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 two sons, McCray and William.

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

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Contact: 804-282-4645 | Email Corey’s Assistant: Andi Redmond

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 from Nashville and is a public school teacher. I grew up in Chicago (hence my loyalty to the Cubs) and later moved to Chattanooga, TN. Sarah and I met at UVA. We’ve lived in Richmond since 2005. 

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.  


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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.  


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Tracie Meadows

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Associate Director of Family Ministry, Elementary Age

Contact: 804-282-4645 X119 | email [Day off: Friday]

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I work with our 1st-6th grade students and their families. I make sure we have Sunday school teaching teams and volunteers for Sunday mornings. I plan annual events such as the second grade Bible presentation, the Club 56 kick-off dinner and annual retreat, and other events for families. I also work alongside Kathy White to plan our annual parent and child communion class, the family Advent celebration, and create devotion guides for both Advent and Lent.

What are your favorite books?

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

Tell us about your hobbies and family

I married Mark 3 weeks after I graduated from JMU in 1997 and we have two children, a daughter, Peyton, and a son, Liam. We love to spend time as a family camping, hiking, watching action movies, and eating at the great restaurants in the city of Richmond!

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 Marriott

Director of Connections Ministry

Contact: 804-282-4645 x124 | Email 

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I oversee our Welcome Coffees, Newcomer Classes and Women’s Ministry. I also help support our Parish Life Ministry.  My focus is 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

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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

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Pastor for Worship and Pastoral Care

Contact: 804-282-4645 x104 | email

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

As the Pastor of Worship and Congregational Care I oversee the planning for worship services and overall music ministries. I also lead our staff in providing pastoral care for our church family. 

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 - Angela and her husband Jeff have 3 little girls;  Chad and his wife Rebecca are members of Third and have one daughter;  my youngest son Chris lives in Richmond, as do all of my children.

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.  

Rebecca Hatton

Mission Administrative Assistant

Contact: 804-282-4645 x101 | email

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I am the administrative assistant for the Missions Pastor and the Mission ministry teams. I set up meet and greets with our missionaries, make travel arrangements for mission trips and manage support requests and mission partner information. 

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 19 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

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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.

Nan Clarke

Pastor for Care Ministries

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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

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COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

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Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

My umbrella of responsibility is wide. It includes most anything that we see, touch, or interact with, and includes managing things like written content, visuals, our website, videos, event promotion, special projects, and 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 love 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 walks 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. 

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

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Technical Director

Contact: 477-5617 | email [Day off: Monday]

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

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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.

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 two cats, 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.

Valerie Holland

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DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR & ASSISTANT TO PARISH LIFE MINISTRY

Contact: 804-282-4645 | email

What is your favorite book(s)?

Pride and Prejudice, of course!  :) Well, maybe Count of Monte Cristo, too!   I have to add that my favorite author is Charles Martin.  He has an incredible ability to use a few words to convey huge emotion.

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

Just ONE? Coming from upstate New York, the sunshine and weather!

Tell us about your family:

My husband and I have 8 children...SEVEN girls and ONE boy.  And a female dog to boot!  Our children live in New York, Virginia, and North Carolina.  My brother-in-law, Derek, lives with us and if you get a chance to meet him, he loves to chat and smile with you!  We just moved to Rockville and are enjoying the incredible beauty and peace of Virginia's countryside.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love traveling, writing, reading, and being active outdoors.  We can be in the mountains in 1 1/2 hours and at the ocean in 2 hours...how cool is that?!

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

Third's environment is truly one of loving God and loving neighbor.  To be able to work in such an environment with people of this mindset, as well as worship in it, is a double blessing, indeed!  

Derek Mondeau

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PASTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP AND PARISH MINISTRY

Contact: 804-282-4645 | email

Briefly describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I am called to lead and oversee Third’s Parish model of ministry, to support and train lay leaders serving within the Parishes, and to provide vision and direction for discipleship and mission at Third. 

What is your favorite book(s)?

Worship Community and the Triune God of Grace (J.B. Torrance), Life Together (Bonhoffer), Lament For A Son (Nicholas Wolterstorff), Playing God (Crouch), Soul of Shame (Thompson), Next Evangelicalism (Rah), The Return of the Prodigal Son (Nouwen), Between the World and Me (Coates), Wolf Hall (Mantel), and Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Lin).

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

Drink coffee at Brewer’s Cafe. Watch my kids get stomach sick at Sugar Shack. All the beards.

Tell us about your family:

My wife Sue and I have been married for 18 years. We have two sweet, strong boys. Fisher is 8 and Remi is 5. Sue was on staff with InterVarsity for 7 years, but has embraced her vocation as a mother, florist and interior decorator. For the last 14 years we lived in Charlottesville Virginia, working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Virginia. We moved to Richmond on December 28, 2017.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love being a Dad. I could spend days lost in Nerf battles, wrestling matches and conversations with my boys. I think there is nothing quite like watching a great film with great friends. I love deep conversations with deep people, preferably over food. At my core, I crave great stories. I don’t care if it is a movie, book, television show, graphic novel or video game. If it has a powerful story, I am there. I believe that people live and die for ideas. And the stories that shape us become the ideas we wrap our lives around. 

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

God is doing so much at Third! I love that Parish Groups have the chance to be true outposts of Kingdom Life, foretastes of the new creation, scattered throughout Metro Richmond. Parish Groups are places for us to connect deeply with one another. But they are also places where together we extend God’s love and grace to our neighbors as we seek the shalom of the city. 


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Chris Porter

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Contact: 804-282-4645 |  Email

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

As Third’s Graphic and Publication Designer, I produce the weekly bulletin, design Third Press, manage Third’s website, and support our ministries and communications teams.

Tell us about your family and your favorite thing about Richmond:

I was born and raised in Maryland, and moved to Richmond in 2011 to transfer to VCU, where I got my BFA in Graphic Design. My wife and I live in the Northside and love exploring new places, spending time together in nature, or enjoying board games and food with friends and family. I love this city and the vibrant, creative energy in its community.

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

I’m excited to be a part of Third Church in this season, and I’m also excited to continue to grow my involvement and deepen my relationships within our parish group and neighborhood community.

 

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Cathy Almond

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT FOR OPERATIONS

Contact: 804-282-4645 x133  |  Email

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

My primary responsibility is coordinating events through the Shelby Calendar and assisting with facility needs.

What are your favorite books?

My favorite book is always the one I’m currently reading. Refresh – Embracing a grace-paced life in a world of endless demands by Shona & David Murray

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

I love the cultural diversity in the Richmond area.  Exploring ethnic places to eat … especially if that means in a cross-cultural home … is my favorite thing.

Tell us about your family: 

My husband and I have two adult children and have lived in the Richmond area most of our lives.

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

I am grateful to be part of the ministry of Third Church.  I can sense love, grace, and the commitment to enjoy Him and to make Him known … in our community and beyond.

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Andi Redmond

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Contact: 804-282-4645  |  Email

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:
I work as Corey’s assistant and am also in charge of the logistics for weddings, baptisms and funerals.

What is your favorite book(s)?
I’m into the Enneagram – have you heard of it?  So I love books related to that. A current favorite is Brene’ Brown’s, The Gifts of Imperfection

What is your favorite thing about Richmond or to do in Richmond?
We just love the food scene here!  One of our favorite date night things is to try a new restaurant somewhere in the city – FYI, holes-in-the-walls are often the best!

Tell us about your family:
Married to my wonderful husband Brian (30 years!) and we have three kids.  Hayley (26) is married and living in NYC, Barrett (23) is currently serving with the Peace Corps in Paraguay and Gray (20) is a rising junior at Tech!

What do you like to do for fun?
I took up golf a year or so ago so I could play with my husband and son – I’ve been bitten by the bug and spend spare time trying to “find my game”! 

Why are you excited to be a part of Third Church?
Third is such a dynamic church – willing to examine itself and be open to change.  I love our new commitment in partnering with the Christian Arabic Church, and look forward to seeing how God will use that relationship, both here and in Egypt!

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Brooke Wright

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WORSHIP ASSOCIATE

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Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I collaborate with Kim, John, Alex and the rest of our worship planning team to choose songs and liturgical elements in pursuit of our amazing worship values at Third. I also serve musically on Sunday mornings and for special services. 

What are your favorite books?

Lila by Marianne Robinson, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and Bossypants by Tina Fey.

What do you like to do in your free time?

My favorite thing to do in Richmond is to take walks and say hi to my neighbors in Church Hill! I also really love doing life and playing music with my husband, Marcellus Wright. 

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

I am so excited to be a part of worship at Third Church because we are pursuing something truly unique here. I love finding creative ways to merge ancient and contemporary worship practices and liturgy to facilitate our community's intergenerational worship culture! Pursuing our worship values along with the rest of the staff has been especially stimulating and fulfilling for me over the last two years and I'm excited to continue doing so in this vital part of our life together!

Erin Rose

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PASTORAL RESIDENT

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Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I'm currently a pastoral resident - that means I spend most of my time sitting at Corey's feet and learning of him (haha!). But seriously, I do whatever anyone asks of me - I'll be singing a little, teaching a little, and preaching a little.

What are your favorite books?

Anything authored by the great mind of Clive Staples Lewis.  He's incredible.

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

My favorite thing to do in life is eat - there are lots of great places to do that well in Richmond, and I appreciate the city greatly for it.

What do you like to do for fun?

I really, really enjoy going to the movies by myself - no distractions, no saving seats, no unwanted conversation.  Just me, my snacks, and the big screen.

Why are you excited to be a part of Third?

I'm looking forward to seeing how God will grow and develop Third as a local body.  God is already at work here, and I'm eager to join what God's doing.


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Jonathan Knabe

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Production and Audio Engineer Associate

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Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I run and coordinate production technology so that Sunday morning services and miscellaneous other events run smooth and problem-free. Additionally, I process and edit the audio for sermons and podcasts and create the propresenter files for Sunday.

What are your favorite books?

THE BIBLE!!! And also the Eragon Series.

What is your favorite thing to do in Richmond?

I love to explore the city and I love to either attend or perform at music events.

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

I was raised in a bilingual home (in Germany), as a dual citizen. My mom is American and my father is German, and I have a twin sister. In my free time, I love to exercise, especially playing ball sports like tennis, soccer, or basketball. I also love to write and record songs and play chess.

How do you see God moving at Third?

The gospel is preached and it affects every aspect of our lives. People are coming to Christ. We speak about racial injustices of the past, even those done by the white churches in the south. I like that we are able to address this difficult topic.

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

I have a few non-essential theological differences with Third, and so do a few other people. What I love about Third is that despite these, we focus on the essentials of the faith and hence several different types of evangelical Christians are a part of Third. I really love that!

Drew Cleveland

DIRECTOR OF YOUNG ADULTS AND COLLEGE

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Email Drew [Day Off: Friday]

Describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I hope to encourage young people to know the love of God and follow Jesus in every area of their life. I aspire to support a community where everyone can belong, serve and discover who God calls them to become as they strive to connect their deepest beliefs to our daily work & deepest longings to their daily relationships.

What are your favorite books?

A friend once said: “Drew, I think ‘book recommendations’ is one of your love languages.” Hey, I’ll take it! 

  • Current Reads: Faith Formation in a Secular Age by Andrew Root, Science and the Good by James Davison Hunter, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

  • Recent Favorites: Surrender to Love by David Benner, The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing by Jonathan Pennington, Divine Sex by Jonathan Grant, Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark, One Blood by John Perkins 

  • Formative Classics: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, My Bright Abyss by Christian Wiman, Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman, Surprised by Hope by NT Wright, The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard, Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, Problem of Pain by CS Lewis, and The Call by Os Guinness 

  • Recent Fiction: There There by Tommy Orange, The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin 

  • Classic Fiction: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

I moved to RVA for friendships and a quest for rootedness. Richmond has all the benefits of a big city and a small town; that’s hard to beat! I enjoy gathering with people of all kinds around kitchen or conference tables, porches, fires or the rocks of the James.  

Tell us about your family: 

I’m a son, a brother and I’m trying my best at a relatively new vocation, ‘Uncle Drew’ to my five and counting nieces and nephews.

I experience joy when I’m helping someone become who God calls them to be and reading/thinking through interconnected ideas, social issues or strategies for action. I also enjoy cooking, hosting dinner parties with meaningful discourse, live music, a good movie night, and the feeling of earning the view from a mountain peak. 

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

I see God moving at Third through the community’s consistent faithfulness to say ‘amen’ and ‘yes!’ to the needed changes and challenges of following Jesus in our present age - to choosing the difficult yet biblical path of the beloved community over the easy highway of the fearful tribe. I am excited to be a part of a church striving after Jesus as a diverse, multigenerational community from differing theological backgrounds, cultural preferences, across the socio-political spectrum and coming from many neighborhoods and counties, yet united under one Spirit.