Ministry and Support Staff

  • Matthew Merrill - Senior Pastor
  • Robert K. Burns - Lead Pastor, East Campus
  • Susan Petrillo - Director of Children's Ministries
  • Josh Weeks - Director of Youth Ministries
  • Peg Webb - Director of Music Ministries
  • Tinsley Jones - Director of Recreation
  • Susie Martin - Executive Assistant / Church Administrator
  • Cathy Marshall - Secretary
  • Tyrone Cooper - Sexton
Matthew Merrill - Senior Pastor

Matthew Merrill

Senior Pastor

Dr. Matthew Merrill will join Crestwood as Senior Pastor in late September.

Matt was raised in Atlanta and his familywas actively involved at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, where his first job was in the congregation’s recreation ministry. It was while participating in Young Life as a high school student that he discovered one can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. To this day, his heart’s desire is for people to have authentic relationships with God and one another.

804-897-3458
Robert K. Burns - Lead Pastor, East Campus

Robert K. Burns

Lead Pastor, East Campus

Dare I say it in this fair city of the South: I was born in New Jersey? True it is, and unashamed I am of my love for Philly cheesesteaks over ham biscuits (delicious though they may be). I spent my growing up years in New Jersey and southeast Pennsylvania in a strong Christian family.

Active in ministry in the Methodist church from teenage years on, I studied youth ministry and got a B.A. in English Literature from Eastern University outside of Philadelphia. In those years I was challenged by ministry experiences in urban Philadelphia, rural Appalachia and impoverished Haiti, building in me a priority for a faith engaged in the needs of the world.

Eventually I landed in Richmond with my wife, Janice, where I finished my Master of Divinity degree at Union Seminary. I served churches in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Missouri, was a campus minister, managed a bookstore, and worked as a camp director before coming to Crestwood.

Now I find myself excited to be part of a congregation with outreach to both city and suburbs as well as a heart for people all over the world. I share Crestwood's passion for connecting lives to the love of Christ in a way which is simply transforming. In that, it is a great joy for me to help the truths of Scripture come alive to people in fresh ways.

It was in college that I met my wife, Janice, who has been an invaluable friend and partner in ministry for over 25 years. We have one college-age daughter, Rachel. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, working outside, an occasional jigsaw puzzle and a good book.

In January 2010, Rob began post-graduate work toward a doctoral degree, and the papers written in that program are available for your consideration above.
804-320-2269
Susan Petrillo - Director of Children's Ministries

Susan Petrillo

Director of Children's Ministries

804-897-3458 x14
Josh Weeks - Director of Youth Ministries

Josh Weeks

Director of Youth Ministries

Crestwood Youth Site 804-897-3458
Peg Webb - Director of Music Ministries

Peg Webb

Director of Music Ministries

I grew up in a Presbyterian Church where my mother sang in the choir and my father was an elder. Being the middle child and the only girl, my parents felt that I needed to study dance and music, so I began piano in the second grade and continued music studies in college graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education. After teaching music in public schools for 17 years and working part time as a music director in a local church, I was thrilled to be called to serve Crestwood as Director of Music. I am married and we have two sons, Ian and Addison who also love music.

I love all styles of music and enjoy directing both contemporary music groups and traditional choirs. I also desire to see the children of Crestwood develop a love for singing in church, a love that they will take with them into their high school, college years and adulthood. My desire is for worshipers at Crestwood to be engaged in and passionate about worship.
804-320-2269
Tinsley Jones - Director of Recreation

Tinsley Jones

Director of Recreation

804-897-3458 x15
Susie Martin - Executive Assistant / Church Administrator

Susie Martin

Executive Assistant / Church Administrator

897-3458 ext 10
Cathy Marshall - Secretary

Cathy Marshall

Secretary

320-2269 ext 10
Tyrone Cooper - Sexton

Tyrone Cooper

Sexton

804-320-2269