Phone Number: 804-288-6439
Address: 7612 Wanymala Road, Henrico, VA 23229
Sunday School: 9:00am – 10:00am (virtual only)
Sunday Worship: 11am
Office: Monday thru Friday 9am – 1pm
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.
Barbara grew up in the Valley Forge area of Pennsylvania. Her first paid position with a church was as Choir Director at Green Tree Church of the Brethren in Oaks, PA in the early 1980's. After she married she became their Church Secretary for a time. After the family's move to Virginia in 1997, Barbara was looking for a part-time position that would work with the school calendar since her daughters were in elementary school. She became part of the staff in 2000. Needless to say, her girls are now grown and mothers themselves. After nineteen years, Barbara took a break from the position and returned in November, 2020, ready to serve with renewed energy and happy to have her husband, Kevin, and their youngest daughter, Sarah, on staff.
Bob Phillips grew up in Graham NC and earned his MA in French with a music minor at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. When they maried in 1969 he and Margaret ( a social worker) moved to Randolph County, NC where he taught French at Trinity High School until he retired in 1998. Bob was organist at Green Street Baptist Church in High Point for 18 years and at First United Methodist Church HP for 23. They moved to Glen Allen in 2012 to be near their son Matthew (with the Henrico Library system) , daughter-in-law Liz, and granddaughters Sydney (2004) and Madeline (2007.) Within months Bob became organist at Shady Grove UMC Short Pump until he retired in 2017. Since then he has enjoyed substituting at various churches nearby. Bob feels comfortable and appreciated at WRCOB where he admires the high quality of music and the dedication of the members.
Sarah grew up at West Richmond Church of the Brethren and has now taken lead in her music ministry at the church. She graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News with a bachelor’s of music education and a master’s in the art of teaching. Since then, she has moved to Texas and back, teaching in various early childhood education settings and now in the public school system here in Henrico County teaching middle school math.
She’s the mom of her beautiful daughter, Ava, and the partner of a wonderful man, Jonathan. Jon’s mother, Tracy, has been the interim pastor on multiple occasions throughout the years. Sarah and Jon came to each other with a dog a piece, Crush and Penny. They have been blessed to start their family together in Chesterfield near both set of parents.
Jackie is the Director of Hilltop Preschool. She joined the preschool in 2014 as a Lead Teacher and went on to fill in and eventually take over the Director position the following school year.
Jackie is a native Minnesotan. She began her love of working with young people over 30 years ago for the Children and Youth Group Programs at Coon Rapids Evangelical Free Church in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
After transplanting with her family to Virginia, she continued working in various areas with preschoolers at Mount Vernon Baptist, Shady Grove United Methodist, Lakeside Presbyterian, and Trinity Lutheran Churches.
While raising her own six children and working with others over the years, Jackie also worked in professional capacities in the Real Estate industry, Mortgage Banking, Corporate Tax, Licensing, and Personal Property.
Jackie and her husband, Jeff, are still keeping busy with their two teenage sons at their home in Hanover. When they are not volunteering with the Patrick Henry Marching at band
performances and competitions, biting their nails at travel-baseball tournaments, or cheering from the stands near the band at high school football games (never missed one!), Jackie and her family enjoy traveling, riding four-wheelers through their backyard woods, or just hanging out with their rescued fur babies; two yellow labs and three spoiled cats.
Originally from the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, I have spent the last 40 years working in the computer industry, starting as a hardware maintenance technician/analyst, spending the last 23 years, here in Richmond, as a software engineer. While I still work as an engineer on a part time basis, I also run a digital marketing agency specializing in Facebook and Google ads. I’m very blessed that I am able to use the skills I acquired throughout my career to benefit the church in this role.
But the most important thing to me is my family. I have been married for 34 years and we have two strong, independent daughters, two wonderful son-in-laws, two of the sweetest, little grandchildren, a boy and a girl, and a third "adopted" grandson, whom I have mentored for 6 years, who has grown into a fine young man. I love them more than anything.
Sunday School: 9:45am – 10:45am
Sunday Worship: 11am
Office: Monday thru Friday 9am – 2pm
804-288-6439/ Fax: 804-282-4408
Address: 7612 Wanymala Road, Henrico, VA 23229