Who we are

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The Brandermill Church is a unique union of the Presbyterian Church USA and The United Methodist Church, and our disciples come from a wide variety of faith backgrounds. Though our church is named for the community where it’s located, it’s open to EVERYONE. About half our disciples live in the Brandermill community, and about half come from the surrounding area. No matter where you live or what your background, you’re welcome to worship with us each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM and join us in activities throughout the week. Sunday School for children, middle and high school youth, and adults is held at 9:00 AM.

Children are always welcome. Young children are invited to come forward for the Children’s Message during the service. Parents who prefer childcare for infants and children up to age 4 will find our Nursery located across from the Fellowship Hall just inside the main church doors.

“Big kids” are welcome, too. With an active youth ministry for middle schoolers and high schoolers, children and youth of all ages are encouraged to grow in their faith and love of one another.

The Brandermill Church Staff

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Jim Dunkin Senior Pastor
Pastor Jim Dunkin comes to the Brandermill Church from First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, NC, where he served as Senior Pastor for 12 years. Jim received his M. Div. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, his D. Min. from Austin Presbyterian Seminary, and a certificate in Ministry and Technology from Dubuque Seminary.
Terry Eum Associate Pastor
After receiving the M.Div. from Union Presbyterian and Wesleyan Theological Seminaries Terry wanted to pursue a PhD in biblical studies in the New Testament, thus he completed the Master of Theology (ThM) program from Union Presbyterian Seminary, emphasis on the Gospel of Mark. Terry’s passion is to help disciples serve, doing the ministry of Jesus in the church setting. In addition he longs to help disciples of all ages better understand Scripture, and therefore he has published several New Testament commentaries.
Barbara Flynt Director of Christian Education
Barbara comes to The Brandermill Church having served three other Presbyterian Churches in the Richmond area. She is a Certified Christian Educator and received her BA in Religion with Concentration in Christian Education from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina and her Masters in Youth Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.
Jamie Barrack Director of Music Ministries
Jamie is the Director of Music Ministries and Director of the Sanctuary Choir.
Charles Hunt Chaplain of Congregational Care
Charles serves in the volunteer position of Congregational Care Chaplain.
Tonya Cory Accompanist / Youth Director
Tonya is the accompanist for both of our worship services. She is also the Director of Youth Ministries.
Dawn Rancka Church Administrator
Dawn is starting her 13th year of service at The Brandermill Church. For the first 8 years, Dawn was the Associate Director of Music, directing two children’s choirs and the Branderbells handbell ensemble. Now for almost 5 years, she has served as the Office Administrator, while continuing as Director of the Branderbells. Prior to coming to TBC, Dawn owned her own computer company for 6 years and worked for a Richmond-based computer company for another 10 years, both specializing in Apple computer products. She was also the Assistant Director of Music at St. Mark’s UMC and Director of Music at Bethany Christian Church. Dawn attended Ferrum College and Old Dominion University, earning her degree in Music Education.
Robert Dunford Custodian
Robert takes care of the church building and grounds by way of light maintenance, custodial work, stripping, waxing and buffing all floors, set up and take down for meetings, classes and church events. He has been working at The Brandermill Church since October 2002.
Pete Bringman Financial Liaison
Pete began as our Financial Liaison in January 2018. He obtained a BSBA with a major in accounting from The Ohio State University in 2001. He then earned his Masters of Accountancy degree from Bowling Green State University in 2002 and a Master of Arts specializing in finance accounting and statistics from The Ohio State University in 2005. Pete worked in public accounting for 5 years and now coordinates the church’s accounting and finance with the external accounting firm
Heather Nghiem Preschool Director
Heather is the Director of our preschool program. Prior to serving as Director, she taught 2 1/2 year old preschoolers and provided support as an aide in our 4 year old program. Over the last 8 years she has engaged in teaching, planning and logistics for children's learning in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Heather was an elementary school teacher in Chesterfield County Public Schools and mentored new teachers and colleagues. While teaching full time she provided technology training and support for fellow teachers. She earned a B.S. in Psychology, an early/primary education license and minored in business at James Madison University. Heather stays professionally engaged through training, membership in the local PACED (preschool) group and Alpha Delta Kappa, the international professional educators' sorority.

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