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*
  • 11:15 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite Two*
  • 5:30 p.m., Celtic Evensong and Communion*
  • 6:30 p.m., Sunday Community Supper
  • 8:00 p.m., Compline
*indicates child care available through age 4

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


Gary has been an Episcopal priest for over 30 years and has been rector of St. Stephen’s Church since 2005. His wife, Cherry Jones, is a nurse practitioner, and they have three grown children.

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Stephen Y. McGehee

Associate Rector

Steve returns to St. Stephen's (where he grew up) after serving as Associate Rector for Pastoral Care at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, S.C. Before entering the priesthood, Steve was a commercial banker with Bank of America for almost 30 years. Steve is a graduate of St. Christopher’s School, Washington and Lee University, the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and Virginia Theological Seminary. He and his wife Ruth lived in Atlanta before Steve entered seminary, and there Steve conducted his clinical pastoral education at Emory University Hospital. Prior to seminary, Steve was active in lay ministry in the Episcopal Church, serving on vestry, singing in the choir (tenor!), and serving as a lay reader and eucharistic minister. In 2005/06, Steve was the senior warden at All Saints, Atlanta. He was ordained to the diaconate in December 2011 and to the priesthood in October 2012. Steve and Ruth have three children, Teddy, Ben and Lisa, all grown and active in the world. They are also the proud “parents” of two awesome Wheaton terriers, Woody and Bogey.

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Claudia Merritt

Priest Associate

The Rev. Claudia W. Merritt has served the church in four dioceses as rector, associate rector, and interim rector over the past 30 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from Carnegie-Mellon University, with a major in economics, her MBA from Vanderbilt University, and Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has served the wider church on the Commission on Ministry, as reader for ordination exams, and as a stewardship consultant. At St. Stephen’s Claudia serves in a variety of ministries including the pastoral care team, teaching, and welcoming newcomers. Her interests outside church are traveling and cooking. She is married to Craig Merritt; she has four children, two step-children, and one dog.

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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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