Craig A. Sherouse, Ph.D., Senior Pastor
Rev. Craig A. Sherouse, Ph.D. has been our pastor since March, 2008. Craig’s personal mission statement is: “To joyfully and faithfully live with integrity, honoring God and leading others to Christ.” Craig finds the missional history and passions of Second Baptist to be a great fit. Previous pastorates included: First Baptist, Griffin, GA (2003 – 2008); Lakeside Baptist, Lakeland, FL (1990 – 2003); Seminole First Baptist, Seminole, FL (1982 – 1990); and Rock Haven Baptist, Meade County, KY (1976 – 1981). Craig is also active in the Baptist World Alliance, and currently serves as the Chair of its Heritage and Identity Commission.
Craig is a native of Florida and graduated from Stetson University (B.A.) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.). His graduate fields of study were Christian Ethics and Baptist Studies. He is married to Beverly, who has taught elementary school music and has been a church organist/pianist. Their son, Alan, is pastor of First Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC. He is married to Jenny, and they are the parents of Jack and Della. Craig and Beverly’s daughter, Susan, is a professional violinist and violin instructor, married to Jeff, and they have a son, Harrison. Among Craig’s hobbies are: motorcycling; sailing; fishing; classical guitar; learning golf; and FSU football.
Raymond L. Spence, Jr., D.D., Pastor Emeritus
Raymond L. Spence, Jr. was called as the twentieth Pastor of Second Baptist Church on November 1, 1962. Dr. Spence graduated from Louisiana State University in 1958 and continued his education at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, earning a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1961. He has held offices on numerous religious, educational, and medical boards.
During his tenure, he led the congregation to relocate from the Franklin & Adams location and to purchase land at River and Gaskins. He broke ground in 1966, and the church still resides at this location to this day. He also led the congregation in a series of building programs to accommodate a growing membership. On November 4, 2007, Second held a retirement celebration for Dr. Spence and his wife, Ann, honoring their 45 years of ministry. He has the longest tenure of any Pastor in the history of the church.
Dr. Spence enjoys helping others, traveling with wife, Ann, hunting with sons, Lee and Walter, fishing, reading, and family get-togethers.
Rev. William L. Miller, Jr., Minister of Music
Bill Miller, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, has served as Minister of Music at Second Baptist Church since 1986, having previously served in the same capacity for ten years at First Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Kentucky. Bill is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in voice – Music Education. He then attended the University of Louisville, before earning the degree of Master of Church Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1983 in Shelbyville.
He is married to Debbie, Head of the Lower School at Collegiate School, has two sons, Brent and Alan. Brent and his wife Elizabeth and their children, Annie and Henry live in Richmond, where Brent is Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions for Collegiate School. Alan and his wife Mary Beth and their children, Sarah Embry, Holton and Elliott live in Orange, Virginia, where he is Pastor of Orange Baptist Church.
Here at Second Baptist, Bill stays busy with his ministry, and in music, directs the Sanctuary Choir, Youth Choir, VESPER and SECOND handbell choirs, and several ensembles. In addition, he works in worship planning and prepares seasonal programming. In time away from the office, Bill has a workshop and enjoys time with family. He also sings in the Virginia Baptist Male Chorale and the Richmond Symphony Chorus.
Kathi Traficanti, Minister of Adult Education
Kathi Traficanti was called to Second to serve as Minister of Adult Education in 2009. She serves alongside many talented and gifted lay leaders to develop and implement transforming ministries and programs to assist God’s people as they explore who Christ is, to grow in Christ and become Christ centered in a life that is being transformed.
The opportunities to become involved in transforming life experiences at Second range from Sunday School, to small groups and discipleship classes, to missions involvement and leadership development. Kathi works with other ministers and lay leaders to help new members and guests become active participants in the life of the church through the equipping ministries and programs that are available. “To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity.” Eph.4:12-13.
As a graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary of Christian Education in 2002 with a Masters in Christian Education, she has served the local church and Second Baptist as a lay person and a minister. Kathi is a native of Nebraska, graduated from University of North Dakota, and loves to be in God’s great outdoors with her family and friends.
Reverend Katie Vance Lucas, Minister of Children
Katie Vance Lucas has been the Minister of Children at Second Baptist since October 2015. She is originally from Roanoke, Virginia but has called many places home including Tennessee, West Africa, North Carolina and South Carolina. Katie attended Carson Newman College (now University) and Gardner-Webb School of Divinity.
She previously served as Minister of Children at Adaville Baptist Church in Spindale, North Carolina; Crosspoint Church Bluffton in Bluffton, South Carolina and St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina.
Katie works to create ways for families to deepen their relationship with God and each other while they are at church, in the community, and at home. She enjoys seeing faith come alive in children as they explore the Bible, learn spiritual practices, serve others in missions and ministry, and engage fully in the life of the church.
Katie is married to Jared. They have a daughter, Emerson, and another baby on the way!
Katie works with children birth through 5th grade, as well as their families.
Louis Orsatti, Pastor, Spanish Language Ministry
Louis Orsatti has been the Minister of the Spanish Language Ministry since the autumn of 2010.
He was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. He attended the Baptist Theological Seminary of Mexico, where he started new groups, missions and churches since 1981.
He arrived with his family in 2003 and started to work with the Baptist Churches here as a pastor and missionary.
Louis enjoys the ministry with his wife, Rebeca, and his 5 children.
Agayby Shehata, Pastor, Life Church, Arabic Language Ministry
Born in El Mina, Egypt, Agayby attended Middle East Theological Seminary, received his diploma in theology and was authorized and ordained into ministry on July 12, 1996 by the Egyptian Assemblies of God denomination. Agayby has ministered to areas all over the globe including Jordan, Iraq, USE, Canada, Australia, and now the United States. From 2011 onward he has been the Senior Pastor of Life Church that meets here at Second Baptist.
Valter Sorrentino, Pastor, Portuguese Language Ministry
Valter Sorrentino was born in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro Brazil. He is the grandchild of an immigrant family and is fluent in both Portuguese and Italian languages. Valter received his Master Divinity from The Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and also has a Post-Baccalaurete Certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University in Patient Counseling. Valter is married with his beautiful wife Sandra Sorrentino who is his best friend and partner in his ministry. Valter is gladly serving as the Pastor of the Portuguese Language Ministry for eight months and loves what he is doing. Valter and his wife love traveling, exercising, cooking, and making new friends.
Judy Mawyer, Children's Choir Coordinator
Judy has been a member of Second since 1979. She and husband Jim have 3 married children – Taylor (Laura), Todd (Meredith), and Peyton (Mark). A native of Mineral and graduate of Westhampton College (U.R.) with a major in music education, Judy taught music in Hanover County, and was the music teacher at C.L.C. from 1986-2017. She has been involved with children’s choirs at Second for many years and has served as the children’s choir coordinator since 1995. She also works part time in the church office. Over the years, she has been church pianist and a substitute organist. Besides participating in or directing various Music Ministry groups, as well as assisting the Music Minister, she enjoys singing with the Richmond Symphony Chorus and being a grandmother to her five grandchildren – Jane, Ryan, John, Georgia, and Peter.
Susan Hill, Director of Creative Learning Center
Susan was born in Richmond, VA, the daughter of Helen and Straughan Richardson, and grew up in Second Baptist Church. She is married to Jerry and has three beautiful daughters.
Susan has a BS from VCU’s School of Education, and completed her Master of Arts in Christian Education (2002) at Union Theological Seminary, specializing in early childhood development.
Susan worked as a social worker with the City of Richmond, at the Windsor Nursing Home, and as a Divisional Manager for Dun and Bradstreet Corporation for 10 years, prior to starting her family.
Susan began as a teacher at CLC in 1988, and became director in 1993.
She has served on the Richmond Early Childhood Association’s Board of Directors since 2006 and a Virginia Baptist Mission Board Weekday Conference committee member and conference teacher.
Hilliary Larsen, Music Associate
Hilliary Larsen has been a part of Second Baptist Church since 2010, starting as a music ministry intern. In 2014, Hilliary began serving as a music associate; leading worship in The Well and coordinating the praise band, singing in the sanctuary choir, directing youth choirs, and helping with various other music ministry activities. Hilliary grew up in Mechanicsville, VA and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Hilliary has been a music teacher at the Creative Learning Center since 2015. Hilliary is married to Andrew, a business investment manager at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and also the A/V technician for the Well! Together, they have two children, Levi (born in January 2015) and Nora (born in March 2017).
Ginne Moore, Director of Recreation Ministry
Ginnie joined our staff just this past summer and in in her first year as the Director of Recreation Ministry. She has been actively involved in the church for over 10 years and even met her husband, Bill Moore, here at the church, and was later married here. Ginnie has 3 sons, Sam and Tate who are 8 and Jack who is 5 years old. When not involved in planning recreational activities for various groups, Ginnie is actively involved in the Prayer Ministry Team at Second and sings and plays piano in the Well Praise Band. Ginnie has two degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, Sport and Recreation Management and a degree in Health and Physical Education.
Kathy Driver, Office Manager
Kathy is a graduate of Park Ridge High School, in Park Ridge, NJ. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University and majored in Theatre Arts. She has lived in the Richmond area for 35 years. Kathy is married to Graham and they have four sons. She joined the staff at Second Baptist on August 1, 2006.
Patty Dimowski, Administrative Secretary
Patty has been at Second Baptist since July 2000 as Administrative Secretary.
Griendora "G" McDowell, Financial Administrator
Griendora McDowell joined our staff February 2012. “G” as friends call her, is a youth minister at her church. Her background comes with 20+ years accounting and bookkeeping and she’s a Virginia native. G looks to further God’s kingdom, here at SBC, through her gift of finance.
Joanna Landrum, Communications Administrative Assistant
Joanna Landrum is a Richmond-native Graphic Designer who obtained her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. As the Communications Administrative Assistant, she creates and manages special print projects and online media for Second Baptist.
Danny Belanger, Facilities Manager (Contracted - CFG Group)
Danny is our go-to guy for our church facilities and maintenance needs.
Adam Schumm, Director of Food Services
Adam is an amazing cook who fixes our Wednesday Night meals, and other events here at the Church. He also has his own catering company, Dirty Apron Catering.
Billy, Michael, & Maria, Custodial Staff
Billy, Michael, and Maria keep our facilities running smoothly and cleanly day-to-day.