Deborah Koontz

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At the center of God’s calling in my life is offering the love, grace and fullness of life that I have known in Christ Jesus to others. At the center of my vocation is what Apostle Paul has described as the ‘ministry of reconciliation.’ (2 Corinthians 5:18-20.)Other foundational scripture passages for me are John 4- the Woman at the Well story; and Ephesians 4:15, Apostle Paul’s exhortation to ‘speak the truth in love.’ In many ways, I approach preaching as pastoral care, ministering to the hearts in every pew. I also seek to preach prophetically, seeking visionary transformation and growing discipleship. I have a passion to share the good news of God’s power to heal brokenness; and to bring wholeness, deep fulfillment and meaningful purpose to our lives.

I have been blessed to serve Ramsey Church since June of 2013.  In over twenty years of ministry with the United Methodist Church, I have loved serving in every setting: large and small, rural, suburban, and city. But I have to say that I have never loved serving more than with the wonderful loving and faithful people of Ramsey Church.  It is a great joy to serve such a servant hearted congregation with so many ministries in our community.   Prior to serving in ministry as an ordained elder, I served as a Clinical Social Worker in mental health settings, a Christian counselor, and as a hospital chaplain in the community.  I studied at Eastern Mennonite Seminary for my MDiv; and also completed studies at the University of Baltimore and James Madison University. Go Dukes!

Our family is from Staunton, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. In my childhood and youth, I also lived in Bangkok, Thailand and New Delhi, India.    My husband Brian and I have been blessed in our thirty three years of marriage, and with our two beautiful young adult sons, Harrison and Jeremy, and his wife, Samantha, a precious daughter of the heart. We love living and serving in Southside Richmond.  Some of our favorite places in Richmond are Peter Chang’s Chinese restaurant, Hollywood Cemetery and Maymont Park.


Norma Aguilar

Associate Pastor
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Pastora Norma is a native of El Salvador. She is married with 4 children (2 girls, 2 boys) and enjoys spending time with her 2 grandsons.  She has been serving at Ramsey Memorial as a licensed local pastor since July of 2007.  However, she has been part of our Hispanic Ministry since its beginning  in April of 2005. Pastora Norma has a special place in her heart for the children’s ministry because that’s where she first received God’s call into ministry. Her first time preaching was at a children’s convention at age fifteen.  She truly enjoys preaching in both languages, English and Spanish.


Joyce Walsh

Executive Assistant
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Joyce came to work at Ramsey Memorial in March 1971 after moving here from Danville, Virginia.  She began as a part time secretary to Reverend Woodrow Laine and has worked with 8 senior pastors and 4 associate pastors since then.  She went full time after her daughter went away to college 1987.  Her responsibilities have been numerous with assisting the pastors.  Many reports have been done for the Charge Conference and the end of year by her.  She has assisted with many members’ weddings, which she enjoys so much.  The sad part of her job is getting various groups to take care of her friends’ funeral meals.  She is financial secretary of the church which means attending the Finance Committee with reports ready monthly.

Joyce has been married to Curtis for 55 years and has two wonderful children, Jeff and Joanna.  They have four grandchildren, whom they love spending their time every chance they get.


Sarah Forti

Admin Assistant; Youth and Young Adult Director
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Sarah has been serving at Ramsey Memorial since 2013.  She began as a praise band leader, and was then hired work with youth and young adults.  Since then her role has expanded further to include pastoral and administrative duties.  Her primary goals with young people are creating safe spaces for their voices to be heard, creating a strong faith foundation based on Jesus Christ, encouraging them to participate in the life of the Church, and networking to create multi-church events.

Sarah is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and George Fox Evangelical Seminary.  Some of her great loves in ministry are worship songwriting, contemplative practices, and theology.  Sarah lives in Ashland with her husband Nik, and their one-eyed cat Moonpie.


Sue Newman

Education Coordinator & Organist
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Sue has been a member of Ramsey Memorial since 1966 after coming to Richmond from Pennsylvania with her family.  She has been married to Harry for forty-six years  and has three great children: Tammy, Jeremy, and Kelly.  As Christian Education Coordinator,  she has worked with all ages since 1988 planning Sunday School material, Bible Studies, Vacation Bible Schools, Retreats, and so on.  Some of her strengths are working with people and helping them share their gifts and organizing programs and projects to benefit God’s people. She is blessed to be able to love what she does.  Some of her interests are music, reading a good book, and knitting/crocheting.

Sue is also our pianist for our worship services in which she is able to use her gift of music.  She also plays for weddings and funerals that are held are Ramsey.


Michael Williams


Michael is one of our gifted staff persons behind the scenes at Ramsey Church.  He keeps all of our facilities including the sanctuary, Sunday School building and Christian Life Center welcoming, clean, and sparkling. He puts so much effort and diligence into his work and always has a smile and good cheer.  Michael has been a dedicated servant working at Ramsey Church since 1998. He is retired from the Chesterfield County Public Schools where he was also known for his smile and friendliness in his work as custodian on behalf of the children and school personnel.

Michael hails from Hanover County and lives in Richmond.  He enjoys fishing, going to the beach and playing pickleball in his free time.  The Pittsburgh Steelers are his favorite football team; but he also enjoys attending Redskins football games whenever he can.