Leadership & Staff

Carolyn Wright

Discipleship Coordinator

Office: (804) 358-2383 ext. 118

Questions about outreach opportunities and adult faith formation registrations can be directed to Carolyn.


  • Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13
  • Movies: Die Hard 1 & 2 and any Liam Neeson Movie
  • Books: Urban Fiction
  • TV Shows: 24, Scandal, Blacklist, The Following, Tyler Perry Sistas & My 600-lb Life
  • Music: Gospel and R&B
  • For fun I like to: garden and shop and spend time with family!

About Carolyn

I grew up in Richmond. I am the youngest girl of 8 children. I grew up attending Mount Herman Baptist, was baptized, and participated in the children’s choir and youth program. I graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1985.  After high school I took various business courses. I attended J Sargeant Reynolds Community College to study Business Administration.  In 1990, I married my high school sweetheart, Mark Wright. We have two adult kids, Mark Jr., a mechanical/electrical engineer and Marcara, a college student. 

I worked at Kemper National Insurance Companies from 1990-1998, as the Branch Coordinator.  I also worked at Circuit City Stores, Inc. from 1998 - 2009. At Circuit City, I coordinated a Boys & Girls Club outreach team for Christmas.  I joined First Pres as Bookkeeper 2009.  I have worked with the Emergency Assistance Program through the church for many years.  My family has been an integral part of Feed More.  I love hosting my family and friends for holidays or any special gathering.

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Elders are charged with the oversight of the life of our congregation – leading, governing, and caring for its members.  Both individually and collectively (as the Session), elders provide leadership in worship, teaching, mission, evangelism, care and nurture.  Along with the pastors, the elders are the shepherds of the flock.

Deacons are charged with the sympathy, witness and service for all our members. Deacons are persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies and sound judgment. Both individually and collectively (as the Diaconate), deacons provide compassionate care for all church members. 

The Session

Class of 2024

Christina Annas, Congregational Life Chair
Neely Barnhardt, Faith Formation Chair
Caley Cantrell, Membership Chair
Mary D. Ellison, Clerk of Session
LaMont Noble
Nicholas Reynolds, Finance Chair

Class of 2025

Heather Cooper
Elizabeth Darling, Outreach Chair
Clark Lewis
Ann Nickels, Communications Chair
Jim Purser, Nominating Committee Chair
Susan McNulty, Personnel Chair

Class of 2026

Gary Barranger, Property Chair
Eone Beck
Kathy Harris, Worship Chair
Shep Haw
Alison Herring
Charlotte Woodfin

The Diaconate

Class of 2024

Jon Chase
Mary Farrell
Connie Gottwald
Julie Magrath
Jon Morris
Ashley Raggi
Teddy Reynolds
Karen Rohr
Kathy Smallwood
Beth Witt

Class of 2025

Kim Basmajian
Sally Brown
Burton Kunz
Ann Latstetter
Melissa Layfield
Sean McAndrew
Tara Modisett, Moderator
Rose Lane Nimmo
Cortland Putbrese
Christa Santos
Anton Van Thoen
Marsha Williams

Class of 2026

Laura Bland
Blanche Bruns
Madeline Bryson
Bill Collier
Matt Cooper
Martha Mathews
Melissa Mintz
Martha Morrill
Robbie Rice
Meg Simonton
Sheila Smith
Kelly Winters