Staff

Dr. Mark White, Senior Pastor
Favorite Movie – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Favorite Song – While I enjoy many different songs, some of my favorites are “Radiate” by Jack Johnson, “Beautiful Day” by U2 and “The Cave” by Mumford & Sons
Favorite Vacation – Climbing the steps of Machu Picchus (Peru) with Victoria in 2003
Favorite Saturday Activity – Cooking a big breakfast for my family and then enjoying some good times outdoors with them
Life Verse – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like this: Love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Matthew 22:37)

Mark was born and reared in Newport News, VA where many family members still live. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a M.Div. from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, a Th.M. from Duke University, and a D.Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary. He enjoys running, painting, fishing, reading and watching the Tar Heels play basketball.

Mark met his wife Victoria in seminary, they married in 2001, and together they have two children, Ava and Owen. Some of their favorite activities as a family include swimming, playing outdoor games, and going to the beach.

Mark has a passion for shepherding people in the faith, encouraging them to live out the teachings of Jesus at home and around the world. He enjoys building relationships and engaging people of different cultures and nationalities through missions and education.
Rev. Mary Elizabeth (Eli) Withers
Minister of Spiritual Formation
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Favorite Movie – Dead Poets Society
Favorite Song – “Gray Street” by The Dave Matthews Band (or anything by The Avett Brothers or Indigo Girls or David Crowder … or the greatest ever … DC Talk!)
Favorite Vacation – Trips to Disney World with friends and family and vacations at the beach to rest and recuperate.
Favorite Saturday Activity – Kayaking, watching movies, sleeping, reading, shopping or playing with art
Life Verse – “…please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us … I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life … Open up your lives.  Live openly and expansively.”
 (2 Corinthians 6:1, 11-13)
Eli was born and raised in Huntington, WV, where all of her family and best friends still live.  Her four nieces and nephews are the light of her life!  Eli moved to Richmond in 1997 to go to seminary at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.  She also served in the same local church for over 16 years while living in the Richmond area.  Since her ministry there came to a close, she has been eagerly anticipating the next place of ministry where God would lead.  After a bit of a journey, Eli and HBC seemed like a great match.  She is very much looking forward to what God has in store for all at HBC.  She is humbled and excited to serve alongside you through this journey.
 
As Minister of Spiritual Formation, Eli is responsible for planning, coordinating and directing the educational and discipleship ministries of HBC.  
Katelyn Belcher, Youth Director
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Favorite TV Show – “The Office and “Law and Order SVU”
Favorite Song – “We Are Broken” by Paramore
Favorite Vacation – Going to Ocean Isle Beach, SC with my family
Favorite Saturday Activity – Taking my son to karate, cheering on my husband at this Rocktown Rugby matches and catching up with my best friend and her two children over dinner and a play date.
Most Influential Book – The Bible and Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
Life Verse – “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  (Psalm 37:4)
Katelyn was born and raised in Harrisonburg, VA.  She graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 2006.  She received her Associate’s Degree from Blue Ridge Community College in 2008 and she graduated from James Madison University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Religion, with a concentration in religion.
 
Katelyn married her high school sweetheart, Chris Belcher, in December 2008 and they have two children … Trace and Quinn.  Katelyn has been a lifelong member of HBC and was very involved in HBC’s youth group in middle and high school and she interned at HBC throughout her college years.  Katelyn has a passion for the youth here at HBC and considers it a blessing, honor and privilege to be able to work with the young people of HBC and the Harrisonburg/Rockingham community.
Gary Ritcher, Choir Director
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Favorite Movie – A Man for All Seasons and The Heart is a Lonely 
Favorite Song – Musicals … West Side Story is a favorite and James Taylor
Favorite Vacation – Edisto Beach, SC
Favorite Saturday Activity – Hiking or biking
Most Influential Book – The Hiking Place by Corrie ten Boom was an important book for me early in my Christian life.  Cold Mountain and Angela’s Ashes are other books I have enjoyed.
Life Verse – “So teach us to number our days that we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.”  (Psalm 90:12)
Gary retired from James Madison University fall of 2016 after 20 years in the School of Music as Coordinator of Music Education.  Prior to coming to Harrisonburg, he taught at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he met his wife, Kathy, at Fort Hayes State University and in the public schools of Colorado.  He is originally from Illinois.
 
Gary and Kathy were married in 1989.  They have two boys … Cameron and Douglas … who are students at JMU in art and music.  HBC has been their home church since they arrived in Harrisonburg.  They have been actively involved in church, including the music ministry for many years.  Gary is looking forward to what God may do at HBC as all of us bring our gifts and our love for God to His worship and service.
Ebony Cleveland, 
Praise Band Leader
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Favorite Movie – The Sandlot
Favorite Song – Fire Fall Down by Hill Song United and Now and Forever by Richard Marx
Favorite Vacation – Australia
Favorite Saturday Activity – Slow flow yoga
Most Influential Book – Secrets of Imitating God by Bill Johnson
Life Verse – “May my prayer be set before you like incense, the lifting of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”  (Psalms 141:2)
Ebony Nicole Cleveland has joined the HBC staff as our Praise Band Leader.  She is 31 years old and is a Harrisonburg girl or has been since she was 11 years old.  She graduated from Harrisonburg High School where she sang in the HHS Honors Choir and Women’s Choir (8-12 grade).  She was also invited to sing with the VA National Choir every year in high school and sang at the National Cathedral twice … what an honor!  After graduating, she attended two years at the International School of Ministry in Australia.
 

Singing since she was 3 years old and playing the keyboard for the past 10 years, she has been leading worship since she was 15 years old.  Even though she has led worship for different churches with different styles and atmospheres, one thing always remains with her and that is her love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Please make sure to attend worship service to hear Ebony’s beautiful voice and introduce yourself.

Annette Sprinkel, Pianist
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Favorite Movie – The Sound of Music
Favorite Song – Leaning on the Everlasting Arms and Blessed Be Your Name
Favorite Vacation – Spending time at Holden Beach with my family and extended family
Most Influential Book – Two From Galilee by Kathryn Holmes
Life Verse – “Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18a) 
Annette was born and raised in Harrisonburg, VA.  She graduated from Turner Ashby High School and got her undergraduate degree from Longwood University.  She taught middle school music for one year in Chesterfield County.  Then she married her husband, Frank, and came back to the area to live.  She has her master’s degree in music from JMU.  She has taught middle and high school choral and general music and elementary music.
 
Her passion is children and adult choirs in church music.  She also does accompanying for various groups and people. 
 
Annette and Frank have two grown daughters, three granddaughters and a grandson.  Annette enjoys playing the piano, walking and playing with her dog Sadie.
Rosemary Lonberger, Organist
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Favorite Movie – Titanic
Favorite Song – Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Favorite Vacation – Hawaii with family
Favorite Saturday Activity – Going to the movies, shopping, and preparing music for Sunday worship
Life Verse – “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.”  (Philippians 4:4)

Rosemary attended Chowan University and Old Dominion University.  She has one daughter … Karen and her husband, John Hart, live in Harrisonburg.  She has three granddaughters, Kathryn a junior at Christopher Newport University, Madelyn, a freshman at Virginia Tech and Margaret a sixth grader at Montevideo Middle School. 

Rosemary is retired from Lipton Tea Company in Suffolk, VA.  She volunteers with many of the ministries at HBC.

Cindy Kite
Office Administrator
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Favorite Movie – The Notebook
Favorite Song – I Am by David Crowder and Come Home Running by Chris Tomlin
Favorite Vacation – Cruise to the Southern Caribbean Islands with my husband and beach trips with the family to Emerald Isle, NC
Favorite Saturday Activity – Family time, home improvement projects and flea market shopping
Most Influential Book – Anything by Beth Moore
Life Verse – “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up on my victorious right hand.”  (Isaiah 41:10)
Although born and mostly raised in the Harrisonburg area, Cindy has lived in Arkansas, Oklahoma and California. She loves the Valley and has called Weyers Cave home for many years.  She graduated from Fort Defiance High School … where her children also graduated … and she received an associates degree in business from Blue Ridge Community College. 
 
She came to work at HBC in 2004 and considers her work here as a ministry to the church and not just a job. Although a life-long United Methodist, she calls HBC and its members her second church family.  Cindy has a passion for women’s ministries and heads up women’s ministries at her home church.
 
She met her husband, Randy, while working a summer job at a construction site and they have been happily married for over 30 years.  They have two sons … Chris and his wife Lindsey live and work in the Fairfax area and their youngest son, Ryan, lives and works locally.  Cindy enjoys hanging out with friends, traveling with her husband, going to Baltimore Orioles baseball games, Virginia Tech football, reading, making jewelry and playing with their two dogs … Sadie and Sophie.
Amy Cyzick
Ministry Assistant
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Favorite Movie – Wizard of Oz
Favorite Song – Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Favorite Vacation – Spending time with Shannon and the girls and other family (over 30 nephews and nieces)
Favorite Saturday Activity – Relaxing with family and working on projects around our home especially gardening
Most Influential Book – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Life Verse – “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”  (Philippians 4:6)
Amy is a native of Bedford, VA and grew up on a beef cattle farm.  She has one sister that lives in Dayton, VA.  She is a graduate of Central Virginia Community College and James Madison University with a degree in psychology and special education.  
 
She has been married to her husband, Shannon, for 19 years.  They relocated from Salem, VA to the Valley in 2002. They have two daughters, Mary (11 years old) and Anna (2 years old) and Baby Charlie with “wings.” They live in Briery Branch near Dayton surrounded by the George Washington National Forest and the Allegheny Mountains. Their neighbors are deer, bear and a bob cat.
 
Amy and her family attend Mt. Horeb UMC in Hinton, VA and she enjoys the feel and fellowship of a small country church.  She came to work at HBC in December 2007.  She enjoys helping church members and considers HBC her church family as well.  She enjoys spending time with family, supporting her girls in their wild and wonderful adventures, thrift shopping, cooking, gardening, crafting and reading.