Meet Randy Orndorff
Meet Rev. Dr. Randy Orndorff
Aldersgate’s Next Pastor
Rev. Dr. Randy Orndorff, currently the lead pastor of Culpeper United Methodist Church, has been appointed lead pastor of Aldersgate. His first weekend at Aldersgate will be June 29-30. Pastor Randy prepared a bio and video to help us get to know him.
Randy and Lee Anne Orndorff
Hello! My name is Randy Orndorff. My wife, Lee Anne, and I are excited to come be with you in mission and ministry at Aldersgate. We are looking forward to worshiping with you on June 29 and 30.I grew up on a farm outside of Winchester, Virginia, loving the outdoors as I worked in the fields and orchards and tending to the livestock. 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) were some of my activities, along with baseball, football, and choir. My home church was Relief UMC, just west of Stephens City, Virginia. After high school I attended college, my first year at Bridgewater and at James Madison University, where I received a BBA in management and marketing. This is where Lee Anne and I met. We will be married 33 years on July 26. Along the way I experienced God calling me to be a pastor. Having grown up in a Methodist church, I felt very strongly about being part of this denomination. I was offered an opportunity to attend seminary at Chandler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
My first appointment after seminary was to Riverton UMC in Front Royal, Virginia, in 1989. While at Riverton we introduced Disciple Bible Study and the Emmaus walk and had the opportunity to lead the church into both active local and national missions, creating Volunteer in Mission teams to various locations. We also helped start a Preschool and Christian school and helped build a new Ministry center. While at Riverton, I received my Doctor of Ministry degree in Evangelism at Wesley Theological seminary. Then, with the amazing population growth that came to Culpeper between 2002 and 2007, we were appointed to our second church. I am currently lead pastor at Culpeper United Methodist Church, where I have served for the past 15 years, being appointed here by Bishop Pennel in 2004. Culpeper UMC is very active in the community, serving many people and housing many different groups. We are now gearing up and preparing for a new season of mission and ministry with you at Aldersgate.
Lee Anne and I have three children. Josh is married to Michelle, and he is an ordained elder in the United Methodist church, serving as Chaplain at Randolph Macon Academy. They have two children, our grandchildren, Julian and Orion. Jordan, who is our youngest, works in construction and coaches basketball and baseball at the high school level. Sadly, we lost our middle child, Kelsey, in a car accident in 2008. She was 17 years old. We also have a granddog, a huskie named Zeke, and Lee Anne wanted me to mention our grandcat, Olaf!
We enjoy meeting people, sharing God’s love and grace, and doing all kinds of mission work. We have had the privilege of serving in Guatemala, Cuba, and most recently, Honduras, and in various locations in the states with Volunteer in Mission teams. We also started Kelsey’s Big Give ten years ago in honor of our daughter because of her love of missions. This ministry is set is set up as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
My hobbies and many of Lee Anne’s include being outdoors, hiking, kayaking, fishing, playing softball, golfing, and gardening. A fun fact is that in August of 2018 we hiked the High Sierra Trail in California and climbed Mt. Whitney, which is the tallest peak in the lower 48 at 14,508 feet. The hike took us 8 days and covered 72 miles! Let me tell you how good those cheeseburgers were at the end of the hike! We look forward to coming to be with you to learn, grow, share and be in mission and ministry together sharing the love of Jesus with all.
See you soon!
Pastor Randy Orndorff