Erik was born in Vermont and went to high school in Massachusetts–a New Englander through and through. He graduated from Princeton in 1998 with a degree in History and a Certificate in Teacher Preparation, and went on to complete his Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in 2001. He completed his Doctorate in Ministry (focusing on faith, vocation, and culture) from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2017.
Erik served as Area Director of Young Life in Bucks County, Pennsylvania from 2001 to 2004. In 2005, he and his wife, Sarah, moved to Virginia where he served at Grace Community Church in Mechanicsville, first as Assistant to the Pastor and then as Associate Pastor. City Church named Erik our Church Planter and Founding Pastor in 2008. He was installed as our Senior Pastor in 2011.
Erik and Sarah live in the Fan with their son and two daughters.
Pastor of Children & Families
Jim grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia. After high school he served in the United States Navy for six years (2004 to 2010) in the field of Cryptology and Intelligence, deploying on submarines and aircraft carriers all over the world.
In his post-Navy life, Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Theology from Regent University in 2012. He went on to received a Maters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in May of 2016. He also lead Young Life as volunteer and worked at Young Life Camp in the Adirondacks for two summers—where he happened to meet Susan, his future wife.
Jim moved to Richmond in the summer of 2016 to serve alongside City Church’s pastors and leadership to disciple children and their families. He’s proud to lead a wonderful team of volunteer leaders who seek to show kids Jesus in the nursery, Children’s Worship, City Kids, and middle and high school ministries.
Jim, Susan, and their young daughters live in Westover Hills on Richmond’s Southside.
Val is a life-long Richmonder. She graduated from the University of Richmond in 2003 with a degree in English and her teaching license. After spending a few years teaching 5th grade language arts, science, and social studies in nearby Chesterfield County, Val worked as a copywriter, editor, and freelance columnist for Richmond-area publications.
Val joined the City Church staff as our administrator in July 2008. Her primary roles at City Church include managing our communication efforts; supporting her fellow staff members with any-and-all administrative needs; and maintaining the church’s financial and membership records.
Val lives on the Northside with her husband, Ross, their son, and (as of this writing) two very old dogs.
Director of Women's Ministry
Meg was born and raised in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2002 with a degree in Religious Studies, Meg moved to Austin, Texas and spent seven-and-a-half years working for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at the University of Texas. After her time with RUF, Meg was Special Projects Manager at the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library and Museum where she worked on special exhibits, events, and a book project. Meg moved to Richmond in February 2011 after marrying Jon-Marc, the area director of FOCUS in Richmond and Central Virginia. She joined City Church’s staff as the Director of Women’s Ministry shortly thereafter.
As Director of Women's Ministry, Meg coordinates the efforts to care for and disciple the women of City Church by leading Bible studies; meeting with women to mentor and encourage them; and planning events and experiences for women to grow in their relationships with Jesus and one another.
Meg and Jon-Marc live in Byrd Park with their two children—a boy and a girl.
(Note: Meg is on leave for June and July.)
Assistant Director of Women's Ministry
Elisabeth was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She attended Wake Forest University where she majored in Spanish, fully planning to live the rest of her life as a missionary in Tirrases, Costa Rica. God had other plans. After graduating from Wake Forest University in 2010 she returned to Birmingham to serve as a youth ministry for two-and-a-half years. During that time she felt pulled back to Latin America. By the end of 2012 she was living in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, first teaching English and then serving as the school's Director of Spiritual Formation.
Elisabeth came to Richmond in 2017 and joined the City Church staff in September of that year. As Assistant Director of Women's Ministry, Elisabeth works with Meg to care for and disciple the women of City Church. In addition to her work at City Church, Elisabeth is also in the process of completing a Masters in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary.
Elisabeth lives in the Fan and spends her free time exploring her new hometown of RVA.
Director of Preschool Ministry
Jennifer was born and raised in Hopewell, Virginia, where she lived until heading to Williamsburg to attend William & Mary. She graduated in 2002 with a degree in Psychology. Jennifer went on to serve as a missionary in Scotland with her husband, James. She spent some time as a full-time mom following the birth of their oldest son in 2009.
Jennifer joined the City Church staff in 2011 and currently serves as our Director of Preschool Ministry. In addition to overseeing the City Church nursery, Jennifer coordinates many of our major family-related outreach events throughout the year, including Vacation Bible School, our annual Harvest Party, the Christmas Pageant, and Easter events.
Jennifer and James live in Woodland Heights with their three boys who keep them laughing…and on their toes.
Campus Minister, RUF at VCU
Harrison grew up in Blue Springs, a tiny town in northeastern Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2010 with a degree in International Studies.
After working with college students in Romania through Mission to the World and a brief stint as a research associate for a financial research firm, Harrison went on to serve as the Pastoral Intern for young adults at Uptown Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Shortly after Harrison received his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte in May 2016, he and his wife, Brittany, moved to Richmond so Harrison could serve as the Campus Minister for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at VCU. As RUF’s Campus Minister, Harrison is the extension of local PCA churches onto the VCU campus, helping students understand the life-changing implications of God's grace through one-one-one counseling, small group Bible studies, and RUF’s weekly large group meeting.
Harrison and Brittany live in the Fan with their little boy.