Associate Pastor: Kathryn Lester-Bacon - In September 2013, Kathryn Lester-Bacon arrived to serve as the Associate Pastor at Second. Kathryn grew up in Richmond and Pottstown, Pennsylvania with two sisters and co-pastor parents. She graduated from Duke University and Princeton Seminary. Returning to Durham, Kathryn served as a chaplain in pediatrics and hospice at Duke Medical Center, and, most recently, as a Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church. Kathryn loves exploring the intersections of ministry—whether between theology and poetry, spiritual formation and pop culture, or pastoral care and storytelling. Kathryn is married to Michael Bacon, who works in information technology and community organizing. Both Kathryn and Michael value urban ministry, getting outdoors, and hosting a Burns Supper in January (google it—and then join us!). They are the proud parents of Josephine Laura Lester-Bacon born December 31, 2016.
Parish Associate: Sam Adams
Sam joins us as Parish Associate and is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary. His research interests include wisdom literature, biblical theology, and economics in the ancient world. His current book project is a study of wealth and poverty in the Bible. His first book addressed emerging beliefs in the afterlife in Judaism and Christianity. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has served churches in Chicago and New Haven, Connecticut. He speaks regularly in churches and cares deeply about the intersection of faith and culture, especially as it relates to our civic life. Prior to graduate school, he was press secretary and political aide to Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (now the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland). Sam also taught at a college in south India. Sam's wife Helen is a primary care physician in Richmond and a Session member at Second, and their children Virginia and Charlie are very active in the congregation. When not working, Sam enjoys running, golf, and being goofy with his kids.
Director of Christian Education: Ginger Taylor Evans
Ginger grew up in a large, Presbyterian minister's family. She loves her work at Second Presbyterian with the children of the church and of the Child Care Center, the Youth, the Adults, small groups of all ages, Fellowship and Membership Councils, the website, and various other exciting projects. She has degrees from Davidson College and Union Presbyterian Seminary. She is married to Alex Evans. (see above) Her favorite thing in the whole world is being a grandmother to four precious boys!! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Music: Jeffrey Riehl
Jeff was appointed Director of Music at Second Presbyterian Church in the summer of 1999. He leads the Adult Choir and oversees the church's various music ministries. Additionally, he is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Richmond, where he has taught since 1995. Jeff earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting at the Eastman School of Music where he was a conducting Fellow and received the Walter Hagan Conducting Award, the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at Westminster Choir College, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education at Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania. He is also an active solo singer and choral clinician.
Organist: Michael Simpson
Michael Simpson joined the SPC staff as the Organist and Handbell Director in September 2011. Michael is a Richmond native who attended the University of Richmond, from which he earned the BA degree with honors in music.
Michael was Organist and Minister of Music at Ginter Park Baptist Church for thirty-six years before being appointed Associate Director of Music at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in 2006. In addition to his work in the church, Michael is Accompanist and Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and is the Conductor of the Richmond Renaissance Singers. He was an adjunct faculty member at Virginia State University and the University of Richmond and worked part-time as an organ technician for the Lewis & Hitchcock Pipe Organ Company.
Building Administrator: Rob Fergusson
Rob, a lifelong Presbyterian, grew up in a tiny church in a small town in New Jersey, but has called Richmond home for the past 29 years. He joined our staff in November 2014 and brings with him an engineering degree from Lehigh University, an MBA from the University of Richmond, and three decades of experience with the engineering, construction, and project management responsibilities for industrial plants, commercial buildings, and building systems. Rob married Joani Latimer Fergusson at Second Presbyterian 5 years ago, and has two children and one daughter-in-law. In his spare time, Rob enjoys storytelling, photography, and surfcasting.
Technical Director: Bo Jacob
Bo started working for Second Pres. in the fall of 2010. One of his first projects here at Second was to upgrade the existing sound system. Since then he has overseen the design, installation and implementation of the systems that provide Live Streaming of Second’s Sunday Morning Services, upgrade of the Chapel sound system, and the new A/V presentation systems in the Dining Room. Although he was born in Baltimore, both of his parents were “born and raised” here and his families have numerous ties to Richmond’s history. He is a graduate of VCU. Bo and his wife, Willa, have two daughters, Jacy and Cary.
Church Office Manager: Dorothy DeJong
Dorothy came to Second Presbyterian Church with 18 years of office work in an Episcopal church. She has been at Second since April of 2006, and considers herself to be interdenominational.
Administrative Assistant: Willa JacobWilla came to Second Presbyerian in 1995 to sing with the choir. In October 2012, she began working in the church office, after several years of working for a publication at Union Presbyterian Seminary.
Walk-In Coordinator: Elva Mapp
Born in Bristol, Tennessee, Elva also spent time in Georgia, Louisiana, and Connecticut, but has been in Richmond, Virginia for much of her childhood and most of her adult life. A lifelong Presbyterian, she is an ordained Elder and Deacon, and a participant in many groups in the life of the church. She is a graduate of Yale University, History B.A., The College of William and Mary, J.D., and Virginia Commonwealth University, M.Ed. She also teaches music, movement, games, arts, and crafts to children ranging in age from infant through 8th grade at Tuckaway Ellwood House, Tuckaway Harbor, and St. Bridget's School.
Director, Child Care Center: Eboni Brickhouse
Eboni grew up in a military family, with the benefits of living in various locations throughout the world, though she calls Fayetteville, North Carolina home. She has served in various capacities both in ministry and education. Eboni is a graduate of Fayetteville State University and Payne Theological Seminary and an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She has worked at Second Presbyterian Child Care Center (2PCCC) since September 2007 and loves the opportunity to combine her passions for ministry and education with her work with preschoolers and their families. She is also the proud parent of two beautiful little girls.
Kerry Randolph has served at Second since 1989.
For the past 28 years, Kerry has served as sexton. His major responsibility and love is the care and cleaning of the Sanctuary and the Chapel. You can see his loving touches everywhere.
Cliff Anderson has served at Second since 2001.
For the past 17 years, Cliff has served as sexton. His major responsibilities are the Dining Room and the Virginia Building.
UKIRK Campus Minister : Molly Spangler
Molly Spangler is a dual degree student at Union Presbyterian Seminary. She grew up in High Point, North Carolina, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at East Carolina University. She majored in studio art with a concentration in textile design. She spent the year after college working as Interim Director of Christian Education at Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church in Tarboro, North Carolina. In May 2012 she was married in Montreat, North Carolina to Luke Spangler. Luke is working to get into medical school and he is taking the MCATs in January. They are both enjoying Richmond so far and are excited to be a part of the community at Second Presbyterian. Email: email@example.com
Youth Ministry Coordinator: Elizabeth Baril - A Richmond native, Elizabeth is extremely excited to move back home and begin working at Second Presbyterian! After graduating from Christopher Newport University in May of 2015 she continued her education at Union Presbyterian Seminary. She is passionate about mission opportunities abroad and in our country, anything art related, and being on the water! With many varied experiences in Youth Ministry Elizabeth is excited to begin a new chapter with the youth of Second Presbyterian.
Youth Minister: Eric Koenig graduated in May 2016 from Union Presbyterian Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. He grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Sociology from Bowling Green State University. During his college years, he spent his summers working in New Mexico at Ghost Ranch, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) education and retreat center. The year after graduating, he served as a Young Adult Volunteer in Austin, Texas, working at the non-profit Front Steps, whose mission is to end homelessness in Austin. He is active in the Union Presbyterian Seminary community particularly with the Ultimate Frisbee team. He has worked with the Youth at Second for the past several years and has served as our Student Intern.
Youth Minister: Alex Abdalla is a Master of Divinity student at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Originally from Pottstown, Pennsylvania Alex graduated from Villanova University where he studied Global Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as Arab and Islamic Studies. Before attending Union, he completed an Americorps year of Service working to end homelessness in Philadelphia with the non-profit Project HOME. Wen he is not studying, you will find Alex either playing sports or having a good time with good people. He is very much looking forward to serving the youth and being a part of the Second Presbyterian community!
Seminary Intern - Becca Cummings is in her final year at Union Presbyterian Seminary as an Master of Divinity student. She is originally from Ocala, Florida and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Human Services and a minor in Religious Studies from Elon University. She is passionate about outdoor ministry and has done four years of camp ministry one at Camp Buc and three at Camp Hanover. Becca loves discussing mission and what it means to participate in ethical mission. For fun, she enjoys watching movies, camping, and hiking.