Leadership & Staff

Rev. Derek Starr Redwine

Covenant Pastor for Discipleship

Office: (804) 358-2383 ext. 129

Pronouns: he/him

Questions about Outreach and Adult Faith Formation can be directed to Derek. 


  • Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:7
  • Movies: A Quiet Place, 12 Years A Slave, Edge of Tomorrow, anything in the Marvel Universe, 12 Angry Men
  • Books: Silence, The Sum of Us, Strength to Love, Geography of Time
  • TV Shows: The Good Place, Schitt's Creek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, West Wing, Voltron
  • Podcasts: The Dan Patrick Show, The Rest Is History, The Ezra Klein Show
  • Music: A little bit of everything, except techno
  • For fun I like to: Hang out with my kids doing what they love, work in the yard, listen to baseball, and dine out with family and friends.

About Derek

I am originally from Houston, Texas, where I spent my childhood and, after graduating from Miami University in Ohio with a degree in Geography (apologies to my parents!), I taught 4th Grade and Kindergarten as part of Teach for America. I graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2000 and have served congregations in New York City, Denver, Akron, Cleveland, and most recently at Grace Covenant Presbyterian on Monument Avenue. I am married to the Rev. Amy Starr Redwine, who I met in Seminary and with whom I have three amazing kids - Sarah, Quinn, and George. I love a good conversation over coffee, beer, or while hiking along the James River, so give me a call to set something up! I am passionate about figuring out how we can make the teachings of Jesus relevant in our everyday lives, and I am excited to work alongside the members and staff of FPC to strengthen the ministries of faith formation and mission. Together, we can make a lasting impact in the lives of all who call RVA their home.

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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