Brenda and Howard moved to the Richmond area in June 2018 after having lived in Blacksburg, Virginia for 15 years and former members of Blacksburg Presbyterian Church. The move to the area was initiated to be closer to family and especially two grandchildren! They are natives of Tazewell County, Virginia. Brenda's forty-plus career in public education included teacher, assistant principal, and administrative director. She works part-time as Executive Director for the Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education and monitors public policy activities.
Howard's career in the aggregate (stone) industry included plant superintendent and director of safety and personel and serving on numerous legislative committees addressing the stone industry. Howard served as a Deacon and Elder of Richlands Presbyterian Church. He enjoys retirement immensely!
They have two sons, Howie, and family of Midlothian, and Benjamin of Charlotte.
A lifelong Presbyterian, Sarah grew up in Houston, TX with her parents, sister, and many cats. After attending college in New Jersey and graduate school in Washington, D.C., she settled in Philadelphia with husband Brad. Sarah works in the museum field and moved to Richmond with Brad in 2018 for a position with a cultural resources management company. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, running, and trying new recipes.
Collyn is a proud Mother of two and Grandmother of five and had a long career as a school Psychologist. Her church work has been focused on education and choir. Michael served as a Church Music Professor in three seminaries for forty plus years. He has served as Minister of Music in Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian Churches. His research has been in hymnology, especially from Africa, Asia, South and Central America. They have traveled widely and have supported many international students. Michael has played the accordion since he was five years old!
Brandon and Hannah have been married for a year and a half now. Hannah is a Disability Rights Advocate and Brandon is in school for Mechanical Engineering. They have what feels like a zoo: 2 dogs, one cat, and one hedgehog! They love gardening, being outdoors, and going for walks with the dogs. They recently became foster parents to a teenage girl. They have loved being at Second and are so happy to officially be members!
Marvin is married to his high school sweetheart, Cathy, and will be celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary this summer. They have two sons ages 41 and 38 and three grand-daughters. Marvin is most proud of his service as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach, VA and his current service as a member of the Board of Trustees of Union Presbyterian Seminary. He co-coordinated the recent Interfaith Trip to Israel.
Gilliam Carll is a first-year medical student who comes from Rochester, New York. When she is not studying, she loves cooking, knitting, and getting outdoors. She loves meeting new people and is excited to explore Richmond and be part of Second Presbyterian!
Rebecca Smyth was born in Ireland and moved to the States in 1995. She grew up in Goochland County and attended The Steward School and The University of South Carolina. She loves to stay active by horseback riding with her parents, playing tennis, running, and throwing the Frisbee with her fiancé, Jay Morgan and their dog, Sully.
Joey Ellen was born and raised in Richmond and is now a Physician at Virginia Urology with a practice focused on men's wellness. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, riding bikes on the capital trail, and traveling. He is excited to become a member at Second Presbyterian and will marry Meghana Gowda at Second in March.
Sandra, a writer, was born in Toronto and grew up in Houston. Black is an attorney and a Richmond native. They have been married 28 years and have two grown children, Madeleine (23) who works in Boston and Lila (19) who is a sophomore at Virginia Tech. They are looking forward to becoming more involved at Second!
Hannah and Rick are both educators newly hired in Henrico County. Rick serves as Athletic Director at Highland Springs High School and Hannah teaches Art at Wilder Middle School. Hannah is a Liturgical Artist who serves as a Creative Collaborator for Sanctifiedart.org and also serves as the Liturgical Artist for the Montreat Conference Center. She is leading the Arts Class in creating Advent banners for our sanctuary. Their children are Whitner who is a third grader and Ada who is in first grade.