Dr. Robert Johnson

Senior Pastor

Robert Johnson has a passion for preaching and teaching. His focus in parish ministry is building up the church so that it can be sent into mission anywhere God might call. Robert has been a pastor, a theologian, a missionary and a college professor. Wherever he has been, his passion has been relating the life of the world around him to the transforming, strengthening and reconciling message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Robert, his wife Marianne and their sons Nathan and Peter have lived in the Richmond area for a number of years.

Eric Douglass

Covenant Pastor

Eric Douglass is the covenant pastor at NHPC, focusing on adult education. He attended Union Theological Seminary, here in Richmond, where he emphasized the reading and interpretation of the Gospels. Out of this, Eric has published a book on interpretation, dealing with about how we recover meaning in the New Testament books. Eric’s wife, Felecia, is also a Presbyterian minister, and is engaged in training nurses. Both enjoy working with their hands, Eric doing fine carpentry, and Felecia with quilting. They have two children, one who is in college and one who is ‘launched’ in a writing career. Eric and Felecia enjoy skiing, reading, and hiking.

Julie Moore

Director of New Hanover Christian School

Julie started her education career at a public school in Texas. She and Brian, her husband of 24 years, have lived in Oregon, California, Texas, Michigan, West Virginia, and have been in Mechanicsville since 2000. They have 2 children – Jake and Abbie. Jake attends JMU and Abbie is a senior at Lee-Davis high school. Julie began working at New Hanover Christian school as a teacher and then transitioned to the role of the Director. She enjoys seeing all the children, families, and staff every day, and being a part of the NHPC family. Julie started an interior decorating business while she was a “stay at home” mom, and still loves to decorate and watch HGTV.

Carolyn Shute

Church Administrator

Carolyn joined our staff after spending many years working in education at the MathScience Innovation Center. While there, she developed technology and organizational expertise which have helped her to move into her role of church administrator. With a degree in Business Administration she has been eager to expand her role into other areas, such as database and website administration.
She enjoys interacting with her church family and feels that the best part of her position is helping others find their niche within their church life. A resident of Hanover County, Carolyn and her husband Richard have 2 children who graduated from Atlee High School. Their daughter, Morgan, later graduated from VT and their son, Justin is a more recent graduate from VCU.

Kayla Jarvis

Director of Music

June 1, 2020 marks Kayla’s arrival as Music Director at New Hanover Presbyterian Church. Kayla received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has played classical music since childhood but loves and appreciates all styles, and tries to incorporate as many as possible into New Hanover’s worship.
Kayla grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to the Richmond area about 12 years ago. She and her husband Mike, who is also a musician, have enjoyed getting into projects together throughout the years with friends and local musicians. She has two girls, two cats, and a dog. When she’s not playing music she’s probably making something with sourdough.


The ministry of deacon, as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress (Book of Order G-2.0201). The deacon’s role is varied and calls upon the person to be a servant to all, working with people’s needs, whatever they may be. New Hanover Presbyterian strives to be a welcoming congregation, not only to its members but to the community as well – and our deacons work at the heart of this key ministry!

Our Current List of Deacons:

  • Mary Gayle Brittingham
  • Karen Chandler
  • Summer Foley
  • Marlene Jolliffe
  • Ann Saunders

You can contact our deacons at 

[email protected]

Session / Ruling Elders

Our congregation is governed by a “session” that includes six to eight elected ruling elders from the congregation and is moderated by our pastor, who is a teaching elder. Ruling elders are elected to a two-year term on the session. The session of New Hanover Presbyterian is charged with guiding the congregation’s witness to the sovereign activity of the triune God in the world, so that the congregation is and becomes a community of faith, hope, love, and witness (Book of Order G-3.02).

Teaching Elder & Moderator of Session:

Rev. Dr. Robert Johnson

Clerk of Session:

Elder Stacy Murrell

Our Current List Of Session Members:

  • Debbie Blackburn

  • JT Matthew

  • Stan Parcell

  • Christy Presseau

  • Scott Ramser

  • Thomas Rayner

You can contact Session Members At

[email protected]

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