Lead Pastor | Rev. Brandon Gilmore
Pastor Brandon arrived at Nimmo UMC July 1, 2015 after serving 4 years at a United Methodist Church in Norfolk, Virginia. He entered ordained ministry after graduating from Duke Divinity School in 2009; GO DUKE! Before becoming a pastor, he served 2 years in the Peace Corps in Lom, Bulgaria. He has an Associate’s Degree in Plastics Engineering from Shawnee State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Asbury College. Pastor Brandon is also a pastor’s spouse! The Rev. Rachel Gilmore is the Lead Pastor of The Gathering @ Scott Memorial UMC, a church plant and a church merger in the Virginia Annual Conference. The Reverends Brandon and Rachel are best known as the parents of Bennett and Elizabeth (Izzie) Gilmore. When Pastor Brandon is not pastoring, he is either working on a project in his garage, on the golf course, or preparing for a Cub Scout meeting for his Den in Pack 791.
Office Secretary/Financial Secretary | Dianna Kilduff
I am from South Jersey but moved to Maryland in 1992 at the age of 22. I have a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Towson University, MD. It was in Maryland where I met my husband Patrick, and in 1994 we married and had 4 amazing children, Ryan (20), Julia (18) , Alaina (12) and Annelise (10). We moved to Virginia Beach in 2010 and we love it here! After being an at home mom for many years, I re-entered the workforce as an Administrator. In Nov of 2015, I was fortunate enough to be hired at Nimmo and I love it. I feel like it is the perfect fit since I get to to support the wonderful staff and congregation plus the hours allow me to be available for my kids and family too.
Children's Minister | Donna Spear
Hi, my mane is “Ms. Donna” and I am so excited to have the privilege of working with the children of Nimmo. I have been a member of Nimmo since 1989 and have always been involved with the children in one way or another. I was fortunate to find my passion for children early in life as a teen volunteer in my church and honestly can’t imagine myself ever doing anything else. I have an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood from Tidewater Community College and over 25 years of experience working with children as a teacher, curriculum specialist and director.
I am, and always will be, a “Jersey Girl”. I moved to Virginia Beach in 1986 when I married my high school sweetheart, Andy. Other than a 3-year tour in Hawaii, we have lived here ever since. When he retired in 2009 we could not imagine living anywhere else. I have the honor of being called “mom” by my amazing son, Ben, who grew up at Nimmo. He attends Tidewater Community College and is pursuing a degree in studio arts and glassblowing. I get the best gifts! I also have a crazy dog named Amber and the best cat ever, named Cookie.
In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family, garden, make flower arrangements, put together jigsaw puzzles, read, and watch the Yankees.
Music Director | John Craddock
John Craddock joined the Nimmo team shortly after recieving his Bachelor of Music degree from
Johns Hopkins, where he studied with members of the Baltimore Symphony, the "Pershing's
Own" Army Band, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. His training in conducting can be seen on
display with the adult choir on Sunday mornings, in rehearsal with F.Y.I. after church, and
leading the handbells in their seasonal programs. Although his degree is in french horn
performance, he plays many instruments, including guitar, piano, saxophone, and trumpet. He
can be seen performing the 9:45 service, leading the praise band as they worship through song.
He is a champion of music literacy and education and so offers music reading lessons to
anyone who is interested. He has been arranging original music for both the choir and the bells,
and hopes to grow the music program here at Nimmo.
Organist/Pianist | John Folsom
John Folsom is a retired nuclear submarine officer and government employee who has been involved in both instrumental and choral musical for his entire life. After taking piano lessons as a child, he studied organ and stepped in as a replacement organist while in college. Following retirement from active duty, he and his family settled in Virginia Beach and adopted NUMC as their home church. He served as substitute organist until Nimmo added a second Sunday worship opportunity, when he was hired for the new 8:30 am service. Several years later upon the death of Charles Daws, John became Nimmo’s organist and pianist for both the 8:30 and 11:00 services.
Webmaster | Katie Coats
Katie is an illustrator and web designer from Houston, Texas. Since attending Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, she's kept a small, local client base in an effort to give back to her new home and uplift small businesses and communities. Her work can be seen online and in print, from gig posters to Facebook ads. She maintains the Nimmo UMC website, and creates art for each new sermon series to be used across all of our digital and print platforms.