Pastor – Rev. Seth A. Normington
Music Ministry Director – Sarah Layman
Office Manager - Martha Shank
Church Committee Elders:
Administration – Tom Bocock, Bret Phillips, Mark Williams
Christian Education – Dianne Brown, Karen Moats, Bob Scott
Congregational Care – Nancy Miller, Phyllis Simmons
Mission/Outreach – Terry Morris, Adonica Miller
Property & Grounds – Chad Barnett, Jim Suter
Worship – Dick Travis, Mary Etta Cornett, Don Myers
Meet Pastor Seth and Family
Greetings in the name of the Triune God who reaches out to us and gathers us in with love, grace, and mercy! My wife, Gemma, and I are excited to be joining the Cooks Creek family and Harrisonburg community.
I was born and raised in Spokane, Washington and was baptized as an infant at a Presbyterian church. While I didn’t grow up going to church much after fourth grade, the Lord has always called me to deep relationship with Him. I grew up playing every sport I could and ran cross country and track in high school and college.
My faith began growing to maturity in college when I discovered the indispensability of community for living out our call in Christ. I was a part of and served a wonderful campus ministry that radically shaped my life towards service to Christ.
I have been active serving in ministry in some way for nearly 20 years. I was significantly involved in ministry with younger folks for 10 years as a volunteer and a youth director before becoming a solo pastor and serving two churches over the past nine years.
Along the way, I picked up degrees from Western Washington, Gonzaga, Princeton Seminary, and am finishing my Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Seminary this spring (I hope!). The focus of my doctorate is developing lifelong leaders for Jesus through mentoring and coaching.
In my other time, I have enjoyed coaching middle school and high school track for the past nine years and have been privileged to coach 25 all-state performances. I am also looking forward to getting back into marathon shape…
And now for a more interesting story. My wonderful wife, Gemma, is an Italian born in Saudi Arabia (her parents spent their careers there working for an oil company), educated in Switzerland and Michigan, and graciously moved out west from Michigan so that I could be her husband two years ago. As part of the deal, I also got three awesome children. Adriana and Laura are both in college in Chicago. Marco is wrapping up high school this spring here with us and is planning on going to culinary school in NYC. Gemma is the art teacher for grades 3-12 at our little school here. How small? I also serve on the school board.
I have served in ministry in Washington state, California, New Jersey, and Michigan, and we look forward to putting down deep roots in the Shenandoah Valley! We love the spirit and energy of the area and look forward to being part of a dynamic community. I am looking forward to leading, shepherding, and guiding us to deeper devotion to Jesus Christ as we are His hands and feet in sharing God’s love with each other and our families, friends, and neighbors.
We love to travel and the wonderful experiences they afford us. Gemma’s mother is in Italy and visiting family is a great reason to go to Italy! We also enjoy cooking, fun restaurants, and British television. I enjoy baking, watching baseball and soccer, and sports officiating. Gemma is always looking for the next art challenge to master and finds wonder in this world around every corner.
We are excited to hear your story and love Jesus together. God has a wonderful plan for Cooks Creek and we are humbled to be a part of the journey!