Foundry United Methodist Church
2801 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA. 23452
Phone: (757) 340-0595 Fax: (757) 340-0596
Reverend Dr. Patricia "Tricia" Riggs
The Rev. Dr. Patricia “Tricia” Riggs, is a native of the Virginia Beach/ Norfolk area. She was born in 1956 at DePaul Hospital and lived in the Thalia area for most of her childhood. Tricia attended Thalia Elementary School, graduated from Princess Anne High School in 1974, and graduated from Old Dominion University in 1978, with a BSBA (Marketing & Management). She worked in the business sector for 10 years, as she and her husband, Michael, raised their two children, Aubrey Jeane and Robert. In 1989, answering God’s call on her life, Tricia decided to follow her heart’s desire and enroll at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. where she received her M.Div in Biblical Study and Pastoral Ministry; she then returned to WTS as a doctoral candidate and, in 2008, was awarded her D.Min in Spiritual Practices for Congregational Life. As a minister in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church she served first as the associate pastor at Bruen Chapel in the Alexandria District (2 years), Lovettsville UMC in the Winchester District as lead pastor (8 years) and most recently as lead pastor at Evangelical UMC in the Harrisonburg District (4 years). God has now called Rev. Riggs and her husband back home where she is delighted to be serving her Lord Jesus Christ and the Virginia Beach community as the Lead Pastor at Foundry UMC.
Mrs. Meg Floyd Dornbrock
Minister of Music
Meg (and husband Bob) came to Foundry UMC in 2012 to serve as Music Director. She retired in 2011 from the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, having taught elementary music for 31 years. She was the Music Specialist at Kingston Elementary for 28 of those years. A graduate of Norfolk Christian High School, Meg earned a degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Milligan College in Tennessee. She has also earned the Church Music Certification from Virginia Wesleyan College, as well as certifications in Orff Schulwerk and World Music Drumming. Although raised in the Church of Christ, she is no stranger to Methodism, having worked in other area Methodist churches directing music: Aldersgate UMC and Virginia Beach UMC. Meg and Bob are thrilled to share with this congregation in worship, service and fellowship. Currently, the Music Ministry at Foundry has established 4 regular ensembles at 3 worship services which honor God through music: the Adult Choir, the Children’s Choir, the Handbell Choir and the Foundry Lane Praise Band. There is also a Praise Dance Team that provides liturgical dancing upon occasion. Meg’s passion and calling is to provide every worshipper with a way to praise God through their specific “heart music.” The Dornbrocks live in Meg’s childhood home in Virginia Beach. They enjoy antiquing and share four funny, amazing grown children: John, Tim, Meghan and Ben.
Ms. Claudia Moorad
German-born educator and musician, Claudia Moorad is the organist and pianist at Foundry UMC. She has more than three decades of teaching and accompanying experience in churches, schools, and community programs. Claudia is a specialist and respected clinician in the area of early childhood music. Currently, she teaches art and music at Prince of Peace preschool in Virginia Beach and also operates a home based piano studio. Claudia earned her Church Music Certification from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a certified instructor in the Kindermusik and Musikgarten Curricula. She believes that music truly is the universal language - where communication has no barriers because music unites everyone through shared expressions of faith, creativity and joy. Claudia enjoys Baroque and Classical music and plays the soprano, alto and tenor recorder. She has been ringing handbells since 1993 and is an integral part of reviving Foundry’s handbell ministry. In her spare time, Claudia enjoys textile arts, piano duets and taking occasional trips back home to Germany to spend time with her parents and sisters. The mother of three talented grown children, she presently resides in King’s Grant with her son Nicholas. She also is crazy about her precious granddaughter Madeline who lives with her parents, who are pastors in Maryland.
Mrs. Kathy Dziagwa
Kathy came to us in September of 1991. She is a graduate of Kempsville High School and Princess Anne Business College. She also attended Old Dominion University. She is married with two grown sons and has lived in the Tidewater area most of her life.