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Meet Our Staff 


Covenant Pastor  Rev. Don Martin 

The Reverend Don Martin was born in 1948.  His father served in the U.S. Navy and Don lived in Washington, D.C., Norfolk, VA, Butte MT, and Newport RI before his father retired from the Navy when Don was entering the 9th grade.  The family moved to Winter Park, Fl where Don graduated from high school.  He graduated from Florida Presbyterian College (now Eckerd College) and from San Francisco Theological Seminary.  He continued his education at Virginia Commonwealth University and the College of William and Mary earning advanced degrees in counseling.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Crisis Management Interventionist.

Don has served in pastoral positions in congregations in Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina.  In 1982 he was called to be the Associate Presbytery Executive for the Presbytery of Norfolk.  During his work with the Presbytery, he was involved in community outreach ministries and was actively involved in the creation of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.  He served as the onsite director of Makemie Woods for 7 summers making many improvements to the program and to the buildings and grounds.  

In 1991 Don was released from his ordination vows by the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia because of his sexual orientation. His ministry continued as he served as a mental health counselor and an administrator of an employee assistance program.  He continues to serve as a counselor specializing in providing trauma informed counseling and support to first responders.

In December 2021 the Commission on Ministry of the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia restored Don’s ordination.  His name was added to the list for pulpit supply and soon he was preaching on a semi-regular basis at several congregations.  In 2023 he agreed to preach at Third church on a twice a month schedule.  This led to the agreement that Don would serve as the Covenant Pastor of Third Presbyterian.

Don is the father of three daughters and the grandfather of nine grandchildren.  Don is supported in his life and ministry by his husband, Tony Crudup.  They have shared their lives together for 26 years and were married in November 2013. After many years of living on the Virginia Peninsula they have made their home in Norfolk since 2022.

Don can be reached by phone at 757-754-9232 and by email at

Secretary – Deborah (Debbie) Platte

Debbie Platte has been employed part-time as Secretary for Third Presbyterian Church since December 2009. 

After graduating from high school, she went to work for Virginia National Bank (now Bank of America).  Tired of the bank hours, she took the civil service test and was employed by the Civil Service Board.  She lived in Columbus, Mississippi for 4 years while Ray was in the Air Force as a Jet mechanic and where she worked on base as a Flight Records Clerk keeping track of the Pilot’s and Student Pilot’s flight time.  She had a career of working with several different government Commands and retired in 2004 with 34 years of service.  Her last position was that of Administrative Assistant for the Comptroller of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic.

Debbie and Ray have two grown children, a Granddaughter, Grandson and a Great-Granddaughter.

Debbie can be reached at the church office at 757-587-7576 or by email at .


Organist/Director of Music – Joseph C. Bray III 

Joseph C.  Bray III is a life-long musician who brings a fresh and vibrant perspective to the musical life at Third Presbyterian. A native of Virginia Beach and graduate of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy; Joseph majored in instrumental and vocal performance, achieving highest honors statewide.  While there, he studied conducting, advanced musicianship, and pedagogy and was highly involved in the school’s theatre program.  In addition to his vocal studies, Joseph is an award-winning cellist and has studied piano and organ under the direction of Wendy Young and Micheal Reagan. 

In 2005, Joseph joined Symphonicity as the youngest musician to ever be a rostered member.  He has also been an active member of the Virginia Beach Chorale since 2010, serving as a board member, small ensemble conductor, tenor section leader and currently serving as the intern artistic director.  He is a fervent supporter of the arts community of Hampton Roads and is regularly involved in the leadership and participation of local performing arts groups. Joseph served as featured cellist for the Tidewater Opera Initiatives performances of “The Impressario” and “Dido and Aeneas”. Joseph debuted with the Virginia Opera in their procuring of AÏDA. 


Most recently, Joseph debuted as music director with the Williamsburg Players  critically acclaimed production of Elton John’s AIDA. Joseph has also served as music director for Virginia Wesleyan University’s theatre department production of SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical and as accompanist for multiple choruses and small ensembles at the university. 


From an early age, Joseph was involved with church music and the vital role that it plays within the worship service.  From singing in the children’s choir at Pembroke Manor UCC to working as a sound engineer at Freedom Fellowship, later returning to Pembroke Manor UCC as their choir director and then serving as chorister and section leader for Dr. Sandra Billy at Wycliffe Presbyterian, Joseph has continually supported the mission of sacred music in the Church.  Bringing with him a wealth of experience and creativity, Joseph is excited to begin a new chapter as music director at Third Presbyterian.

Sexton – Clara Barnes

Hello my name is Clara.  I'm a wife and mother of three and a grandmother of four (two boys two girls ages 10, 3, 2  and 1.  I am very dedicated to my job by keeping Third Presbyterian Church as clean as possible. 

Worship Leader – Amy Griffin, Elder

Amy has attended Third Presbyterian Church since she was three years old and confirmed as a youth.  She has served in many aspects of the church to include Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, Committee Member on many different church committees (you know how many committees Presbyterians can have), Choir Member and as an Elder.

While serving as an Elder, Amy has worked on various committees of the Session, but her passion is serving on the Worship Committee. Amy assists with putting together the weekly liturgy and leading worship on Sunday mornings.


During the week, in her “real” life, Amy has been a registered nurse for over 25 years and works for Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) as the Lead District School Nurse and has served as the primary school nurse at Mary Calcott Elementary School for the last 23 years. Amy thoroughly enjoys taking care of the physical and mental health care needs of children and is well in to her second generation of families in NPS.


Amy grew up with her family in Norfolk where she went to school and earned her nursing diploma from DePaul School of Nursing. She met her husband, Dennis, while working at a youth conference and summer camp at Makemie Woods (PEVA’s former camp ministry). Together, they have raised two sons, Brandon (Laura) and Carter, whose lives have also been shaped by the ministry at Third Presbyterian. When Amy is not working or taking care of her family, she likes to take walks in many of the natural settings and historical areas in our region. Spending time with her family is very important to her.


Family is not just her blood relatives, but her family has also become the members of Third Church. Like so many others, Third is Amy’s extended family and more than just brothers and sisters in Christ. Amy is excited to be part of Third Presbyterian and to see all of the amazing things that God is doing amongst and through the church!  It’s easiest to reach her by cellphone at 757-618-3006 or by email at


Worship Leader - Carol Maxwell, Elder

Hi, my name is Carol A Maxwell and I'm one of the Worship Leaders here at Third. I am married to Thomas Maxwell, and we have three children, Brenda and Lauren (twins),who live in New York and Cedric who lives in Richmond.  I was raised in the Big Apple or Gotham or New York City, where they have the best pizza in the world!

I work for Norfolk Public Schools as an Interventionist. If you're wondering what an interventionist is, we are the ones that work with the students that need extra help to get them to where they need to be.

My family and I have been a part of Third Presbyterian since 2001. We moved to Norfolk in the Fall of 1995. This was our third move in as many years but being a military family, we were kind of use to that. We moved into the neighborhood in July of 2000. We were attending a different church at the time. One Sunday I  decided to visit Third. I immediately felt welcomed. I've always felt that that was one of Third’s strength. This ability to make a stranger feel at home. We joined the church in 2001 and have been attending since then.


Aside from being one of the Worship leaders, I also sing in the choir. I love music and I love singing; something I've been doing for a long time. 

There's a lot of things I love about Third. If I had to choose it would be the fact that the Church is ever evolving to meet the needs of the congregation and community. We're always willing to try things that we feel will bring people closer to God. 

The best way to reach me would be by email. Although I will confess, I'm not always good about checking it. I've gotten much better:) My email address is

IT Facilitator - Lexi White

Lexi started attending worship services at Third Presbyterian Church in 2017 upon the recommendation of her friend. Being far from family, Lexi was searching for a community and musical outlet and Third ended up being the perfect fit! Lexi sang in the choir for several years as a mischievous Alto who dabbled in Soprano territory and occasionally accompanied the choir by flute. Lexi is thankful for her time at Third and all the amazing people she met. She was baptized in 2018 at Third Presbyterian Church. 

After graduating from Old Dominion University in 2019 Lexi moved to Florida and missed the community she had found in Norfolk. At the start of the pandemic, Lexi was asked to assist with the start of Third’s virtual worship services and was happy to be reconnected. Although you may not see Lexi each Sunday, she works to convert the bulletin each week into a PowerPoint that is displayed on your computer screen, control the flow of worship, and help with technology challenges that are possible remotely. Lexi also helps manage our Facebook page, virtual signs, and website updates.

Meet Our Session

  • Building & Grounds

    • Stacy Apelt

  • Stewardship

    • Teri Howard

  • Witness & Outreach 

    • Tom Maxwell

  • Worship

    • Amy Griffin

  • Administration & Personnel

    • Jim Rudiger

  • Clerk of Session

    • Teri Howard

  • Presbyterian Women

  • Presbyterian Men

    • Tom Maxwell, President

    • Fred Holtz, Vice-president

  • Memorial Committee

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