River Road Presbyterian Church is in the Presbytery of the James, part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Leadership of the local church consists of 18 Elders making up the Church Session and 12 Deacons who care for the Congregation as well as Trustees who oversee the financial operations of the church. The work of the church is carried out by designated Church Ministries: Christian Education, Congregational Care, Fellowship and Hospitality, Growth and Outreach, Leadership Development, Mission and Service, Personnel, Property, Stewardship and Finance, and Worship and Music.

We are fortunate to have a dedicated staff that works to carry out the important work of the church on a daily basis.

Church Staff

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Dr. Raymond R. Roberts, Pastor/Head of Staff

Dr. Ray Roberts grew up in Farmington, Missouri. He received his B.A. in Economics from Westminster College, his M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and his Ph.D. in History and Theology from Union/PSCE. In 1984, Ray was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA).  Ray serves as co-chair of the Advisory Committee for Social Witness Policy for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Ray and his wife, Sallie, met while he was at Columbia and she was at Agnes Scott College. They have two children, Harrison and Katherine, and one grandchild. Ray enjoys writing music, playing music, gardening, and exercising. Ray came to serve as Pastor/Head of Staff for RRPC in August of 2015.

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Rev. Andrew P. Whitehead, Associate Pastor

Rev. Andrew Whitehead grew up primarily in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Masters of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary and previously earned a Masters in Theological Studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Presbyterian College. While at Union, Andrew completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at Greenville Memorial Hospital and his parish internship at Southminster Presbyterian Church. In these ministries, he was able to pursue his interests in pastoral care, inter-generational dialogue, and young adult ministry. He was awarded the Martha and Fred Stair Fellowship, a grant given in recognition of promise for pastoral ministry, by the Union faculty. Andrew and his wife, Olivia, enjoy volunteering at the SPCA, exploring Richmond, and cooking for friends at their home.
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Landry J. Duvall, Director of Music

Landry Duvall has served as the Director of Music at River Road Presbyterian Church since January of 2018, overseeing all aspects of musical programming and direction. He completed the Master of Music Degree in Church Music and Choral Conducting at Baylor University in 2015. There, he served as Graduate Assistant Conductor to the Baylor University Concert Choir and Baylor Bella Voce Select Women's Ensemble. In addition, he also assisted in lecture with undergraduate Choral Conducting and served as organist for the George W. Truett Theological Seminary. A native Tennessean, Mr. Duvall holds the Bachelor of Music Degree in Church Music and Organ Performance from Carson-Newman University near Knoxville, Tennessee. He has served churches in Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

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Susan G. Hockman, Director of Operations

Susan Hockman is a native Richmonder. She is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College and has been with River Road Presbyterian Church since 2001. Her responsibilities include managing the overall operation of the church; developing and coordinating church communications, working with our members and ministries, and handling personnel/payroll needs. Susan and her husband, Bill, have two children, Hillary (married to Lt. Col. William Brooks) and Jack, as well as a granddaughter. In her spare time, Susan is an avid reader and enjoys volunteering in the community, cheering for Alabama football (Roll Tide!), and spending time with her family.

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Brian Mahne, Assistant Director of Music (Contemporary)

Brian Mahne has been a working musician in the Richmond area for over 15 years and serves as an Assistant to the Music Director at River Road Presbyterian. He has performed in venues up and down the east coast with a variety of ensembles and holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Brian has served as acting Music Director for show band, Big Ray and the Kool Kats, since 2013. Other groups with which Brian has been seen performing around Richmond include the VCU Jazz Orchestras 1 and 2, the RVA Big Band, the DJ Williams Projekt, and various other small groups. Brian currently leads RiverSound in our contemporary Informal Worship service and manages our A/V tech team.

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Larry E. Coleman, Sexton

Larry Coleman is not only the longest tenured present member of our staff; he has worked for the church longer than anyone during its entire existence. In helping maintain the church as a suitable place for the Lord’s work to be done, Larry’s contributions are an extremely important and valuable part of the work and service of the church. He helps to maintain our buildings and grounds while also providing setup and take-down for the many events held at River Road Presbyterian. In his spare time, Larry enjoys spending time with family and gardening.

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Amanda L. Owen, Director of Childcare Center

Amanda Owen joined our staff on November 1, 2018, most recently serving as director at Imagination Station Childcare and Preschool in Elma, New York. Amanda received a BA in Education (Early Childhood K-6) from Charles Sturt University in NSW, Australia with additional studies in Drama and Gifted Education. An experienced educator, she taught grades K -6 in Australia prior to moving to the U.S. where she was a classroom and lead pre-K teacher in Richmond area childcare centers.  Additionally, Amanda authored and published the children’s book, A Race To Save The Australian Outback.  Amanda is happy to be back in Richmond and at RRPC.

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Church Officers

Diaconate

Deacon Class of 2019
Judy Busch
Tim Evans
Nancy Gleason
Ken Hitchens

Deacon Class of 2020
Cathey Brown
Mike Donavant
Laura Murray
Melissa Schein

Deacon Class of 2021
Tim Baird
Kirsten Gregory
Tish Hart
Doug Pugh

Session

Moderator of Session - Dr. Raymond R. Roberts

Clerk of Session - Linda Thomas

Treasurer - Linwood Cobb

Assistant Treasurers - Cheryl Duff and Sharon Cherry

Elder Class of 2019
Patricia A. Avery
Lee Branch
T. J. Childress
Lesley Glotzl
Curt Manchester
Kristen Raper

Elder Class of 2020
Ellen Guinther
Brooke Hearn
Dan Murray
Cory Rayfield
Sherry Scudder
Shel Thomas

Elder Class of 2021
Cheryl Duff
Kelly Pledger
Jane Sewell
John Simpson
Bob Spicknall
Jim Stewart

Sessional Ministries

Christian Education Ministry

The Christian Education Ministry provides opportunities for members of all ages to encounter and study the Bible, to consider the basic tenets of the Christian faith, to improve their understanding of God, and to participate in activities that reinforce the ministry of the church. The current chair of the Christian Education Ministry is Bob Spicknall with vice-chair, Jane Sewell.

Congregational Care Ministry

The Congregational Care Ministry consists of the Deacons of the church, twelve ordained men and women, who support and care for our members in time of need. Every member of River Road Presbyterian church has a personal Deacon who is in touch and available. The current head of the Diaconate is Ken Hitchens.

Fellowship and Hospitality Ministry

The Fellowship and Hospitality Ministry is an integral part of our church family life. This hard-working group organizes Wednesday Night Suppers, Small Group Fellowship, Free Birds, the Annual Picnic, Celebration Sunday Brunch, and so much more. The current chair of the Fellowship and Hospitality Ministry is Brooke Hearn with vice-chair, Cheryl Duff.

Growth and Outreach Ministry

The Growth and Outreach Ministry seeks to welcome all visitors to our church and inform them of the many opportunities and programs available. This ministry provides guidance in the process of becoming members of RRPC and helps new members to become assimilated into the life of the church. The current chair of the Growth and Outreach Ministry is John Blauvelt with vice-chair, T. J. Childress.

Leadership Development Ministry

The Leadership Development Ministry is tasked with finding individuals to serve in leadership positions within the church. Regular Nominating Committee meetings are held to fill officer vacancies and also to match the right person with the many volunteer needs of the church. The current chair of the Leadership Development Ministry is Patricia A. Avery with vice-chair, Jim Stewart.

Mission and Service Ministry

The Mission and Service Ministry directs mission work throughout our region and the world. Mission work is a priority in our congregation as we are guided by Christ to love our neighbors as ourselves. The current chair of the Mission and Service Ministry is Lesley Glotzl with vice-chair, Dan Murray.

Personnel Ministry

The Personnel Ministry serves as the human resources team for church staff. It undertakes tasks such as coordinating staffing strategies and hiring efforts as well as providing individual staff evaluations and direction for personnel related issues as guided by the Session and Pastor/Head of Staff. Each member of the church staff is important and valued by this ministry. The current chair of the Personnel Ministry is Shel Thomas with vice-chair, Curt Manchester.

Property MInistry

The Property Ministry is charged with the care and maintenance of our facilities and grounds. The current chair of the Property Ministry is Cory Rayfield with vice-chair, Lee Branch.

Stewardship and Finance Ministry

The Stewardship and Finance Ministry leads the annual stewardship campaign, develops and recommends yearly budgets to the Session, and monitors the current operating budget. This ministry is also involved in long-term planning as aligned with the vision of the church. The current chair of the Stewardship and Finance Ministry is Kristen Raper with vice-chair, John Simpson.

Worship and Music Ministry

The Worship and Music Ministry provides and guides worship opportunities in the Reformed Tradition of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Our worship experiences inspire and encourage all to deepen and strengthen their faith and to share this faith with others. The current chair of the Worship and Music Ministry is Ellen Guinther with vice-chair, Sherry Scudder.

If a ministry needs to speak during worship to communicate a Ministry Focus, please request time using this form.

Endowment Fund Trustees

Class of 2019
Mark Hedberg
Kendall Shaw

Class of 2020
Dusty Boyd
Floyd Cotton

Class of 2021
Jennifer Cobb
Jim Whisnant

Columbarium Trustees

David Hostetler
Ron Drumheller
Donya Ransom

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Our new Sexual Misconduct Policy was adopted by the Session of the Church on October 23, 2016. You may read and download a copy of this policy here.