Clare Diester grew up in the quiet town of Marthasville, MO. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors in Science and a (random) minor in French. She then moved to Richmond in 2015, where she obtained her Masters in Forensic Science at VCU. She is currently working towards her PhD in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department at VCU’s Medical School. With most of her days spent doing research, she truly enjoys getting out and exploring, hiking, biking, and singing, and is looking forward to becoming a part of this wonderful community! She has joined the choir!
Hannah and Matt Franz
Hannah Askin Franz grew up going to Second Presbyterian Church and is happy to be returning! She is a PhD candidate in Educational Leadership at William & Mary and an adjunct instructor in English/Linguistics at VCU. Hannah and her husband, Matt, ere married at Second n 2009. They recently moved to Richmond from Williamsburg. They have two children: Henry (Hank) and Nell. Matthew (Matt) Franz is originally from Ashland. He is a software engineer at Lockheed Martin and a soccer referee for the NWSL and MLS.
Jack and Carol Moorman
Jack and Carol Moorman have been married for 25 years and have one daughter, Sarah, who lives in South Carolina. They met in Virginia Beach while Jack was serving in the Navy. They were married in First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach, where Carol was a lifelong member and Jack served on the session. In the 25 years of marriage they have moved to and from Dallas, Austin, Virginia Beach, Indianapolis and back to Richmond. Jack is an Environmental Health and Safety Manager for Aleris in Richmond and Carol is a Unit Field Trainer for Banker’s Life Insurance in Richmond. They have both served on sessions and committees in the various cities they’ve lived and enjoy being involved in the community.
Verna Gessaman relocated to her hometown after 40 years that took her through Northern Virginia and Eastern North Carolina as a wife, mother, teacher, and banker. She is retired, a widow, with two adult children and four grandchildren three and under! She has always been involved with church and community and looks forward to this new stage of life as a member of the Second Presbyterian Family.
Jonathan Moelker – is a Seminary student who moved to Virginia from Tennessee to attend UPSem. Before coming here he was an engineering student at UT and worked in Facilities and Operations at Oak Ridge National Lab. Andy Morgan, one of our former Pastoral Interns was his UKirk Pastor at UT!
Tell Carlson and Chris Reina
Tell joined Second and married Chris Reina, already a member, in the sanctuary of Second on Saturday, December 16. Tell works at VCU in Fitness at the Cary Street Gym as the Business Operations Assistant. Chris is a Professor at VCU in Leadership and Mindfulness. They are excited to share their love of Second!
David Glover has been attending Second with his partner Jack Brandt for about 19 years. He has decided to become a full member. For the past 30+ years he served as Director of the Front Office and Hospitality at the Jefferson Hotel. He is a graduate of James Madison University where he still holds a record for the High Jump!
Ashley Miller is a Registered Nurse and works at Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital. She grew up in Fredericksburg and is a lifelong Presbyterian. Ashley is excited to be involved with all the 20s and 30s activities at Second!
Paige and AlexiShephard are natives of Virginia however moved from York, Pennsylvania last fall. They had lived in York for five years. They were members of First Presbyterian Church of York and are excited to become members of a new church family. Paige works as a National Market Manager for a lubrication company while Alexi is a social worker for Elk Hill Farm. They enjoy running in 5 and 10 Ks, travelling, and playing with their cat, Cosmo.
Bill Richter and Ellis
Bill Richter – Bill is a Project Manager with World Pediatric Project. Originally from Dekalb, Illinois, outside Chicago, Bill and his wife Ryland moved to Richmond three years ago from Washington, DC. They have a daughter, Ellis, who will soon be two years old. Bill enjoys backpacking, cycling, and running, with his delightful daughter and wife.
Sally and Keith Johnston
Sally and Keith Johnston – A graduate of PSCE, Sally has enjoyed a fulfilling vocation in educational ministry. She continues to teach for Yale Divinity School each summer, but happily can enjoy retirement with Keith nine months of the year. Eco-spirituality and earth care are her passion. She hopes to find others at Second to grow with in these essential faith practices. Keith is a retired PCUSA Pastor with 40 years of Pastoral Ministry. They have two married sons and four grandchildren! They served as Volunteers in Mission in Korea in 1979 and served a native Alaskan Mission Church north of the Arctic Circle from 2008-2012.
Nick and Lori Lape
Nick and Lori Lape have been married for 35 years, have 3 grown children, and 3 grandchildren. They met on a blind date and have been best friends ever since. Nick was an E-5 in the Air Force serving two tours in Vietnam as a teacher of English as a second language for doctors and nurses. He is a retired audiologist who ran a speech and hearing clinic for people with severe disabilities for 33 years. He practices tai chi, wants to paint watercolors, and is an ardent Alabama fan. Lori is a cradle Presbyterian originally from Danville, Va. She has worked as a mental health Nurse for almost 40 years and now is at the VA Hospital. She enjoys reading, walking, The Richmond Folk Festival, and is obsessed with Game of Thrones and the musical “Hamilton.”
Jarl Jackson has recently moved back to Richmond from Tallahassee, Florida where he lived for almost two decades. He is currently looking for work in town and meanwhile enjoys writing, reading, hiking, bicycling, and getting reacquainted with RVA. He served as the Tallahassee Autism Support Co-Founder/ Coordinator and served as Church Historian for his Church, First Church, Tallahassee.
Sharon and Edson Pederson
Sharon and Edson Pederson are lifelong Presbyterians. Edson is an ordained PCUSA Pastor. Sharon spent her professional life raising money for nonprofits including United Way, Duke, and MCV. In retirement she is very active with the Council of the VMFA and with grandchildren! Edson taught World History, Earth Science at Tucker High School in Henrico County. He has served as stated supply pastor at churches in the Presbytery since 1980. He serves as a Tour Guide for The Valentine throughout the city.
Marion “Dusty” Pritchett
Dusty has three children and eight grandchildren. She loves nature – hiking, canoeing in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. She especially loves birding. She moves to Westminster-Canterbury last May from Charlotte, NC and loves it. She also loves music, and encouraging young people. She has a deep faith in God.
Pat married Anthony Hass, an executive officer of Kraft/General Foods, with whom she lived in Washington, D.C. and New York. Pat and Tony had three children and six grandchildren. Pat's career has been journalism and for thirty years a senior book editor at Random House in New York City. Pat's sister is Jane Cecil and her brother is John Cecil.
Karen and Randolph Irby
Karen is a teacher for Henrico County Schools. Randolph is a finance and accounting specialist. They have two children, Sarah, who resides in Richmond and Rand who currently lives in Georgia. They are transferring from a sister church in the City.
Jamie Alexander and Priscilla Powell
Jamie is from Richmond. He is an avid fly fisherman after living out in Jackson Hole for several years. He is a portfolio manager at Redmond Asset Management. Jamie and his wife, Priscilla Powell, were married at Second Church in 2015. Priscilla also grew up in Richmond. She is a child psychologist at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond and in private practice. Their son, Wyatt Alexander, was born in December 2016.
Lauren and Reid Powell
Laura and Reid have been married since June 2015 and have a 5 month old son names James. Reid is in sales and Lauren is a high school teacher. They love spending time with family and playing music together. Reid grew up at Second Presbyterian Church and now that they are a family, they are excited for it to become their Church Home.
Xel (“Shell”), Kandi, and Alison Sant’Anna
After living in New Kent for 24 years, the family recently moved to the City to enjoy the vibrant life it has to offer. Xel enjoys cycling and the outdoors. He is the son of a Presbyterian minister and looks forward to helping to better the lives of his new neighbors. Kandi is a native of Richmond. After graduating from VCU, she entered the financial industry and has worked for BB&T Scott& Stringfellows for the last 22 years. She enjoys being with family and friends, running and travel. Alison is a recent graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Communications. Throughout high school and college she has been involved with the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control working to prevent underage drinking. Alison loves to be outdoors, working out at Crossfit, and being with her friends and family.
Hank and Susan Postel
Hank and Susan moved to Richmond in 2006 after Hank retired having served his last church in Maryland for 24 years. His post retirement career included an enjoyable year as Associate Interim Minister at Second Church. Susan is a retired school teacher. She has enjoyed being a minister’s wife for many years. Their children and grandchildren have kept then travelling to many interesting areas of the world. Now they are enjoying settling into a calmer retirement
Anne and Don Looney
Anne is originally from Winston-Salem and graduated from UNC (Chapel Hill) and taught Austin & Meredith the UNC fight song very early in their lives. She has worked in the IT field for most of her working life and her current position is on a major software implementation for the executive departments of the Commonwealth of Virginia. She enjoys family, running, fitness, watching sports, travel, and reading. Don is originally from Northern Virginia and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. He has worked in several fields (real estate, advertising, food safety). He is currently an account rep focusing on molecular-based technology used for monitoring foodborne pathogens. He enjoys family, running, tennis, reading, watching sports, and travel.