About Us

What is East End Fellowship?
What’s our story?
What’s our mission?
What’s our structure?
What are our values?
What is our worship service like?
What are our beliefs?
What is our affiliation?
Who are our leaders?

What is East End Fellowship?
East End Fellowship is a multi-ethnic, economically diverse community in the East End of Richmond, seeking God’s joy and justice for our neighborhoods out of love for Christ.

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What’s our story?
For a full telling of the story, click here.

To hear Pastors Don and Corey telling the story of EEF and explaining our values, listen here.

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What’s our mission?
Our mission is to….
- Worship Together as One before the Father,
- Walk Together as One with Jesus Christ,
- Work Together as One in the Spirit,
….all for the glory of Jesus Christ and for the joy and justice of our neighborhoods.

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What’s our structure?
Our structure of life flows from our mission:
- We worship together in a large community gathering on Sundays where we sing, pray, and hear God’s Word taught.
- We walk together in community groups throughout the week that focus on discipleship, prayer, spiritual mentoring and mutual encouragement and support, building relationships across cultural and ethnic lines.
- We work together for the joy and justice of our neighborhood through existing ministries and through civic associations, neighborhood involvement, and relationships.

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What are our Values?
LIVE: local embodiment in neighborhoods

Just as God redeemed us by coming to live among us in Jesus Christ, we are committed to live, serve and be neighbors in a specific geographical place: Church Hill, Union Hill, Fulton and other neighborhoods in the east end of Richmond. We value living in this particular area, celebrating its history and diversity, mourning its wounds, and experiencing the fullness of life in Christ and God’s Shalom in this specific place.

RELATE: diversity and reconciliation

The gospel has created a new community that reconciles divided peoples. Our gatherings represents the diversity of people present in the East End, demonstrating the power of the reconciling gospel and the diverse composition of God’s Kingdom. We are committed to love one another, submit to one another, confess to one another, and hear one another’s voices, especially the voices that are not often heard. Our relationships are more important than any program.

CONNECT: networking with the broader church

We seek to bring together people, ministries, opportunities, resources and churches. We will seek less to start new ministries and more to connect existing ones. Our gathering itself is a product of the combined human, financial and creative resources of many different congregations and people.. In turn we are committed to sharing our spiritual resources with churches and people across Metro Richmond.

TRANSFORM: oriented toward the joy and justice of the city

Our gathering exists for the healing, peace and transformation first of our neighborhood and second of Metro Richmond. Everything we do is to benefit the neighborhood, not just those in our gathering. We come together in order to be dispersed  as agents of transformation, to heal as we are being healed.

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What is our worship service like?
Our Sunday Gathering may seem different than a typical service. We try to make our Sunday Gathering feel more like a family meeting than a church service, and as a result it tends to be more casual, less orderly and more participatory. There is a broad diversity of people present so you must be prepared for anything! We also have a strong view of children and youth participation in worship, so we invite all children to remain a part of the Gathering until just before the sermon, when they are dismissed for a time of child-appropriate teaching. We finish nearly every Sunday Gathering with a community meal.

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What are our beliefs?
We have adopted the Apostles’ Creed and the Lausanne Covenant as our confessional documents.

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What is our affiliation?
EEF is a mission congregation of Third Church, Richmond (ECO).

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Who are our leaders?
Don Coleman, Co-Pastor
Corey Widmer, Co-Pastor
Lawson Wijesooriya, Elder
Percy Strickland, Elder

Murray Withrow, Elder
Ashley Mejias and Sherika Chew, Community Group Coordinators
Erin Rose, Worship Director

Matt Miller, Associate Director of Music and Sound

Rashad Lowry, Youth Pastor
Becca Granger, Children’s Ministry Director

Elisabeth Dennison, Administrator

Community Group Leaders
Deacons

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If you or someone that you know would like more information about East End Fellowship, please contact us.  You can also download and print our brochure.

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The Robinson Theater

Worship with us at the Robinson Theater
When: 4:00pm Sunday
Where:2903 Q Street Richmond, VA 23223

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