Meet our Staff

Rev. Robert Lewis, Pastor

Robert is a third-generation pastor in the Virginia United Methodist Annual Conference. Originally from Richmond, VA, he has lived in Tidewater, Northern Virginia, North Carolina's Triangle Area, and overseas. Before being appointed to Hinton Avenue, Robert and his late wife Rachel served as British Methodist Ministers in Sheffield, England, where Robert was Superintendent of the Sheffield (Ecclesall) Circuit, a grouping of eight churches in England's third largest city. In Charlottesville, Robert has become active in work for racial justice and reconciliation. He was a founding board member of Congregate C'ville and an active participant in the Charlottesville Clergy Collective. Robert recently married Bex Simmerman, and they look forward to many happy years together. Their fluffy family includes Sassy, an opinionated German Pinscher mix; Steve and Shuri, two seldom-seen cats; Chloe, a chinchilla addicted to almonds; and Serengeti and Kalahari, their newest and cutest kitten companions. Robert loves science fiction and fantasy, comic books, films, photography, and singing. He plays the djembe and one day will play the guitar...

Elizabeth Scribner, Minister of Music

Elizabeth's music education includes an undergraduate degree in Music and Piano from Western Connecticut University in Danbury, CT and a Masters in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT. In addition, she holds a Masters in Spiritual Psychology from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA and a Certification in Sound Healing from the Globe Institute in San Francisco, CA. As a Minister of Music, Elizabeth’s life’s work is to help birth music that ushers beauty into this world; music that builds bridges; music that raises up a new spiritual paradigm.


Elizabeth aspires to be a Gardener, Cheerleader, Coach, Co-journeyer, Co-pilot, Guide, Collaborator … helping all to co-create beautiful, bold, bountiful and boundless music. She believes that when we courageously raise our voices and play our instruments, we are following God's commission: "Jesus came singing Love. He lived singing Love. He died singing Love. He rose in silence. If the song is to continue, we must do the singing.”

Frances Marshall, Secretary

Frances is a Charlottesville native and longtime member of Hinton Avenue UMC. She has served as secretary for over two decades, expressing love and care for the congregation as well as those who visit the church for business or seeking aid. Here, Frances is pictured with Buck Sacre, a beloved member of Hinton Avenue whose wife, Sadie, welcomed and taught Frances as her successor.