Rick Zaman serves as the pastor-teacher of Grace Bible Church and he has been on the pastoral staff at GBC for over ten years. As a junior in high school, Rick repented of his sin and trusted Christ. And from early on in his Christian life, he has been ministering God’s Word in one-to-one settings, small groups, and eventually public teaching.
Rick serves the body at Grace by pointing people to Christ in His word through preaching, teaching, discipling, training, and counseling. In 2009 Grace Bible Church ordained and called him to be an elder and, in March 2016, the elders and congregation installed Rick as the pastor-teacher. Rick earned degrees from The Master’s College (B.A.) and Seminary (M.Div.) and then completed his doctorate from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.).
Born in the Kansas City area, Rick loves all things Kansas and Kansas City sports. He enjoys playing sports from disc golf to basketball, when he is not spending time with his family. Rick and Erin have been married for over thirteen years and are blessed with four young children.
“By His grace, I want God’s people at GBC to see the greatness and glory of Jesus Christ, so that they would love Him and live for Him. And Christ is most clearly beheld as we open and explain the Bible. So, Christ and His word must form the center to our church’s ministry and mission.” - Rick
Through God's grace, Brian called upon Christ as Lord and Savior shortly after graduating from high school. While in college at James Madison University, God began to grow his love for Christ and His Word through involvement with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and his attendance at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Brian has been married to his wife, Jenn, since 1997, and attending Grace since the fall of 2008. They are blessed with six children: Coleman, Emmie, Calvin, Ellerie, Carter, and Evie. Brian works for Shaw Systems Associates, Inc. as a senior software developer. Brian has been able to serve the body at Grace through his involvement with the music ministry, as well as discipling and fellowship groups. The church appointed him as Elder in April of 2011.
Elder; Associate Pastor
Stephen repented of his sin and trusted Christ as a young person. This faith grew deeper, especially through High School, as God’s kindness continued to lead him to repentance (Rom 2:4). In college the Lord blessed him with many friendships, leaders, and leadership experiences with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He also met his wife, Amy, during this time on a missions trip to South Africa. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 2010, he began working for DuPont, and in 2012, Stephen and Amy relocated to Richmond. Shortly after, they found Grace Bible and became members, serving in the adult Bible class, fellowship group, and youth ministries. In June 2016, Stephen transitioned from DuPont to serve full-time at GBC, focusing primarily on youth ministry. In November 2017, Stephen was confirmed as an Elder of Grace Bible. He and Amy are thankful to God for their three children, Bethany, Timothy, and Julia.
ELDER; ASSOCIATE PASTOR
The grace of the Lord Jesus rescued Bill from the punishment of sin and changed his heart to trust in Jesus Christ while attending high school. Bill was baptized a few weeks later. During high school and while attending VCU as a graphic design student, the Lord was faithful, through many struggles and temptations, to continue the good work He began in Bill's life. The Lord brought Amy into Bill's life while at VCU. They were married in 1995 and became members of Grace Bible Church. After working in graphic design for a number of years, in 2001, GBC commissioned them to serve as full-time missionaries in El Paso, Texas. Their role was to help establish Grace Bible Fellowship and work with Southwestern Gospel Ministries to Children. In 2012, Bill and Amy moved back to Virginia to serve along side the body of GBC. God has blessed them with three children, Taylor, Ethan and Emily. Bill was confirmed as an Elder at Grace in April of 2013, and currently serves as Chair of the Elder Board.
Russell was saved by God in May of 1989 while in prison in North Carolina for drug trafficking. His life was completely changed. Upon release later that year, he returned to the Eastern Shore of Virginia to work on the family farm, where he fell in love with Jill Scott and married her in 1990. God blessed them with Heather (married to Daniel, living in South Carolina), Andrew, and Matt (both members of GBC) and a love for His church. God helped Russell to grow in the Lord through the faithful ministry of an adult Bible Class teacher, and later the mentorship of the pastor of a church plant where Russell served as director of youth ministries. He came to GBC with his family shortly after moving to Chesterfield in 2009. Russell teaches adult Bible classes at GBC, is a fellowship group leader, and was confirmed as an Elder in November 2017. He is employed as a truck driver for Quail Cove Farms and SCCI.
Jack has served as an Elder and Trustee since 1990 and is an original member at GBC. Married to Marilyn since 1981, they have three adult children; Cody, Evan, and Tyler, who are all members at Grace, and attend with their families. Jack and Marilyn are the proud grandparents of four granddaughters. He coordinates a weekly evangelistic outreach to the students at Virginia Commonwealth University, where a number of Grace members engage students in one on one conversations about who Jesus is, what He has done, and what that means to them. One of Jack’s favorite quotes is “What we do today matters for eternity because there IS an eternity.” Jack’s day job is a financial advisor with Colonial River Wealth Management.
Raised in a Christian family in Ohio and later in North Carolina, Charles put his faith in Jesus Christ shortly before the age of 10. After studying architecture at Clemson and the University of Maryland, College Park, Charles settled in Richmond in 1990 with his new bride, Julia. They began attending Grace Bible Church in the fall of 1991, and Charles began serving as an elder in 1998. Charles is also a principal in the Richmond architectural firm of BCWH. Charles and Julia have three daughters, Sarah, Elise and Sofie. The Piper's prayer for the believers at Grace Bible Church is that each one would ''walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.'' Colossians 1:10
While growing up in Baltimore in a Christian family, Rob dedicated his life to the Lord at an early age, and through God’s grace has faithfully served Christ ever since. Several years after college, Rob attended law school in Virginia Beach where he met his wife. Together with their children, they began attending Grace Bible Church early in 2005 and became members later that year. Rob is a practicing attorney in Richmond. He has been involved at Grace by providing counsel, leading a Fellowship Group, and coordinates the Grace Safety Team. Rob was confirmed as an Elder in April of 2013.
On Sunday evening, April 5, 1959 at the Berean Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bill committed his life to his Lord Jesus Christ. Bill grew up in Oklahoma and was schooled in the sciences at Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Later, Oklahoma State University granted him a Master of Chemical Engineering Degree. Bill married Mary Ann Nelson of Potter, Nebraska in 1979, and God has given them three children, Burke, Sophie and Warren. Bill works for Integrity Consulting, a Health, Safety and Environmental Compliance consulting firm. Shortly after moving to Richmond, Bill and Mary Ann joined the newly founded Grace Bible Church in the Spring of 1990. In September 1990, Bill began serving as an elder of Grace Bible Church.
Growing up in a loving, Christian home, Andrew recalls being gifted by God with faith of his own in Middle School, repenting of his sin and trusting in Christ alone for his salvation. He remembers it was then that he cared for the first time what God thought of his sin, that it must be punished, and that it was punished on Christ, while Christ’s righteousness was imputed to him as a gift. Two of Andrew’s favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5-8 and Hebrews 12:1-2, and he desires to trust and follow the Lord all the days of his life. Andrew has a passion for the Word of God and student ministry, and therefore combines those passions to lead and serve the Middle School Youth Group at Grace Bible Church, along with his wife, Sarah. Before teaching Middle School students, he taught the 7/8s Bible class, and now also serves on the Music Ministry team. If the church doors are open, it is Andrew and Sarah’s desire to be among the people of God at GBC, serving in whatever way that will be a blessing to the body of Christ. A native of Maryland, the Townshends moved to Richmond in 2008 after graduating college, and have attended GBC since December of 2008. Andrew is a Senior Trust Officer with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, employed there for nine years. After several years in healthcare administration, Sarah is now enjoying being a full-time mom. In his free time, Andrew enjoys spending time with family, reading books, playing sports, traveling, and playing percussion. They have two sons, Knox (3) and Jack (2), and a daughter, Joanna, born October 23, 2017. Andrew was confirmed as an Elder of Grace Bible in November 2017.
By God's mercy, June has trusted in Christ for many years, and has been at GBC since early 1992. Serving as the church Administrative Assistant since June of 2006, she is married to Rod, and they have a married son and two grandsons in New York state and a married daughter in Richmond.
Deacons and Deaconesses
Randy and Nancy Boyd • Administration Board
Bob and Marcie Dobrowolski • Benevolence
Mark Donahue • Outreach to Retirement Communities
Cindy Locke • Supplies Purchasing
Barry Marshall • Greeting and Parking
Elaine Mazzo • BookNook
Kevin and Wendy Routhier • Administration Board
Marcos Silva • Facility Cleaning (for Sunday)
Sarah West • Corporate Hospitality
David Word • Facilities