The Rev. Elizabeth (Liz) Petry is a Licensed Local Pastor in the Virginia Conference, and is currently working towards completing the required Course of Study through Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Additionally, Pastor Liz writes a Daily Devotional blog: Daily Blessings and collaborates with fellow musician Joanne Lee of Afton, VA to create virtual weekly Musical Selections which can also be accessed through the blog.
Prior to her calling as a pastor, Liz just retired from teaching in Virginia Public Schools for the past twenty-five years. She taught in Greensville County Public Schools, Brunswick County Public Schools, Suffolk City Schools, and Charlottesville City Schools where she served as a music teacher, reading specialist, gifted education specialist, and most recently a STEM educator. Liz also serves as a master teacher for Virginia Space Grant Consortium through which she teaches high school sophomores around the Commonwealth of Virginia for an online course which is followed by a special week sponsored at Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Liz was married to Rev. Lowell D. Petry for 43 years prior to his passing in 2020 from cancer. She has three sons, Gabriel, Alex, and Elliott who are happily married to Cathy, Carmen, and Jessica, respectively. Additionally, Liz is blessed with seven beautiful grandchildren: Kenneth, Elizabeth, Isabelle, Noah, Gordon, Clarke, and Grayson. Liz’s hobbies include walking, playing the piano, reading, and gardening.