A Mission Focused Church with a Plan

Our vision is to partner with other churches and community organizations who perform outreach ministries, to help people in our community who are struggling with discrimination, abuse, sickness, loneliness, incarceration, and poverty, and to develop meaningful relationships through on-going opportunities for hands on ministry and other creative partnerships.

What is Our Plan?

Focus ministry efforts on a select group of community partners that work in our local community (Hanover County), the greater metropolitan area (City of Richmond), and the wider world (Haiti, disaster relief, and refugee support).  

Dedicate to consistent involvement that builds year after year and provides multiple opportunities for church members and the organization to engage in ministry together.  Invite the wider community to join our mission efforts.

Engage with community partners in these primary ways: 

  1. Provide opportunities for hands on ministry
  2. Give financial support through the mission budget and special fund-raising projects
  3. Invite community partners to annually take part in Sunday morning worship and other church programming
  4. Share the mission and needs of the organizations through our social media and other communication channels.


Provide opportunities for spiritual growth and understanding of human suffering and compassion through classes, sermons, special music, and Bible studies offered by Christian Nurture and Discipleship and Worship. 

Who are Our Community Partners?

Circles Ashland  is a nonprofit located within Duncan Memorial Methodist Church that uses a national model to help people move out of poverty through building reciprocal relationships and by addressing issues such as mental health, employment, education, credit, and transportation.  NHPC supports Circles Ashland by being a Thursday night meal sponsor, with members cooking meals several times a year for Circle Leaders and Allies to enjoy together.  We recently co-hosted a community Poverty Simulation and look forward to hosting other community events for Circles Ashland including a graduates panel.  

Real Life grew out of a substance use recovery program within the Richmond City Jail developed by Dr, Sarah Scarborough and Sheriff Woody.  Real Life is now a community non-profit that operates 12 recovery homes in Richmond that provide intensive wrap-around services for folks struggling with addiction, community violence, and homelessness.   95% of their residents come directly from jail.  NHPC provided financial support to fully furnish one recovery home and organizes a yearly Welcome Home supply drive to collect toiletries and cleaning products for the residents, AKA Lifers.  Church members also baked dozens of Juneteenth cookies for residents and staff and adopt a Real Life’s participant’s child(ren) through the Angel Tree for Real Life.  

The International Rescue Committee is a humanitarian organization that helps people whose lives have been upended by war, persecution, and natural disasters.  They resettle refugees, helping them to establish housing, schooling, employment and medical care when they first arrive in Richmond.  NHPC organized an Afghan Blanket Drive, purchased a 15-passenger van for the IRC to pick up new refugees from the airport and to transport them to appointments, and organizes yearly Welcome Home and School Supply drives.  

ReEstablish Richmond helps immigrants beyond the initial resettlement to put down roots in the community and to become self-sufficient.  They target the biggest barriers that newcomers face such as transportation, economic empowerment, language learning, and isolation.  NHPC has funded summer programs for children and several members volunteer as language tutors and provide childcare for parents.  

Haiti Outreach Ministries (HOM) is a Haitian-led ministry for the people of Haiti.  They strive to develop self-sustaining communities through building and operating churches, schools, medical clinics, water treatment facilities, and vocational training programs.  NHPC has a longstanding partnership with HOM and has sent medical and construction mission teams and currently sponsors three school children.  Our yearly Christmas Eve offering is entirely donated to HOM.  

Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions (MCEF) is an organization involving over 40 churches and businesses in the Mechanicsville area to provide emergency help with bills, a clothing, linens, and non-perishable food closet, and rides for senior adults.  NHPC collects nonperishables on the first Sunday of the month that are delivered to the MCEF food closet. 

Friends and Partner Organizations

New Hanover Christian School

Camp Hanover

Young Life Capernaum

Boy/Cub Scouts

Terry Diebold: Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

As a pastoral counselor, Terry Diebold welcomes people of all faiths. It is her calling to help people in our community find the wholeness which God wishes for them. Even when people have turned from God, it is not her role to judge, but rather to bring healing. Pastoral counseling blends solid psychological techniques with spiritual awareness to bring restoration if the individual is willing to make the journey and necessary changes.

Terry graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with a Master’s Degree in both Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Divinity (M. Div.) She is an ordained Presbyterian minister and licensed as both a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Professional Counselor. She is a Clinical Fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Terry is also a Level II EMDR therapist. EMDR (EMDRIA.com) is a tool that resolves issues in many  areas–PTSD, sports, “stuckness,” fear, self-esteem. It is a quick and effective way to shorten therapy and allows the person to heal utilizing his or her own natural brain functions.

As the author of The Myth of Self-Esteem Terry shows how correcting negative self- beliefs allows people to resolve the hidden issues that prevent them from living fully and reaching their goals.

Terry is not an employee of NHPC. Rather she has been given space in the building out of our church’s desire to make counseling available to the community. She does not accept insurance but uses a sliding scale to determine her fees. Terry is available by appointment several days a week. You may reach her at (540) 455-4186 or through email.

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