Our Staff

  • Dr. Essen Daley | Pastor

    Essen is the founding pastor of Tabernacle.  He was born and raised in Tidewater, and married Cathy, his high school prom date, after they graduated from JMU.  They have four kids, Rachel, Sarah, Michael, and Lydia, and love taking family trips together (Maine and Florida are favorites!).  Essen enjoys creating artwork, birthday cakes, and good dinners.  He also has an embarrassing affinity for Star Wars Legos (Mat 7:1-2).  He got his M.Div. and D.Min. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.


    Contact Essen at essen@tab-pres.org

  • Rev. Kyle Kockler | Assistant Pastor

    Kyle came on board in April to serve as Assistant Pastor.  He is responsible for facilitating and encouraging the ministry teams at Tab with special focus on small groups and adult discipleship.  He is a graduate of James Madison University and Reformed Theological Seminary.  He is married to his best friend, Ginny, and together they are still learning how to be parents of their first child, Drew.  Kyle enjoys the outdoors, reading, and watching the Cowboys defeat the Redskins on a fairly regular basis.


    Contact Kyle at kyle@tab-pres.org

  • Karen Palumbo | Worship Director

    Karen was born and raised in Maryland on a steady diet of the word of God and southern gospel music. After pursuing a degree in music therapy at Radford University, Karen worked as a music therapist and music educator for 15 years in New York and Virginia. When not singin’ and strummin’, she spends her days as wife to her high school sweetheart, Josh and mom to four fantastic kids. Karen sees herself as a lead worshiper and loves nothing more than to see God glorified doing what we were made to do. 


    Contact Karen at karen@tab-pres.org

  • Taylor Sayre | Administrative Assistant

    Taylor was born in Birmingham, Alabama but Waynesboro is where she grew up. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a degree in Kinesology. She is the organizational type, so her job as Tab's Administrative Assistant, fits her well. When she isn't in the office, she enjoys playing and coaching Grace Christian's Varsity girls soccer team or anything to keep her outdoors. She loves athletics and is a die hard Alabama football fan. Roll Tide! 


    Contact Taylor at taylor@tab-pres.org