Clare Diester grew up in the quiet town of Marthasville, MO. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors in Science and a (random) minor in French. She then moved to Richmond in 2015, where she obtained her Masters in Forensic Science at VCU. She is currently working towards her PhD in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department at VCU’s Medical School. With most of her days spent doing research, she truly enjoys getting out and exploring, hiking, biking, and singing, and is looking forward to becoming a part of this wonderful community! She has joined the choir!
Hannah Askin Franz grew up going to Second Presbyterian Church and is happy to be returning! She is a PhD candidate in Educational Leadership at William & Mary and an adjunct instructor in English/Linguistics at VCU. Hannah and her husband, Matt, ere married at Second n 2009. They recently moved to Richmond from Williamsburg. They have two children: Henry (Hank) and Nell. Matthew (Matt) Franz is originally from Ashland. He is a software engineer at Lockheed Martin and a soccer referee for the NWSL and MLS.
Jack and Carol Moorman have been married for 25 years and have one daughter, Sarah, who lives in South Carolina. They met in Virginia Beach while Jack was serving in the Navy. They were married in First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach, where Carol was a lifelong member and Jack served on the session. In the 25 years of marriage they have moved to and from Dallas, Austin, Virginia Beach, Indianapolis and back to Richmond. Jack is an Environmental Health and Safety Manager for Aleris in Richmond and Carol is a Unit Field Trainer for Banker’s Life Insurance in Richmond. They have both served on sessions and committees in the various cities they’ve lived and enjoy being involved in the community.
Verna Gessaman relocated to her hometown after 40 years that took her through Northern Virginia and Eastern North Carolina as a wife, mother, teacher, and banker. She is retired, a widow, with two adult children and four grandchildren three and under! She has always been involved with church and community and looks forward to this new stage of life as a member of the Second Presbyterian Family.
Jonathan Moelker – is a Seminary student who moved to Virginia from Tennessee to attend UPSem. Before coming here he was an engineering student at UT and worked in Facilities and Operations at Oak Ridge National Lab. Andy Morgan, one of our former Pastoral Interns was his UKirk Pastor at UT!
Tell joined Second and married Chris Reina, already a member, in the sanctuary of Second on Saturday, December 16. Tell works at VCU in Fitness at the Cary Street Gym as the Business Operations Assistant. Chris is a Professor at VCU in Leadership and Mindfulness. They are excited to share their love of Second!
David Glover has been attending Second with his partner Jack Brandt for about 19 years. He has decided to become a full member. For the past 30+ years he served as Director of the Front Office and Hospitality at the Jefferson Hotel. He is a graduate of James Madison University where he still holds a record for the High Jump!
Ashley Miller is a Registered Nurse and works at Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital. She grew up in Fredericksburg and is a lifelong Presbyterian. Ashley is excited to be involved with all the 20s and 30s activities at Second!
Paige and Alexi Shephard are natives of Virginia however moved from York, Pennsylvania last fall. They had lived in York for five years. They were members of First Presbyterian Church of York and are excited to become members of a new church family. Paige works as a National Market Manager for a lubrication company while Alexi is a social worker for Elk Hill Farm. They enjoy running in 5 and 10 Ks, travelling, and playing with their cat, Cosmo.
Bill Richter – Bill is a Project Manager with World Pediatric Project. Originally from Dekalb, Illinois, outside Chicago, Bill and his wife Ryland moved to Richmond three years ago from Washington, DC. They have a daughter, Ellis, who will soon be two years old. Bill enjoys backpacking, cycling, and running, with his delightful daughter and wife.