Rev. Debra R. Lucas


Pastor Debra came to St. Peter's in 2009. Her previous appointments included Pastor at Three Oaks Fellowship in the Roanoke District and Associate Pastor at Bon Air United Methodist Church in Richmond. She is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, and Candler School of Theology in Atlanta.

Debra and her husband, Boyd, have been married over 40 years. They have three cats, Sophie, Jamie, and Ciara.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11

SueEllen Terrell

Office Manager

SueEllen joined the St. Peter's ministry team in February 2010. Prior to that she spent 26 years in the insurance business as an agent and office manager. She loves the people and variety of her job at St. Peter's and finds it very rewarding.

SueEllen has 4 grandchildren- three are married and one is in high school. Three of the young men are in the military. She keeps chickens and tends a garden. Her favorite pastime is walking the family dog, Chester, and working in the yard.

"1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." - Psalm 1

Jen Kahler

Director of Children and Youth

Hanging out with my husband Dwayne and our three children Zach, Jacob and Aubrey is my favorite thing to do. We all enjoy the great outdoors, especially camping, swimming, fireside sitting and riding our 4wheeler. We also enjoy playing with our pets Bagel, Sadie and PJ.

My path led me to St. Peter’s in 2010 and it has been a real blessing. The children and youth that I get to spend my time with are all amazing individuals and make my “job” seem less like a job and more like a joy.

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me." - Erma Bombeck

Jennifer Ripley

Director of Music

Jennifer is a native of Chesterfield County, VA and grew up attending Ramsey Memorial UMC in Richmond. For 20 years, she served as the Director of Music in the Lutheran Church and is excited to return to her roots in Methodist music. Jennifer knows that music is a part of everyone's home life, work life, and worship life in some form and is always looking for ways to help make it relevant and meaningful. There is a place for everyone to participate in music at St. Peter's and she wants to help you find out how the music of the church can best support and encourage your faith.

Jennifer is an avid Disney World and Walt Disney fan. She loves walking through the parks in Florida and listening to the ways music is used: from the themes of the different lands to the coordination of music, lights, and fireworks. Jennifer loves planning these trips and creating a wonderful experience with those who travel with her.

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." - Galatians 5:22-23