Meet Our Staff

Rev. Stephen Creech

Rev. Stephen Creech

Senior Pastor

Stephen attended Rappahannock Community College in Glenns, VA and then transferred to James Madison University where he received a B/A degree in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Religion.  He then attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he received a Master of Divinity Degree.  Stephen became a Deacon, (they no longer use this term) in 1987 and took his first appointment in 1988.  While in seminary, he served as the youth minister for Louisburg UMC in Louisburg, NC. He has served the Buchanan Charge – 6 years, Gogginsville – 2 years, Shenandoah Charge – 19 years, Bridgewater – 4 years and has served at Manor Memorial UMC since July, 2020.

Stephen is one of fifteen siblings born to Kirkman and Edna Creech, both who died in 1993. He married Debbie in 1999 and together they have 3 children; Shaun, Ashley (Mike) and Timothy (Amanda).  They have 6 grandchildren; Bella, Tucker, Caroline, Granger, Elorie and Cecilia.

Elizabeth Sawyer

Elizabeth Sawyer

Administrative Assistant

I have been working at Manor as Administrative Assistant since 2016. I feel blessed for I love working at Manor! It is a joy to engage with church members as well as those that contact us for help and information.

I am a retired high school math teacher. I love decorating, music and singing. My greatest joy is spending time with my two daughters, Amber and Melody, and their families.

I found New Market when my family and I stopped here on a family vacation, which was about 2006. I continued visiting in the area and soon decided that I would move here, from NC, after I retired from teaching. I moved to New Market in 2014. The mountains and history are what have drawn me to this beautiful area. I have been richly blessed with attending MMUMC and meeting my best friends that are in my Covenant group.

Tara Hinkle

Tara Hinkle

Director of Youth Ministries

I have attended Manor Memorial for the past 20 years. This is where I married my husband,
Matt, and baptized my children, Evie and Hunter. I have worked for Shenandoah Co. Public
schools for the past 6 years, working in Special Education and assisting in grades Pre-K- 5th.
Currently, I am the attendance clerk at the high school. Prior to working in education, I spent 15
years in Healthcare.
Throughout my life God has always called me to serve others. I am excited to be a part of
Manor Memorial’s youth ministry. Please be in prayer for our children, the growth of this ministry,
and His kingdom!

Bob Schmidt

Bob Schmidt

Bookkeeper

Bob Schmidt has been the bookkeeper at Manor Memorial since 2013. He and his wife Linda were both born in New York City.Their families migrated to the New York suburbs. They left New York in 1980 and moved to Vermont.They have two daughters, Debra and Robin. Bob was a certified public accountant until he retired in 2010 and moved to Virginia. Bob and Linda live in Woodstock.