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Pastor Cheryl Griffin

Pastor Cheryl Ann Griffin

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Romans 8:38-39]

“God comes to us, holds us, and won’t let go—ever. This is true when we can’t see it, understand it, accept it or want it. God desires relationship with us so much that he came in the person of Jesus Christ. Guided by the Holy Spirit, I seek to explore with our community what this means for our lives and for our relationships with one another.”


Pastor Cheryl Ann Griffin thinks God has a sense of humor for leading her into ministry, but she can’t imagine doing anything else!

She is married to J. R. Griffin, who is retired from the Air Force and from Thrivent Financial. Together, they have four adult children: Ben, Michael, Kelly and William. Michael is married to Joanna, and they have two sons, Jonathan and Joshua.  Kelly is married to Peter McCann, and their daughter is EllaGrace.  Haddie Rose is due to arrive in April!  William will be married in August to Erin Cornell.  J.R. and Cheryl have a French Bulldog whose name is Winston.  Contrary to popular belief, Pastor Griffin does like cats.

Pastor Griffin received the BA degree from the College of William and Mary. She worked as an accountant before God led her to the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, where she received her Master of Divinity degree.

In the Virginia Synod, Pastor Griffin is a member of the VA Synod Council and frequently leads small groups at synod youth events.


Pastor Cheryl and Preschool

Pastor Andy Ballentine (Retired 2019)

“We are all on the journey of faith, led by God the Holy Spirit. If you know me, you’ve heard me say that time and again!

“If you don’t know me, here’s what I try to do as a pastor: I try to be open and honest about my own faith journey, which is grounded in the practices of weekly worship and daily prayer and Bible reading. On the journey, day to day, the Spirit leads me along pathways smooth and rough.

“My preaching and teaching and pastoral conversations are rooted in my journey of faith. As I share my experiences, many find that helpful, as they come to understand how God the Holy Spirit is leading them in their own journeys.”


Pastor Andy Ballentine loved being a parish pastor and retired in July 2019.

He is married to Patty, who is a native of Williamsburg, believe it or not. He and Patty have two children: Nathan is a police officer, living in Chesterfield, VA, with his wife, Renee, and their two children, Abby and Caleb; and Emily who is a music teacher and who lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Sheldon.

Pastor Ballentine took his BA degree from the University of Virginia (with a major in sociology) and earned the Master of Divinity degree at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He earned the Master of Sacred Theology degree at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (thesis topic: “How Benedictine Monastic Spirituality Nourishes Parish Ministry”). Most recently, he completed the program of Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

In the Virginia Synod, Pastor Ballentine is Dean of the Peninsula Conference and frequently staffs Synod youth events.


Pastor’s Blog

Pastors Griffin and Ballentine at St. Stephen Lutheran Church