Sue Kimball

Elder

Class of 2014

Committees: Nominating, Personnel, Worship

How are you serving at Third?

I sing in the Sanctuary Choir, and am an active Elder (Personnel Committee, Worship Committee, Nominating Committee-chair)

Where do you see God moving in Third?

I believe God would have us continue much of the work that had defined Third for years, especially missions. I believe that we have been reminded of the need to re-focus on young adult and college ministry. I believe that He honors our commitment to providing worship experiences for our multigenerational congregation.

Tell us about your hobbies and family.

I love to sing and to read; I enjoy attending theater and concerts; I enjoy tennis. I have two daughters who grew up at Third. Sarah lives in Montpelier, and though she no longer attends Third, sings with our choir for special programs. Rachel lives in Kentucky and works in the race horse industry.

What famous person are you most likely to be mistaken for?

I wish that, by my singing, I would be mistaken for Barbra Steisand or one of the singers in Celtic Woman!

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chocolate with salted caramel.

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Paul Newell

Elder

Class of 2014

Committees: Student Leadership

Tell us about your hobbies and family

I am the blessed father of four wonderful children. My eldest daughter, Brittany, is married to a RUF pastor to young adults at Columbia University in New York City.  My second daughter, Cortney, is serving on the mission field in Nicaragua.  My only son, Paul Jr, works in Manhattan for a software technology company and lives In Brooklyn.  My youngest daughter, Katelyn, is a Junior at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.  I have been married to my lovely and remarkable wife, Beverly, for nearly 33 years.   My favorite thing to do in my spare time is to fix things.  I love to figure out how things should work when they are broken and devise a way to repair them.  This turns out to be a hobby that can save you a bunch of money.

What famous person are you most likely to be mistaken for?

When I wear my beard, I have been told that I resemble "The most interesting man in the world."

Robin Ore

Elder

Class of 2014

Committees: Budget/Stewardship, Evangelism, Missions

How are you serving at Third?

Elder on Missions, Evangelism, and Budget & Stewardship committees.  Play bass in the rockin' praise band, help with the Alpha course, count moolah.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

Family and roots are in Lynchburg, grew up an Air Force brat in England x 2, Indiana, and Michigan.  Spend too much time on music (help!), enjoy history, England (let's go!), VaTech FB, PBS Mystery, SciFi, good friends.

If you were a Superhero, which one would you be, and why?

The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, defending the people from the tyranny of King George!

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Pizza in all its yummy varieties!  But also need regular doses of Indian, Greek, and Mexican, ole!

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Scott Frayser

Elder

Class of 2014

Committees: Personnel, Student Leadership

Where do you see God moving in Third?

To more outreach to the communities throughout Richmond that are in the greatest need of experiencing God's love through his church.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

I have taken up bass guitar ( somewhat late in life) so I can play in Kim's awesome praise band. I have two high schoolers and one college student. I get to jam with them some too!

If you were a Superhero, which one would you be, and why?

Thor, of course - I have wanted a hammer like his since I was a kid.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Peanut butter on a spoon, it's the perfect food

 

Jennifer Parham

Elder

Class of 2014

Committees: Denominational Affairs, Evangelism

Where do you see God moving in Third?

The most exciting way I see God at work at Third right now is increasing our passion for seeing our friends and family members come into relationship with Jesus.

What are your spiritual gifts?

My primary spiritual gifts are shepherding and teaching.  There are few things I enjoy more than seeing Scripture come alive for people in ways that encourage them to live as authentic followers of Christ in a culture that presses us so hard to do otherwise.

Tell us about your hobbies

People who don't know me well would probably be surprised to find out I'm a bit of a daredevil.  I like things that go high and fast.  I'm also a S.C.U.B.A. diver who likes stalking sharks, so I guess I like things that go low and slow, too!

If you were a Superhero, which one would you be, and why?

I'd be SuperGirl. I've always wanted to be able to fly and be strong.  Instead, I'm grounded and a total weakling.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

I've always joked that there are really only four foods that matter: bread, cheese, chocolate and tea.

Robert Wilson

Elder

Class of 2014

Committees: Discipleship and Education

Where do you see God moving in Third?

I see God moving in the many mission and serving opportunities that are offered at Third. I see God moving in the hearts of the congregation and our desire to know and obey God's word.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

I have been blessed with a family of seven children, three boys and four girls. Five of our children are married and have children. It has not always been a smooth ride. God has blessed us in spite of me, particularly before I had a personal relationship with Jesus. I tell my Christian friends that with a large family I am never at a loss for something to pray about.

If you were a Superhero, which one would you be, and why?

Moses. I can identify with Moses' statements like "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?" or "I have never been eloquent ... I am slow of speech" or "Please send someone else."  You can rest assured, however, I would never turn a staff into a snake.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

peanut butter

Scott Cox

Elder

Class of 2015

Committees: Communications, Denominational Affairs

Where do you see God moving in Third?

Greater focus on our outreach to the city and those neighbors closer by who don't yet know Christ.

What are your spiritual gifts?

Leadership, wisdom and teaching.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

Hobbies: photography, raising tropical fish, and writing.  Family: Wife, Elaine, and daughters Maggie (13) and Abby (17).

Tom Hayes

Elder

Class of 2015

Committees: Lay Ministry and Small Groups

How are you serving at Third?

Third has provided me with tremendous opportunities to connect, serve and grow spiritually! I currently serve with the Small Groups and Lay Ministry teams and am involved with youth ministry (assist with teaching High School Sunday school).

Tell us about your hobbies and family

My wonderful wife, Karen, and I have four children, Wade, Carly, Bennett and Peyton.  Karen is actively involved in youth ministry and women's Bible study programs, here at Third and The Collegiate School.  Our children have grown up (physically and spirtually) at Third through VBS, Club 56, Student Ministry, and mission trips. As for hobbies, I enjoy travel, golf and running.

What famous person are you most likely to be mistaken for?

Russell Crowe (not the young looking Russell...think about a role where he played an older, frazzled, gray-haired, out-of-shape guy....starting to see the resemblance?)

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Pork chops!

Fred Whitten

Elder

Class of 2015

Committees: Budget/Stewardship, Care, Pump Road

Where do you see God moving in Third?

I see Him moving in the hearts of many who serve others through the ministries that the church supports, including CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, STEP, CHAT, etc.

What are your spiritual gifts?

Service and teaching have been identified in the surveys. God has allowed me to participate in short-term missions, student ministries, and other activities in which they play a role.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

I am married to the most wonderful lady in the world, Kathy, and we have three terrific children, now adults - Geoff, Katie, and Jay. God just blessed our family with a new arrival, a baby boy born to Katie and her husband, Yoony - their first child and our first grandchild.  Hobbies include beach and water sports, golf, fishing, travel, adventure races and working out with Seal-Team-PT.

What famous person are you most likely to be mistaken for?

I am unlikely to be mistaken for anyone famous.  I have been told that I look like Mitch Kupchak and Dolph Lundgren's character in The Expendables (after he discovered carbohydrates)

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

This is is an unfair question.  Kathy is such a great cook I could not possibly select one food. I may be able to narrow the selection to three or four favorite meals.

Tom Widmer

Elder

Class of 2015

Committees: Budget/Stewardship, Missions

How are you serving at Third?

Currently I'm an active elder on Session, and serve as Chair of the Missions Committee.  I also serve on the Budget and Stewardship Committee as the Chair of the stewardship subcommittee.  I occasionally teach Sunday School.

Where do you see God moving in Third?

God is in fact moving mightily at Third Church.  With all the changes that have occurred in the last year, and those to come, He has given us a clean sheet of paper to first discern His direction for us, then create ministry opportunities to meet the needs of our congregation and others beyond our walls.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

My first "hobby" is my FIVE granddaughters!  Four of them are in Church Hill where I live, so I get to see them pretty often.  What joys they are.  I also do some woodworking and work with the youth in Church Hill to learn woodworking and entrepreneur skills.  When I have time, I also like to fly fish.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

I was tempted to list Krispy Kreme glazed donuts (hot of course!).  But I'd be so big and round that I wouldn't be able to move.  So, maybe peanut butter is a better answer...

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Jon Hottinger

Elder

Class of 2016

Where do you see God moving in Third?

By His grace, God continues to faithfully use Third and its members, as He has since its founding in 1835, for His purposes throughout the Richmond region and beyond. The list of church plants, ministries, and non-profits launched, led or supported by Third members is humbling. Praise God!

What are your spiritual gifts?

Solely by God's grace (obviously!), they seem so far to be in the areas of leadership, discernment, and administration.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

My wonderful wife, Katy, and I enjoy playing tennis together and marveling at the boundless energy possessed by our two boys, Charlie and Landon. They didn't get it from us - sleep is among our favorite hobbies. If I ever go missing, start the search at the nearest golf course.

If you were a Superhero, which one would you be, and why?

Our kids call me "Captain Baldo"...is he a real superhero?

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Poutine...thank you, Canada!

Val Kling

Elder

Class of 2016

Where do you see God moving in Third?

After enduring a season of challenging trials, Third is now in a time of needed rest and restoration, as well as a time of leaders discerning God's call for fresh expressions of ministry.  Her people are awakening to new possibilities for deepening community, daily missional living, and Kingdom service both locally and abroad.  God is reminding us of a freedom to be proactive instead of reactive, and Third is responding to Him with quiet gladness and growing motivation to spur one another towards love and good works.  We have great expectations for a pastor of God's choosing for the next era at Third.

What are your spiritual gifts?

Teaching, leadership, and wisdom are gifts from the Holy Spirit, but more often I sense compassion at play.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

Married thirty-one years to Fritz, I have three grown children, and counting: Stefan, married to Lara; Rachel, married to JohnMark Ludwick; and Evie.  Our family has a lot of fun together, and we all love the Lord.  A watercolorist and oil painter, I also enjoy reading, tennis, and cooking.  I'm always game for gathering around a table to chat or going for a walk to talk and pray.  (Call!)

If you were a Superhero, which one would you be, and why?

Is Mary Poppins a Superhero?  I would love to ride in on the wind, restore harmony in families, pull fun and goodness out of my bag, and be so cheerily helpful.  The British accent and snappy charm would be pretty cool, too.

Peter Murchie

Elder

Class of 2016

Where do you see God moving at Third?

In our relationship with the Christian Arabic Church.  Sometimes in the role of mentor, Third supports the congregation's efforts to reach immigrants from Egypt and beyond with the gospel - which we'd have a difficult time doing, given cultural differences.

What are your spiritual gifts?

Discernment, leadership and speaking in tongues.

Tell us about your family and hobbies.

I have a beautiful wife and three children who are middle and elementary school ages. I love basketball, swimming, working out, and - being a dentist - dental implants and dentures.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Whatever my wife makes.

If you were a super hero, which would you be, and why?

Thor.  He's the son of a god, and I am a son of Almighty God.  I also like lightning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Andi Redmond

Elder

Class of 2016

How are you serving at Third?

I am currently serving as an Elder and serve on the College and Missions Committees, and I chair Special Events for Missions.  I am also entering the tenth year of organizing a tutoring program for the children of the Christian Arabic Church.

What are your spiritual gifts?

My spiritual gifts are serving and leadership.  I use both of these in my ministry positions - the organization and leading required for the tutoring ministry as well as the College Committee.  My joy in serving is also put to use in Mission Special Events and tutoring.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

I am married to my wonderful husband, Brian, and we have three children. Hayley is 22, Barrett 19 and Gray is 17.  I love tennis and have recently taken up golf to spend time with Brian and Gray.  Despite how badly I play, I've gotten the bug!

Mike Beabout

Deacon

Class of 2014

Service: Deacon Treasurer, Practical Needs

Tell us about your hobbies and family

I enjoy spending time with friends and family, especially with my wife of four years, Kristi, and our new daughter, Bethany.  When I get the chance, I also enjoy hiking, traveling, and generally spending time outdoors. I also follow Wake Forest sports and am a New York Jets fan.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Chicken Fajita Burrito

Mary Damon

Deacon

Class of 2014

Service: Deacon Chair, Sunday School leader

Where do you see God moving in Third?

In bringing focus to relationships so that through them we can work out God's love and glory.  We heal and share our healing in community.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

I love to read! I also love most anything outdoors - walking, running, biking, hiking, kayaking.  I have two fabulous daughters who are the loves of my life and one amazing husband, Doug.

If you were a Superhero, which one would you be, and why?

If I were a superhero, I would be Catwoman. I'd like to fit in the costume.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Ice cream, definitely.

Patrick Hiltz

Deacon

Class of 2014

Service: Practical Needs, Nominating

Where do you see God moving in Third?

I see God working through obvious ways such as major transition like the new pastor search and changing our denomination.  I also see God working in gradually allowing us to refocus our vision for missions, for the metro area, and in individual hearts through small groups and service.

What are your spiritual gifts?

Usually the Gift Inventories come up with wisdom, knowledge, and administration.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

My hobbies are reading about history, politics, and theology; playing board games with friends; and lately dabbling in genealogy.  I am newly married to my wife, Lila, as of October 2013.

If you were a Superhero, which one would you be, and why?

Captain Marvel (Shazam!).  He's basically equally powerful as Superman but isn't vulnerable to Magic or Kryptonite.

What famous person are you most likely to be mistaken for?

Early "Edward Norton."

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

A steak queso burrito loaded with, mild salsa, guacamole, diced tomatoes, white rice, cheese, lettuce, black beans, sour cream, and a flour tortilla.  With chips and salsa and guac on the side.

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Bob Horne

Deacon

Class of 2014

Committees: Newcomers, Practical Needs

Where do you see God moving in Third?

God is leading us into greater fellowship with Him through the challenges of the past several years. Our recent membership within the ECO is an exciting opportunity to serve Him, our body and our community more effectively.

Tell us about your family

My wife Susan and I have been married 42 years and we have two beautiful daughters, Camille and Emily. Emily is married to Michael Henley and Camille is engaged to Matt Foster. Both daughters are involved in Third's music ministry.

What famous person are you most likely to be mistaken for?

People frequently say I look like George W Bush, moreso when he was in office. Once while at the White House for a reception someone thought I was a member of the family.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Being from Texas it is a tough call between BBQ or Mexican food, but since only one is possible it would have to be Mexican food.

Laura King

Deacon

Class of 2014

Service: Hospitality

How are you serving at Third?

I am currently serving as a Deacon at Third and my committee is being the lead for the Hospitality Ministry.  I am also co-serving with the 11th grade girls in Student Ministry and helping monthly in the Little Lambs
(2 year old) class.

Where do you see God moving in Third?

During my work with the youth, it has been awesome to see how God moves through our younger generation!  I started with my girls in 8th grade and it has been awesome to see the change of teaching them to now learning from what they are saying to me!  I am excited to see where God leads each of them in the future!

What are your spiritual gifts?

I definitely have the gift of administration!  I am very good at organizing and following through on projects in a logical sequence which I use in overseeing the hospitality ministry (making sure we have servers at each Sunday and each service).  I also love to use the gift of serving whenever possible and like to be able to help others in anyway I can.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

My family consists of my grandma, mom, dad, older sister, younger brother, brother in law and 3 nephews (and various aunts, uncles and cousins!)  My nephews are a big part of my life currently and I go visit whenever I can to help out!  In my spare time, I love to travel and have visited over 20 states and over 10 different countries.  I also enjoying cooking and baking when I have the time too!

If you were a Superhero, which one would you be, and why?

If I were a superhero, I would probably be Blink because she has the ability to teleport, so I could go anywhere in the "blink of an eye" which would make traveling so much easier for me!

What famous person are you most likely to be mistaken for?

None really but everyone around Third mistakes me for Kristi Beabout and in my opinion, she should be famous!

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

It would probably be pizza if I could still have some variety on the toppings!

Jane Mims

Deacon

Class of 2014

Service: Deacon Co-Chair

Where do you see God moving in Third?

I see God moving each person into a small group where he/she feels loved and nurtured.  I also see God continuing to draw and build up our youth through our different youth ministries.

What are your spiritual gifts?

Spiritual gifts I use in ministry are encouragement, administration, and teaching.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

I am blessed with a husband, three daughters, two sons-in-law, a new granddaughter, and a little, neurotic dog.  I especially enjoy family time all together!

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

I love all types of pizza!

David Campbell

Deacon

Class of 2015

Service: Hospitality, Virginia Home Van Ministry, Men's Ministry

What are your spiritual gifts?

Organization, desire to serve in faith

Tell us about your hobbies and family

Wife: Jennifer, Children: Pearce (6), Jacob (3)  Hobbies: running, gardening, tennis, skiing, hiking/camping/backpacking

If you were a Superhero, which one would you be, and why?

Superman so I can travel more

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Toblerone chocolate

Melissa Ellison

Deacon

Class of 2015

Service: New Arrivals, Fellowship

What are your spiritual gifts?

My spiritual gifts are service and mercy.  My mother reminds me that ever since my 3 year old preschool class, I have had a heart for reaching out to those in need.  As an adult I became a social worker to care for the mentally ill and also the elderly.  Now at Third, I hope I am continuing to use these gifts to provide care and comfort.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

My husband Charlie and I have been married for 17 years.  We have two boys, Charles and Andrew.  I enjoy teaching Pilates, reading historical fiction, and cooking.

Joyce Koontz

Deacon

Class of 2015

Service: Hospitality, Newcomers

How are you serving at Third?

Deacon, 3 year old Sunday School co-teacher, Mosaic ministry team (special needs families), Tuesday morning women's Bible study coordinator, and alto in Sanctuary choir.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

Wife to Mark for 28 years; mother to Garrett (works in NYC), Cameron (recently married to Virginia [Vegg] Essex) and Daniel (flute/piccolo player) who will graduate from Godwin H.S. in 2015.

Tibby Lawrence

Deacon

Class of 2015

Service: Newcomers, Hospitality, CARITAS

Where do you see God at work through Third?

In the new members who join each spring and fall.  This part of our congregation brings a fresh spirit and encouraging wave of joy as we expand our membership.

What are your spiritual gifts?

My spiritual gifts are evangelism and mercy.  God often uses me in the lives of non-believers and those afflicted with addiction to bring hope and the Good News.

Tell us about your hobbies and family.

 I like to kayak and explore the banks of the James River with my dog, Bean.  All my immediate family lives within a two-hour drive and includes my mom and dad, two older brothers and their wives, and my nephews, Trevor and Reid.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pho! (a Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat)

If you were a super hero, which would you be and why?

Wonder Girl.  She wears jeans and carries a lasso.  That is fairly awesome.

Kathy Boley

Deacon

Class of 2016

Service: Practical Needs, Hospitality

How are you serving at Third?

As a Deacon, I serve on the Hospitality Team and Practical Needs Team.  I assist with Communion preparation and help ensure that Sanctuary pews are equipped with friendship pads, pencils, hymnals and Bibles.

What spiritual gifts do you use in ministry?

Administration - steering the body toward the accomplishment of God-given goals and directives by planning, organizing, and supervising others.
Helps - Rendering support or assistance to others in the body so as to free them up for ministry.
Service - Identifying undone tasks in God's work, however menial, and using available resources to get the job done.

Tell us about your hobbies and family.

I love dogs. I have two miniature schnauzers,- James and Jinx. They are named after James Bond and one of the Bond girls (Halle Berry).


Elizabeth Conner

Deacon

Class of 2016

Service: Hospitality, Comfort

How are you serving at Third?

I'm a new deacon serving on the hospitality and care committees.  I am "learning" to knit and enjoy being a part of the Kingdom Knitters.

Where do you see God moving in Third?

First and foremost, I see God moving in the preaching and teaching at Third.  I am also inspired and humbled by those in the body who clearly are using their unique gifts and calling to support God's people by meeting His children where they are; e.g. via CHAT, through worship music, and Bible studies.

What are your spiritual gifts?

My gift of administration is the one that is most likely to be evident.  The gift of discernment is, however, the one I most struggle to strengthen and apply as the Lord would have me.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

I'm most at home outdoors, surrounded by God's beautiful creation.  Because I've never been married and have no children of my own, I'm devoted to my pet(s) and close family members and spend as much time with them as possible.  I consider myself a dilettante and am never at a loss for hobbies.  Top of that list would likely be reading, needlework, gardening & paddling.

Mark Davis

Deacon

Class of 2016

Service: Hospitality, Fellowship, Worship

Tell us about your hobbies and family

My wife Emily and I both love good stories, whether it be a biography or tv show. I also enjoy watching and playing basketball.  I have suffered many years as a Chicago Cubs fan and somehow still enjoy watching them play. I love playing guitar as loudly as possible without waking up my son.

What famous person are you most likely to be mistaken for?

The actor from the "old" Spider-Man movies - Tobey Maguire.

Christi Hancock

Deacon

Class of 2016

Service: New Arrivals, Comfort

Tell us about your hobbies and family

My husband, two kids (twins) and I enjoy being outside doing anything, such as canoeing, swimming in the river, biking, skiing and camping.  We also love time hanging out with friends.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

I can't decide on just one, but the top two would be dark chocolate and hummus, the perfect food.  Probably not together though!

Gabe Hochstetler

Deacon

Class of 2016

Service: Hospitality, Newcomers

How are you serving at Third?

I am a Deacon (Newcomers and Hospitality) and lead a 9th grade small group with the student ministry.

Where do you see God moving in Third?

I see God moving by deepening the relationships of members with each other and deepening our understanding of His character through biblical teaching.

Tell us about your family and hobbies.

My wife Leah and I are both teachers and we enjoy being involved in our school communities. I also enjoy coaching and playing soccer.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Almost any Thai dish would be great.

Maia Kling

Deacon

Class of 2016

Service: Comfort, Special Care

Where do you see God moving at Third?

Third is at a place of new beginnings. I look forward to the ways in which God is going to move us a a church, taking our deeply- rooted, evangelical history of mission, teaching and service to bless Him, each other, and the city of Richmond in this next “season”  as Third Church. As we look, live, pray and listen, He will show us.

A beloved pastor and friend once said, “Vision is seeing God at work where you are and participating with Him in it.” Personally,  I see Third reaching out
intergenerationally in a way that allows everyone — regardless of status, station, age, or background — to participate, to be known, and to be cared for.  From youngsters to oldsters, everyone has something to give, and I believe God is inviting us to share the gifts He has given us  each other and the world. I guess the question is, “What do you see, where do you see God at work?”

Tell us about your family and hobbies.

Ive been blessed with  a wonderful family. As a single woman who has always desired to marry, it has been an unexpected gift to have to learn how to be family in the midst of my aloneness and delayed desire. This has been Gods plan, and though life has thrown me its curves, I can look back and see His hand. And yes, along the way Ive unofficially adopted many people in my life; and Ive delighted in growing and becoming who He has me to be, here and now.

Hobbies?  People, cultures, the arts, learning.  I absolutely love children and I enjoy laughing with friends, seeing a good movie, or savoring ethnic foods!

What person would you most likely be mistaken for?

Oh my! Im not sure.  Ask any of my former Spanish language and culture/ESL majors from Houghton, Bluffton, or George Mason.  They always did great impersonations of their professors! 



Lawrence Loyd

Deacon

Class of 2016

Service: Practical Needs, Special Care

Where do you see God moving in Third?

I see the love of God reflected in the leaders and staff at Third and see a committed staff of leaders moving us forward spiritually.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

I love sailing and building things. My wife Nancy and I have three exceptional children!  I am also a dedicated Grampa and playmate to two wonderful grandchildren!

If you were a Superhero, which one would you be, and why?

Invisible Man!  You don't hear much about him, but he is diligently working, always in the background, unseen! This works well since he's introverted!

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Bacon..... when cooked beyond the chewy state!  If that's not available, cheese pizza would do very well!

Amy Whitaker

Deacon

Class of 2016

Service: Special Care, Practical Needs, CARITAS

How are you serving at third?

I am humbled to serve as a Deacon; I have LOVED collaborating with the Vacation Bible School (VBS) Team as a teacher and a director; and I learn so much from being a Second Grade Sunday school teacher.

Where do you see God moving at Third?

Its amazing to see how God has brought together so many talented, gifted people to Third who work so beautifully together.  I love to see Third's faithfulness to God's Word, and to see Him fortifying us through that.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

My famliy is super important to me.  My husband, Jonathan, is a sweet, hard-working, super solid husband and father, and my two girls, Hannah (10) and Ellie (7), are bright, caring, lively girls who are super fun to be with.  I love being active whether walking, working out, or refusing to sit down for very long!

Charles Zoffuto

Trustee

Class of 2015

Where do you see God moving in Third?

I see God moving through small groups. People gathering to take what they have learned in the Sunday service and classes and meeting with each other on personal level to fulfill God's word.

What are your spiritual gifts?

Is drinking coffee a spiritual gift?

Tell us about your hobbies and family

I enjoy making stuff. Whether it is a new learning interaction for an eLearning course or repurposing some fallen logs and a vine my girls and I found in the wooded area behind our house into a trellis for our tiny raised garden, I just enjoy making something new and useful.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Krispy Kream glazed donuts. It would be a short life, but a tasty one.

Doug Damon

Trustee

Class of 2016

Where do you see God moving in Third?

While striving to stay outwardly focused, attending to our current congregational needs identified in our recent member survey.

What are your spiritual gifts?

Praying for God's will for me and our church and my willingness to hear and follow it.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

I grew up in Vienna, Virginia, and have lived in Richmond since 1980 (except for a 7 year stint in Norfolk).  I married my adult sweetheart in 1985 and am blessed to have two precious daughters, Madeleine and Emma.

If you were a Superhero, which one would you be, and why?

My Dad, I loved him!

What famous person are you most likely to be mistaken for?

At one time, Tom Selleck (please don't ask me why, I never saw it.... (other than my Detroit Tigers baseball cap and my '80's mustache, now incorporated into a goatee!)

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

soft shell crabs

Pam Douglas

Trustee

Class of 2016

How are you serving at Third?

Trustee, singing in adult choir

Where do you see God moving in Third?

Raising up more disciples to have a passion for Christ.

What are your spiritual gifts?

Mercy, healing, faith, and hospitality.

Tell us about your hobbies and family

Hobbies include cooking, bike trips, time with friends, and reading.  Family consists of two adult sons, two daughters-in-law and two grandsons, and one granddaughter just born in August 2014.  I have "adopted" my office partner and her two sons, with whom I spend a lot of "family time."

If you were a Superhero, which one would you be, and why?

Captain America, because he came from an era when values of justice and helping others was emphasized and he has powers of strength and endurance in the service of doing good works, and is not swayed by the manipulations of others, but remains true to his own values.

What famous person are you most likely to be mistaken for?

I have been told I resemble Connie Francis, a 1950s pop singer, in appearance when I was in my youth.  I resemble, probably, Florence Nightingale as I became a psychiatric nurse 45 years ago when the field was very new.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

That's easy - chocolate!

Steve Hartman

Senior Pastor, Retired

After 18 years of ministry as Third's Senior Pastor, Steve retired at the end of 2014. 
For just one account of why we continue to love and honor Steve's leadership of Third, click HERE.

 e-mail Steve

What are your spiritual gifts?
I do love to preach and teach and I love to study to teach.  I’ve been at preaching and teaching for more than 35 years and I’m still learning new things in my study of scripture, which is very exciting to me.

Tell us about your family.
My wife, Susie, and I have been married for 35 years.  Susie works as a counselor.   My son, John, recently graduated from culinary school and works in a restaurant in Manhattan.  My daughter, Tiffany, lives in Richmond and works for Pandora Jewelry.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Since childhood I have loved avocados and avocado sandwiches.  Now it turns out that the food I have loved is very healthy.  I wish that had turned out to be the case with the many sugary foods I love.  Oh, well, I will keep eating avocados without guilt.
 

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Rick Hutton

Associate Pastor for Student Ministry 

Contact: 804-282-4645x129 | email

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I work mainly with our students in grades 7-12 and their families but I also work with Tracie Meadows overseeing our Club 56 ministry to fifths and sixth graders.

In my role I cast vision for the Student Ministry and work to challenge and encourage our students and their families to grow in their relationship with Jesus. I recruit and train volunteers to work with our students so that our teenagers will have mature Christian adults discipling and influencing them for Christ.  I teach on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights and Wednesday nights regularly as well as meet with leaders and students on a weekly basis.  As an associate pastor I also work with the entire congregation doing weddings and funerals, visitations and helping to lead in worship and occasionally preaching.

What is your favorite book?

Most recently I’ve enjoyed reading Creation Regained by Albert Wolters.

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

One of my favorite things about Richmond is that it’s only about 2 hours to the beach and 2 hours to the mountains.  It also has great food!

Tell us about your family and hobbies:

I have a beautiful wife Caroline and we’ve been married for 8 years and we have an energetic 4 year old son and Star Wars fanatic, McCray.

For fun we enjoy spending time with family and friends in big and small ways, like large family vacations to the beach or simply getting together for a meal or spending time in each other’s homes.

How do you see God moving at Third?

As the pastor to our teenagers one of the ways I’ve seen God moving is in the parents and other adults who are excited to disciple the “next generation” through teaching on Sunday morning and leading small groups on Sunday nights, but in simple one on one meetings outside of the walls of the church.  As a result, we’re seeing more students staying connected to Christ through high school and beyond.

 

Corey Widmer

Lead Pastor

Contact: 804-282-4645 

For more on Corey's call to lead Third Church, click here.

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I’m called to lead the Third congregation, and along with the other elders to keep us true to the mission of God to restore all things, including our city. 

What are your favorite books?

The Brother Karamazov (Dostoevsky), Gilead (Robinson), The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (Newbigin), Divided By Faith (Smith and Emerson), In the Name of Jesus (Nouwen). Also Calvin and Hobbes.

What is your favorite thing to do in Richmond?

Cycle the roads and trails. Eat great food. Enjoy the river.

Tell us about your family:

My wife Sarah and I have four wonderful girls. Sarah is a teacher at our local elementary school. For 11 years we have lived in Church Hill and are part of a community development movement there. 

How do you see God moving at Third?

God is doing a great work in Richmond, and Third Church is a part of it. I’m excited about being a part of a dynamic gospel community that is eager to participate in the mission of God. 

 

Ed Satterfield

Executive Pastor

Contact: 804-282-4645 | Email

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I provide Executive Pastoral leadership for Third, leading staff meetings, supervising staff, working with the Personnel Committee and Deacons.  I also oversee our pastoral care, coordinating staff, deacon, and congregational care teams.

What are your favorite books?

I greatly enjoy the writing of C. S. Lewis and Tim Keller and reread a short essay by Lewis “The Weight of Glory” each year since it so excellently captures the Biblical view on life.

What is your favorite thing to do in Richmond?

I greatly enjoy sampling Richmond’s restaurants.

Tell us about your family:

I have two grown daughters, Laura finishing college at UT Dallas after 8 years of Dressage (horseback riding) and Anna in N VA serving as the NE representative for the National Association of Home Builders.  My mother Barbara and sister Margie are both members of Third.

Why are you excited to be a part of Third Church?

It will be exciting to be a part of what God is doing as I believe Third is poised to make increasing impact in bringing the gospel of Christ and the wholeness He brings to our neighbors, our work associates, and around the world. 

 

Tom Barila

Director of Discipleship and Christian Education; Chief IT Officer  

Contact: 804-282-4645 x117 | email

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I love people and am responsible for the adult spiritual formation of folks at Third. I endeavor to accomplish this calling by building teams of folks to "equip the saints for the work of ministry." You'll see this mostly in our Men's ministry, Sunday morning Bible fellowship classes, Sports Camp, workshops, trips to Israel, and throughout the week in mentoring relationships and other initiatives. 

What are your favorite books?

I love God's "text messages" so the Bible is my daily "go to" book.   I'm also thankful for our "modern " genre of thinkers  like Tim Keller, Dallas Willard, Patrick Morley, and Chuck Colson but also saints of the past. I also try and read articles and books when they've been recommended to me by 3 or more people.  I think that's God's way of saying you need this!

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

RVA folks are fun to be around. I like staying active so I really appreciate the James River for kayaking and fishing. I also play lots of USTA tennis and pickup basketball at UR. I also appreciate the various outdoor festivals  such as the Folk festival, Riverrock, etc. and the richness of our communities and various activities in Southside, West End, Northside, and East End.  

Tell us about your family:

Our adult children - Tommy and Catherine - both live in Washington, DC.  Tommy is a business guy and Catherine is a trauma RN. My wife, Elizabeth teaches 2nd grade at Tuckahoe Elementary. Look for the JMU 4X license plate. We all went to JMU and love the Dukes!

Why are you excited to be a part of Third Church?

I've always appreciated and love the people of Third. That's what drew us to Third in '93 (long before I joined the staff). I believe folks at Third genuinely want to deepen their faith and trust in God and want to make a difference in RVA and beyond for God's purposes. You can also count on thoughtful and winsome biblical teaching coupled with humility and application. Our elders, deacons, and trustees are so dedicated and thoughtful. I'm excited to be on the team at Third and hope that everyone finds their place to belong and respond to Jesus's invitation to follow him - there is nothing better!

Tracie Meadows

Associate Director of Family Ministry, Elementary Age

Contact: 804-282-4645 X119 | email

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I work with 1st - 6th grade students and their parents.  I make sure we have Sunday school teachers, and help plan several annual events including Vacation Bible School, 2nd grade Bible presentation, and Club 56 retreat.

What are your favorite books?

How can I possibly choose a favorite? I love to read!

Tell us about your hobbies and family

 Married my husband 3 weeks out of college and have been married almost 2 decades!  We have two children, a daughter, Peyton, and a son, Liam. Together we love to geocache, tube or wade in the James River, ride four-wheelers on our family’s farm, and spend time with friends around a campfire.

How do you see God moving at Third?

I see a movement toward rich, fulfilling, and honest community, with people learning how to really love each other unconditionally and serve one another.

Why are you excited to be a part of Third Church?

 I was a member before I began working at Third, and I have always loved the intergenerational worship and the unique worship style.  I look forward to seeing all of the new ways the church will grow and serve the community in the future.

Beth Nichols

Director of Lay Ministry and Small Groups 

Contact: 804-282-4645 x124 | Email 

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I oversee our small group ministry, newcomers ministry and women’s ministry, with a focus on getting to know people and helping them find ways to get involved at Third.

What are your favorite books?

A recent favorite book is Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown.

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

My favorite thing about Richmond is that it is a small town with a lot of cultural, educational and civic opportunities. It feels like a city where you can make a contribution.   Richmond has a rich historical past which is revealed in so many ways. Richmond also has character and personality! And it is near the beach, the mountains and DC.   

Tell us about your hobbies:

For fun I love to hang out with friends, be outdoors, go on adventures, read, and paint.

Why are you excited to be a part of Third Church?

I have always been excited to be a part of Third Church because of the people God calls here.   People who are serious about their faith and serving God.   People who make a difference in their families, communities, this city, and the world.

 

Kim Taulbee

Associate Director of Music 

Contact 282-4645x125 | email

Tell us about your primary responsibilities at Third:

Along with John White, I help shepherd our community of musicians, and collaborate with the worship planning team to shape worship services which reflect Third’s worship values. To quote Isaac Wardell “the better paradigm is that the church is a banquet hall in which worship leaders are the hosts.” We believe our unique voice is people singing. 

What are your favorite books?

Off the top of my head my current favorite is  Accidental Saints - Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber. Other authors: Henri Nouwen, C.S. Lewis, Phillip Yancey, John Ortberg, Larry Crabb. I also love historical war fiction (Jeff Shaara), classic sci-fi and the occasional western novel.

What is your favorite thing to do in Richmond:

Visit Belle Isle.

Tell us about your family and hobbies.

God has blessed me with an amazing wife, Nancy, and three children, all young adults living in the region. 

I love creating. I feel closest to God and at peace when I’m working with wood, composing and recording music, or mentoring a younger musician. I also really love riding my 35 year-old Schwinn bicycle on the back roads of Hanover County.

Why are you excited to be a part of Third?

This is an incredible season to be on the worship staff at Third. For the first time in my years of serving churches, I can fully embrace the heritage of historic  worship while folding in fresh expressions that each new generation of creatives brings to the church. The icing on the cake for me is writing new music unique to our worshipping community. 

 

John White

Director of Music

Contact: 804-282-4645 x104 | email

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

As Director of Music, I am involved with worship planning for all services,  direct choirs, oversee our comprehensive music ministry, and help provide pastoral care.

What are your favorite books?

Some of my favorite books are The Shack by William Young; A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser; and True Worship by Don Hustad.

Tell us about your family and hobbies:

I am blessed with a talented family. My wife, Marilee, serves in the executive office of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. My children are: Michael, a personal trainer at ACAC; David a recent Theoretical Math graduate of VCU and Arabic speaker; Rebekah a singer/songwriter in Nashville that has over 30 song placements in circulation.

My favorite things to do in my personal time are golf and traveling.

Where do you see God moving at Third?

I see God bringing a diverse congregation together in many ways, particularly in worship. With limited worship space it is essential for us to have multiple services. That gives us an opportunity to utilize a wide variety of musical gifts in the different services. In a recent Hymn Sing program we had an orchestra including, brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion and an accordion!  What an exciting way to combine our gifted participants.

 

Kathy White

Associate Director of Family (Nursery and Preschool) 

Contact: 282-4645x128 | email

Tell us about your primary responsibilities at Third:

 Overseeing ministry to families at Third with children aged Kindergarten and younger.  

What is your favorite book?

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

I love the close proximity to the beach, the mountains and DC and the rich history of the area!  Gives so many options for a day trip.  

Tell us about your family and what you like to do for fun:

I am married to Randall White, who constantly keeps me laughing and feeling loved.  We are the parents of three grown children - my daughter is married with 3 little girls;  one son is married and one single.  All live in Richmond!  I love to hike and bike!  I appreciate the beauty of God's creation so being in a lovely environment when I hike or bike is the best!

Why are you excited to be a part of Third?

I am excited because I see God moving us to be more of a community at Third, and calling us to reach out to the communities we live in.  Relationship development is the most important thing we are called to in life - relationship with God and relationship with others.  Third is about developing both of those relationships in our lives.  

Rusty Gregg

Administrator

Call Rusty at 804-282-4645 x106, or

send Rusty an e-mail

How are you serving in the Church?

As a member of Third's staff, I tend to business, administrative, facility and communications matters behind-the-scenes so that ministry can take place.  I'm a member of Crestwood Presbyterian Church, where I periodically teach adults and have been known to whip up dinner for 200.

Where do you see God moving at Third?

Not only our country, but the larger Church, needs the salient influence of congregations like Third that unreservedly seek to honor Christ.  Third calls her members to live beyond themselves for the good of their neighborhoods and the city, and examples of that discipleship lead me to see Third positioned by God to be a resource to area churches and a blessing across the metro area.

What makes you tick?

My faith, and being a Southerner.  There is an approach to life inherent in each.  When
I was a young man, my maternal grandmother's dying words to me were, "Always be a Christian gentleman."  That's a charge I hope to fulfill. 

Judy Hall

Executive Assistant

Call Judy at 804-282-4645 x111, or 

send Judy an e-mail.

How are you serving at Third?

I have served at Third for over 8 years as an Executive Assistant supporting the Senior Pastor, other staff, Session and committees.  I coordinate weddings, baptisms, dedications, and funerals. 

What are your spiritual gifts?

Leadership, administration, serving

Tell us about your hobbies and family

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Randy, for 40 years.  We have a son, daughter, granddaughter and grandson.  Family comes first and I treasure every moment spent with them.  I enjoy gardening, photography, home improvement, and travel (14 countries so far).

If you were a Superhero, which one would you be, and why?

Trying to be a super wife, mom and grandmother are enough for me.

Rebecca Hatton

Administrative Assistant, Publishing and Communications 

Contact: 804-282-4645 x101 | email

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I am the administrative assistant for Publishing and Communications. My work is focused on assembling/printing the Sunday worship guides, communications from the Missions Committee to the congregation and working with the Director of Communication in creating publications.

What are your favorite books?

I enjoy reading good mystery/suspense books on my Kindle. Favorite authors include Patterson, Baldacci, Gerritsen, Grisham.

Tell us about your family and hobbies:

My husband Mike and I enjoy taking our daughter Ellie to the Children's Museum and also to the Metro Richmond Zoo. I also enjoy playing the organ, singing and leading the adult choir and hand bell choir at my church.

What do you love about being a part of Third?

I have been working at Third for over 16 years and have seen and experienced God moving in and through the people. They are very compassionate, loving and more than willing to help each other. 

Sterling Lloyd

Administrative Assistant (Part-time)

Contact: 804-282-4645 ext. 115 | email

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I work with the Christian Education team and assist Pastoral Care, Deacons, Lay Ministry, Small Groups, volunteers as well as various additional responsibilities.

What is your favorite book?

Follow the River by James Alexander Thom

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

I like the diversity of neighborhoods in the city and surrounding counties - there are so many great places to live and, for those with more energy than I have, something to do all the time.

Tell us about your family:

We have two grown sons and a two-year-old granddaughter. Two nephews live in the area, and we enjoy them and their families.

How do you see God moving at Third?

Watching the involvement of members in the life at Third, I'm aware that there is a network of caring folks who uphold and support each other seven days a week. Members and staff are committed to outreach in many programs locally and globally.

Tim Latham

Director of Young Adult Ministries

Contact: (434) 426-7713 | email

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I'm responsible for directing and shaping the church’s connection and ministry to young adults in the city.

What are your favorite books?

My favorite books are Brother to a Dragonfly by Will Campbell, A Good Man is Hard to Find and other stories by Flannery O’Connor, All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren, and essays by Chuck Klosterman.

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

Richmond has a lot of history but I don’t feel like it blindly reveres that history, the city seems to look back in order to improve the future.

Tell us about your family and what you like to do: 

I love arguing with friends, listening to music, watching sports, analyzing movies, and spending time with my wife Ginny and our dog Maisy.

Why are you excited to be a part of Third Church?

I’m excited to be at Third because Third contains multitudes. The congregation contains multiple generations, worship preferences, and political identities.

Nan Clarke

Parish Associate for Care Ministries

Contact: email

Nan is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary and served as Associate Pastor of Ardmore Presbyterian, outside of Philadelphia, for five years before her retirement. 

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I assist with pastoral care and liturgy, including visitation, worship, celebration of the sacraments, and occasional teaching.  

What are your favorite books?

The Awakening by Kate Chopin and Surprised by Hope by NT Wright.

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

It is a culturally rich and manageable city with lots to do within a one to two hour drive in any direction.

Tell us what you like to do for fun:

Gardening, golfing, reading, walking. 

How do you see God moving at Third? 

 I see God at Third pushing us out of our comfortable pews. It's both scary and exciting.

 

Becca Payne

Communications Director

Contact: 804-282-4645 x138 |  Email

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

My umbrella of responsibility is wide. It includes anything that helps us connect, share, and learn as a community, and includes (but is definitely not limited to!) any and all content and writings, visuals, website updates, videos, marketing or promotional materials and processes, announcements, branding, special communications related projects, and many many more… 

What are your favorite books?

Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter and Jayber Crow; Annie Dillard’s Holy is the Firm; Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man Is Hard To Find (And also, for levity, anything by David Sedaris) 

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

This is so hard for me to answer, but in summary I’d say I love our restaurants, my Northside neighborhood, and the grit of this city – we’re definitely not lacking in character.

Tell us about your family: 

I am married to the creative and kind Chris Payne, and have three sisters and brothers-in-law who are my dearest friends. Chris and I spend much of our time with our people—family or otherwise—eating big meals, going to concerts, playing endless games of fetch with Wendell, our corgi, or going on walkls with our daughter Nellie. 

Why are you excited to be a part of Third Church?

At Third, it seems that the community is always eager to see what the Lord will do next. People here are sensitive to the calling of the Holy Spirit, are excited about applying Scripture to their lives, and are resolute in bringing glimmers of His Kingdom here on Earth. It’s daily salve to my soul to be a part of this church. 

Miranda Patterson

Office Manager

Contact: 804-282-4645 x133 | email

Tell us about your primary responsibilities at Third:

Oversight of Administrative staff, volunteers, the scheduling of sextons, facility scheduling, purchasing, and much more!

What are your favorite books?

The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

The variety of people, culture, and of course, food.

Tell us about your family and what you like to do for fun:

I am married to a farmer and mechanic who owns a parts store with his dad, I have 4 children with ages ranging from elementary school to soon to be in college. We love to go camping or do anything near water.

How do you see God moving at Third?

I see God working to remove stumbling blocks by using the talent in Third to bring upon change in this community and Richmond as a whole. I see Third reaching out to people of the community that may have felt left out from other churches/programs. Third is a wonderful welcoming family that is encouraging others to find their talents and use them for the glory of God.

Jeff Hummel

Organist and Accompanist

Jeff has served for over 40 years in the church-music ministry, both in part-time and full-time capacities. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Church Music at Asbury University, and since 1997 has used his gifts serving the congregation of St. Giles. Outside his time spent at the organ, Jeff, a Chesterfield resident, loves classical music and traveling. He is the proud father of three children, and grand-father to four. 

Alex Sawyer

Technical Director

Contact: 477-5617 | email

Tell us about your primary responsibilities at Third:

As Technical Director, I oversee all elements of Technical Production here at Third. Typically, that’s preparing for Sunday mornings and worship events but I also support events for all of our ministries, ministry partners, weddings and other outside events whenever they have a tech need. I also spend time teaching the rest of the staff how to use their Apple devices better ;) 

What are your favorite books?

I’m not a huge book guy, but a few favorites are Pursuing Christ, Creating Art by Gary Molander; Steal like an Artist and Show Your Work by Austin Kleon; Love Does by Bob Goff and certainly some others I read in college but have forgotten about by now.

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

My favorite thing about Richmond is our culture. We’re not a “big city” but we have our own culture and our own identity unlike any city in our nation. I love all the outdoor activities we have in the midst of this urban setting.

Tell us about your family and what you like to do for fun:

In 2016 I married my lovely wife Hannah and shortly after we adopted our Shepard Mix, Koda. We love outdoor adventures like camping, hiking, biking, kayaking – anything outdoors. I also love playing and creating music. 

Why are you excited to be a part of Third?

As I have heard it said and said it many times myself “It’s a great time to be a Third!” We’re in a season of many changes, which is challenging, but through the challenges I’m always so encouraged to see how committed our community is to one other and how we’re excited to see where God is moving us next!

Andrea Woie

Student Ministry Associate 

Contact: 804-282-4645 x121 | email 

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I handle the day-to-day operation of the student ministry to help staff and volunteers be exceptionally effective with contact work and discipleship of girls in grades 6-12 while being actively involved in the overall Student Ministry.

What are your favorite books?

The Harry Potter series

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

Too many things – but probably all of the new and/or homegrown restaurants! Love East Coast Provisions and Bistro Bobette to name a couple!

Tell us about your family and what you like to do for fun: 

My husband, Ian, and I love spending time with our baby girl, Hannah. She brings us new joys each day! We also love to explore and experience new things together – and see things now through Hannah’s eyes! 

Why are you excited to be a part of Third Church?

I have been a part of the Third family for 34+ years and it has always remained just that – family. Third has been through many changes (leadership, renovations, denominations) but the community has always remained tight-knit and authority of Scripture has always guided us through every change. I feel fortunate to have grown up here and I’m excited to now raise our daughter here.

Mark Sprinkle

Director of Arts+Cultural Engagement

Contact: 804-683-7383 | email.

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I foster creative practices in the life and worship of Third and support artists of faith living in the wider world of the arts.  I also work to help Third’s community understand and respond to cultural narratives (art, sexuality, science, politics) that compete with the Gospel for our attention and allegiance.

What is your favorite book?

Just Only John, by Jack Kent

What is your favorite thing to do in Richmond?

My favorite thing to do in Richmond is being at/in the river near our house--a surprisingly secluded and quiet stretch of water between the Train and Boulevard Bridges.

Tell us about your family and what you like to do for fun:

I love to explore and travel with Beth and my boys, looking at, learning about (and sometimes bringing home) the history, art, food, animals, rocks and sticks of places far and near.

Why are you excited to be a part of Third?

I am excited that Third has so many new lives and voices arriving to partner with seasoned leaders in re-energizing our historic role as a catalyst in Richmond and beyond. I love that Jesus is renewing (not replacing) all things--our community included.

LJ Jaworski

MISSION PASTOR

Contact: 804-282-4645 x105 | email

Briefly describe your primary responsibilities/duties at Third:

Motivating and mobilizing our congregation in personal missional engagement both locally and globally through short-term missions, prayer, missionary care, sharing the gospel with internationals and local serving opportunities. Conceive of and plan for events that promote vision and connectivity with God’s local/global mission and connection with the global church.

What is your favorite book(s)?

The book that most challenged me recently was Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn. The book I most enjoyed, Western Christians in Global Mission by Paul Borthwick. The books I read for fun, anything from the Mrs. Pollifax, Agatha Raisin or the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. 

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

I am a California transplant—please invite me to do new and fun adventures! I love the rolling hills, the green (everywhere!), brick homes, two-lane roads, fall foliage and ethnic diversity. 

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to take long walks, spoil my old grey cat named Mordecai, take pictures, decorate, entertain, I’m a big Apple products fan, watch old movies and shop for bargains. 

Why are you excited to be a part of Third Church?

Vibrant preaching, rich worship, a caring congregation with the gift of hospitality and a commitment to local/global mission that is commendable.