Meet Our Pastor and Staff

Rev. Shannon BLosser

My focus, as a Christian leader, is to encourage all of God’s children to grow in their faith, to see God working in their lives, and to have a faith that expresses itself in love for all people. I am also interested in public theology, cultural engagement, and discipleship as it relates to the life of the church. I am also an advocate for children with autism in the church and often write on the subject at

I am a 2011 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary where I earned my Masters of Divinity degree. I am also a 2002 graduate of West Virginia University where I received my Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Prior to entering seminary, I worked as a reporter for newspapers in West Virginia and North Carolina. I covered everything from local high school sports, to auto racing, to elections. I also worked for a public policy think tank that focused on higher education reform.

I am married to Abbi, who is also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary. We have two kids – Noah (age 9) and Thaddeus (age 2). In my free time, I enjoy watching sports, blogging, playing a bad round of golf, making poor attempts at humor, and grilling.

Music Ministries

Emily Cloer has served as our pianist and choir director since September 2023. She has been a member of Pea Ridge UMC since 2022. Cloer is a graduate of West Virginia State University and Marshall University.

Children’s Ministries

Meredith Mears and Maddie Sansom are the nursery and children’s church workers who care for the Pea Ridge UMC kids each Sunday, plus special events like Vacation Bible School (see photo)! They are both students at Marshall University.


Tim Effingham is our church custodian, and does a great job keeping things clean and helping set up for events!

Tech Team

Ron is one of the faithful tech volunteers! We couldn’t do it without him and the many other people who step up to help.