Pete Hartwig has served as the lead pastor of City Church since 1997. He provides oversight for the pastoral team and lay-leaders as together they implement the God-given vision of our church: Calling people to follow Jesus & serve others. As a pastor, he believes he is called to listen to God, listen to people and teach from the Scriptures. Pete has a ministerial passion for reaching University communities, specifically UVA. Outside of City Church Pete journeys alongside of academic, business, and community leaders of the greater Charlottesville area.
Prior to his time at City Church, Pete served as a campus pastor at Princeton University from 1988-1997. He holds a Bachelors in Biblical Studies, a Masters in Counseling and Doctorate of Ministry in leadership. He and his wife Fran have three Children: Peter UVA ‘16, Allie UVA ‘20 and Jackie St. Anne’s-Belfield School ’18. He enjoys UVA sports, is an avid outdoorsman, and loves to eat cheeseburgers with friends.
Chris has lived in Charlottesville for 20 years with his wife, Darcy. They have attended City Church for over 15 years. Chris has a degree in Financial Management for Grove City College. He worked in corporate finance at SNL Financial for 8 years and then was blessed to transition into ministry. Chris currently serves as the Operation’s and Children’s Pastor. He loves supporting leaders and their ministries as well as overseeing the financial budget. His crazy, fun side teaches the 1st – 5th graders about Jesus’ love. He and his two daughters are avid Steelers fans.
Darcy and Chris moved to Charlottesville as newlyweds. City Church has been their home church for over 15 years. Darcy is a part of the leadership kidspace team and the volunteer coordinator for the mobile ministries team that creates City Church’ amazing environments for children. She has a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood from Grove City College. Darcy loves to see children grow in their love for Jesus. She is a mom of two girls and an avid Buffalo Bills’ fan.
Amy and her husband, Chris, have lived in Charlottesville for 17 years. They have attended City Church for 13 years along with their three daughters, Julia, Abby and Claire. Amy has served in KidSpace, Women’s Ministry and Life Group Leadership for many years prior to becoming a part-time staff member in 2015. Her engineering background brings organizational and multi-tasking skills to her role as City Church’s Administrative Assistant. When not at church, Amy can usually be found watching her girls play soccer or field hockey.
Gabe serves City Church Charlottesville in the area of Congregational Care, which includes: Stephen Ministries, Prayer, and Marriage Enrichment. Additionally, Gabe provides individual pastoral counseling that focuses on spiritual support. His role incorporates two of his passions: pastoral care and helping people grow in their understanding and experience of the scriptures. Prior to coming on staff, Gabe served as a missionary with Chi Alpha in Missouri, Colorado, and Virginia. Gabe and his spouse, Trish, their two children, Seth and Elise, have been part of City Church since August 2009.
Scott George is the Youth Pastor at City Church. He grew up in Niagara Falls, NY and was always a part of the local church. Upon entering youth ministry as a teenager, Scott felt a distinct call that it was something that would always be a part of his life. He earned a degree in Pastoral Ministry from Valley Forge University in 2004 and his Masters in Church Leadership from Liberty University in 2015. He joined City Church in 2011. Scott married his wife, Chrisanne, in 2004 and they have two children; Zoe and Ethan.
Chet Seapy has served with Church Resource Ministries (CRM) for 31 years, empowering leaders to strengthen and start churches worldwide. In California he trained leaders and helped to start three churches. In Venezuela he founded and led CRM’s ministry that was responsible for training hundreds of church leaders in leading home groups and starting new churches. Later Chet and his family moved to Charlottesville, where he served as the VP and International Director for CRM’s 100 missionaries serving and living in 18 different countries. Chet enjoys discipleship, small group ministries and cycling.
Rebecca has been leading worship teams for nearly twenty years. Rebecca and her husband Brad have dedicated themselves to serving over the years in the areas of children’s ministry, youth ministry, performing arts ministry, and worship ministry. Rebecca attended Valley Forge Christian College, where she studied church music and traveled with several fine arts performing teams. Outside City Church, Rebecca continues to homeschool their 4 children. Rebecca and Brad have a passion for Jesus and are excited to be a part of what God is doing through the worship arts ministry at City Church.
UVA brought Robyn to Charlottesville for her undergraduate engineering degree. She joined Chi Alpha, a college ministry supported by City Church, and met her husband, Eric, through their involvement. Following graduation, she spent a year working with a campus ministry in Spain. She and Eric have lived in Charlottesville and attended City Church for over 5 years. Together, they have a heart for campus ministry and missions. Robyn works at Merkle, Inc., as a digital marketing manager and Eric is a stay at home dad to their two young sons. The family enjoys hiking & backpacking, going for walks, and fresh eggs from their backyard chickens.
A native of upstate New York, Andy Straka has lived in Charlottesville since 1988. He and his wife Bonnie have attended City Church for the past 5 years. They have six children and one grandchild, and also have extensive experience with international adoption. A graduate of Williams College, Andy is an award-winning author. His previous ministry experience includes the diaconate at Trinity Presbyterian Church, where he served as secretary. At City Church, he has served on the Worship breakdown team in addition to his current service on the board.
Larry has faithfully served on the City Church Board since the mid-1990’s. He and his wife Marilyn live in Crozet with their dachshund dogs. He is a co-owner of Burruss Signs in Belmont and Larry has the creative ability to develop sign-work for any type of business or industry in the state of VA. Larry serves on the worship set-up team. In his free time, you may see Larry painting a picture or flying his plane overhead on a clear day.
Kermit has been a trustee for City Church for 6 years and a member for 15. His varied business experience has helped to prepare to assist the business side of City Church. He is a seasoned business executive with over forty years of experience in financial and development roles for a number of companies. He holds widely diversified experience in financial planning and reporting, accounting, forecasting, pricing, GAAP reporting and contract negotiations including benefits and compensation. Kermit resides in Crozet with his wife Gail. Crozet gives him easy access to the beautiful byways of Central Virginia, where he enjoys riding his motorcycle when he has time and the weather cooperates. He has one daughter who is an attorney in Virginia Beach.