Alex Evans, Pastor
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. He is also the Director of Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program. He volunteers as lead Chaplain for the FBI, Richmond Division. He has been married to Ginger Taylor Evans for 38 years and they have three grown children, three children-in-law, and six grandsons.
Roger Gench, Theologian in Residence
Roger retired in 2019 from seventeen years of service as the senior pastor of The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington DC. He has also served for twelve years as the senior pastor of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He has spent the last thirty years connecting the contemplative arts and theological reflection to the practice of community organizing and ministry. He is currently working on a book on spirituality and activism for Cascade Press. He is an alum of Union Presbyterian Seminary, where he completed a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics.
Stephanie Workman, Part-Time Interim Associate Pastor
A California native, Stephanie has been living in Richmond since seminary in 2002, outside of an overseas year in ministry in India. After seminary, she received her Masters in Patient Counseling from VCU, then became ordained through the UCC in 2012. Much of her ministry has been in chaplaincy, caring for the newly born struggling to thrive, older adults, and everyone in between. She loves to help people experience missions and the work of justice & create dialogue to further engage in it meaningfully. She is married to a wonderful man, Will, has 2 young children, Claire and Waylen. When she’s not doing ministry, you can find her gardening, hiking, reading, eating, socializing, and creating art.
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.
Ginger Taylor Evans, Director of Christian Education
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, the app, 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 six precious boys!
Director of Music: Jeffrey Riehl
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
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
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.
Parish Associate: Sam Adams
Sam serves 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. 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. 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.
Pastoral Care Minister: Mary Jane Winter
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.
Administrative Assistant: Willa Jacob
Willa came to Second Presbyterian 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.
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 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.
Walk-In Coordinator: Elva Mapp
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.
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.
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: Molly Smerko
Molly is a second year Masters of Divinity student at Union Presbyterian Seminary. She was born in Wilmington, North Carolina but claims Raleigh, North Carolina as home. She graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious and Ethical Studies and Spanish. She is a child of God, twin, daughter, and friend to many. When she's not studying or at church, you can find Molly running in the beautiful neighborhoods near the seminary, listening to a wide variety of music, and reading for fun. Molly is so excited to join the youth ministry team at Second Presbyterian as she shares in fellowship and faith with our youth!
Youth Minister: Connor Ferreri
Connor is a 2019 graduate of the College of Wooster where he majored in Religious Studies, minored in English, and played Ice Hockey. Originally from Gilbertsville Pennsylvania, he is excited to begin his journey at Union Presbyterian Seminary as a Dual Degree student. In his free time you can find Connor watching sports, listening to music, or hanging out at a coffee shop. Connor is very excited to be apart of the wonderful Youth Ministry team at Second Pres and cannot wait for what is ahead.
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.