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 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.
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.
Dawn Rancka Office Administrator
Dawn is starting her 14th 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 she serves 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.
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.
Isabella Fagiani Director of Youth Ministry
Isabella Fagiani is a student at Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary and her undergraduate degree is from Queens University in Charlotte. She served with youth at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte for 3 years. After graduating, Isabella served as a Young Adult Volunteer in Glasgow, Scotland working with youth in the Church of Scotland. Isabella is passionate for ministry with youth and young adults.
Jamie Barrack Director of Music Ministries
Jamie is the Director of Music Ministries and Director of the Sanctuary Choir.
Tonya Cory Accompanist
Tonya is the accompanist for worship and sanctuary choir.
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.

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