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Staff

Andrew Fairfield, Lead Pastor

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Info to come soon......

Andrew@lindale.org

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Megan Sandberg, Children's Minister

Megan grew up in Perkasie, PA and came to Harrisonburg to attend EMU. At EMU she studied Elementary Education and Social Work, earning a BS in Social Work. Post college she worked at Sentara RMH as a medical social worker, advocating and supporting patients from birth through end of life. Megan’s role of supporting patients and families at some of the most vulnerable times, this work was not only difficult but life-giving to be an advocate and support. Megan also has a background in bookkeeping and banking and spent years employed at Park View Federal Credit Union from Teller to Branch Manager. All of these work experiences have had a strong focus on connecting, communicating and working with people with financial, environmental, health and many other support needs.

She met her husband Dan at EMU and PVFCU, both from different parts of the country; they decided to make Harrisonburg their home. They have three children, she feels blessed to have been a stay-at-home-mom for 7 years. During that time she supported her Husband who operates a business. She helps at her children’s school, substitutes and volunteers in our local community. Megan is involved and serves as a board member for Pleasant View, Inc.

She has been an active member of Lindale for many years, teaching Sunday School, serving on a variety of committees and volunteering time working with children's programming. She directed the Summer Bible School program, which was a wonderful experience seeing the children learning about Jesus and having so much fun together. In November of 2022, Megan joined as Co-Director of Children’s Ministries here at Lindale and is now serving in the role as Children’s Minister. She has a heart for serving, supporting and getting to know families, children and people of all ages. She continues to teach Sunday School and work directly with families, children and coordinating activities/ministries within Lindale and the community. She enjoys coordinating activities and helping to foster a family friendly and safe environment for all.

 

Megan enjoys spending time with her family and two puppies. Together they enjoy boating, camping and spending time with friends. She loves to cook, bake, read, meet friends for coffee and attend sporting events.

Megan@lindale.org

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Amanda Swartley, Minister of Congregational Life

Amanda grew up in Newport News, VA and came to Harrisonburg by way of EMU. While at EMU she earned a BS in Early Childhood Education and met her husband, Michael. After teaching for 5 years in the public school system, Amanda transitioned to stay-at-home mom as she and Michael added to their family and welcomed their twins, Nora and James, and their youngest, Adelyn.

 

Not ready to return to the classroom, Amanda joined the Lindale staff in 2016 as Administrative Assistant. It was during this time frame that Amanda found a love for caring for congregants and working with the pastoral team to further the mission of the church. Serving as a Director of a local preschool and teaching four days a week solidified the desire to continue working with children in a church setting. In November of 2022, Amanda worked as Co-Director of Children's Ministries at Lindale and has now transitioned to Minister of Congregational Life where she finds meaningful, life-giving work in meeting people exactly where they are in all ages, stages, and phases of life.

 

She also enjoys ministering in a variety of ways as she looks to increase ways to connect through Bible study, small group ministry, children's ministry, and developing curriculum for use in the church setting. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, walking/hiking with her goldendoodle (Penny), baking, reading, swimming,  and playing flute and piano.

Amanda@lindale.org

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Freddy & Elena Satalaya, Youth Ministers

Freddy and Elena are from Iquitos, Peru and Harrisonburg, Virginia, respectively. They met in Peru in 2017, married in 2019, and served together in children's and youth ministry in Peru for 5 years before coming to serve at Lindale in 2023. They seek to create meaningful connections with youth and adolescents rooted in Christ, and to be an encouragement to young people as they walk with the Lord. Freddy and Elena enjoy time spent with their family, cooking, and traveling. 

Elena@lindale.org

Freddy@lindale.org

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Theresa Horst, LCCP Director

Theresa is originally from Pottsville, PA and has lived in the Valley for 25 years. She has 20+ years of experience working with children; as a pediatric dental hygienist, as a teacher in Pennsylvania, and as a substitute teacher for Harrisonburg City Schools, during which she also offered after school care in her home for her neighborhood children. God opened the door for her to serve as the first staff person for the Lindale Child Care Program and has worked there from the beginning in 1996. She oversees three staff during the school year, and five-six staff during the summer months. Theresa enjoys reading, entertaining, spending time with friends, and cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles and Flyers.

lccp@lindale.org
https://lindalechildcare.com

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Sherrie Johndrow, Administrative Assistant

Sherrie grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and came to Harrisonburg to attend EMU.  During that time she began attending Lindale and the college age Sunday School class.  She stayed in Harrisonburg after graduation and began working at Red Front and worked there in various roles for 20 years.  Most recently she worked at Bridgewater Foods.

    Keeping up with her 7 year old son currently takes much of her time, but genealogy and reading are favorite pastimes.

admin@lindale.org

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