Leadership & Staff

Chris Jones, Elder

Chris Jones



Chris is married to Alisa, his college sweetheart. 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.

Stanley Lankadasari, Elder

Stanley Lankadasari



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.

Stanley Lankadasari, Elder

Don Phelps



Don and Linda met in Fort Worth, Texas while he was in seminary. They have been married 42 yrs. The Lord has blessed them with 4 daughters, sons-in-law and 6 grandchildren with love for more. Don believed the gospel and received God’s gift of salvation at the age of 9. Linda began her relationship with Christ also as a child. Don has been in the gospel ministry for 42 years. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an M.Div. and years later earned a D.Min. His graduate studies also include a M.S. in Patient Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. Don has served as a pastor, minister of missions, International Mission Board missionary in the Philippines and as a North American Mission Board endorsed hospital chaplain. He is a community group leader at Grace and this is his 2nd term to serve as an elder on the church council. Don and Linda enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing and grandparenting.

Greg & Sherry Pinkard

Greg Pinkard



Greg and Sherry met at Virginia Tech in the late 80’s and got married a few weeks after Greg’s graduation. Not many weeks later, they had moved to Richmond for jobs and they visited a church in a day care center called Grace Community Baptist Church. Through the years, they’ve had some wonderful opportunities to serve with youth and children’s ministries, as well as leading community groups. Greg met the Lord as an 8 year old when a thoughtful, young new teacher in hs Christian school led him to see his need for forgiveness through Christ. Now, many years later, Sherry and Greg have two adult children living in the Richmond area. Greg loves the Word, fiddling around in the garage making things, and enjoys cycling all over Richmond and in the Blue Ridge mountains when time allows.

Paul Sheaffer, Elder

Paul Sheaffer



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.

Jim Wilson, Elder

Jim Wilson



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


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 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.

Brenda Burnett, Office Manager

Brenda Burnett

Office Manager


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, lives in the Richmond area with her husband Justin and daughter Sage, and a son, Daniel who lives here west of Richmond. Brenda has been part of Grace for 21 years and has served 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.