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 is a trustee at Union Presbyterian Seminary. He has been married to Ginger Taylor Evans for 36 years and they have three grown children, three children-in-law, and four 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 is a trustee at Union Presbyterian Seminary. He has been married to Ginger Taylor Evans for 36 years and they have three grown children, three children-in-law, and four 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. Before coming to Richmond, Kathryn worked as a chaplain in end-of-life care and pediatric oncology, Director of Family Ministries at a local Presbyterian church, Program Assistant at Ghost Ranch--and as a Christmas tree trimmer at a mom-and-pop canoe/kayak store and Christmas tree farm! Kathryn loves exploring the intersections of ministry, whether between theology and poetry, spiritual formation and pop culture, or pastoral care and storytelling. Kathryn is married to Michael Bacon, who works in information technology and is getting a Ph.D in planning from 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. Before coming to Richmond, Kathryn worked as a chaplain in end-of-life care and pediatric oncology, Director of Family Ministries at a local Presbyterian church, Program Assistant at Ghost Ranch--and as a Christmas tree trimmer at a mom-and-pop canoe/kayak store and Christmas tree farm! Kathryn loves exploring the intersections of ministry, whether between theology and poetry, spiritual formation and pop culture, or pastoral care and storytelling. Kathryn is married to Michael Bacon, who works in information technology and is getting a Ph.D in planning from 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. (now the U.S. 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 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. (now the U.S. 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 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. 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 four precious boys!

Director of Christian Education: Ginger Taylor Evans email

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, 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 four precious boys!

Director of Music: 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 Bo started working for Second Pres. in the fall of 2010. One of his first projects here at Second was to upgrade the existing sound system. 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.  Although he was born in Baltimore, both of his parents were “born and raised” here and his families have numerous ties to Richmond’s history. He is a graduate of VCU. Bo and his wife, Willa, have two daughters, Jacy and Cary.

Technical Director: Bo Jacob

Bo started working for Second Pres. in the fall of 2010. One of his first projects here at Second was to upgrade the existing sound system. 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.  Although he was born in Baltimore, both of his parents were “born and raised” here and his families have numerous ties to Richmond’s history. 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: Molly Spangler • email Molly Spangler is a dual degree student at Union Presbyterian Seminary.  She grew up in High Point, North Carolina, and received a Bachelor 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.

UKIRK Campus Minister: Molly Spangler email

Molly Spangler is a dual degree student at Union Presbyterian Seminary.  She grew up in High Point, North Carolina, and received a Bachelor 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.

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: Cliff Anderson For the past 17 years, Cliff has served as sexton. His major responsibilities are the Dining Room and the Virginia Building.

Sexton: Cliff Anderson

For the past 17 years, Cliff has served as sexton. His major responsibilities are the Dining Room and the Virginia Building.

Seminary Intern: Elizabeth Baril • email A Richmond native, Elizabeth is extremely excited to move back home and begin working at Second Presbyterian! After graduating from Christopher Newport University in May of 2015 she continued  her education at Union Presbyterian Seminary. She is passionate about mission opportunities abroad and in our country, anything art related, and being on the water! With many varied experiences in Youth Ministry Elizabeth is excited to begin a new chapter with the youth of Second Presbyterian.

Seminary Intern: Elizabeth Baril email

A Richmond native, Elizabeth is extremely excited to move back home and begin working at Second Presbyterian! After graduating from Christopher Newport University in May of 2015 she continued  her education at Union Presbyterian Seminary. She is passionate about mission opportunities abroad and in our country, anything art related, and being on the water! With many varied experiences in Youth Ministry Elizabeth is excited to begin a new chapter with the youth of Second Presbyterian.

Youth Minister: Alex 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!

Youth Minister: Alex 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!

Youth Minister: 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.

Youth Minister: 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.