WHO WE ARE
East End Fellowship is a multi-ethnic, economically diverse Christian church in the east end of Richmond, seeking God's joy and justice for our neighborhoods out of love for Christ.
Our desire is to see more of God's Kingdom come here in the east end, as it is in heaven. If the Father were fully present here...what would be different? We want to stand in the gap between how things are currently, and the way that they could be and will be one day when God's Kingdom is fully realized through Jesus.
We want every man, woman and child to know the Father, to be part of his spiritual family as a disciple of Jesus, and to join in his mission through the Holy Spirit in this neighborhood he so loves. Another way of saying this is we want to make disciples of Jesus who then go and do the same in the east end of Richmond and beyond.
OUR MISSION & STRUCTURE
Our structure and life flows from our mission:
We worship together in a large gathering each Sunday afternoons where we sing, pray, submit to God's Word, hear stories of God breaking through, take communion together and share a meal.
We walk together in Missional Communities throughout the week that are creating spiritual families that orient their lives around Jesus and his mission. This includes discipleship, prayer, mission, spiritual mentoring, mutual encouragement and support, all while building relationships across cultural and ethnic lines.
We work together for the joy and justice of our neighborhood through existing ministries, Missional Communities, ministry teams, through civic associations, neighborhood involvement, and relationships.
IN OUR DNA
Being a Spirit-led, missional, multi-ethnic and economically diverse Christian community is something we are intentionally pursuing, but is always in progress. We believe that in the Capital of the Confederacy, one of the most powerful demonstrations of the power of the Gospel is to see reconciled disciples of Jesus of different races and class pursuing Jesus and his mission together (though certainly not perfectly and not without mistakes and mis-steps along the way). We believe this one way to serve as a prophetic witness to the power of the resurrection of Jesus today.
However, that means that we need to understand issues of race and class not just intellectually, but practically. The following video is of one of our leaders, David Bailey, talking about race, class, reconciliation and what it looks like to flesh this out practically in a Christian community at the Q Conference. We hope this will give some insight into how we understood why our church exists, what is in our DNA and what we are praying for God to do in the east end of Richmond and beyond.
We believe in having a plurality of leadership, which is the Biblical understanding of shared leadership through elders, pastors and deacons, along with Missional Community leaders, all sharing in the responsibility of local church leadership, with Jesus Christ serving as the 'head' of his Church.
Don Coleman/Lead Pastor
Erin Rose/Worship Director
Rashad Lowery/Youth Pastor
Becca Granger/Children's Pastor
Dorathy Lay/Church Administrator
Orlando Palmer/Music Director
Alex Sawyer/Sound and Visual Director
*announcing at the end of September
Caitie Rountree Chan
MISSIONAL COMMUNITY CO-LEADERS
Skip & Andrea Long
Don & Florence Coleman
Clay & Alicia Cundiff
Romesh & Lawson Wijesooriya
Sam & Sara Tuttle
Lana Heath de Martinez
Michael & Kristin Wind