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 Minister

Rev. Sandi Shaner

Associate Minister

Celeste Underdown

Director of Music

Matt & Amy Wenninger

Praise Band Leaders

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


Caroline Carneal

Student Intern
Caroline is the Union Presbyterian Seminary Intern in her final year of the Master’s of Divinity program. She just recently started the process of seeking ordination. She is a single mother of two sons, Jackson and Bremner Lancaster, ages 13 and 11.