The Rev. Cheryl Peeples, pastor of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church and her husband, John, came to Martinsville in February 2020, returning to Virginia after living for ten years in the Fingerlakes area of New York.
Pastor Cheryl was graduated by Southwestern at Memphis (currently Rhodes College) in Memphis, Tennessee with a Bachelors in Arts Degree majoring in English Literature and was graduated from Memphis Theological Seminary, with a Master of Divinity Degree, Summa Cum Laude.
Pastor Cheryl has been blessed by the churches she has served in that each was an opportunity to follow God in doing important ministry in that place at that time. She served at Farmington Presbyterian Church in Germantown, TN as Associate Pastor for two and a half years before moving to Christiansburg Virginia where she served at Christiansburg Presbyterian Church as Associate Pastor for Youth and Christian Education for nine and a half years before moving to Trumansburg NY where she served for ten and a half years as Solo Pastor.
While in New York, she served as the Moderator of the Presbytery of Geneva and on various Presbytery Committees including among others General Council, Mission Funding, Personnel, Budget and Finance, and Congregational Vitality. She was an officer of the Trumansburg Area Churches Council throughout her time in Trumansburg.
Pastor Cheryl and John are glad to be back in Virginia where their children and grandchildren live and are looking forward to spending more time with them than they were able to do when they lived so far away.
She is thrilled to be a part of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church and looks forward to participating in the ministries of FHPC and the opportunities of service available in the community of Martinsville and Presbytery of the Peaks.