Leadership & Staff

Chris Jones, Elder

Chris Jones

Elder

chris@gracerva.com

Chris and his wife, Alisa, have been married for over 12 years. They have two fun, sweet daughters, Elisabeth and Tori Jane. They also own a playful golden retriever named Buttercup. The Jones family lived in North Carolina for nearly a decade before moving to RVA in 2017 to join Grace Community. Chris first came to faith in Christ in 1996 and began to grow in loving obedience to God through the discipleship efforts of his high school youth minister. He graduated from SEBTS in 2011 with his M.Div. and in 2019 with his Ph.D. in biblical studies. He has served in youth and associate pastor positions in Louisiana and North Carolina. Chris loves to spend time with his family, and his hobbies include reading, golf, fishing, and coaching his daughters’ sports teams.

Paul Sheaffer, Elder

Paul Sheaffer

Elder

paul@gracerva.com

Paul was born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and was called to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord at age 16. Since then, God has taken him on an academic and career journey through the south: Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and now Virginia. In 2006 Paul married Sarah, whom he met in high school. God has blessed them with three daughters and each has reminded them of the joys of childhood. He loves connecting with people and helping them come to know Christ and grow in Christ. God has given him the opportunity to be of spiritual help to the people of Grace and her community as a pastor since 2013. He loves to spend time watching movies, reading, listening to music, playing board games, and running or lifting.

Bobby Wright, Elder

Bobby Wright

Elder

elders@gracerva.com

Bobby Wright and his wife Lisa have been members of Grace for about 21 years. Bobby works for Progressive Insurance as a data analyst manager while Lisa is a speech language pathologist. They have four children: Daniel who is married to Caitlin, Rachel, Nicholas and Patrick. Bobby spent many years in youth ministry, loves having family time and enjoys reading, comics, and going to the gym.

Stanley Lankadasari, Elder

Stanley Lankadasari

Elder

elders@gracerva.com

Stanley and his wife, Satya, were born and raised in the southern part of India and have been married for 6 years. He graduated with a Master’s in computers and software engineering. Stanley literally grew up in a church in India and decided to follow Jesus at age 15. As a Christian, he felt compelled to share the gospel to those younger than him and has led Sunday school and young adults Bible study. Stanley and Satya have been part of Grace since 2010. He currently serves in our youth and welcome ministries. Stanley is passionate about prayer and is called to intercede for God’s people and the furthering of God’s kingdom as well as praying for the salvation of those he comes across during his daily commute. He also loves to read, drive, and cook for his wife.

Kevin Larson, Elder

Kevin Larson

Elder

elders@gracerva.com

Kevin and Robin Larson married in 1985.  Robin was raised Lutheran and was born again in high school. Kevin was also born again in high school and grew up attending a CBA of A church in MA. They met in college and married after graduating. They’ve raised 6 children and now are enjoying grandchildren! They moved to the RVA in 94 and started attending Grace in 2000. They both believe Christ has called them to be servants so they’ve taught children’s Sunday school, worked in the nursery, tutored children, worked in soup kitchens, and gone anywhere Father has sent them. Their hobbies are reading, gardening, and feeding the grandkids sugar.

Jim Wilson, Elder

Jim Wilson

Elder

elders@gracerva.com

Jim met his wife Pam at Virginia Commonwealth University in the 70’s and married three years later. They have a daughter Amy, who lives in Goochland with her husband and our three grandchildren; a daughter Ann Marie, who lives in Utah; and a son Michael, who lives in South Africa. Jim and Pam helped start Grace in 1985 and this is his second term serving on our church council. He also serves as a children’s Sunday School teacher, on the worship team, and as a Fitness Camp squad leader. Each summer, a highlight includes a trip to Pittsburgh with his grandson Micah to watch the Pirates play ball. He also enjoys running, golf, and winning some pickleball games against Chris Jones! Jim works in Prince George as a CPA for a world leader in the sales/service of tire retreading equipment.

Kathleen Cantwell, Children's Director

Kathleen Cantwell

Children’s Director

kathleen@gracerva.com

Our Children’s Ministry Director is Kathleen Cantwell. Kathleen has served as a volunteer in the Grace Children’s Ministry her entire 23 plus years at Grace with five of those years as the ministry leader. When not ballroom dancing with her husband of 30 years, she has spent the last 25 years home schooling her four children, providing daily childcare in her home for many families, and leading a local 4-H club. Coming to a clear understanding of the Gospel at 15, she has attempted to let Jesus be her compass while rejoicing in his continual forgiveness. The verse she has held onto throughout her life is John 15:16 – You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Steven Ryan, Worship Leader

Steven Ryan

Worship Leader

steven@gracerva.com

Steven was born and raised here in the Richmond area. He met his wife Heather while attending Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned his degree in Music Education. Steven and Heather have four children that they enjoy raising and discipling even though it is hard. They are also housing Heather’s sister while she completes her high school education here in Henrico County. Steven has served at Grace as the Worship Leader for four years. He loves and finds fulfillment in playing music for the Lord and playing any and all sports (especially volleyball and softball). When he is not with his family or at Grace…you will probably find him at Chick-fil-A.

Steven’s dream would be to one day be selected as an Operator within Chick-fil-A. He gets fulfillment from serving and leading others, helping others strive for their best, and setting and crushing goals that challenge his teams.

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Jesus Christ. – Colossians 3:23-24

Brenda Burnett, Office Manager

Brenda Burnett

Office Manager

brenda@gracerva.com

Brenda and her husband Paul met at their church in northern Virginia and have been married for 32 years. They have two grown children – Rachel, who lives in Paris with her husband Justin and daughter Sage, and a son, Daniel who lives here in Richmond. Brenda has been part of Grace for 21 years and has served as in children’s and youth ministry and participated in mission trips to Honduras and Asia. She currently serves as our Office Manager. She came to know Christ in elementary school and loves serving in the local church and helping to equip people in their everyday lives in Christ. Brenda loves spending time with her family, most anything that has to do with, on, or in the water, local history, and cooking/baking for others.