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.

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Eric Douglass
Covenant Pastor for Adult Education

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.

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Terry Diebold
Parish Associate

Terry has been an ordained minister for 22 years and fully endorses the Presbyterian principle that we are all ministers and we are all called by God to different ministry roles. Terry is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She is a Fellow in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), a Level II EMDR therapist.

Terry also authored The Myth of Self Esteem:50 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Yourself, a surprisingly enjoyable read about why so many people are unhappy. There is a simple self-test at the end that helps the reader figure out what areas of life are troublesome and ten concrete ways in each area to move forward into healthy habits.

Terry has been married to Larry for 41 years, has two children, three stepchildren, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She enjoys reading, British TV, gardening,  and getting suckered into playing with action figures.

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Patricia Vesely
Director of Music

On July 1, Patricia Vesely began her tenure as Music Director at New Hanover Presbyterian Church. Tricia has wide-ranging experience in church music and choirs and also has the distinction of being a musical accompanist for the Richmond Ballet. She is a graduate of Calvin College, holds a Ph.D. from Union Seminary, and serves as an adjunct professor at both the Seminary and Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Stacey Murrell
Sexton

A vital member of the NHPC Team, Stacey not only keeps our facilities in good shape, she is a key member of the Missions and Service Team, and is well known as co-leader for our Church’s involvement with CARITAS, a collaboration of Richmond-area churches to provide shelter for individuals and families dealing with the crisis of homelessness. Stacey helps to coordinate New Hanover Presbyterian’s annual outreach week of hosting some 40 homeless individuals for overnight lodging, evening programs, breakfast and packed lunches.

Julie Moore
Director 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 has worked at New Hanover Christian school for the last 5 years – three years as a teacher and two years as 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.

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Debbie Witmoyer
Communications

A vital member of the NHPC Team, Debbie is the point person for church administration. She oversees office operations, produces the weekly e-newsletter (This Week at New Hanover), coordinates lay leadership assignments and printing for Sunday morning worship services, and fields all requests for facilities use and room rentals, among a wide range of other duties. Debbie joined New Hanover after a 30-year career in program management at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

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Summer Foley
DCE

Children, education, and advocacy have been important to Summer’s personal mission, as a mother, educator, elementary school volunteer, and an advocate of children with special needs. Summer has a passion for fostering spiritual growth in children of all ages and abilities. She has worked in administrative roles and marketing positions in New York City and locally. Summer also has a background in theater with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and worked in that capacity both in the Richmond area and New York City. She lives in Hanover and has three children, a ten-year-old and twin six year olds, with her husband, Hank.

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