Bridge Interim Pastor Called to FPC
The Session has covenanted with R. Charles Grant to serve as our “bridge” interim pastor for these next months before the next installed pastor is called. In this capacity Dr. Grant will be the primary Sunday preacher, lead the staff, support the Session and ministry teams, and be available for teaching and other pastoral duties. He will start on December 1.
Ordained to the Presbyterian Church USA ministry in 1978, Charles served pastorates in Virginia, Missouri, and Pennsylvania, including 16 years as pastor/head of staff of the Bon Air Church. He served as Interim Pastor and Head of Staff of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville 2014-2016, and recently as Interim Pastor of First Congregational Christian Church UCC in Chesterfield County.
A native of Florida, Charles earned his undergraduate degree from Furman University in South Carolina and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Tennessee. As an undergraduate he did archaeological work at Tel Gezer, Israel. He did his clinical training at St. Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC. He has also taken additional training in interim/transitional ministry, structural family therapy, organizational development, group leadership and conflict management, and working with emotional intelligence. He was chosen to be participate in the Pastor Theologian program of the Center for Theological Inquiry 2004-2005.
Charles has also served in many capacities in the governing bodies of the Presbyterian Church, including chairing the Committee on Ministry of the Presbytery of the James. He is the convenor for the POJ interim pastors. While serving on the staff of the Bryn Mawr Church in suburban Philadelphia, he completed a term as a trustee of PC(USA)-related Wilson College, in Chambersburg, PA.
Charles and his wife Ruthie have been married for 40 years. They met while Charles was a graduate student at Vanderbilt and Ruthie was taking her undergraduate degree in early childhood education from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Now retired from a working with Senior Connections, Ruthie had a long career in preschool teaching, including three years with FPC.
Ruthie and Charles live in Bon Air. They have two grown children: Chris, a software engineer, who lives in Bethesda; and Elizabeth, who lives in Richmond. Elizabeth and her husband Mark are also the parents of Charles’ and Ruthie’s three young grandsons. Charles and Ruthie are frequently seen with their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Skyler, or attending to their backyard bird feeders.
We look forward to welcoming the Grants to our congregation!