Introducing our new President!


Effective March 30, 2019, Rev. Gayle Thornberry is the President of the Wesleyan Covenant Association of Virginia We wanted to take this opportunity to have her introduce herself and tell you a little more about her as well.

A Note From Gayle:

What an honor to be the newly elected President of the regional chapter of the Wesleyan Covenant Association here in Virginia as of March 30, 2019.  It is my honor and privilege to help lead the way into a bright future.  Seasons of great change require faithful prayer and I appreciate you joining with me in focused prayer each morning at 8:30am, from wherever you are. Please feel free to email me if you have questions or concerns.


Gayle Thornberry came to the Virginia Annual Conference by way of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference in 2004 where she was the 2003 Denman Award for Evangelism recipient for clergy.  While in Texas, she served on the NWTX Annual Conference Insurance Commission.  After moving to Virginia, she was the President for the Associate Member & Local Pastor Fellowship, served on the Board of Ordained Ministry for 5 years, served on the Small Church Taskforce, and participated in the New Church Leadership Academy, served on the Church Development and Revitalization Committee, among others.  On the District level she has served as the District Chaplain, Chair of the Spiritual Formation Committee, was the Missions Chair; heading up District mission trips, was a mentor to several entering the clergy process, served on the DCOM, among serving in other ways on the District.

She has a B.S. degree in education and art from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas and a Masters of Divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union in Richmond, VA. In 2017, she was ordained Elder in the VA Conference.  Prior to receiving her Masters of Divinity, she completed 6 years of Course of Study as a local pastor from Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C.

She is the Vice President of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Virginia Annual Conference.  She has been the keynote speaker at many women’s events in several states and was the founder and President of Hepzibah Word and Worship, Inc.

She married her sweetheart, Wes Thornberry, in 2004. They share 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  They reside in Grottoes, VA where she pastors the Annex-Crimora Charge in the Harrisonburg District.  They enjoy “glamping” in their Motorhome and seeing all the states in the Union.

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