Our Pastors2019-05-06T12:47:36-04:00

Our Pastors

The Reverend Joseph Vought

A native of Pennsylvania, Rev. Joseph Vought received a Masters of Divinity from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1983 after graduating from Gettysburg College. Ordained in 1983, Pastor Joe served Second English Lutheran, Baltimore, MD.  In 1987 he was called as Pastor of Our Saviour Lutheran, Richmond, VA where he developed ministries, built buildings and trained interns.  He ministered on Virginia’s “Death Row,” providing care to inmates before and during executions. In 1997 he was called as Senior Pastor of Muhlenberg Lutheran, Harrisonburg, VA. Membership grew and ministries were begun: an After-School Program for children, Mission work in West Virginia and a school in Rwanda.  Building projects were undertaken.  Pr. Joe represented Lutherans in Virginia to encourage denominational service and full communion partnerships.  He received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Wesley Seminary. Called to Community in October, 2008, Pr. Joe loves team ministry with Pr. Annabelle, a talented staff and vibrant congregation.  He is married to Debra Swenson.   Together they enjoy exercise, movies, reading and traveling.  They have two grown children, Kristin and Jonathan.

“We are embraced by God to welcome others and bring healing to the world around us.  I look forward to meeting you and building community together!”

The Reverend Annabelle Markey

Pastor Annabelle grew up just over the Potomac River in Maryland. As an undergrad, she studied German, Medieval Studies, and Global Studies at Hood College and studied abroad in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. After college, she worked in the travel industry for three years while discerning a call to ministry. She graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg with a concentration in Theology and Public Life focused on Christian-Jewish dialogue. She also completed a Certificate in Ecumenical Studies through the Washington Theological Consortium and spent time living in the Collegium Oecumenicum, an ecumenical community in Munich, Germany. Pastor Annabelle loves diving into the rich stories of the Bible and exploring what they mean for our lives today. She also enjoys pop culture and seeing how movies, music, and television speak about God and the life of faith.  Her focus at Community is on Christian education and formation for all ages, and social ministry.  She is also deeply drawn to contemplative prayer practices and completed the “Going Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership” Program through the Shalem Institute in 2017.

She is also passionate about tacos, travel, dogs, icon writing, learning languages, singing, hiking, and crafting. Annabelle is married to a wonderful fellow named Jeff and looks forward to meeting you!