Christ Presbyterian is led by a group of elders, and a group of deacons are responsible for many of the practical needs of the church.


Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Pastor Bill Leach

In 1995 Bill moved from Orlando with his wife Annie to serve Covenant Presbyterian Church as an associate pastor. After living in large metropolitan areas like Tampa and Orlando, the move to Harrisonburg took a little adjusting. After 15 years, Harrisonburg has become home for the Leaches. Bill and Annie have been married since 1988. They have five children and a dog named Riley.


Mike Bailey, Elder

Mike and his wife, Adina, came to Virginia from Maryland in the early 1990s. They have lived in Harrisonburg since 1998. They have three children.

Anthony Beery, Elder

Anthony's family came to the Valley in the 18th century. Anthony and his wife Rachel continue in a long tradition of helping run the family farm along with their five children.

Milt Matter, Elder

Milt came to Harrisonburg as an undergraduate at James Madison University and like many JMU grads could not avoid the pull back to Harrisonburg. After a brief stint in Philadelphia he returned to the area. He and his wife Kendra have three children.

Alvin Chao, Deacon

Alvin works in information technology at James Madison University. He and his wife, Brooke, have two children and live in Harrisonburg.

Thomas Potgeiter, Deacon

Originally from South Africa, Thomas and his wife, Liana, live in Rockingham County. Thomas works at a pharmaceutical company.

Joey Sorenson, Deacon

Joey and his family (wife Chrissy and four children) moved to the area from Georgia. Joey is a pediatrician at Sentara RMH Medican Center in Harrisonburg.

Christ Presbyterian Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.