Temporary Associate Pastor : Fred Rose
Fred is excited to be part of our ministry if only temporarily. He came to Richmond in 1998 to serve as Head of Staff at Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church. He was there over 12 years. Previously, he served congregations in Rockingham (4 years) and Shelby (14 years), North Carolina. His focus is Pastoral Care, Teaching, Worship and Administration. He was educated at Davidson College, Princeton and Columbia Theological Seminaries. In the last year, he has been part of the Certificate program for Executive Leadership at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He has been married to Georgia Smith Rose for forty years this year. They have three grown children: William, Jr. (Charlotte); Anna Rose Medley (Washington, DC); Caroline (Richmond). He enjoys golf, family vacations at Sunset Beach, NC and University of North Carolina basketball and football.
Parish Associate : Sam Adams - Sam joins us as Parish Associate. He is currently 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 wealthy 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. 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 US 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 his 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 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, and various other exciting projects. She has degrees from Davidson College and Union Presbyterian Seminary.
Youth Coordinators :
Andy Morgan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently enrolled as a Masters of Divinity and a Master of Christian Education student at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Andy began volunteering with the youth group at Second Presbyterian Church during the spring of 2010 and has been serving with the youth ever since. Andy enjoys reading, blogging, playing video games, and watching sports. He joined Second Presbyterian Church in 2011 and is an ordained Deacon.
Whitney Caswell is a Master of Arts in Christian Education student at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Whitney graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. After college, Whitney served as Director of Children and Youth Ministry for four years at Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clinton, North Carolina. A native Floridian, Whitney loves the beach. Whitney also enjoys dancing, working out, and watching Netflix. Whitney's ministry interests include racial justice, discipleship, and eduation. Whitney has been working with the youth at Second Presbyterian since 2010.
Cam Thomas - Hailing from the small rural community of Barbecue, North Carolina, Cam Thomas considers himself one of the foremost unofficial barbecue ambassadors on the eastern seaboard. Cam and his beloved wife, Mary, are delighted to continue their Richmond adventure that began in June 2011. They moved to Richmond so that Cam could begin classes at Union Presbyterian Seminary in the M’ Div. program. Prior to moving to Richmond, Cam taught high school and coached football in North Carolina. Leaving at the height of his coaching career, Cam is thrilled to be working with the Second Presbyterian Church community. In working with the youth of Second, Cam will be able to call upon experiences earned while working with youth camps in Coastal Carolina Presbytery, and working with youth groups at Lillington Presbyterian Church and Barbecue Presbyterian Church. In his spare time, Cam enjoys eating, cooking, spending time with his family and friends, traveling, reading, and being outdoors as much as possible.
Anna George - Anna is a Masters of Divinity student at Union Presbyterian Seminary, originally from the small town of Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Anna is a 2011 graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, with a Bachelors of Arts in Christian Education and Religion and a minor in music. Throughout her time at PC, Anna served as an intern at First Presbyterian Church of Clinton, SC, and she has has been spending summers as a part of the Montreat Conference Center summer staff since 2008. Anna loves cooking, gardening, singing, and being outdoors. Anna's areas of interest in ministry include Christian education, social justice, and liturgy writing.
Director of Presbyterian Collegiate Fellowship : Shannon Waite
Shannon Waite is a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Originally from Philadelphia, she spent the years before moving to Richmond in North Carolina. She graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services. Continuing with enjoying service work, she spent a term as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Wingate University working to build relationships between the university and community organizations. Shannon is constantly amazed by the college students at PCF and the sense of what a Christian community is they have. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, listening to music, or curling up with a good book. Shannon began working with the PCF in September 2011.
Assistant Director of Presbyterian Collegiate Fellowship : Molly Spangler
Molly Spangler is a duel degree student at Union Presbyterian Seminary. She grew up in High Point North Carolina, and received a Bachelor’s 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.
Building Administrator : David Barnett
David has served as Second Church's Building Administrator since March 2009. With a professional background in operations and management in the broadcast and advertising fields, he has long enjoyed a deep interest in historic buildings, especially churches and theaters and their pipe organs. Here at Second, he supervises the care and maintenance of our historic buildings and grounds.
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.
Director of Music : Jeffrey Riehl
Jeff was appointed Director of Music at Second Church in the summer of 1999; he leads the Gallery Choir and the Adult Handbell Choir and oversees the church's various music ministries. Additionally, Dr. Riehl is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at the University of Richmond, Artistic Director and Conductor of the James River Singers, and an active solo singer and choral clinician. Jeff earned music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Westminster Choir College and has completed additional studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.
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.
Walk-In Coordinator : Elva Mapp
Born in Bristol, Tennessee, Elva lived in Georgia, Louisiana, Virginia and Connecticut growing up, and 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 in a military family, with the benefits of living in various locations throughout the world, though she calls Fayetteville, NC 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 2PCCC since September 2007 and loves the opportunity to join her passions for ministry and education in 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 22 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 ar Second since 2001.
For the past 11 years, Cliff has served as sexton. His major responsibilities are the Dining Room and the Virginia Building.