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Meet the Newest Members of RCPC

Susan Ard

Susan was born and raised in suburban Atlanta and the Baptist church. While as a teenager and dating Paul, her future husband, she was introduced to and embraced the Presbyterian church. She and her husband Paul spent time at Fort Carson, Colorado before returning to the Atlanta area where they welcomed their three sons. Paul attended Columbia Seminary after a career working for C&S National Bank. He pastored two churches before retiring. Paul passed away in August 2022. Susan is the proud mom of three sons, and two daughters-in-law and grandma to three granddaughters. Susan’s professional career consisted of engineering drafting and detailing. She enjoys playing the piano, computer graphics, creating and sending cards, exercise walking/classes, and reading. Susan moved to Salem in March 2022 to be near family and she looks forward to checking the “Member” column instead of “Visitor” each Sunday.

Kristyn Brogan & Alicha Grubb

Kristyn is an assistant coach for the Roanoke College Women’s Soccer team. She has an all white husky name Oliver Bearington, aka Ollie Bear. She loves hiking, kayaking, and all things fall and spooky.

Alicha is a business litigation attorney, which takes up most of her time. When not at work she enjoys working on house projects, hiking, biking, and going to breweries with Kriystn and Ollie.

Crystal Clayton

Crystal is a Pittsburgh native who moved to the Roanoke area in 2013. She is a Customer Experience Executive in the Financial Services Industry and has a passion for understanding people’s needs and wants from their interactions with products, processes, and systems. When Crystal isn’t at work, she loves being outside enjoying the beauty of SWVA. Crystal is a mom to two boys, and the three of them love going to every festival and event Roanoke has to offer. As she embarks on this new chapter of her life, she is filled with a sense of belonging here at RCPC and looks forward to the path God is leading her on.

Angela & Steve Layman

Angela is a preschool teacher at Fallon Park Elementary School and has been with Roanoke City Public Schools for 33 years. Steve is the owner of Party Central in Blacksburg and has been in business for 30 years. Retirement is still on the horizon but is getting closer. Their daughter, Maggie, is a student at Virginia Western Community College. They enjoy movies, music, and their front porch in the Raleigh Court Neighborhood. Steve is a Beatles fan and shares some quality Beatles time with Maggie. The Laymans have a twenty-pound cat named Max who enjoys eating, sleeping, and back rubs. They have attended RCPC for quite some time and always look forward to Andrew’s sermons, as well as participating in the Seekers Sunday School class.

Bill Nance

Bill grew up in Raleigh, NC and moved to Virginia when he began his career in the financial services industry in the Tidewater region. He directed the installation of the bank’s first computer system and the automation of the “backroom” operational, check processing and financial systems. In 1973, he moved to Roanoke to work for Dominion Bankshares and was promoted to Director of Operations and Information Technology a few years later. After moving to Roanoke, Bill reconnected with a high school friend from Raleigh, Betty Stanley. He retired from Dominion in 1994 and moved to the Outer Banks to be closer to his oldest son and family, and a few years later became active in real estate sales until his retirement in 2011. Bill has also lived in Charlotte, NC with his youngest son and family. Bill is the proud grandfather to nine grandchildren. Betty and Bill recently married, and, Bill moved back to Roanoke. Bill enjoys attending services at RCPC and wanted to become an involved member of the congregation.

Connie Pearlman

Connie is a Roanoke native and retired special education teacher after a 36-year career. She is married to her wonderful husband Billy and they have three children, Whitney, Brandon, and Jamie. Connie is the proud grandmonther of three grandchildren, Nathan, Frankie, and Aubrey. She enjoys visiting family, traveling, walking on the greenway, hiking, and attending book club. Connie looks forward to meeting all of the people of RCPC as she becomes more involved in the many mission groups. She said, “when I walked into RCPC, I could feel the presence of God and community of faith from the congregation, Andrew, and Isabella. I feel it was God’s will to bring me to RCPC.”

Dillon Swanson

As part of his call to RCPC, Dillon wanted to show his commitment to the overall mission of the life of our congregation. By joining in membership, he hopes to continue to grow in his knowledge of the Reformed faith and Presbyterian polity and be integrated into the mission, education, fellowship, and caring life of the congregation. You can read Dillon's full bio online at here.

Katie & Andrew Williams

Katie and Andrew are both Blacksburg natives who now currently live in Salem. Katie is a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Townside and Andrew is a universal Banker at Pinnacle Financial Partners. They both enjoy cooking/baking/grilling, playing video games, and spending time with one another. Andrew grew up Catholic while Katie was baptized in the Episcopal Church but spent time outside of the church. When they got engaged, they decided to explore their faith together and work through prior experiences. They both have felt incredibly welcomed by RCPC and have been attending regularly since Palm Sunday. Katie and Andrew are looking forward to making new friends in faith here at RCPC.


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