Meet Our Staff
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 was raised in Beaufort, SC. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Charleston. Her first “real” job was in Charleston, SC as an administrative assistant at the Lodge Alley Inn, a Bluegreen Resort. As she moved up in her position, she also moved with the company (several times!).
She moved to Daytona Beach, FL; Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA and
Williamsburg, VA. She became the Administrative Manager and eventually the Director of Field Administration. When she moved to Williamsburg, she decided to become more involved with the community. She met her husband, Dale, while working with The Williamsburg Players, a local theatre group. They were married on October 9, 2009. In 2012, they welcomed their first son Trip and in 2014, they welcomed another son, Artie.
Trena Burden, Music Director
Trena was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She has also lived in Germany, Washington DC, and Hawaii. She moved to Virginia to be near her daughter, Katie, and son-in-law, Jeremy, along with grandson, Riley, age 4, and granddaughter, Natalie, age 1. Trena has a Bachelor of Science Degree, History/Government teaching certificate and 24 graduate hours in American Studies.
She started taking piano lessons at the young age of four and has been playing for singing groups in church and school since she was twelve! Trena has spent the last 25 years or so teaching piano and being the accompanist and/or music director in five different churches. She is a strong believer in Christ and feels called to the music ministry to glorify God through music. She has written a few Christian songs and one of them made it onto a CD back in 1996. She enjoys both traditional and contemporary music, with each style glorifying God in its own way.
In her younger years, Trena took skating lessons and earned three National Championships. She also played softball and was on several bowling leagues.
These days Trena spends time with her two Bichon Frises, Bleu and Purple, and enjoys reading and arranging/editing music. But most important, she now gets to play with her grandbabies whenever she wants.
Christian Ochillo, Organist
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!
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.