The Rev. Dr. Dennis Lipke was born in Durban, South Africa, and for over forty years he has served small, medium and large sized Methodist Churches on both sides of the equator. Included in this time were some great missionary opportunities, both full- time and short term. Dale and Dennis Lipke have been married for forty-three years and are partners on this incredible faith journey. With three married children: Charmaine, Caroline and Andrew, and their spouses: Edwin, Joseph and Myriah, they are the proud grandparents of five grandsons, two granddaughters – and one granddaughter on the way!
In 1987, God opened the way for them to come to the United States and in 1993, they became citizens of their beloved, adopted homeland. The Rev. Dr. Lipke served here at Ginter Park UMC as pastor from 1992 – 1997. He was our twenty-first pastor. Dennis retired from the Virginia Conference at the end of June, 2012. He never imagined that the unique opportunity would arise whereby he might return to Ginter Park UMC and minister among his friends again. He thanks you for this privilege!
GPUMC Minister of Visitation
Rev Roy W. Quist grew up on the New Jersey shore. He graduated from Manasquan, NJ High School and received a BA degree from Central Methodist College (now University) then a THM degree from Boston University (School of Theology). He was ordained in the New Jersey Annual Conference and served churches in Massachusetts for two years during seminary and then for fourteen years in New Jersey and later for two years in upstate New York. He also served in Camp and Retreat Ministry for 20 years in New Jersey, upstate NY, at Highroad Program Center in Middleburg, VA, on eastern Long Island, and on the Oregon coast.
He served numerous leadership positions in the American Camp Association including section President in Oregon and co-chair of Standards in the ACA Virginias and served more than 20 years as a standards visitor for the American Camp Association (visiting camps that are seeking accreditation). He also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Conference Center Administrators for five years. He was an ACA Certified Camp Director and an IACCA Certified Conference Center Professional. Roy retired from the ministry in 2006 while serving in Oregon and is a member of the New York Annual Conference of the UMC. Following his retirement he also served as a part-time interim pastor of a Presbyterian Church for a year. Following his retirement he spent 10 1/2 years driving a charter bus until he retired in 2017 when he and his wife, Beth moved from Front Royal to Henrico. He and Beth are enjoying retirement and doing what they enjoy when they want (the flexibility to set their own schedules).
Beth worked for a number of years for the Southern NJ Annual Conference and later for the Northcentral NY Annual Conference as a resource person to local churches. She also worked at Highroad Program Center as the Program Director with Roy for seven years, and has worked occasionally at other camps on short-term bases. She was then Roy's mother's full-time primary care giver for seven years and then worked for Cooperative Extension at Oregon State University and later at Virginia Tech providing nutrition education for low income families. Roy is looking forward to serving GPUMC as Minister of Visitation!