Our Pastors


Pastor Chris Pettit

Chris Pettit was appointed pastor of Royal Oak United Methodist Church in July of 2009.  Chris is a licensed local pastor and received his Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY.

His desire is to work hand in hand with the church to foster a loving, tight-knit community where the Good News that God loves each and every person and sent Jesus to us to prove His love is shared with all. It is through the Church that God brings healing (spiritual, emotional, physical) to our neighbors through the power of the Holy Spirit - which is why it is so important for us to be healthy and unified.

Chris is married to Krista Pettit and they have two children, Rachel and John as well as their goose-honking Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Bear. Chris is a native of the Eastern Shore, born and raised in Snow Hill, MD.

Chris can be reached at pastorpettit@gmail.com.


Youth Pastor Robyn Allen

Mother, entrepreneur, community volunteer, life-long "Royal Oakian", devoted disciple of Jesus Christ...and now youth pastor! Robyn focuses on reaching young people, building relationships, and engaging them in their faith.  She is awesome and loves her church!


Rev. Garry Parker (1942-2016)

On December 17, 2016, our Pastor Emeritus, the Reverend Garry Parker, went home to be with the Lord. He will be deeply missed.  

Called by God to ministry and missions in high school, Garry pastored churches in five states and ministered and preached in 30 countries with Luke 4:18-19 as his calling.

Garry served with the United Methodist church for more than 35 years till his retirement in 2003. While at Asbury Theological Seminary (’68) he met and married the love of his life, Sarah. Together they served as missionaries in Indonesia and El Salvador; returning to the U.S., Garry preached and ministered in Massachusetts, Maryland, and California. He pursued doctoral studies in missiology at Princeton Theological Seminary focusing on the great Methodist missionary, Bishop William Taylor. Later in life, Garry still answered God’s call to missions leading work with tribal peoples across Southeast Asia.