Rev. Joanne S. Martindale
Reverend Martindale is currently serving as the VA Chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) supervisor at David Grant Medical Center on Travis Air Force base in Fairfield, CA; she has served there for 3 years. Prior to that she served as the Deployment Support Chaplain in Schweinfurt and Bamberg, Germany for 3.5 years with the Army. Her previous civilian full time job, for 15 years, was as the Director of Chaplaincy at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Hammonton, New Jersey as well as staff Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital for 10 years. Rev. Martindale has been a Presbyterian Pastor for 26 years. Rev. Martindale was commissioned as a Chaplain in the Army in November 1990. She has served both in the New Jersey Army National Guard and the U. S. Army Reserves since her commission in November 14, 1990.
While in the military, Rev. Martindale served at Walter Reed Hospital during Desert Storm/Desert Shield. She was a first responder to ground zero and the land fill during 9-11 helping firefighters, FEMA workers, military personnel and families who had lost loved ones at that site. She served as the Division Support Command Chaplain in Operation Iraqi Freedom III at Forward Operating Base Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq in 2005. She was also hand picked to be the lead trauma counselor for the Rwandan refugees after the Genocide in 1996. She is presently the Command Chaplain for the 807th Medical Group in Salt Lake City, UT one weekend a month. Presently, Rev. Martindale is the only female Chaplain Colonel in the United States Army Reserve.
Rev. Martindale has a passion for the local church and has served as a Parish Associate (part time) pastor with three Presbyterian congregations during her 26 years as pastor. She loves working with youth, teaching confirmation, providing pastoral care, preaching, leading small groups and having lunch with congregation members.
Rev. Martindale is a graduate of California State University at Northridge with a BA in English Literature and Law. Rev. Martindale graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with her Masters of Divinity in 1988. Rev. Martindale has extensive Clinical Pastoral Education training (14 units) and started a CPE program at David Grant Medical Center in 2014. She is the subject matter expert (SME) in the following areas: Military Sexual Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Moral Injury, Addictions and Group Theory. Rev Martindale is widowed and has two sons. Her eldest son Quinn (22) is a Mechanical Engineering and lives in Denver, Colorado. Her youngest son Ryan (21) will be a senior at the University of Denver this fall. Ryan is majoring in International Studies and Business. Rev. Martindale enjoys traveling, friends and her dog Coco.
Meghan Ford - Youth Director
Meghan lives in Vacaville with her husband Eric and 14th month old son, Zion. After returning from a 3-year missionary assignment to work with American military teens in Germany, she is excited to be back in her home state helping her husband with youth ministry at Travis Air Force base and youth ministry here at Rockville Presbyterian. Meghan has been working with teenagers for the last 10 years in many settings overseas, North Carolina and in California. Outside of ministry, Meghan has a small photography business and enjoys spending time in nature with her family.
Andrew Benton - Pianist
Andrew Benton is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is a graduate of Indiana University, where he was rewarded with a Master's of Arts degree in Piano Performance. Andrew entered the Air Force March 2004 and is currently assigned to Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA as a Master Sergeant.
Stephanie Benton - Music Director
Stephanie recently moved to California after spending four years in Ramstein, Germany, where her husband Andrew was stationed with the USAFE band. Stephanie is a pianist and choral conductor, with degrees in both subjects from the University of Denver.
While in Germany, she directed a large international choir, played at a Presbyterian church, and taught piano lessons. Stephanie originates from Colorado, where her most recent positions were teaching college music courses and directing choirs at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; and Pikes Peak Community College, as well as leading community choirs and church groups.
Last January, Stephanie met up with her choir from Germany in New York City, where they sang in Carnegie Hall with 200 other singers, which was a special treat. She also is a guest conductor with her choirs in Colorado on occasion. In addition to directing the Rockville choir , Stephanie also plays for the Orpheus-West chamber choir in Vacaville.
Melody McCloskey - Office Manager
Melody McCloskey worked at Chevron Research in Richmond for 30 years and retired in December of 2015. She serves as Director for the Lay Carmelite community at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Fairfield. She loves arts and crafts and works local craft fairs whenever she can.
Evangelina Perez-Bechtel - Pianist
Evangelina began her journey as many young children – taking piano lessons. Her love for music quickly turned into a passion which led her to pick up and learn asmany instruments as she could. As she entered college, her love of the clarinet led her to join the band and orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from La Sierra University in Vocal performance with her secondary instrument being the piano. She still enjoys playing the clarinet and percussion instruments, teaching, and leading choirs.
In 1980 she gave her life to God and decided to dedicate her music to Him. She entered a Christian Artist competition and won 1st prize which was the opportunity to make an album. She ended up making 5 albums in total as she traveled around the country in her ministry, singing in churches, for television and radio program and was a guest soloist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Her travels were cut short by an injury she received to her lower back. Due to the pain she was in a wheelchair for 20 years. After many years of prayer God led her to a change in her lifestyle iluding becoming vegan and her life once again changed. In 2015 she was able to walk again and get off all medications which had taken away her life – including her music. She was so excited about the change in her life that she decided to go back to school – culinary school – and become a vegan chef. She started her own business “All in All Vegan,” and teaches what good choices can do to change health.