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.

 

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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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

Pastor for Worship and Pastoral Care

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.  

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

Pastor 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. 

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!

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.

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.