Clergy, Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at ODEC is comprised of men and women who love, care, and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out by email, or call our church office to speak with them.

  • Bob Randall


    Bob has been rector of Old Donation since September 1, 2004, coming to us from the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast (Alabama). Bob's passion is shaping a community that understands God's vision and has the tools for making that become reality in their own lives and the lives outside of the Church. The Church needs to be making the world a better place. 20 years of business and engineering helped him understand regular people and real life. 


    He is a graduate of Virginia Seminary in Alexandria. Before that, he earned two engineering degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He and his wife, Chris, share a joyful spirit and a love for the people of Old Donation.

    Bob and Chris have two grown married children, four granddaughters and two grandsons.

  • Lissie Rhoton

    Associate Rector

    Our new Associate Rector, Lissie (pronounced “Lizzie,” just spelled with “s!”), and her husband, Chris, grew up in north Georgia, and were in Texas since 2009 before coming to Virginia Beach. They have three cats: Riza, May, and Alphonse.

    While in Texas, Lissie and Chris attended Truett Seminary at Baylor University together and both received a Master of Divinity in Missions and World Christianity. They joined the Episcopal Church in 2015, and Lissie entered discernment in 2018, receiving her Diploma of Anglican Studies from Seminary of the Southwest in 2020. She then began a two-year curacy program in the Diocese of Texas in the midst of the pandemic.

    Lissie has a deep love for the people of the church, and wants to demystify the Bible for the average parishioner and help people to connect their faith to their life in the world. Robust liturgy, deep study, and thoughtful preaching are all things she brings to further equip you on the journey you’re already taking with God.

    Lissie joins us from Trinity Episcopal Church in The Woodlands, TX, where she was set on a sure foundation, and is excited to join us at Old Donation.

  • Fred Poteet

    Priest Associate

    Fred studied at Virginia Theological Seminary, Oxford University, and St. Georges College, Jerusalem, and was ordained at Old Donation in 2005. He pastored the parishes of St. John's, Portsmouth and St. Stephen's, Norfolk, and served on the Bishop’s staff of Southern Virginia and Colorado. He rejoined the Old Donation team as Associate Rector in 2014. 

    Fred and his wife, Mary, have lived in Virginia Beach since 1973. They have two sons: Brian who lives in Denver, and Scott, who lives in San Diego, and are grandparents of three remarkable namesakes: Josh, Leah and Hannah. Prior to ordained ministry, Fred headed a communications company he founded in 1979.

  • Zach Moats

    Choirmaster and Organist

    Zach is well-known in Hampton Roads for his work on piano, keyboards, and musical production.  Zach Moats earned a degree from Christopher Newport in classical piano performance with a second focus in jazz. He has many awards and accolades for his playing and has performed all over the world. He previously served as the musician for Denbigh Christian Church in Newport News in addition to his work in performing and recording.

  • Leslie Fenter

    Gathering Musician Leader

    Leslie graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and from ODU with a masters in Music Education. She is both The Gathering Band Leader/keyboard player, and since 1997, the music teacher for our Day School. At Catholic High School she directs a Chorus of 30+ students. Leslie shucks raw oysters for our Annual Oyster Roast, occasionally sings for our 8am service and for baseball games at Harbor Park. Confirmed at Old Donation in 1989, she is mother to adult sons, Jake and Ted, and wife to John.

Administrative Staff

  • Gretchen Hood

    Parish Administrator

    Our Parish Administrator is often the first person with whom you will speak if you are trying to catch up with one of the staff, or if you want to get something done. She leads the administrative team at Old Donation, is the primary person for communications, and generally keeps us all on the same page.

    Gretchen has lived all over the world, moving with her husband, Jeff, a career officer in the Air Force, and their two sons, Blair and Peter. They most recently lived in Israel and Rome, two very interesting places for Christians. Gretchen’s family includes an Episcopal priest and she has been very active in church life, including jumping in with both feet since arriving at Old Donation. We are thankful to have her on our team.

    email Gretchen

  • Cheryl Sutherland

    Parish secretary

    Cheryl and her husband relocated to VB in 2012. The first Sunday Cheryl visited Old Donation, Father Bob had her fill out the blue card and she’s been a member ever since. Cheryl has been a regular at the 8:00 and 5:00 services and has volunteered as a Greeter, Lector, Intercessor, and Eucharistic Minister. Recently, she moved to Florida, and works remotely for ODEC!

    Cheryl has been an Administrative Professional, having worked a variety of jobs from front desk reception to Executive Assistant to the CEO. She is a highly organized and detailed oriented individual. She is also a Navy Veteran who was an Engineering Aid in the Seabees. The last six years were spent caring for her husband through his many illnesses until his death. She said, “Now it is time for me to get back to work to put my skills to good use for Old Donation.”

    email Cheryl

  • Terri Piston

    Accounting Assistant

    Terri is a vital member of our accounting team and even more vital member of the parish. Terri assists with various aspects of our accounting, including payables and online giving. She and her husband, Doug, have four children in college and beyond. Terri regularly worships in the Gathering and has been involved with just about every possible youth fundraiser to support our programs.

    email Terri

  • Matt Improta

    Facilities Manager

    Matthew grew up as a member of the parish and has become a faithful, valuable part of the church staff. He is an Eagle Scout that continues to support his troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster. He has worked several part time jobs, participated in Army National Guard, and graduated from Virginia Wesleyan University. Matthew has a passion for cooking, camping, and loves to travel whenever he can. Matt came on board with us full-time in June 2021 and we couldn't be happier!

    email Matthew