Abingdon United Methodist Church - Abingdon, VA

Meet our Ministry and Program Staff

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Rev. Robert Countiss
Senior Pastor

Robert Countiss was appointed to AUMC, beginning in July 2014. Robert was born in Abingdon, VA, and was baptized at Abingdon UMC, so being appointed here is a true homecoming. He grew up in Bristol and graduated from Emory & Henry College (BA,Mathematics), Duke University (M.Div.) and Emmanuel School of Religion (Doctor of Ministry), and has served churches in the Holston Conference since 1985. Robert is married to Carla, a native of Blountville, TN, and also a life-long United Methodist, a teacher who has taught in Sullivan and Knox Counties and Bristol, TN. They have two children: Amanda, a 6th grade teacher in Bristol, TN, and Jacob, a student at Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN.

Brittani Clayman
Director of Students

Hello all! My name is Brittani Clayman and I am originally from Columbia, South Carolina. I double majored at Emory and Henry in English Literature and Mass Communications and went on to attend The University of South Carolina to obtain my Master's of Mass Communications.

Today I live in Abingdon with my husband Jason, a teacher at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport. We have three children, Grace (13), Clarke (11) and Palmer (22 mos) and three large dogs. In my spare time, I like to read and run. Sometimes I combine the two by listening to audio books while I train. In March of 2014, I achieved a personal bucket list goal by completing the Columbia, SC Run Hard marathon.

Glenn Patterson
Music Director

Glenn Patterson grew up in the itinerant system of the Holston Conference while his father was a pastor. He and his family lived in Sevierville, Hixson, Chattanooga, Bristol and Norton in his pre-college years. He attended Emory & Henry and the University of Mississippi.

He is currently residing in Bristol, Virginia. He has two children. In addition to music, Glenn enjoys teaching, whitewater rafting and reading.

Lindsey Blackwell
Music Ministry Assistant

Suzanne Rankin
Program Director

Suzanne Rankin has been the Program Director at AUMC for 14 years. She is married to Mike and has a daughter.  

Michele Carpenter
Office Manager

Michele is the Office Manager at AUMC. She is married and has three grown daughters.

Bill Gibson
Contemporary Worship Leader

Bill is the Volunteer Music leader for the Contemporary Worship Service at AUMC. Bill has a love for music, having played the drums in several rock 'n roll bands and two years at Pleasant View UMC for their Contemporary Worship Service. He has been married to Paige for the last 15 years and has two children.

Lisa Withers
Church Pianist

Kitty McCormick and Jessica Hawks
Infant Nursery Workers

Wendy Long and Laken Price
Toddler Nursery Workers

Butch & Peggy Jones


8:45 AM - Contemporary and Traditional Worship
9:45 AM - Sunday School - For all ages
11:00 AM - Traditional Worship
6:00 PM - Youth

7:15 AM - Youth Breakfast Club at McDonald's

6:30 PM - Boy Scouts

6:30 AM - Men's Prayer Breakfast at Johnston Memorial Hospital
5:15 PM - Wonderful Wednesday Dinner
6:10 PM - Handbell Practice
6:15 PM - Activities for Adults, Children and Youth
7:00 PM - Adult Choir Practice
101 East Main Street ~ Abingdon, VA 24210 ~ Telephone: (276) 628-2321 ~ Fax: (276) 676-0383

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