Staff, Session & Committees
Pastor/Head of Staff
Rev. Clark DeSarro-Raynal has been our minister since 2014. A seventh-generation Presbyterian minister, he holds the Master of Divinity and Master of Christian Education degrees from Union Presbyterian Seminary. He was ordained in 2001. His first call was to a year of mission work in Managua, Nicaragua. He then served a ten-year pastorate in Martinsburg, WV, and a three-year pastorate in Prestonsburg, KY. He is delighted to serve the Hilton congregation! Clark and his wife Donna and their three children, Josiah, 18, Elijah, 16, and India, 14, live in Hilton Village four blocks away from the church. "We love it here!" India is a freshman and Elijah is a junior at Warwick High. Josiah is a freshman at the College of William & Mary. Donna is also a PC(USA) minister. She currently serves Wythe Presbyterian Church in Hampton. Clark was born in Sanford, NC, and raised in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He was a piano major at UNC-Greensboro, and before becoming a minister, he was a music teacher and journeyman craftsman in stained glass.
Patti joined the staff in May of 2020. She and her husband Andy met in college at The Ohio State University, and have been married since 1985. They have been members of HPC since 1997. They live in the Port Warwick area of Newport News and have two grown daughters, Kathryn and Megan. After a career of teaching, Patti was excited to serve Hilton Pres as Office Manager and to remain active in the church's music groups and Worship committee.
Lois is a native of Reading, PA. That means she knows how to make the best German potato salad on the
east coast and also knows a good cheesesteak when she sees one. Leading others in the joy of singing,
ringing, and drumming is living her dream. She has been the music director at HPC since 2006, taught
classroom music for 20 years, and now leads students to a better life through aqua fitness. In the fall of 2018
she founded High Notes Music School at HPC to bring the joy of making music to people of all ages in the
community. She lives with her husband, Al, who is also a full-time musician (and connoisseur of puns) and
has two dogs from the island of St. Croix, named Prancer and Vixen.
Doris Slagle and her husband, Charles, have been members of Hilton Presbyterian since 1972. In August, 1999, Doris began as interim organist and accepted the organist position in 2000. Before joining the HPC staff, Doris taught middle school math in Newport News and worked part-time as a tutor in the AVID program.
Doris earned her BS from King College in Bristol, TN, majoring in mathematics; she took organ lessons while attending college and sang in the a capella choir. She also studied under Brad Norris of St. Andrews Episcopal Church for two years before becoming organist at HPC.
She and Charles are proud parents of a son, Eric, who lives with his wife, Angie and their three children, Aidan, Emma, and Rose; and a daughter, Angela and her husband, Nat.
HPC Preschool Director
Susan Murphy has a Master of Arts in Teaching in elementary education from Rhode Island College, taught for 5 years in Hampton City Schools, has served as chairman of our Preschool Board, and has five sons who are alumni of our program. Susan joined our staff in 2005. She currently serves as Preschool Director as well a teacher of our 5-day a week class.
Kurt was born in Miami, Florida but grew up in the Northeast. Upon seeing his first computer at age 12, he was bitten by the technology bug. With over forty years of computer-related work under his belt, he worked for seventeen years as IT Director for a company in Islamorada, Florida where he wrote the touch screen app that was indispensable to operations. Kurt has worked in all areas of computers, from programming to network design, to website design and maintenance, to all facets of repair. We are grateful to St. Andrew's for sharing him, and are so fortunate to have him protecting and advising us at HPC!
Hannah is a senior at Christopher Newport University earning a Bachelor of Arts of Music with a concentration in Creative Studies. She serves as drum major for the Marching Captains, interns at the Ferguson Center for the Arts as an audio engineer, performs in five CNU ensembles, and plays a variety of instruments. Hannah is from Fredericksburg, Virginia, and has also lived in Bolivia, Switzerland, and Australia. In July 2021, Hannah accepted the audio position at Hilton Presbyterian Church.
R. Lucille Massenberg
Lucille has been a part of HPC ever since her husband, Wilbert, joined the staff. After 40 years of service, Wilbert is no longer with us but Lucille has stayed on. The Massenbergs have made Hilton PC a lifelong mission of which we are honored and grateful.
Rev. Clark DeSarro-Raynal
Clerk of Session
Class of 2022
Class of 2023
Class of 2024
Mary Ellen Dreybus
Hagen Hines, youth delegate
The Administration & Finance Committee (Chip Shefelton, Chair; Lisa McKean, Session liaison) keeps watch over all our church financial operations, personnel issues, stewardship ministries, and office and media technology.
The Christian Education Committee (Megan Thornton and Anna Chenoweth, Co-Chairs) keeps watch over all our Christian Education ministries, including Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, the Hilton Presbyterian Preschool, Youth group, Youth summer conferences, and monthly and annual events. Click to learn more about our offerings.
The Congregation Care & Fellowship Committee (Debbie Barber, Kathryn Dabbs, Co-Chairs; Amy Burgener and Kathryn Dabbs, Session Liaisons) keeps watch over all our members and coordinates fellowship activities throughout the year. Activities include member care and visitation in coordination with the pastor, greeting card ministry, bereavement receptions, lemonade socials, potluck dinners, movie nights, baseball games, Sunday morning coffee, and other fellowship activities. Click to learn more about our work in congregational care.
The Mission & Outreach Committee (Mary Ellen Dreybus, Chair) helps steer our Christian witness into Hilton Village and to the world. They survey and interpret for us the good work of local service agencies and denominational missions. They shepherd our participation in all these opportunities. They determine budget apportionment for our church mission giving. Events include the PORT homeless shelter, Serve the City, Preschool Parents' Night Out, Hot Chocolate for Hilton Halloween, the Little Library at the corner of River and Main, our partnership with our sister church Brikin Presbyterian in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. and many more. Click to learn more about our missions and outreach involvement.
The Property Committee (Melissa Goodson, Sam Heatwole, Co-Chairs) oversees building maintenance, repair and improvements, grounds and landscaping, operations and security, interior design, furnishings, trash disposal and storage for all ministries.
The Worship Committee (Francie Pearce, Chair; Barbara Savage, Session liaison) reflects an abundance of God-given gifts including music, art, community outreach, proclamation, and technology. They organize volunteers to serve as lay readers, leaders for the Children's Sermon, ushers and greeters, nursery volunteers and multimedia volunteers. They prepare Communion and coordinate the placement of paraments, banners, and other seasonal liturgical elements. They secure pulpit supply. The committee aims to bring fresh ideas into worship and makes it their mission to share God’s blessings to Hilton Presbyterian Church. Click to learn more about our worship activities.