Meet Our Staff

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Esther Naana Agbosu, Pastor

Esther was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, where she graduated from Kwadaso Agricultural College in Ghana in 1982.

She was admitted into Wesley Theological Seminary in 2007 and graduated in 2010 with M.Div. degree.

Before moving to USA, she trained as a Family Life and Marriage Counselor, served as a leadership training team member with International Leadership Institute, and trained Church leaders in Ghana and other parts of Africa. She was also an instructor of Lay Preachers in the Ghana Methodist Church. From 2007 to 2013, she served a Ghanaian Methodist Church in Alexandria, as a Caretaker Pastor. She was appointed to Henderson United Methodist Church in Callao as a Licensed Local Pastor in 2013 and commissioned as a Provisional Elder in 2015.

Esther will be ordained as an Elder in full connection at the 2018 Annual Conference and will begin serving Bethany United Methodist Church effective July 1. She's looking forward to serving and growing with the congregation as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Esther is married to William with three adult children: a son, Seyram, and two daughters Kafui and Selassie, and three adorable young grandsons. Esther enjoys singing and visiting historic sites.

Rebekah Doggett, Administrative Assistant

Rebekah has been the administrative assistant at Bethany since 2018. She has 10 years of experience as an office manager. She was raised in South Carolina and graduated from the College of Charleston. She and her husband Dale have 2 children, Trip and Artie. Rebekah finds joy in serving God by serving his people.

Christian Ochillo, Music Director

Christian hails from Antigua, is a senior at ODU in Norfolk, works with ODU students through the campus organization of the Episcopal Church, and is a Starbuck’s barista – a busy man! We appreciate Christian’s ministry of music as he shares his talents with us each week in worship. We hope to be a blessing to him as well!

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Elizabeth Linthicum, Youth Coordinator

Elizabeth Linthicum, our new Youth Director is a lifelong member of Bethany.  Her “day job” is Program Coordinator for Hampton School Age Programs and she has been working with children of all ages since 1988.  She hopes to bring our youth closer in their walk with Jesus and shine a light for them to follow.  She's married to Jody Linthicum and  they have 2 daughters, Sarah, a Senior at ODU and Lily a Freshman at Poquoson High School.  They have a dog named Oliver Butch and a cat named Independence Peach Bottom.   

Kelly Cannon, Nursery Worker

I find it a real blessing to work with each and every “little one” that comes through our doors at Bethany UMC. I always enjoy helping, loving, and sharing with every parent and child – that is my ministry.

Myra Matthews, Sexton

Myra Matthews has served as the sexton for Bethany United Methodist Church since 2006. She enjoys working at the church and around all the people she has grown up with.

Myra has lived in Hampton since 1979 when Joyce and James Sample, members of the congregation, adopted her.

Prior to working at Bethany she worked a variety of jobs, including veterinarian assistant, New York Times delivery, and a maintenance assistant.

Myra and her husband Jon were married at Bethany in 1988. They have one grown child, Amber Paje. Her hobbies are bowling, gardening, fishing with her husband, and also yoga.