Phone Number: 804-288-6439
Address: 7612 Wanymala Road, Henrico, VA 23229
Email: wrcob@wrcob.org

Hours:

Sunday School: 9:45am – 10:45am
Sunday Worship: 11am
Office: Monday thru Friday 9am – 2pm

Get to Know Our Staff

Our Pastor - David Whitten

I have not always been a pastor. In fact, the first twenty-two years of my working career I worked in construction and farmed. It was not until a born-again experience in my mid-30's did I become an active Christian. I grew up in a Christian home and was baptized into the Church of the Brethren. However, in high school and following, I became disillusioned with the church and became a skeptic. The Lord was faithful, however, and stayed with me. I sensed his call when I turned forty. Whether God had always been calling and I was not listening or God did not call me until God knew I was ready. At forty, I entered seminary at Eastern Mennonite University. At the same time, the Shenandoah District of the Church of the Brethren licensed me to the ministry. I graduated four years later with a Masters of Divinity and became ordained at the age of forty-five.  I have served the church as pastor and missionary for twenty-two years.

I met my wife Judith when I served in Nigeria as the Brethren Mission Coordinator in Nigeria from 2006-2009. Together, we have a wonderful daughter named Zherina. She is currently in the 2nd grade.  Judith is from Jos, Nigeria. She is a nurse and sees her job caring for the elderly as a mission and ministry.

I also have three adult children and four wonderful grandchildren from a previous marriage. My son, Matthew and his wife, Iva, have two sons, Jacob and Dominic. They live in Prague, Czech Republic where Matthew is vice-principal at the Prague British School. My daughter, Darcy, and husband, Kevin, have twin girls, Meara and Finley. They live in Brunswick, Maine. Kevin is a builder and Darcy is a full-time mom. My son, Samuel, lives in Prague as well. He teaches English as a foreign language.

I love to preach! I work hard bringing life to Scripture that is applicable for daily living. I often use current affairs to bring awareness that God’s Word is quite revealing and quite relevant for our day and age. I also love to play guitar and try to incorporate it into our already fantastic music program. Our worship offers an eclectic array of musical genre, including classical, traditional hymns, gospel, country, bluegrass and contemporary music!

I find it rewarding to serve in a smaller congregation. I know everyone and everyone knows me. We are readily available to and responsible for one another. We truly are a community of faith.

My vision of church is in Revelation 7:9 where the great multitude, from every nation, tribe, people and language worship before the throne of God. I am passionate about inter-cultural ministry and envision a wonderfully diverse church family.

When not doing ministry, I am with my family, hiking, exploring, traveling and visiting extended family. We are an international family and we spend as much time as we can visiting family in Nigeria, Prague, Czech Republic, and Maine.

Our Church Administrative Assistant - Barbara Beers

I joined the staff at West Richmond as Administrative Assistant in June of 2000, knowing that a part-time position would be perfect for my family since our daughters were in middle school. Prior to our family’s move from Pennsylvania, I was the secretary at Green Tree COB (PA).

The years have flown, the girls have grown, pastors have changed, but I continue to provide our weekly bulletins, our 10-issue newsletter, and many other things that keep the congregation and the community in the know.

For the past 30+ years, I have been married to my best friend and helpmate. We have two grown daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, and two practically perfect grandchildren.

Our Minister of Music - Gabriella Ryan

Originally from Italy, she has been a church pianist and organist from the time she was 12.  She holds degrees in Mathematics and Piano Performance, and was given an organ scholarship during her high school years.  She has lived in Italy, Illinois, and California, and has been in Richmond, Virginia for about 30 years. 

Gabriella has been the Organist, Pianist, and Music Coordinator of the West Richmond Church of the Brethren for about 15 years. She also teaches piano, organ and music theory, both in her private home studio and at St. Catherine’s School. 

She has been President of both the Richmond Music Teachers Association and the Virginia Music Teachers Association, and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM).

Our Choir Director - Robert (Bob) Gangwer

Bob is a lifelong member of the West Richmond Church of the Brethren and grew up attending this church. His first choral experiences were as a member of the children’s choir and later the adult choir here.  A graduate of J.R. Tucker High School and Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Music Education, Bob served a brief time as choir director before moving to northern Virginia to teach middle and high school band.  A career change and move back to Richmond found him working as an automotive technician which had been a long time hobby.  

After 20 years in the industry, Bob began teaching Automotive Technology at the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center.  Music became more of a hobby as he sang in the church choir and played euphonium with the Richmond Pops Band, the Richmond Symphonic Winds and the Richmond Brass Consort.  Bob has been the choir director at West Richmond for about 20 years.

Bob and his wife, Pat, live in Powhatan County and have two grown children, Ben and Lauren.  Bob and Pat both recently retired and enjoy the country living with their cats, deer and other wildlife, and Bob’s tractors and cars.  Although it is some distance to go to church, Bob and Pat are close to their church family and enjoy their service to Christ with this congregation.

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Hours:
Sunday School: 9:45am – 10:45am
Sunday Worship: 11am
Office: Monday thru Friday 9am – 2pm

Phone Number:
804-288-6439
Address: 7612 Wanymala Road, Henrico, VA 23229
Email: wrcob@wrcob.org