Pastoral Leadership


  • Kris Peaden, Senior Pastor and Vision Pastor

    Pastor Kris is originally from the farming country of eastern North Carolina.  He and his family made their way to Harrisonburg, Virginia and began to attend Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene in 2002.  From there, God moved them to Buena Vista, Virginia in 2006 to plant Rockbridge Community Church of the Nazarene.  Pastor Kris and his wife, Ruth, have two sons, Trent & Joshua, and three pets: two dogs, Pi and Sparky; and a turtle, Oscar. Pastor Kris enjoys wood working, hunting, and worshiping the Lord with his guitar. 

  • Ruth Peaden, Pastor of Worship and Administration

    Pastor Ruth was raised in Staunton, Virginia and made her way to Northeastern, North Carolina where she met her husband (Pastor Kris).  Shortly after they were married both of them sensed a call into the ministry, but Ruth sensed God was telling her to wait until Kris was finished with his studies.  She is actively pursuing ordination through the Church of the Nazarene and is currently a licensed minister.  She is a wife and mother of two boys who loves being in the woods, going to concerts and musicals, and sporting events. She loves to sing, read, cook and play games; and enjoys pajama days with a good book, a good cup of coffee, and a good piece of dark chocolate.  

  • Linda Rhodenizer, Pastor of Missions and Compassionate Ministries

    Pastor Linda was born in Covington, Virginia.  She moved to Lexington, Virginia when in elementary school.  She married her high school beau, Ricky Rhodenizer.  They have three children:  Jason, Paige, and Devin; and three in-law-children:  Becky, Frankie, and Melanie.  They are blessed with three beautiful grandchildren:  Miranda, Kristin, and Tyler.  When they started attending the Nazarene Church, Linda felt God immediately begin to tug on her heart for ministry, specifically, she heard His voice calling her to preach.  Her hearts desire is to help people in anyway they have a need.