Meet Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Steve Starzer

Senior Pastor
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Steve Starzer does not particularly care for the title Senior Pastor, although the thinning hair and gray beard betray the fact that he is the senior member of the staff. He saw the light and became a Virginian in 2011. Prior to that, he endeavored on his “missionary journey” as the Pastor of the Conklin (NY) Presbyterian Church, which he joyfully served for nearly 20 years. His first call was to serve the rural small town congregation of the Wyalusing (PA) Presbyterian Church in the scenic hills of the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. It was during that wonderful calling that his life became richly blessed by his marriage to Debby Dabback, the daughter of a well respected colleague. It seemed appropriate, since Steve himself is the son of a very distinguished Pastor. Their love for each other was seen in the expansion of their family with the birth of their children Courtney and Chad. Both of their children are now grown and making contributions in their own fields of endeavor.

Steve is quick to point out that his training came from the churches he served and who nurtured him in return. He did, however, receive his academic training at Wheaton (IL) College, Princeton Theological Seminary and his doctorate from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. We have found Steve to be a welcoming presence who enjoys people and has a passion for the Good News of Jesus Christ, which he shares through his preaching and his leadership in the church.

Rev. Shannon Hendricks

Associate Pastor (Part-time, temporary)

Rev. Sandi Shaner

Associate Pastor (Part-time, temporary)

Rev. Sandra L. Shaner (Sandi) grew up in the small town of Boyertown in southeastern Pennsylvania. From a very early age she has felt a pull/call to church service, serving in a number of denominations in a variety of leadership positions, wherever and whenever she was needed and called at the time. She loves music, children, family, reading, laughing, and helping people. She and Mike Shaner have been
married for 40 years and have three adult sons, all of whom are married and live in the Richmond area.

They have, at present, four much-loved grandchildren and two dogs. Sandi graduated from Union Presbyterian Seminary in May 2007 and has served PC(USA) congregations in the Presbytery of the James and in Southern New Jersey. She is delighted to have been called to serve at Fairfield Presbyterian Church since Sept 2021. Her role as Associate pastor at Fairfield specifically includes working with the Deacons, pastoral care, worship leadership, and as liaison/support to the Worship & Music ministry team.

Rev. Dr. Keith Curran, HR


Keith retired from 40 years of pastoral ministry in 2019 and moved to New Kent Co. in 2020 with his wife Debbie. He serves Fairfield Church in a volunteer role in retirement, occasionally helping in worship, teaching and preaching once in a while. Usually, you’ll find Keith and Debbie worshiping at the 9:00 am service.

Keith served churches in NY, PA, FL, and VA. Prior to retirement, he served as interim/transitional pastor at three churches in eastern VA. He served St. Andrew Church in Suffolk, VA for 18 years. He was an Army Chaplain serving in the National Guard for 12 years. He was a classmate of Pastor Steve’s at Princeton and received his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Seminary. He is also serving as a volunteer chaplain for Hanover Fire-EMS.

He is author of two books and numerous devotionals in The Upper Room and These Days. His latest book, A New TULIP for the 21st Century can be picked up in the Narthex.

He and Debbie, a retired middle school teacher, have 4 grown sons and 4 grandchildren. Scooter the cavapoo lives with them in Patriots Landing in Bottoms Bridge. You can contact him at 3009 Ponderosa Pine Ln, Quinton, VA 23141 or 757-793-6035. Email:

Matt and Amy Wenninger

Amy Wenninger

Music Director
Matt and Amy Wenninger

Matt Wenninger

Praise Band

Celeste Underdown

Choir and Bell Choir Director

David Starzer

Organist and IT Coordinator

David was born and raised in Carbondale, PA, and started playing the organ in church during his sophomore year in high school. After earning a B.S. Degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1999, he returned home and took over as Organist and Choir Director of the First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale in 2001 after subbing for various local congregations during 2000. In 2014, he followed his uncle to Virginia and took on the Organist and Choir Director position at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Petersburg. After 6 years with that congregation, he accepted the position as Organist here at Fairfield and started in 2021.

John Longest