Home: “I live in the town of Montross with my wife, Kelly Desclos-Estes.”
Education: Master of Divinity from Virginia Union University, Richmond; Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond; B.A. from University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg
Hometown: “That’s a tricky one. I grew up near Manassas, but my parents live in Crimora, near Waynesboro now.”
Tenure: “I’ve been a pastor for two years, all of which has been at the Andrew Chapel/Edgewater United Methodist Charge. I was a counselor for 22 years prior to that.”
Favorite Bible passage: Isaiah 40:28-31: “…The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (NRSV). “This passage reminds me that our strength comes from the Lord and that his power is beyond our comprehension. The many eagles in this area frequently remind me of the last verse of this passage from Isaiah.”
Hobbies: “Playing the cello. I’ve played in the Northern Neck Orchestra in Kilmarnock for the past year. I played in the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, and several other community orchestras over the years as well. I study privately with Jason McComb, the Associate Principal cellist with the Richmond Symphony. I also enjoy singing in the church choir.”
“I love gardening, but haven’t been able to do this as much as in the past. A pastor stays pretty busy most of the time. I do have a nice flower bed, some tomatoes, and herbs at the parsonage.”
“I took up karate recently. I’ve been studying under Sensai Stewart at the Westmoreland Co. YMCA for a couple months now. I’m really enjoying that, and I think I’m in the best shape I’ve been in many years. I enjoy hiking as well.“
Favorite Places in Westmoreland: Westmoreland State Park, Westmoreland Berry Farm and The Art of Coffee.
Surprising Facts: “I used to play bass in a church praise band before I became a pastor. I worked a very short stint as a dump truck driver. I also worked with an asphalt paving company when I was going to graduate school. I was an asphalt lab technician then. Finally, I spent a summer trimming Christmas trees by hand.”
“I sometimes do dramas in place of a traditional sermon.”
Andrew Chapel is located at 16340 Kings Hwy. 9:30 a.m. Sundays at Edgewater UMC, Tidwells; and 11 a.m. Sundays at Andrew Chapel UMC.