Our Team

Meet Our Team

Believers who invest their hearts, time, families, and finances in the building of a local church deserve to have confidence in church leadership. People are looking for leaders who conduct themselves with integrity and respect when making decisions that affect their lives.

Executive Team

Riley Halliday

Lead Pastor

Chris Hallaren

Manna Operations

Tasha Halliday

Manna Creative

We Are Guided By Pastors

The Lead Pastor leads the Pastoral Staff Team. The Lead Pastor Executive Team oversees the day-to-day ministry and operations of the church and, together with the Site Pastors, serves the congregation and is responsible for developing the church’s spiritual life.

Staff Team

Ellen Gill

Manna Kids

Ben Gill

Manna Care

Adam Yow

Manna House

Lane Rice

Manna Music

Sherry Wright

Executive Admin

We Are Protected By Advisors

The Advisory Team are members of the congregation who oversee the finances and direct the provision of the facilities needed by the church. They provide counsel to the Lead Pastor Executive Team regarding the major financial commitments of the church. The Advisory Team serve as Non-staff Elders.

Advisory Team Members

  • Ben Gill
  • Stephen Fletcher
  • Tyler Bragg
  • Wayne Wright

We Are Strengthened By Overseers

The Overseers are pastors of nationally respected congregations and ministries who love Manna Church and are willing to provide spiritual protection to the church. They may be called in to help in accountability matters relating to the Lead Pastor if requested by the Staff Pastors or Advisory Team. The Overseers serve as Apostolic Elders.

Oversight Team Members

  • Michael Fletcher
  • Ben Goodman
  • Tommy Cartwright
Riley Halliday

Lead Pastor

Meet Our Pastor

Hi, I’m Riley and welcome to Manna! I get to serve as Lead Pastor of Manna Church in Virginia.

In 2017, I joined the Manna Church (Fayetteville) staff after 11 years on active duty in the United States Air Force. While serving in a Joint Special Operations environment, I married my best friend (Tasha) , we had kids, and completed my bachelor’s degree in Divinity at Manna University.​

Tasha and I became Manna members in 2011 and quickly developed through Manna Church’s Growth Track. In conjunction with my experience, I furthered my leadership training and biblical education using military tuition assistance. The equipping at Manna University prepared me to answer God’s calling which ultimately led us into Pastoral Leadership at Manna Church’s (Fayetteville) Ramsey St Site, Cliffdale Site, and now planting Manna Churches in Coastal Virginia.

Tasha has been on the Manna staff as a Kid’s Team Director since 2013. She received her bachelor’s in Business Administration from Campbell University in 2014, and has experience in early childhood education. Tasha serves as a mentor for Care Net Peninsula and as a mentor to women in the church.

What Members Say

So welcoming! The first day I met a wonderful woman on the serve team and each Sunday she remembers my name and my sons name. Beautiful worship sounds and impacting preaching of the Word from the pastor. So blessed by this church! I previously went to the manna church in Fayetteville, NC and am so happy they have a site here as well! Expanding on the military highway. Love this church and it’s mission.

Coming and going since 2008, this church has seen me in my worst and in my best and has always been a pillar of faith to me, holding me up in my times of despair brought on by my own foolishness mostly. The community support and prayer here is amazing and I will always have a very special place deep in my heart for this church. And I’m really excited to see a new Celebrate Recovery Group start here because there are very few in Newport News if any at all.

How can we pray for you?

Prayer requests are an important part of the Christian faith, as they allow believers to lift up their needs and concerns to God in prayer.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
– Philippians 4:6