One of the things we're most proud of here at Rappahannock Church of Christ is a dedicated, fun-loving staff who love Jesus. They're kind of misfits, too, in that all of them, except one, started their careers far from ministry. Only our youth minister decided in high school that he wanted to do this for life. The rest of them worked in the corporate and blue-collar world on their way to this destination.
Walker Gaulding, Senior Minister Email Walker
Walker Gaulding came to us in 1987 upon graduation from Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary (now Cincinnati Christian University). It’s the only full-time preaching job he’s ever had, so he has a really weak resume. He preaches, teaches, and plays guitar in one of the praise bands. Walker was born and raised in Cold Harbor, Virginia, in the heart of the Gaines Mill, and Seven-Days battlefields. In the spring, he can often be found at high school softball games, cheering for teams his daughters used to play for. He married the gorgeous and talented Mary Bob Snavely and together they have three reasonably well- behaved adult daughters: Kylie, Spencer & Olivia. Walker is a fan of old Jeeps and spends some of his time working on a 1965 CJ-5 made during the Kaiser years. He’s a relic-hunting buff, rides a big Motorcycle (113 cu in. w/100 HSP at the rear wheel he modestly points out), and has spent the last 2 ½ decades just trying not to get fired (Did we mention he loves his job??)
Keith Peyton, Associate Minister of Operations Email Keith
Keith and his wife, Janie, live on part of the family farm that goes back four generations. The entire family; including their two grown children, are VT alumni and love watching the Hokies play football. Keith received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics in 1985 and has held several sales and marketing related jobs over the years.
Most recently he worked for 12 years as the seventh grade science teacher in the exact same classroom that he had sat in as a seventh grade student. In July of 2015 he accepted the call to become the Associate Minister of Operations for RCofC. His ministry areas include finance, facilities, teaching, and database management.
Jim Ward, Associate Minister Email Jim
Jim and his wife, Karen, moved to the Northern Neck in 1988 where they began raising their children, Nash and Katherine. In 1995, Jim and his family moved to Cincinnati where he began attending Cincinnati Christian University. In 1999, Jim received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Ministry with an emphasis in Preaching.
In June of 2005, he accepted the call as Associate Minister here at RCofC. Jim’s ministry includes Pastoral Counseling, Teaching, Preaching, Worship Leading, Technical leadership and directing the Orchestra.
Kent Childers, Youth Minister Email Kent
Kent was born and raised in Corbin, Kentucky. He met his wife, Lori, while he was attending Kentucky Christian College (now KCU). He received a Bachelors degree from Kentucky Christian and later an MDiv. degree from Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City, TN
After completing his studies, Kent moved to Mechanicsville, VA, where he served as youth minister at Mechanicsville Church of Christ for 13 years. He began serving at RCofC in 2008.
Kent enjoys d-groups, teaching, mission trips, service projects, object lessons that may or may not be combustible, playing the drums. His favorite Bible verse is Philippians 2:5.
Karen Davis, Children's Director Email Karen
Our Children’s Minister is an unrealistically bubbly, happy, lover of bright colors, butterflies, unicorns, kids and Jesus. So she’s perfect for this job. Incredibly creative, Karen is a master baker, though she’s never baked anything for the rest of the staff.
In the summer of 2012 we were searching for our next staff member and it occurred to us that we already had her! One of our hardest-working and most consistent volunteers in the children’s department, Karen had been a full-time homemaker for 14 years when the light bulb went on for us. We begged her to come to work for us, and she quickly said yes. She is married to her husband Chris, and they are raising four active, hungry boys: Jay, Ryan, Caleb and Dylan. In her limited spare time, she can be found cheering for her sons on baseball and football fields, and in wrestling gymnasiums.
Penny Barton, Administrative Assistant Email Penny
Penny and her husband, Billy, came to RCofC in August 2004 when they were looking for a new church for their family. They feel they have found a church home where they can truly worship and serve.
In the spring of 2005, she began serving as the first (and only) administrative assistant for RCofC. She spends her days trying to keep up with her Boss (the senior minister) and the church’s four other full-time staff members. And her evenings & weekends with her husband and four children: Katie, Hannah, Nathaniel, Brittany, son-in-law Adam and beautiful granddaughter, Ava. Penny loves gadgets/technology and paper planner/crafting, and uses both of those things to do a job that she TOTALLY LOVES!