Church Staff

Pastor Tommy Suh

Pastor Tommy Suh (pronounced “saw”) has been serving Covenant since June 2019 and is dedicated to his church, the community and the Lord. Stay tuned for a bio for Tommy.

Wayne Edwards


​Wayne has been the Treasurer of Covenant United Methodist Church since 2008 and a member since November 2006. He is also the accountant for Covenant Childcare.

He attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. and graduated with a degree in Business Management in 1969.

Wayne also worked at Old Dominion University as a financial administrator and and retired in 1999.

He is married to Joan and has one daughter.

Pat Gayle

Administrative Assistant

​Pat and her husband Jack joined Covenant November 9, 2003 and she was hired as the church’s secretary in 2008.

Pat retired from Dominion Virginia Power July 1, 2000 after 31 years of service.

​She and Jack were married in 1956 and have four children, 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. They live in Northern Suffolk. ​

Sandy Ditman

​Minister of Music

Sandy and her husband, Dave, joined the Covenant family in 2002 after moving to the area from Connecticut.

Sandy has been singing and participating in music worship for as long as she can remember. She holds a Bachelors’ of Science in Vocal Performance and Accounting from Albion College in Albion, Michigan and a Masters in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn , New York.

Sandy currently is the Regional Director of Finance for Global Spectrum and works out of the Sandler Center for the Peforming Arts in Virginia Beach. In her “free” time, she performs with the Virginia Choral Society in Newport News.

She and Dave have been blessed with two girls, Emma and Lily.

John E. Kanady

Church Organist/Pianist

John grew up in Cape May, NJ and attended Cape May United Methodist Church.

John began piano lessons at the age of seven. By the age of 16, he shared his talents with the Sunday School program at his church. Upon graduating high school, he assisted in musical worship during Summer church services. After studying the organ, he played during the early service at Cape May UMC.

He studied Music Education for 2 years at Glassboro State College in NJ. John had a 25-year truck driving career which hindered his ability to play. He is currently the manager in the Suffolk terminal of Houff Transfer Inc.

John and his wife Michele walked through the doors of Covenant United Methodist Church in April 2016 and became members on October 8, 2017.

John began playing the organ at Covenant UMC in the Summer of 2017; and he is now the organist and pianist each week for the Traditional service. John and Michele have 5 wonderful children and 5 beautiful grandchildren.