Pastor: Alex Evans  •  email   Alex came to Second Presbyterian Church as Pastor in December 2008, following previous pastorates in Blacksburg, Virginia (12 years) and Pickens, South Carolina (9 years). Alex's priorities in ministry include preaching and teaching, building community, and engaging the congregation more deeply in mission in the neighborhood and across the globe. Alex is a graduate of Davidson College, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Yale University, and received his doctorate from Columbia Theological Seminary. Alex's experience and energy in ministry include his devotion to interfaith conversations, racial reconciliation, and care for traumatized police officers, which was the focus of his doctoral work. He is also the Director of  Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program . He volunteers as lead Chaplain for the FBI, Richmond Division. He also serves on several community boards and has served as a trustee at Union Presbyterian Seminary. He has been married to Ginger Taylor Evans for 37 years and they have three grown children, three children-in-law, and five grandsons. 

Pastor: Alex Evans • email

Alex came to Second Presbyterian Church as Pastor in December 2008, following previous pastorates in Blacksburg, Virginia (12 years) and Pickens, South Carolina (9 years). Alex's priorities in ministry include preaching and teaching, building community, and engaging the congregation more deeply in mission in the neighborhood and across the globe. Alex is a graduate of Davidson College, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Yale University, and received his doctorate from Columbia Theological Seminary. Alex's experience and energy in ministry include his devotion to interfaith conversations, racial reconciliation, and care for traumatized police officers, which was the focus of his doctoral work. He is also the Director of Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program. He volunteers as lead Chaplain for the FBI, Richmond Division. He also serves on several community boards and has served as a trustee at Union Presbyterian Seminary. He has been married to Ginger Taylor Evans for 37 years and they have three grown children, three children-in-law, and five grandsons. 

  Associate Pastor: Kathryn Lester-Bacon  •  email   In September 2013, Kathryn 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. Kathryn has served the greater Church as a chaplain in hospice and pediatric oncology, a director of youth and family ministries, and a moderator for the boards of both Duke and VCU UKIRK ministries. Kathryn loves reading, writing poetry, connecting people's stories, building community, and having conversations on long walks. Currently, she is pursuing a Certificate in Community Organizing and Congregational Leadership through Johnson C. Smith Seminary. Kathryn is married to Michael Bacon, who is getting his doctorate in planning at UVA. They are the proud parents of Josie Bacon, born December 2016.

Associate Pastor: Kathryn Lester-Bacon email

In September 2013, Kathryn 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. Kathryn has served the greater Church as a chaplain in hospice and pediatric oncology, a director of youth and family ministries, and a moderator for the boards of both Duke and VCU UKIRK ministries. Kathryn loves reading, writing poetry, connecting people's stories, building community, and having conversations on long walks. Currently, she is pursuing a Certificate in Community Organizing and Congregational Leadership through Johnson C. Smith Seminary. Kathryn is married to Michael Bacon, who is getting his doctorate in planning at UVA. They are the proud parents of Josie Bacon, born December 2016.

  Parish Associate: Sam Adams   Sam joins us as Parish Associate and is Professor of Old Testament 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. 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.    

Parish Associate: Sam Adams

Sam joins us as Parish Associate and is Professor of Old Testament 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. 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  •  email   Ginger grew up in a large, Presbyterian minister's family in Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC. 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. Her favorite thing in the whole world is being a grandmother to five precious boys!

Director of Christian Education: Ginger Taylor Evans email

Ginger grew up in a large, Presbyterian minister's family in Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC. 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. Her favorite thing in the whole world is being a grandmother to five precious boys!

  Director of Musi  c: Jeffrey Riehl  •  email   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.

Director of Music: Jeffrey Riehlemail

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  •  email   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.

Organist: Michael Simpsonemail

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  •  email   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.

Building Administrator: Rob Fergusson • email

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  •  email   Bo started working for Second Pres. in the fall of 2010. One of his first projects here at Second was to upgrade the existing Sanctuary sound system and Control Room electronics. 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.  He is a graduate of VCU. Bo and his wife, Willa, have two daughters, Jacy and Cary.

Technical Director: Bo Jacob email

Bo started working for Second Pres. in the fall of 2010. One of his first projects here at Second was to upgrade the existing Sanctuary sound system and Control Room electronics. 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.  He is a graduate of VCU. Bo and his wife, Willa, have two daughters, Jacy and Cary.

  Office Manager  : Dorothy DeJong  •  email   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. 

Office Manager: Dorothy DeJong • email

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 Jacob  •  email   Willa 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.

Administrative Assistant: Willa Jacobemail

Willa 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  •  email   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.

Walk-In Coordinator: Elva Mapp email

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.

  UKIRK Campus Minister: Alex Fischer   Alex is a recent graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary, where he earned his Masters of Divinity degree. He grew up in Fayetteville, NC and attended Appalachian State University for undergrad. He majored in Music Industry Studies (Marketing & Management), while focusing on Jazz Guitar as his area of music study. Alex has been playing guitar since he was 11. He married his wife Lisa Fischer in April 2018 right here in Richmond. Alex and Lisa have loved being in Richmond for the past few years and are excited to have more time in the city and with the congregation of Second Presbyterian.

UKIRK Campus Minister: Alex Fischer

Alex is a recent graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary, where he earned his Masters of Divinity degree. He grew up in Fayetteville, NC and attended Appalachian State University for undergrad. He majored in Music Industry Studies (Marketing & Management), while focusing on Jazz Guitar as his area of music study. Alex has been playing guitar since he was 11. He married his wife Lisa Fischer in April 2018 right here in Richmond. Alex and Lisa have loved being in Richmond for the past few years and are excited to have more time in the city and with the congregation of Second Presbyterian.

   Sexton: Kerry Randolph     Kerry has served as sexton at Second since 1989. His major responsibility and love is the care and cleaning of the Sanctuary and the Chapel. You can see his loving touches everywhere.

Sexton: Kerry Randolph 

Kerry has served as sexton at Second since 1989. His major responsibility and love is the care and cleaning of the Sanctuary and the Chapel. You can see his loving touches everywhere.

  Sexton: Chris Adams   Chris Adams is our new sexton. He comes to us from Lanier Parking Services and is a familiar face to all of us because of his work in our parking deck. His friendly, helpful ways made him a standout candidate for this important position at Second.

Sexton: Chris Adams

Chris Adams is our new sexton. He comes to us from Lanier Parking Services and is a familiar face to all of us because of his work in our parking deck. His friendly, helpful ways made him a standout candidate for this important position at Second.

   Sexton: Cliff Anderson    For the past 17 years, Cliff has served as sexton. His major responsibilities have been the Dining Room and the Virginia Building. Cliff retired from full-time work in 2018, but continues to help us with security and occasional sexton work.

Sexton: Cliff Anderson

For the past 17 years, Cliff has served as sexton. His major responsibilities have been the Dining Room and the Virginia Building. Cliff retired from full-time work in 2018, but continues to help us with security and occasional sexton work.

  Youth Minister: Mary Grace Reynolds   Mary Grace Reynolds is from Houston, Texas but I really grew up in East Tennessee. I graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2017 with a degree in Political Science and History. I love Taylor Swift, weird Medieval art, chimichangas, and you can usually find me with a cup of coffee in my hand. I’m so excited to begin my journey at Union Presbyterian Seminary and get to know the Youth here at Second- it’s going to be a great year! 

Youth Minister: Mary Grace Reynolds

Mary Grace Reynolds is from Houston, Texas but I really grew up in East Tennessee. I graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2017 with a degree in Political Science and History. I love Taylor Swift, weird Medieval art, chimichangas, and you can usually find me with a cup of coffee in my hand. I’m so excited to begin my journey at Union Presbyterian Seminary and get to know the Youth here at Second- it’s going to be a great year! 

  Seminary Intern: Ben Brannan  •  email   Born to Rene and Gary Brannan, I grew up in Rock Hill, SC. Playing four years of college soccer, I attended Spartanburg Methodist College and then transferred to USC Upstate. Moved to Austin, TX in August of last year enrolled at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I find myself living in Richmond as I have transferred to Union. I coach soccer and love the game and fitness in general. My vocational goals are revolved around spiritual and physical youth development, combining my love of ministry and love of fitness.

Seminary Intern: Ben Brannan • email

Born to Rene and Gary Brannan, I grew up in Rock Hill, SC. Playing four years of college soccer, I attended Spartanburg Methodist College and then transferred to USC Upstate. Moved to Austin, TX in August of last year enrolled at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I find myself living in Richmond as I have transferred to Union. I coach soccer and love the game and fitness in general. My vocational goals are revolved around spiritual and physical youth development, combining my love of ministry and love of fitness.

  Seminary Intern: Alex Lester-Abdalla  • email  Alex 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: Alex Lester-Abdalla • email

Alex 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!