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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
  • 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!

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
6000 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226
804.288.2867


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., Evening Prayer (on Wednesdays during the academic year, this service includes the Virginia Girls Choir) 

Saturday worship

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

Accessibility

There are several entrances to the church and parish house that are designed to be accessible to those with mobility issues or other physical limitations:

All entrances to the church, and the main entrance to the parish house, are equipped with power-assist doors. In addition, the main entrance to the parish house, from the large parking lot, has an elevator on the ground floor that allows you to bypass the steps. The Grove Avenue entrance to the main church is gently sloped, without steps, and the Three Chopt Road entrance has a ramp

Inside the church, several pews are shortened to allow space for a wheelchair or walker: the first pews on either side of the center aisle, nearest the altar, and the pews near the large baptismal font.

The church is equipped with assistive hearing devices for the hearing-impaired. Please ask an usher for one of these devices as you enter the church.


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. Our family ministry staff 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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Clergy

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Donald Dunn

Assisting Priest

The Rev D. Donald Dunn III retired from full-time ministry after serving as a priest for over 42 years. Donny has worked as a rector, interim rector, and transitional consultant with over 30 parishes in four dioceses and as canon to the suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. In retirement he enjoys iconography with the St Stephen's Icon Guild as well as blacksmithing, creating the votive candle stands, lectern and stands in the Holy Spirit Chapel, and the outdoor railings to the Cafe @ St. Stephen's. Donny is a C. S. Lewis follower. He and his wife Mary live on an old farm in Powhatan County.

 
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Gary D. Jones

Rector

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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Zaccheaus Katta

Assisting Priest

Zacc served as a rector in the Church of South India, Diocese of Medak, for nearly two decades, where he worked passionately for homeless children and with the dying. He arrived in the United States in 2014, and volunteered with various social organizations. Subsequently, he trained as a chaplain for residents in the memory care portion of Westminster Canterbury in Richmond. Zacc has a master’s degree in Patient Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and did Clinical Pastoral Education at VCU. He also worked as a chaplain at VCU Health, with special focus on oncology-palliative/hospice care. He graduated with an economics degree and a master’s degree in philosophy from Osmania University in India, holds a master of divinity from United Theological College, and a diploma in social work administration. Zacc uses his gifts of art, photography, and sculpture in his spiritual and pastoral care ministry. He enjoys the nature, gardening, long drives on his motorbike, diverse food and culture, and volunteering for rehabilitation work. Zacc’s wife Suchi is a registered nurse. They live in Glen Allen.

 
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David Knight

Interim Assistant for Pastoral Care

David Knight, who is joining us part-time as interim assistant for pastoral care, is no stranger to the parish. He served as senior associate from 1995-2005 when Thom Blair was rector. For the previous 16 years, he had been rector of Christ Church in Winchester. In 2005, David accepted a call to serve on the staff of St. Michael and All Angels in Dallas, Texas. Upon retirement he and Jeannie returned to their home in Richmond. About retirement, Bishop Lee said to David, “Not so fast, Mr. Knight,” and appointed him to serve as interim in several congregations. He also served as priest associate at St. Mary’s, Goochland. Upon full retirement, he and Jeannie returned as parishioners to St. Stephen’s where they have enjoyed worshiping together for the first time ever. In offering David a place part-time on the clergy staff to assist with pastoral care for the next few months, Gary assured David and Jeannie that their worship in the pews will remain intact. His ministry here will focus on pastoral care and visitation two half days and one full day a week.

 
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Stephen Y. McGehee

Associate Rector

Steve grew up at St. Stephen's before leaving Richmond for college and, eventually, a career in commercial banking. Before returning to St. Stephen's as associate rector, he was associate rector for Pastoral Care at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, S.C. His banking career spanned three decades. 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, eucharistic minister, vestry member and warden. 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 an awesome Wheaton terrier, Woody.

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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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Will Stanley

Vicar

The Rev. William S. Stanley was called as vicar of St. Stephen's Church in early 2020. Besides sharing in the pastoral, preaching, and teaching ministries as a member of the clergy staff, Will functions as a kind of chief operating officer, helping ensure both attention to detail and faithfulness to vision, under the leadership of the rector, Gary Jones. He is a graduate of the University of the South, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. After three years serving on the West Coast—most recently as associate rector at All Saints’ in Beverly Hills, Calif.—he is excited to return to this part of the country. Will is a fifth-generation Washingtonian.

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