave His son so that I may live."


Mervin has 3 wonderful children and 6 amazing grandchildren.

Treasurer:

Joyce Lantz

Joyce has been a member of Ray Of Hope Church for 35 years.


In the past, she has served as a Sunday School Teacher, she was the Women's Ministry President and she was also the Christian Education Treasurer.


Joyce has been married to her husband Billy for 48 years. They have 3 amazing sons: Bryan, Bradley & Clayton.


Joyce's favorite scripture is John 3:16.

Executive Administrator:
Teresa Meadows

Teresa has been a member of Ray Of Hope Church for 19 years. She accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was 23 years old.


"I love the Lord with all my heart and I love serving Him on a daily basis. My hearts desire is to make Heaven my home and to help lead others to know Jesus Christ as Savior in their lives."


In the past at Ray of Hope Church, she has served as the Women's Ministry President for 8 years, she has served as a Sunday School Teacher, a Christian Education Leader and also praise and worship leader for 10 years.


Teresa now serves as the Executive Administrator, the Vice President to the Women's Ministry, a member of the prayer team, and a member of the Board at Ray Of Hope Church. She is also a part of the Ray of Hope Choir.


Teresa has lived in the Harrisonburg area for her entire life. She is the Vice President and Treasurer of the Elkton Neighborhood Watch. She also serves the city of Harrisonburg as a Pharmacy Technician.


Teresa's favorite scripture is Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."...


"Because no matter what circumstances or trials we face, it's all part of God's plan, and it will work out for the good. I need to trust His purpose for me."


She and her husband Jim have 2 beautiful daughter's and 1 adorable granddaughter.

Board Member:
Debbie Massey

Debbie has been a member of Ray Of Hope Church since 2011.


In the past, Debbie has served as Head Usher, she has served on the Worship Team and she has also taught a Wednesday night Bible Study.

Debbie currently serves as the Treasurer in the Women's Ministry and she also serves on the Prayer Team.


Debbie's favorite scripture is Luke 1:37


"My husband went through a troubling illness and this verse brought peace to us. For with God, nothing shall be impossible!"


Debbie is married to Eric and they have 5 great children.


"God has blessed our family. He never fails us. He is the same today, tomorrow and always!"

Fred DeFreese

Fred came to the valley in 2004. He began attending Ray of Hope in 2010 and joined the church in 2013 with his wife and two daughters.


Before moving to the valley, Fred had been on a Church Board in New Jersey and also served as a Deacon at a church in New Jersey.

Sammy Cash

Sammy has been a member of Ray of Hope since June of 2018.


He was raised in church and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at a very young age.


"It's hard to pick a favorite verse of the Bible. I'd say the books of Genesis and Revelation are probably my favorite. I like learning how things became, trying to put it all together and learning of the things to come."


Sammy owns a landscaping business. He enjoys farming & hunting and he loves trying new things.


"I am married to my amazing wife Ana who I met while I was on a mission trip."

Debbie DeFreese

Debbie was born and raised in New Jersey and worked in a Private Day Care as a teacher for over twenty years. She visited Ray of Hope faithfully with family during her visits from New Jersey. She then moved to the valley in 2013 and became a member at Ray of Hope.


She holds a Ministerial Diploma from Free Gospel Bible Institute in Export, PA and an Associates Degree in Early Education.  She has served as a Minister in training in her former church (Hope Chapel Mission in Salisbury, New York) and was licensed by her Pastor Emeritus the late Reverend Alvin D Gunther.  Debbie is currently employed with the Rockingham County Schools and works as a Teacher’s Assistant with Special Education.


Debbie has been a member of Ray of Hopes Women’s Ministry since 2013.  She has also served as an Assistant to her sister with the Children’s Ministry at Ray of Hope since 2015.


Debbie resides with her family in Weyers Cave, VA.


Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths."

Tammy Smith

Tammy grew up attending a Lutheran church with her family. When she met her husband in 1999 she began attending Ray of Hope with his family.


Tammy accepted Jesus as her Savior on September 23, 2000. Tammy's mom started attending Ray of Hope with them in the beginning of 2016, and in June of 2016 Tammy joined the church.


Tammy is currently active with the Women's Ministry and has also served in the Benevolence Ministry.


Tammy's favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:13 "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."


She is happily married to her husband Jim and they live in Staunton.