Reverend Doctor Michelle Holmes Chaney joins the Arlington District Staff as the Church Development Coordinator beginning March 15, 2018. She will be working for Arlington part time while also continuing as one of the pastors at Centreville UMC.

A native of New York City, Dr. Chaney received her Bachelors from Virginia Tech, a Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University and a Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in the area of Faith and the Health of Communities.

She was ordained an elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2000 and became an elder in full connection in the United Methodist Church in 2013 and has 15 years of human resource experience in addition to 18 years in ministry. As a faith and health consultant, she has worked for several national programs in Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC, as well as local and state public health entities.

Dr. Chaney is a trained coach and consultant in church revitalization and starting new ministries in existing churches. She has worked with annual conferences and non-profit boards across the country. Currently, she is the Pastor for Congregational Care, Missions and Communications at Centreville UMC in Centreville, Virginia, a 3000+ member congregation in the diverse region of Northern Virginia. She is also on the staff of the Arlington District as the Church Development Coordinator working specifically with the Next Level Innovation (NLI) program. Currently she serves on the District Committee on Ministry, the District Leadership Team and the Annual Conference Worship Planning Team.

She is married to Rev. William T. Chaney, Jr., the Path 1 North Central Jurisdiction New Church Strategist with Discipleship Ministries, one of the general agencies of the United Methodist Church. Together they have one teenage daughter, Courtney Elizabeth. As a family they enjoy traveling together and hope to make a cross country trip soon.