The Barnabas Center

The Barnabas Center is a gospel-centered counseling, training and teaching ministry.  Barnabas means “son of encouragement,” and it is their desire to encourage people by coming alongside, entering into their struggles and walking with them toward freedom.  

Counseling: Through individual, couples’, and group counseling, licensed counselors assist individuals from adolescents to adults in the midst of struggles. 

Training: Barnabas partners with churches and ministries to design training specific to their needs.  These courses last from one day to several weeks and equip staff and lay leaders to go deeper in the understanding of dignity, depravity, and dependence on Christ.  The core Barnabas Training takes the participant from a biblical understanding of self to peer-supervised care-giving scenarios.

Teaching: Counselors and staff facilitate classes, seminars, conferences and retreats that guide participants toward an authentic relationship with God and more meaningful relationships with people.

The Barnabas Center employs a funding model that combines counseling fees and donations.  Many of its clients and participants qualify for the sliding fee scale or scholarships for counseling and/or training.  These scholarships are funded through the generosity of individuals and churches, and allow The Barnabas Center to have a greater impact in the Richmond community.



United by their compassion, CARITAS helps the area’s most vulnerable neighbors break the cycles of homelessness and addiction to reclaim their dignity. For more than 30 years, CARITAS has been providing effective, permanent solutions to individuals and families dealing with the crisis of homelessness and/or substance use disorder in the metro Richmond area. Its four programs include The Healing Place, the Emergency Shelter, the Furniture Bank, and CARITAS Works. Through these programs, CARITAS provides men and women with the tools to make a successful transition to dignity and self-sufficiency.  More information about all four is on the organization’s website at

There are many ways to support the work of CARITAS. Volunteers are always needed to help collect needed items (furniture, housewares, bedding), provide meals (in the Shelter, Works, and for The Healing Place), and much more. View more volunteer opportunities here.  Updates and urgent needs can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Christian Arabic Church

The Arabic Christian Fellowship began in Richmond in 1990.  A small group of people from Egypt gathered for prayer and fellowship after the Easter service at Christ Presbyterian Church, and decided to hold regular prayer meetings. 

Fakhri and Taragy Yacoub came to the U.S. in November 1996, shortly after their marriage.  The fellowship could not afford to give them a salary, and the Yacoubs could not afford to live in Richmond on their small stipend from the Presbytery of the James.  For nearly two years, they lived in North Carolina and drove to and from Richmond every Sunday afternoon.  In May 1997, the Yacoubs received and hosted the first immigrant family from Egypt.  They began to learn how to receive new immigrant families and refugees from the Middle East.      

Ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA, Rev. Yacoub received an MA in Christian Education from Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in 2000.  He currently serves as pastor of the Christian Arabic Church and director of the Arabic Christian Community Center.  This ministry, part of Third Church since 1999, helps immigrants and refugees both spiritually and practically through various programs.

The Yacoubs have three children:  Emily, Abigail and Joel.

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Christian Counseling & Training Center


The Christian Counseling and Training Center has been in the Richmond area for more than thirty-six years. They offer a wide range of services in counseling and training areas. Counseling services are biblically based in order to apply God’s word to the problems of everyday life. The counseling model is designed to give individuals hope and encouragement to seek a deeper walk with the Lord. Training services are geared to present training and education in light of the Bible.

Seventy percent of CCTC counseling focuses on marriages and the problems that arise when couples are confronted by life and relationships, including depression and anger issues. Training courses include an excellent discipleship training program and biblical counselor training that could lead to a biblical counseling certificate.

CCTC has recently started two different Bible studies. One study has its focus on discipleship for men and the other on post-abortion issues. 

Plans for the future include partnering with Pregnancy Resource Center of metro Richmond; continuing the new pastors' class for pastors wanting to upgrade their counseling skills; and having all CCTC materials translated into Spanish.

CCTC is excited about how the Lord is using the organization, both in the training courses as well as in counseling, as instruments in his hands. For over three decades he has allowed them to be an instrument to bring healing to a broken and hurting city.

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Church Hill Academy

CHAT operates four key programs to reach youth and impact the community. The after-school programming serves over a hundred students through after-school mentoring, summer day camp, and high school youth group. Church Hill Academy is an independent Christian high school where academics, character, and community are emphasized for forty students each year. Tiny Tykes Preschool educates the forty youngest students in a safe, nurturing, and socio-economically diverse environment. The Work Leadership Institute provides opportunities for twenty youth to develop professional skills and experiences in one of three small businesses. The newest business, The Front Porch Cafe, opened in October 2017 and is a place where students and young adults can gain valuable job skills while creating a gathering place for the entire community.

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Church Hill Activities & Tutoring (CHAT)

Church Hill Activities & Tutoring (CHAT) serves the youth of the East End of Richmond and equips them with the heart, head and hands to make transformative life decisions. Over the past fifteen years, CHAT has served over five hundred youth in the community.  CHAT believes that every child is made in the image of God and has inherent dignity, worth, and potential. But the cyclical forces of poverty that these students face deny this value and create barriers to relationships and resources. In spite of these challenges, there is hope for the future of our youth and city. There is power in the gospel, community and education to shape the future.  

CHAT operates four key programs to reach youth and impact the community. The after-school programming serves over a hundred students through after-school mentoring, summer day camp, and high school youth group.  Church Hill Academy is an independent Christian high school where academics, character, and community are emphasized for forty students each year. Tiny Tykes Preschool educates the forty youngest students in a safe, nurturing, and socio-economically diverse environment.  The Work Leadership Institute provides opportunities for twenty youth to develop professional skills and experiences in one of three small businesses. The newest business, The Front Porch Cafe, opened in October 2017 and is a place where students and young adults can gain valuable job skills while creating a gathering place for the entire community.

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CrossOver Health Care Ministry

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates two charitable healthcare clinics providing low-income uninsured residents of the metropolitan Richmond area with high quality compassionate healthcare services. In 2017, CrossOver served 6,547 people through its wide range of programs. The clinics offer an innovative integration of health services including primary care, chronic disease management, medication and medications management, dental, vision, mental health counseling, OB/GYN, HIV diagnosis and treatment, social work case management, and community health education. CrossOver operates the Community Pharmacy, the only on-site pharmacy operated by a free clinic in the Richmond area, which filled 33,978 prescriptions, worth approximately $10,474,379, in 2017. Through the integrated approach to care, their goal is to help patients manage various aspects of their health and well-being so that they may lead more productive, fulfilling lives.

Volunteers are the backbone of CrossOver’s daily operations. CrossOver currently has a base of over 600 dedicated community volunteers. CrossOver is always looking for new, committed volunteers, and volunteer opportunities are available for licensed healthcare professionals, administrative volunteers, and interpreters. There is a particular need for volunteer interpreters in Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic. CrossOver depends on consistent, long-term volunteers and prefers that volunteers commit to at least a year of service, considering the significant amount of training required and the sensitive nature of the work done. Those interested in volunteering may contact the Volunteer Program Manager, Molly Smith, at or (804) 655-2794, ext. 107.

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East End Fellowship


East End Fellowship is a multi-ethnic, economically diverse Christian church in the East End of Richmond, seeking God’s joy and justice for the neighborhoods. They meet for a worship service each Sunday, and also meet in house churches scattered throughout Church Hill on various nights each week.  

The average age of the church is 27, and they are seeing a tremendous breakthrough with children and teenagers. Their desire is to see more of God’s kingdom come in the East End as it is in heaven. EEF believes that discipleship (the process of someone becoming like Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit) is the key to everything they are about as a church, and consequently, a great deal of time, energy and resources are poured into discipleship.

Elijah House Academy


Elijah House Academy provides a Christ-centered and accessible choice in education that cultivates the hearts, minds, and bodies of Richmond’s children for God’s glory and the city’s flourishing. This empowers the children to discover their true identity and purpose in God’s mission to redeem all things.

In 1989, Dr. William Kell and his wife, Janet, launched a private school for inner city children in the basement of their home. They started with eight children from Gilpin Court who were failing second and third grades. Today, under the leadership of their son, Jesse Kell, Elijah House Academy is serving over 100 students in kindergarten through eighth grade and their families.

Located on Jahnke Road in the city of Richmond, EHA is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Elijah House Academy takes a holistic approach to education by employing home visits, parent orientation, parent/teacher conferences, and other gatherings to support the whole family. At EHA every student is equipped with the skills required to succeed in the classroom, in their families, and in society. Students receive the help they need through EHA’s Academic Support Center, counseling, and a mentoring program. This partnership between home and school creates an environment for the emotional, social, and academic success of each student.

The Family Foundation

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Third supports the efforts of The Family Foundation in the area of Family Life Education (FLE). 

FLE topics can be quite sensitive, and opinions about them vary widely.  It’s essential that parents be made aware of what is being taught in the FLE curriculum so they can determine what is best for their child.  Increasingly, curriculum is being developed that contains graphic and explicit materials as well as messages that conflict with many families' fundamental values.  For the past 34 years, The Family Foundation has monitored FLE curriculum and even attended school board meetings to provide parents the best information possible and express concerns to school administrators on parents' behalf.

Forgotten No More

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Forgotten No More is a new ministry at Third Church aimed at captivating hearts and building community to respond to God's call to care for orphans, foster children, and their families. Some of us have adopted. Some of us have fostered. Others of us support those who do. We care about the needs of those who have been forgotten. Orphans. Birth mothers. Broken families. Foster children. Foster families. Social workers. Please join us in responding to God's call to care, one child at a time. Click here to learn more.

Nehemiah’s Workshop

Nehemiah’s Workshop is part of CHAT’s (Church Hill Activities and Tutoring) Work Leadership Institute that seeks to equip youth and young people with skills and experiences necessary for long-term vocational success. Nehemiah’s Workshop provides a gathering place for youth and young adults to learn about various aspects of home repairs, tool skills, and woodworking. Nehemiah’s Workshop runs a variety of work and training programs including a young adult leadership program, a youth apprenticeship program, and elective and life skills classes. Participants work alongside CHAT staff and volunteer on projects including picnic tables, benches, porch swings and much more. Nehemiah’s Workshop incorporates math and biblical teaching into its training.

Relationship Foundation of Virginia


A community’s growth, health and economy are built on a foundation of strong relationships and families. These are the building blocks of society. The mission of RFVA is to build these fundamental elements–and this is done by providing education, tools, and experiences for the community.

For youth, RFVA delivers programs that teach self-respect and respect for others through the Smart Relationships curriculum. For individuals–single or in long-term relationships and marriages–they hold monthly date nights to encourage communication through a fun experience. Boot Camp for New Dads classes equip expectant and new fathers with the skills to be active, committed fathers for life.

Strong relationships make life better. Without them, life can be harder, feel emptier and be more challenging–not only for individuals, but also for communities. In an ideal world, people count on one another for support, encouragement, and commitment. By building awareness and understanding the complexity and joys of relationships, RFVA helps those they serve to be more prepared and successful, which makes the community a better place to live.

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Richmond Christian Leadership Initiative


The birth, development, and ongoing life of the Richmond Christian Leadership Initiative (RCLI) are intricately intertwined with the people and ministry of Third Church.  RCLI has been enriched through Third’s imprints on its history—from its founding led by Fritz Kling, to a host of board members and volunteers, to a strong complement of program participants, and to important missions support.

The target population for the RCLI program remains: Christians, ages 25-40, who are maturing in and driven by their faith in Christ, who exhibit leadership potential, and who have a demonstrated heart for our region.  These emerging Christian leaders—about thirty per each annual “class”—are drawn from an array of denominations and churches that reflect the rich diversity and talent of the region’s thriving Christian community. 

Beginning each September and continuing monthly through June, class members gather on a Friday night and all day Saturday to explore issues confronting the region and to consider them from a Christ-centered perspective.  The Program faculty consists of mature Christian leaders who share their expertise and deliver amazing insight and value, bringing the issues to life and illustrating what it is to act upon the values of Jesus.

Whether in a classroom or in a community setting, this work is enabled by the generosity of donors and volunteers.  To learn more about RCLI or how to engage this next generation of leaders, visit or contact Tim Holtz, Executive Director, at or (804) 244-0143.

Set Free

Set Free is a uniquely gifted, non-profit ministry that helps individuals struggling in life-dominating situations such as sexual struggles, gender insecurity, issues of abuse, and addictions. Set Free also offers several workshops, specialized support groups, general training and in-depth programs for individuals, churches and communities.

Opportunities to volunteer with Set Free are limitless. For those wishing to serve an under-served community, Set Free is the perfect place to bring one's talents, gifts and passion.

Set Free has begun to branch out all across the Christian community and nearly every denomination.

Urban Hope

Urban Hope is an affordable housing non-profit focused on the East End of Richmond. Urban Hope envisions a thriving community where all, including the most vulnerable, are provided a protected place. Their mission is to make home a cornerstone of opportunity by keeping it affordable.

Using private funds in an impact-investing model, Urban Hope acquires and renovates single-family houses and duplexes, providing rentals and homes for purchase. Safe, secure, affordable housing is critical to an individual’s or family’s success.

Candidates for these houses are cultivated to be tenants or homeowners. Urban Hope works to ensure that they are able to meet their rent obligations. They are also encouraged to become part of the strong network of relationships in the East End, particularly in the community of faith.

Urban Hope is the only non-profit housing organization in the East End that provides affordable rentals to those who fall in the 60% AMI and below. Another critical and distinguishing component of their work is the financial counseling and mentorship that helps clients prepare for tenancy or homeownership and beyond.

Because of their faith, Urban Hope values:  relationships of mutual respect to empower their work; equipping clients to flourish; accountability to the community and to one another; and innovation to close the gaps in affordable housing.

Young Life

Young Life Richmond Metro seeks to do three things to advance the kingdom of God using the tool of Young Life in Richmond.  First, Tim provides supervision of the eight Young Life areas in Richmond.  He supervises and trains all the staff and committee members that comprise Young Life in each area.  Supervision is important because it provides continuity, which is critical in youth ministry.  It also provides for quality control.  One can trust that the quality of work being done rises to a certain level of excellence.

Secondly, Tim seeks to expand Young Life to areas where there used to be ministry, or where there has never been ministry.  He is the point person who drives into these new areas while hoping to provide an infrastructure which will lead to sustainability for the long haul.

Lastly, Tim has a desire to expand ministry and ensure the sustainability of present ministries by raising funds for three critical areas:

  • Hiring multi-ethnic staff so that multi-ethnic populations can be reached.
  • Providing campership legacy funds to enable youth in the cities and the rural areas to attend Young Life camp.
  • Helping Young Life areas when they are in need financially.


YoungLives Metro Richmond seeks to reach teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Christ, and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be. Through YoungLives' time-tested methods and life-on-life mentoring, teen moms are empowered to make positive choices, set and achieve goals, and live a future rooted in Christ.

There are several ways to get involved in YoungLives Metro Richmond: First, pray as we minister to teen moms. Pray that the teens would have open hearts to the gospel and that the gospel will transform their lives. Other ways of involvement would be to become a mentor to a teen mother, provide child care during our meetings, and/or provide a meal for our Tuesday evening meetings.

Youth Life Foundation of Richmond

Youth Life Foundation of Richmond operates community-based learning centers to develop leaders by making long-term investments in children from at-risk communities. Promoting whole child development, they believe in the power of relationships and the value of long-term commitment to uniquely equip and empower youth to overcome obstacles and reach their full potential.

The best ways to get involved are to mentor a child after school for two hours a week or intern for seven weeks during the summer program. Contact  for information on how to get involved or visit for further information.