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What We Believe

For better or for worse, what you believe shapes your life. The more your beliefs line up with reality—the way things really are—the more you find fulfillment, purpose, and joy in the world. Our church believes the only truth that brings lasting fulfillment, clear purpose, and true joy is this: God made all people to glorify him and enjoy him forever. God made us for himself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in him.

If you want to see how that belief has shaped our church community, we encourage you to join us for one of our Sunday gatherings.

We are glad to make available our full statement of beliefs in written form. Or, if you would like to know more about Jesus or our church, you can always contact us directly.

Our Beliefs on Life

Pastors & Staff

Bryan Laughlin

Lead Pastor


Bryan and his wife, Paige, have four children: Sophia, Charis, Owen, and Thomas.

Josh Soto

Pastor for Community Life


Josh and his wife, Chantel, have four children: Judah, Piper, Ezra, and Uzziah.

Sean Pyle

Executive Pastor


Sean and his wife, Meghan, have two children: Aletheia and Graham.

Doug Ponder

Pastor for Teaching and Training


Doug and his wife, Jessica, have two sons: Athanasius and Lukas.

Jason Elliott

Pastor for Counseling


Jason and his wife, Ashley, have three children: Madison, Jackson, and Calvin.

Darrel Bowe

Pastor for Music and Worship


Darrel and his wife, Chelsy, have three sons: Samuel, William, and Charles.

Ryan Lauterio

Pastor for Arts and Culture


Ryan and his wife, Laura, have three children: Ava, Ivrie, and Oliver.

Ricky Love

Pastor for Social Mercy


Ricky and his wife, Audrey, have two daughters: Eva and Alleine.

Curtis Newkirk

Communications Director


Curtis and his wife, Carolyn, have one daugher, Henley.

Pastors in Training




ServeRVA was founded to assist the revitalization of the city. Through various partnerships with local churches, businesses, and non-profit organizations, ServeRVA strives to advance the holistic flourishing of the city.

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Shockoe Artspace

Unique to Richmond’s vibrant art culture, Shockoe Artspace is a community supported, artist-run, large-scale, non-prof gallery. Founded in 2011, this space has been a labor of love slowly built over the several years leading up to our official launch in January 2016. Our gallery is well situated in a larger shared/mixed-use building providing ample opportunity to both see and exhibit works while guaranteeing a large and diverse audience.

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