There's a place for you here.

New to Richmond? Unfamiliar with the Episcopal Church, or with Christianity? Welcome.

Whoever you are, wherever you are in your spiritual journey, the people of St. Stephen's Church hope that your experience with this church will encourage and strengthen you.

As you browse our Web site, you might consider: 


  • visiting St. Stephen's for a worship service 
  • coming to an informal supper
  • stopping by the Farmers Market on Saturday morning
  • attending one of our receptions or lunches for visitors and newcomers (info here
  • signing up for an Inquirers Class
  • subscribing to St. Stephen's weekly email, the eSpirit; there is no cost, no obligation, and we will not share your email address with any outside group
  • attending a retreat, workshop or group, or participating in any of the other offerings you'll see on these pages. 


Do as much or as little as you like. There are no "requirements" for being a part of this community of faith. If you wish to be baptized or confirmed, or to transfer your membership from another Episcopal parish, we'd love for you to do so. But it's not required. Everything we do, everything we offer, is open to all, regardless of whether you are a "member" of this church. If you're here, you belong.

Here's an online visitor card: it's not required--it just helps us to be more responsive to you!

Our Services

St. Stephen's is a vibrant parish that offers worship, prayer and more seven days a week. Sunday, of course, is our big day. You are most welcome at any of the services held here.

Sunday Worship 

  • 8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite One
  • 9:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two* (two services occur simultaneously, one in Palmer Hall Chapel, the other in the main church)
  • 10:10 a.m., Christian education for all ages (resuming September 18)*
  • 11:15 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two*, followed by reception 
  • 5:30 p.m., Celtic Evensong and Communion*
  • 6:30 p.m., Sunday Community Supper
  • 8:00 p.m., Compline
*indicates child care available up to age 5

Weekday worship 

  • 8:10 a.m., Morning Prayer with Communion
  • 5:30 p.m., Evensong (Sung Evening Prayer) 

Saturday worship

  • 5:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite Two

Nursery - Senior High

St. Stephen's Church has an active ministry for children and youth, staffed by an energetic and talented family ministries staff and dedicated, well-trained volunteers. Michael Sweeney, the director of family ministries, sends a regular email newsletter to parents for which you may sign up.


At St. Stephen's, young people who desire to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church may do so in the ninth grade or later. They are prepared in a year-long course called "Philip's Way," and confirmation takes place when one of our bishops visits St. Stephen's, usually in May.

Are you in your 20-30s?

Young adults are part of every facet of parish life at St. Stephen's, and you are always welcome at any worship service, adult education opportunity or social event—membership is NOT required. You (and your friends and family) are always welcome here. Single or married, with children or not, in school or not--all are welcome.

Get Connected

Some activities and ministries at St. Stephen's are designed especially for young adults, including a young adult Bible study group, social gatherings, retreats, and outreach and volunteer opportunities. The best way to keep up with what young adults are doing at St. Stephen's is to sign up for our e-newsletter.

A Fellowship

One of the distinctive things about being an Episcopalian is the sense of connection and fellowship one has with other Episcopalian Christians. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church is part of the Diocese of Virginia, one of the oldest and largest dioceses in the Episcopal Church.

Our diocese includes 80,000 people who worship God and reach out to others in 181 parishes in 38 counties in central, northern and northwestern Virginia. It is one of three Episcopal dioceses in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the others being the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia (based in Roanoke) and the Diocese of Southern Virginia (based in Norfolk). You can read more about the Diocese of Virginia at


Sunday Schedule

Holy Eucharist: 8:00, 9:00, 11:15

Christian Education for all ages: 10:10 (returning September)


6000 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226



Gary D. Jones


The Rev. Gary D. Jones has been rector of St. Stephen’s since 2005, and while St. Stephen’s was a strong and large parish when he arrived, it has grown by some 1,000 members over the past 10 years, making it one of the largest and most vibrant parishes in the Episcopal Church. Gary has served churches in Tennessee, North Carolina and Pennsylvania during his 30 years in ordained ministry. Formative experiences with the Society of St. John the Evangelist have helped him delve more deeply into the contemplative dimensions of the Gospel. A serious bout with cancer in 2011 only enriched the journey. Gary is known for his preaching, writing and teaching. His sermons are posted on St. Stephen’s Web site at, and his blog is available at Gary and his wife Cherry Jones, a nurse practitioner, have three adult children: Garrison and Graham, who live in Boston, and Caroline, a student at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Eugene H. LeCouteur

Associate for Christian Education and Formation

The Rev. Gene LeCouteur joined the staff as a seminary intern in June 2008 and, fortunately for St. Stephen’s, he never left! During his tenure he has focused on formation and education for adults, including Emmaus Groups, classes, and guest speakers. He is passionate about working with children and youth, regularly serving in Palmer Hall worship, and he is a trained catechist in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. He has led youth and adult pilgrimages and regularly participates in youth group and Club 45 activities. Beginning in the fall of 2015 he will be devoting more attention to children’s programs as part of the family ministry team. He helps plan and lead liturgy at St. Stephen’s. Gene co-founded the Farmers Market @ St. Stephen’s and the Bookshop @ St. Stephen’s. He earned his AB in music and history from The College of William & Mary, holds an MBA from Cornell University, and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. He was ordained to the priesthood in December 2014.

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Weston Mathews

Associate Rector

The Rev. E. Weston Mathews, a native of Winchester, Virginia, has been serving St. Stephen’s since July 2014. Weston was ordained to the diaconate in May 2014 and to the priesthood in December 2014. He is involved in every aspect of ordained ministry from pastoral care to liturgical planning, with special emphasis on young adult ministries, teaching adult inquirers, marriage, environmental stewardship, and racial reconciliation through our men’s and women’s ministry in the Richmond City Justice Center. Weston serves on the Board of ROSMY, Central Virginia’s LGBT youth advocacy and development center. A graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Weston’s undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the College of William and Mary. From 2005 to 2011, he taught Advanced Placement United States history and alternative education at Nelson County High School and served as a member of the Region Ten Community Services Board in Charlottesville. Weston is married to Hannah, a PhD candidate in special education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education; they have two dogs, Wills and Harry.

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Penny Nash

Associate Rector

The Rev. Penny Nash joined the staff at St. Stephen’s in April 2014, after serving parishes in Williamsburg, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia. She first learned about St. Stephen’s by attending the Celtic service with friends and is happy to now be the pastor of that community. Penny also has particular responsibility for pastoral care at St. Stephen’s. In addition to Jesus and the church, she loves her family (husband, three grown children, and cats), travel (especially to islands and beaches), and 10-mile walks. She can often be found behind the lens of a camera taking pictures to post on her blog, One Cannot Have Too Large a Party.

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William L. Sachs

Priest Associate

This is Bill Sachs’ second time on the staff of St. Stephen’s Church, having served during the late Raby Edwards’ tenure as rector. After leaving St. Stephen’s, he served several parishes as rector and was on the staff of the Episcopal Church Foundation. He returned to this parish in 2006 to found the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation. Bill is the author of numerous books and articles, and is well-known throughout the church for his expertise in interfaith relations, church renewal movements and church growth. As priest associate, Bill provides crucial support in pastoral care, preaching and liturgy. He has also led several trips to the Middle East. He and his wife Austin Tucker have a daughter, Sloan, and two grandsons.

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