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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 
  • 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.


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 (Summer schedule, May 29-September 4)

  • 8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist: Rite One
  • 10:00 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

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.

Confirmation

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 thediocese.net.

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Sunday Schedule

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

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

OUR LOCATION

6000 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226
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Staff

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Janet Allen

Associate for Membership and Operations

Janet has extensive experience in parish management, particularly in the areas of membership, stewardship and development. She served with Gary at his previous parish in Memphis, and was persuaded to come to St. Stephen's when he accepted the call here. She is known throughout the Episcopal Church for her expertise in stewardship and formerly served on the board of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes. Janet's professional experience prior to beginning church employment was in marketing, advertising and commercial art. Her interests outside work continue toward the artistic, and Janet is responsible for bringing the annual icon workshop (which now routinely fills up) to St. Stephen's. She has two adult sons.

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Stan Barnett

Coordinator of Kitchen Ministries

Stan is responsible for meals and receptions that take place at St. Stephen's, and supervises the volunteers who prepare food to sell in the May Fair House, the food and gift shop run by the Women of St. Stephen's. The Hampden-Sydney graduate is also in great demand as a caterer. He and his partner enjoy traveling, sometimes with Stan's grandchildren in tow. Stan sings in St. Stephen's Choir.

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Sarah R. Bartenstein

Director of Communications

When Sarah arrived at St. Stephen’s in December 2005, she was already familiar with the parish and its role as a leader in the Diocese of Virginia, having served as communications director for the diocese for 12 years. Before coming to St. Stephen’s, she was communications director for Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, where she oversaw the rebranding of WCVE radio and television and the launch of a new Web site. She’s also worked at Virginia Wildlife magazine and STYLE Weekly. The Hollins College alumna is the former president of the Diocese of Virginia’s Standing Committee, and serves as president of Episcopal Communicators, an international organization dedicated to excellence in church communication. As the daughter of an Episcopal priest and born in the mission field (Alaska), she’s one of those cradle Episcopalians you sometimes hear about.

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Marion Chenault

Director, St. Stephen's Preschool

has extensive experience in the field of education. After earning her B.A. in biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, she began her career teaching middle school science. She then founded Educational Associates, a tutoring agency, and Richmond Child Development Centers, a preschool and after school program. Marion has been at St. Stephen’s since 2001. Marion’s commitment to education has led her to serve on the Boards of several area schools, including the Steward School and St. Andrew’s School. Marion and her husband Cabell have two children, J.C and his wife, Joy, and Elizabeth, and two grandchildren, Cabell and Lacey. They enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends at their cottage on the Rappahannock River and at Camp Greenbrier for Boys in the summer.

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Dawn Childs

Assistant for Children's Music Ministry

Dawn Childs teaches our "Music Makers" classes, an early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to enjoy with a parent. She directs the Cherub and Palmer Hall choirs, assists with vocal instruction of the girl and boy choirs, and serves as music teacher for St. Stephen’s Preschool. Dawn is a Virginia-licensed music teacher (preK-12 choral and general music) with a rich base of successful experience teaching music to children of all ages. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education, as well as a Master’s Degree in Adult Education/Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. During her time at VCU she was a member of the Madrigalists, a soprano section leader in the Commonwealth Singers, and a flute/piccolo player for the VCU Pep Band. Using her experiences with other music programs such as Kindermusik and Music Together, she has successfully developed her own curriculum, the Music Makers classes we offer at St. Stephen's. Dawn and her husband Nathan have two young boys, Adam and Benjamin. In her spare time Dawn enjoys cooking, reading, and having impromptu kitchen dance parties with her kiddos.

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Donald Clements

Sexton

Donald has been at St. Stephen's for several years, and has successfully and cheerfully juggled his duties here with school (he is now certified as a medical assistant) and fatherhood.

 
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Sarah-Keel Crews

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Sarah-Keel is a full-time member of the family ministries team, where she focuses on coordinating programs for and ministering to students in grades 4 through 8. You’ll see her often out in the community—on the sidelines, in the stands, and sitting with students at the local hot spots. A Richmond native, Sarah-Keel grew up an active member of St. Stephen’s. She is a 2011 graduate of Douglas Freeman High School and a 2015 graduate of James Madison University, where she earned her B.S. in hospitality management. In high school, Sarah-Keel served on the Diocesan Parish Youth Ministries Committee, a select group of teenagers who lead retreat weekends for youth. During her college years, she volunteered regularly with St. Stephen’s youth ministry, helping to lead a trip to New York City, a ski weekend at Wintergreen, and the children’s program for our annual parish retreat at Shrine Mont.

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Kyle J. Dosier

Sexton and Assistant Manager, Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's

Kyle originally joined the staff of St. Stephen’s in 2011 as a sexton, and his careful attention is evident in the set-ups for the Celtic service and Compline. More recently, Kyle added to his duties serving as assistant manager for our farmers market. Kyle has been involved in growing food, teaching gardening and cooking classes, and advocating for fresh and local food options for much of his adult life. You can often see him around town playing Indonesian music with Gamelan Raga Kusuma.

 
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Melissa Hipes

Financial Administrator

Melissa came to St. Stephen's in July 2011, putting skills to work which she'd honed in previous positions with BroadMap and Capital One. She's known not only for her professional skills, but for being calm in any situation, with a wicked sense of humor. She enjoys cooking, travel, and reading to her daughter's class.

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Peter Hopkins

Director of Music

The upflappable Peter Hopkins arrived at St. Stephen's just as the parish was moving into temporary worship spaces to allow for extensive renovation of our Gothic church building and never missed a beat. He and his wife, Paula Pugh Romanaux (an accomplished organist in her own right), and their daughter Hannah came to Richmond from Philadelphia, where Peter and Paula had been on the staff of St. Peter's Church. Paula is now the organist at Bon Air Baptist Church. Peter received his B.Music and M.Music degrees in choral conducting from Michigan State University, and is a longtime student of renowned German conductor Helmuth Rilling. He sings in Rilling’s Gächinger Kantorei and Oregon Bach Festival choruses, and assists Rilling in preparing these professional ensembles for performance. A lyric tenor, he has concertized in Germany, Austria, and England in addition to the United States. A gifted organist and continuo player, Peter regularly plays for services and performs with orchestras and chamber ensembles. He has also served as a music teacher at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels. Fun fact: Peter is a runner and enjoys adventure runs (including “Mud Runs”)!

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Greta Kidd

Wedding Coordinator

Since she began attending St. Stephen’s in 2003, this parish has figured prominently in Greta's life. It was the site of her marriage (to husband T Kidd) and the baptisms of her daughters Alice and Sadie. After the retirement of Mary Frances Siersema—who had been the coordinator for Greta and T’s wedding—Greta assumed her duties. “It is an honor to support couples as they make a huge commitment to each other before God,” says Greta. Greta’s full-time job is as Vice President of Marketing and Outreach at Entrust Financial Credit Union, where she’s been on the staff for 14 years and where she enjoys teaching about, and providing opportunities for, individuals to be good stewards of their money. In her leisure time, Greta enjoys the beach, dinners with girlfriends, date nights with her husband and extracurricular activities with her daughters.

 
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Deb Lawrence

Director of Outreach

Deb not only serves St. Stephen’s as director of outreach, but she is known throughout the region as a leader in her field. That leadership has led St. Stephen’s to have one of the most extensive outreach ministries in the Episcopal Church. A native of Richmond, she and her family have been members of St. Stephen’s for over 20 years, and Deb has been on the staff for nine. Her family includes husband Rick and three adult children, Aubrey, Andrew, and Emily. Her favorite part of the job is working with the many outreach volunteers at St. Stephen’s on projects in the community and beyond. When not at work, she enjoys exercising, working in her garden, and spending time with her family.

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Betsy Lee

Office Manager and Pastoral Care Assistant

Betsy has been on our staff since 2011, successfully juggling a variety of tasks while providing the warm welcome for which St. Stephen’s has become known. She also assists in the area of pastoral care, working with our pastoral care teams, checking on parishioners in the hospital so our clergy will know whom to visit, and scheduling lay eucharistic visitors. She holds an undergraduate degree in business education from James Madison University (Go, Dukes!), and a master’s degree in school and community counseling from the University of Georgia (Go, Dawgs!). Betsy has been married to Jeff for 23 years and they have three super awesome sons—Jake and Chris, who are in college, and Bobby, who’s still at home. She loves doughnuts, Slurpees, and a good breakfast burger.

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Becky Lehman

Assistant for Hospitality and Communications

Becky is originally from upstate New York, and after 15 post-college years filled with seven jobs and nine apartments in four East Coast cities, she is happy to call Richmond home. Prior to coming to St. Stephen’s in the fall of 2014, Becky worked for many years as a recreation therapist, providing sports and recreation programs for youth and adults with physical disabilities and visual impairments. She enjoys being outdoors, playing tennis, cooking and grilling, hearing people’s stories, creating beauty, and has recently been dabbling in gardening and floral arranging. In addition to welcoming people to St. Stephen’s Church from her desk in the reception area, Becky assists with many communications tasks, including editing some of our email newsletters and keeping the Web site up to date.

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Jan Locher

Lead Catechist

A member of St. Stephen’s since 1994 who has been involved in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd since it began at St. Stephen's, Jan has a B.A. from the University of Richmond as well as a Masters in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College. After a career in investment banking, Jan’s interest turned to education. She has taught at St. Catherine’s School, St. Stephen’s Preschool and currently teaches first grade at Maybeury Elementary School in Henrico County. Jan became a catechist in 2007 and has been part of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program at St. Stephen’s Church and in the preschool. She is currently serving as a formation leader for the 3-9 year old children who attend St. Stephen’s and truly enjoys spending time with young children. She and her husband Michael have three children. She enjoys reading, running and family time.

 
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Christi McFadden

Finance Assistant

Christi joined our business office on a part-time basis, assisting Melissa Hipes, in May 2015. She had been working at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ginter Park as their financial administrator since 2012. She is a member of St. James’s, so Christi is very familiar with the Episcopal Church. She is a 2000 graduate of the University of Virginia, where she studied systems engineering. “I have gradually found my way into finance,” she says, “and I love it.” Christi is married to her high school sweetheart, Trent, and they have a 9-year-old daughter, Ashley, and a 5-year-old son, Bowen. Christi enjoys reading, playing with her kids, trying new restaurants, and she loves watching stand-up comedy.

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Ben Nelson

Sexton, Chef, Pressman

Ben "Renaissance Man" Nelson has served on the buildings and grounds staff here for many years, and more recently has added to his duties supervising preparation of the Sunday Community Supper, and printing service bulletins and The Spirit on our in-house duplicator.

 
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Sun Ho Nuon

Sexton

Sun Ho has worked at St. Stephen’s Church since 1981, soon after he arrived in this country with his family, making him the most senior member of the parish staff. Sun Ho was a schoolteacher in Cambodia until the rise of the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot in 1975. He survived there with his family for five years before fleeing to Thailand in 1980. While in Thailand, his situation came to the attention of St. Stephen’s, who brought the family to Richmond, where the children have grown up, gone to school and college, gotten married—and now Sun Ho and his wife Sophany are the grandparents of Charlotte and Joshua. In January, Sun Ho returned to Cambodia for several weeks for a family wedding. While he was delighted to see his native country and his family and friends there, but said he was very happy to return to his adopted home, the United States.

 
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Matt Oltmann

Sexton

Matt Oltmann is not only a valued member of our buildings and grounds staff, he is also a recent graphic design graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Matt designed the very attractive and helpful campus maps that are helping to guide people to their destinations during our construction project.

 
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Paige Reisenfeld

Music Assistant

Paige is studying vocal performance at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a section leader in the choir at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church. She's also a terrific knitter!

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Kate Ruby

Manager, Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's

Kate's passion for sourcing food locally and supporting local farmers goes way back to before it was "a thing." Not only does she manage our farmers market, but she's helped it grow into one of the most successful markets in town. Her son is a farmer himself who sometimes sells at the market, and her daughter is a talented photographer who documents the weekly festival of food. Kate also volunteers in our food pantry on Mondays, where clients receive not only shelf-stable food, but some of the bounty from our generous farmers.

 
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Allison Seay

Associate for Religion and the Arts

Allison is an award-winning poet and essayist who has taught English literature in college and secondary school. Recently, Allison was poet-in-residence at the University of Mary Washington and a beloved teacher at the Collegiate School in Richmond. At St. Stephen’s, where she will join the staff on August 15, Allison will coordinate a monthly poetry reading series to bring writers from around the region, as well as nationally acclaimed poets. Allison has a heart for ministries of compassion with the poor and marginalized. At Collegiate, Allison was a leader in connecting students with refugees and people who are homeless. She continues that work at St. Stephen’s, joining also in our parish’s jail ministry. In addition, Allison will work closely with the family ministry program here to provide a safe and engaging environment for young people to grow in their life of faith. Allison will offer regular writing workshops, will speak about faith and literature in the Sunday Forum, assist in liturgical leadership, offer reflections in the evening Celtic service, and help lead youth and adults alike into a deeper encounter with God and the sacred.

 
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Steve Simon

Facilities Manager

Steve Simon joined the staff in 2006 as a sexton, and was soon promoted to facilities manager. He supervises the buildings and grounds staff and manages one of the most active physical plants of any Episcopal Church in the country--and never breaks a sweat. He and his wife have a son and a daughter. Steve, a New York native, accompanied a group of St. Stephen's young adults on a trip to Brooklyn and Manhattan following Hurricane Sandy to transport supplies and help with clean-up efforts. Not surprisingly, he is a Yankees fan, which causes problems for several Red Sox fans on the staff.

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Lamonté Smith

Sexton and Night Watchman

Lamonté may be the most dapper sexton you will ever meet--his father owns a men's clothing store, and Lamonté has inherited his dad's sense of style.He may eventually go into a fashion-related field himself, but for now, he serves as our night security staff, and at other times as a sexton.

 
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Michael Sweeney

Director of Family Ministries

Michael, a former teacher (Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts), camp staffer (summer arts camp at Deerfield Academy, and Maine’s diocesan camp, Bishopswood), has been at St. Stephen's since 2012. He has revitalized the youth ministry here during his time, and in addition to a vibrant confirmation program, Sunday school and youth group, Michael takes three summer trips with youth each year. Middle school students go to New York City for a discipleship trip, sernior high youth go on a spiritual pilgrimage, and another group of senior highs goes the Dominican Republic on a mission trip (where Michael also serves as translator and guitar picker). He and his wife Briget, a photographer and videographer, are avid travelers. Their first child, Emmett, was born in April 2016. A self-proclaimed geek, Michael also has a macho side, playing Ultimate Frisbee.

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Greg Vick

Principal Organist

Greg returns to St. Stephen’s as the principal organist. His duties include playing for the Sunday morning liturgies, Evensong, and occasionally the Celtic service. Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business from Randolph-Macon College and has pursued graduate study in organ and choral conducting at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey. Past positions include Director of Music, Trinity Lutheran Church, Richmond; Organist/Choirmaster at St. James the Less in Scarsdale, New York; and the Lee Hastings Bristol Organ Scholar at Trinity Church (Episcopal), Princeton. Greg will continue his duties at St. Christopher’s School as the full-time Director of Upper School Choral Activities.

 
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