Wallace Memorial United Methodist Church

Rev. Kevin E. English



Rev. Kevin E. English - Kevin and Susan, his wife of 12 plus years and their “special guy”, Tate are relatively new residents of Williamsburg having moved here in June and January of last year.  Susan is Kevin’s muse and inspiration and the Vice President of Thomas Nelson Community College.

With his late wife, Kevin has two grown children, Joel, an HVAC guy and Melissa, a project manager for a web design company. Susan has Tate of course and Laura, who is a graduating senior (Hooray!)  at Drexel studying civil engineering and business. Kevin and Susan have three grand-daughters, Jamie (14), the daughter of Joel, and Savannah (9) and Maddy Sue (3), the daughters of Melissa.

This year marks the 40th year of pastoral ministry for Kevin. Over those 4 decades, he has served as a Senior Pastor, Certified Christian Counselor, Mentor, Hospital Chaplain, Church Growth Consultant and Chair of the Conference Board of Evangelism for the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. Since 2012 He has also served part-time and interim appointments in Maryland, North Carolina and now here at Salem UMC in Virginia.

After “officially” retiring in 2006 from full time pastoral ministry, Kevin went back to grad school and began an auxiliary career as a licensed psychotherapist working in private practice with adults in Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina and most recently, Virginia who were experiencing severe and persistent mental disorders People and pastoral ministry are his first loves and passions along with his family and friends. That’s why, despite repeated attempts at full retirement, he keeps gladly accepting the call to pastoral ministry with joy and great anticipation.

Kevin will tell you he is just a “shy, quiet country boy” from the mountains of Pennsylvania, but he is neither shy nor quiet. However, he is an evangelical country boy who believes that Jesus died for us, so we can be free to live for Him here and with Him hereafter, that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the guide to and for “life in all its fullness” and the Holy Spirit is the power and personality of Jesus that forgives, fills and transforms  each one of us through the power of love and grace and truth anytime we invite Him in and do our best to follow Him.

Most recently, Kevin served as interim pastor at Salem UMC in Mathews, Virginia from January through June. Kevin and Susan are grateful and excited at the prospect of serving our Risen and Coming Lord, Jesus and our Hampton community alongside our new Wallace Memorial family” and friends.

Ryan Rager

Minister of Music & Multimedia

Ryan Rager is a native of South Sioux City, Nebraska & Sioux City, Iowa - and is proud to serve as a minister of music on piano and organ. The son of a United Methodist Clergy, Ryan has been a church musician since the age of 14. Ryan is an active duty musician with the United States Air Force Band at Langley Air Force Base, and was previously stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. He majored in trombone performance/music education and completed his graduate degree in music theory from the University of Nebraska. Ryan is grateful for the opportunity to serve God and Country with a wonderful church family.