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. Discipleship Hour 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 Head of Staff
Dr. Jim C. Dunkin comes to the Brandermill Church from First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, NC, where he served as Head of Staff for 12 1/2 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 Theological Seminary.
Barbara Flynt Director of Adult Education & Discipleship
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.
Joelle Hawkins Director of Children's Ministry
Joelle is a teacher in The Brandermill Church Preschool and before that was a public school music teacher for 9 years. She has a Music Education degree from Wright State University and now serves as our Director of Children’s Ministry.
Jamie is the Director of Music Ministries and Director of the Sanctuary Choir.
Tonya is the accompanist for worship and sanctuary choir.
Dawn Rancka Office Administrator
Dawn is the Office Administrator and Director of the Branderbells.
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.
Charles Hunt Chaplain of Congregational Care
Charles serves in the volunteer position of Congregational Care Chaplain.
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.
Steve Law Business Administrator
Steve has served five churches as a business administrator and consulted with scores of others. He has an MBA, an MDiv, and is a certified church administrator. He has taught in seminaries, written articles, and maintains two church administration resource websites. Steve is married to Jennifer and they have two sons, Spencer and Sam.
Karli Woodcock Director of Communications
Karli is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been attending The Brandermill Church since she was 10 years old and loves being able to further her career development in the church she grew up in. She loves baking, public speaking, and the hymn, “They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love.”

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