Chuck Balsamo, Lead Pastor
Husband of 22 years, father of 2 + many, friend and encourager to everyone, lead pastor of Destiny Family Center, author of Make Me A Legend, church and conference speaker, blogger, runner, hiker, gardener, beach lover, world traveler, and adventurer. But, mostly driven to SHINE for Christ.
Lola Widener, Life & Care—Lead Team
Lola is a southern belle who grew up in the southwestern part of Virginia but she is anything but “prim and proper!” God has used her sanguine personality in a variety of ways over the last 36 years. She started out in ministry as a youth pastor and for more than 25 years has served in the local crisis pregnancy ministry, ComfortCare Women’s Health, as VP of Patient Services. She authored an abstinence program called, KISSN – Keep It Simple, Say NO! that is used locally, nationally and internationally. She currently serves on the Lead Team of Destiny Family Center where she oversees the Life and Care area of the ministry. This includes Life Groups, Counseling, Special Interest Groups, Compassion and Prayer.
Lola has been married to “the best husband on the planet,” Robert, for almost 37 years. Robert and Lola live in Verona, where they regularly enjoy the company of their 3 grandkids, Arria, Elliana, and Jaxon.
Rose Schleifer, Legacy & Business—Lead Team
Cindi Fortin, Assimilation—Lead Team
Mike Farish, Media—Lead Team
Mike was born in Charlottesville, VA and moved to Waynesboro, VA in 2004. He is the happy father of 3 wonderful children, soon to be 4. Mike is married to his best friend, Rachel Farish.
Mike’s entire career has been in the production industry were he has has excelled in many different elements of professional productions: lighting, sound, video, and his personal favorite, fireworks!
Mike is known for saying, “I get no greater thrill than using these God given talents to glorify the Lord.”
Kristin Via, Business Administration—Lead Team, Pastor’s Assistant
Kristin Via is taking care of business every day, every way, and working overtime—watch out! She is always at the center of all operations at DFC. For her it is all about Pastor Chuck and his family. Kristin takes to heart her role as the Pastor’s assistant, intercessor, caregiver, doorkeeper, problem solver, confidant, and friend. She is a true gift to the Balsamos.
As the church secretary her door is always open and her many hats are always changing. She is the one stop for all concerns, encouragement, and the staple gun!
When off the clock Kristin enjoys being an outrageous cut up with her girls night out ministry pals, and spending time with her son, daughter in law and precious granddaughters, Oakley and Ella Jane. In their world there is always something artistic and whimsical in the making.
Kristin holds an Associate’s in Medical Science & a diploma in theology from Life Christian University, where she will be continuing her education.
Greg Baker, Worship Director
Greg was born and raised in Verona, Va. He’s been a drummer for over 25 years and he’s served on the Destiny Worship Team for more than 10 years. As much as Greg loves to play music and give the crowds a great time, he loves to lift praises and watch the congregation worship God. Greg has stayed single to focus on all of his projects, but knows God has the perfect lady for him when the time is right. Ladies, please send your resumes to Pastor Chuck (the matchmaker). LOL