Fairview United Methodist Church

Pastor Laetitia Schoeman


Laetitia was born in 1972 in beautiful Somerset West, South Africa and was raised in the Strand where she also went to school. She was a member of the Dutch Reform Church for many years where she was baptized as an infant and also confirmed as a member when she was 16.


The gym was where she met the love of her life, Robert Schoeman. Robert is the new pastor at Stephens City UMC. They got married when she was only 20 years old. After 3 years their eldest son, Daniel was born and 2 years later their daughter, Noelle. They now have 4 children, Daniel (20), Noelle (18), Luke (11) and little Benjamin (3).


She also worked as a service advisor for Daimler Chrysler for many years in South Africa. She likes old (and new) V8s and also loves motorcycles. She and her husband Robert loves cruising through the Shenandoah mountain areas.


They came to the USA in 2002 and immediately joined the UMC in Onancock on the Eastern Shore of VA. It felt like home and that is where both Robert and Laetitia started in the UMC Ministry as Youth Coordinators. Her husband got his first appointment in 2005 and shes been working with a mentor since 2007 to also become a minister.


She has preached at several churches and events on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and also here locally and in West Virginia. She is licensed as a local pastor and served at John Mann UMC for 2 years before coming to Fairview/Refuge Charge.


She is currently attending Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC.


She lives with her family in Lake Holiday and just loves the quietness and beauty of the lake and mountain area.