• Michael DuVal

    Lead Pastor


    Michael moved to Roanoke and launched Journey Church from scratch in the fall of 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s degree in pastoral care, and a doctoral degree in preaching and leadership. He previously has worked as a pastoral counselor, college professor, prison chaplain, cancer hospital chaplain, and psychiatric hospital chaplain. He has written articles for books and magazines, has toured performing dramatically, and provides personal and professional coaching for other pastors, executives, and doctoral students. Michael and his wife Debbie have two children, Allison and David. He enjoys canoeing, camping, swimming, watching movies, and spending time with friends.

  • Melody Irby

    Pastor of Worship


    Melody has lived her whole life in the Roanoke Valley. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music from Roanoke College with a concentration in voice and music composition. She’s a certified NK-12 music educator and taught music in Roanoke County Schools for 12 years before being called into full-time ministry. Melody has played in a variety of secular bands. That's how she met her husband, Wayne, and eventually became the very proud step-mom of Zack. Melody is excited that Journey Church is a place where creative minds are encouraged to use their artistic passion for the purpose of building up God’s kingdom.

  • Jackie Taylor

    Associate Pastor


    Jackie grew up in the Roanoke Valley. She holds an Associate of Science degree from Virginia Western Community College. She enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and children, Ryan and Charlotte. Some of her hobbies include reading, board games, card games and swimming with her children. She has attended Journey Church since 2010 and is very excited to be on staff! 

  • Rhonda Hopper

    online pastor


    Rhonda Hopper moved to the Roanoke Valley to help start Journey Church in 2000.  She graduated from the University of Richmond in 1989 and from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1992.  She loves Jesus, her poodle, her husband, and her 3 teenage daughters!  She currently lives on Claytor Lake in Dublin, VA.  She enjoys hiking, pickleball, and fishing.  She is excited about online groups, online worship, and online Bible study!

  • Shannon Dillard



    Shannon and her husband Bobby are both from Botetourt County and now live in Vinton with their daughter Abbey. Shannon graduated from Lord Botetourt High School and has a Paralegal Certificate from Virginia Western Community College. She enjoys watching movies, reading and spending time with her family. Shannon feels blessed to have found a church like Journey, is very excited to be part of the staff, and is honored to serve God and the people at Journey.