Our ministry staff is made up of dedicated followers of Christ who have a passion for serving Christ and His church. Don’t hesitate to e-mail or call them with any questions or issues. You can reach the staff at Gayton’s Church Office (804-360-2801), or e-mail them via the e-mail links below.
- Phil Faig, Senior Pastor
- Kristin Prasad, Minister of Children and Youth
- Phil Lawson, Interim Worship Leader
- Caleb Foust, Associate Pastor of Youth
- Michael Gunter, Associate Pastor of Senior Adults/Facility Manager
- Aaron Lee, Missions Pastor
- Rhonda Holland, Associate Children’s Minister
- Kim Lee, Associate Children’s Minister
- David Giles, Youth Ministry Associate
- Lyn Voige, Administrative Assistant
- Melissa Strong, Administrative Assistant
- Patricia Hutcherson, Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor
- Tammy Williams, Financial Assistant
Phil Faig, Senior Pastor
E-mail Phil: [email protected]
Phil began his ministry as Gayton’s second Pastor on March 27, 2005. He is a graduate of James Madison University (Go Dukes!) and the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. His 20 years of ministry experience includes being a new church pastor for a congregation in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN and the lead pastor for an inner-suburban church in Arlington, Va.
A native of Greensboro, North Carolina Phil welcomes hints as to where to find North Carolina BBQ here in his beloved adopted home of Virginia. He is married to his wonderful wife Jody and has two teenaged children, Alexander and Margeaux. His hobbies include: running, having a great cup of coffee with friends and taking walks with Jody and their two dogs, Marley & Skipper.
Phil also has a passion for seeing new expressions of the church started throughout our region and is involved in an exciting new initiative with the Virginia Baptist Mission Board to launch a movement that has a goal of starting 300 new expressions of the church over the next 7 years. For more information about the V3, please click here.
Kristin Prasad, Minister of Children & Youth
E-mail Kristin: [email protected]
Kristin was born in Massachusetts, and spent her growing up years just outside of Chicago and Boston. Though raised in the north, she has been a southerner since her early days at the University of Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s in Teaching. Her husband’s job brought them to Richmond, where she worked full-time raising their young children before joining the staff team in January of 2002.
Kristin first joined the Gayton staff as the Director of AGAPE Preschool. In August of 2006, she became Children’s Minister, and in December of 2008 added the responsibilities of Minister of Operations.
Kristin is married to Raj and has three fabulous children, Alia, Kaya, and Tyrnan. Their family pets are fondly known as lazy cat, crazy cat, and runs-into-walls cat.
In her spare time, Kristin enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, reading, and creating spreadsheets.
Phil Lawson, Interim Worship Leader
E-mail Phil: [email protected]
Phil has a background in music education and worship arts ministry and is a native of Richmond.
He is a graduate of James Madison University & Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.
Phil and his wife, Sandy, have two children, Anna & Trevor.
Caleb Foust, Associate Pastor of Youth
E-mail Caleb: [email protected]
Caleb is a graduate of Samford University and will receive his Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond in May. He and his wife, Mary Beth, have called Richmond home for the last three years and are eager to settle in the area.
Caleb connected with Gayton through Youth Ministry Architects, with whom he has been partnering for the last two years. He served as the Associate Pastor of Youth at Glen Allen Baptist Church, where he had a tremendous impact on their ministry.
He has a clear call to minister to youth and demonstrates strong leadership skills. In his free time, he enjoys running, basketball, soccer, music, and wearing bow ties, and can frequently be found enjoying a good cup of coffee.
Michael Gunter, Associate Pastor of Senior Adults/Facilities Manager
E-mail Michael: [email protected]
Michael has been a Richmonder since 2006. Born in California and raised in Alaska and Nevada, he eventually found his way to the South as a college student. He is a graduate of the Baptist College of Charleston and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Michael’s journey in ministry has taken him to the Big Sky country of Wyoming and the hills of eastern Tennessee. He began his ministry here at Gayton in October 2007. Michael and his lovely wife, Tammi, have two children: Erik and Shea.
Michael enjoys writing in local coffee shops, reading whenever and wherever, and traveling and exploring life with his wife and kids – all set to an ongoing, eclectic musical soundtrack.
Aaron Lee, Missions Pastor
E-mail Aaron: [email protected]
Aaron was born in Richmond and has spent his life covering every corner of the city, finishing college and graduate school in the city.
He has spent time on staff at two other Richmond area churches, focusing on youth ministry and missions, and has been camp pastor, worship leader and Bible study leader for mission projects and weekend retreats across the Commonwealth. Aaron has also travelled overseas on mission to Panama, Austria, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Zimbabwe.
Aaron and his wife, Kim, a Roanoke native, were married in July 2008 and moved to Short Pump soon after. They welcomed their daughter, Teagan, in January 2012.
In his spare time, Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, watching baseball and photography.
Rhonda Holland, Associate Children’s Minister
E-mail Rhonda: [email protected]
Rhonda was born in the historic college town of Fredericksburg, Virginia where she grew up with many relatives close by. Upon graduating from high school, she moved to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University. After earning a Fine Arts Degree, she apprenticed under a master chef to become a sous chef in a local restaurant. Rhonda met her husband, Bert, during this time and left the restaurant business to move to Goochland and become a full time wife and mom.
She and her family began attending Gayton in 1996. Rhonda soon became active in the children’s programs and joined the children’s ministry team. She has enjoyed working and growing with the children and families at GBC. Rhonda is excited to be a part of the staff and looks forward to helping our ministry grow.
Rhonda and Bert now live in Henrico County and are raising their beautiful children, Zach, Julia, and Max. They spend their spare time on the water and in the sun.
Kim Lee, Associate Children’s Minister
E-mail Kim: [email protected]
Kim joined the GBC staff in February 2011. She attended Bridgewater College and obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology. She completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Kim holds Certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor, and much of her clinical work has focused on children and families, and adolescent substance abuse. Kim also holds a license to teach preK-6th grade.
Her ministry experience has focused on children as she co-developed and implemented a Kid’s Worship Program in Roanoke at the church she was raised in. She has been actively involved in children’s ministry at Gayton since 2008 through Wednesday night programs and kid’s music productions. Kim also serves alongside her husband in youth ministry.
Kim enjoys spending time with her husband, Aaron, going for walks, reading, sharing life with her LifeGROUP, watching Hokie football, and spending time with her amazing family.
Lyn Voige, Administrative Assistant
E-mail Lyn: [email protected]
Lyn was born in Lexington, KY and lived there until 1996. She has a B.S. from the College of Allied Health at the University of Kentucky where she taught in the Dental Hygiene program. She also worked in a private dental practice for 20 years.
After moves to Little Rock, AR; Columbus, OH; and Nashville, TN her family moved to Richmond in 2003. Lyn and her wonderful husband, John, joined Gayton in 2003 and Lyn has enjoyed working at GBC since January 2006. They have two young adult children, Web and Jaclyn.
Melissa Strong, Administrative Assistant
E-mail Melissa: [email protected]
In January of 2009, Melissa began as Administrative Assistant to the Senior and Youth pastors here at Gayton. She feels very blessed to be able to serve our Lord in this position. She loves the small church feel of Gayton and being able to get to know others through the Fellowship team.
Melissa is a native of Salem, VA where she was a member of Fort Lewis Baptist Church. She has fond memories of the youth program there, especially youth mission trips. Melissa graduated from JMU and enjoyed time in the Caribbean before moving to Richmond. In recent years, Melissa worked in Int’l Customer Service and Inventory Control in the chemical industry.
Melissa is married to her supportive and loving husband, Wes, and has two beautiful daughters, Amanda and Emily. Melissa enjoys spending time with family & friends, playing tennis, reading and relaxing on the beach.
Patricia Hutcherson, Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor
E-mail Patricia: [email protected]
Tammy Williams, Financial Assistant
E-mail Tammy: [email protected]
David Giles, Youth Ministry Associate
E-mail Giles: [email protected]