Last Sunday marked the conclusion of Sheryl Johnson’s tenure as Interim Minister of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation at our church.
Sheryl and her husband Eric have been church members for many years and, when I first approached her about joining our staff, she was not convinced that her ministerial calling was to a staff position in a local church. But River Road needed someone with her gifts, and she responded to this need and began her work on our staff in late January, 2012.
Sheryl’s original contract stated that her term of service would conclude no later than December, 2012. For thirty-three months beyond the end of her original contract we have benefitted from her commitment to this congregation and its ministries. Thank you, Sheryl, for service beyond your original call.
Endings represent beginnings, and with Sheryl’s departure from this position we welcome the Rev. Libby Grammer to assume the duties of Interim Minister of Education and Spiritual Formation. Libby and her husband, William, joined River Road Church more than a year ago when they moved to Richmond. Since January she has served on our staff as Pastoral Intern.
Libby has her Master of Divinity degree from McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, and earlier this year graduated from University of Virginia with a Master of Arts degree in Theology, Ethics and Culture.
As Pastoral Intern she has proven to be a reliable and capable worship planner. Sunday by Sunday she carries primary responsibility for our order of worship, and will continue that role into the church’s interim period beginning in late November. She also is a gifted writer and an energetic administrator with good organizational skills. The remainder of her job description will be similar to Sheryl’s, though every staff member brings her or his unique interests and gifts to a job and shapes it accordingly.
One of Libby’s greatest assets is that she lowers the average age of our staff, which often in the past has suffered from too many years of experience.
Libby’s contract is scheduled to go to the end of December, 2016, which coincides with William’s anticipated graduation from Virginia Commonwealth University.