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Session

Tom Ballou – 2020-2021 Outreach Committee Chair

Tom and his wife Lisa joined PFPC in 1991 upon relocating to Providence Forge from New Jersey and have two sons, Ian and Aaron. He and his family moved to Williamsburg in 1997, but still call PFPC home. Lisa has served 3 terms on the session, Tom is now also beginning his third term on the session. Tom is the Air Quality Planning Manager for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in Richmond. Spare time is occupied singing, traveling, and going to the local YMCA .

Allison Christian – 2019-2021 – Fellowship Committee Chair
Allison and her husband Chris relocated to Providence Forge in 2017, after joining PFPC church in 2016 and commuting their first year from Beavedam, VA.  Allison served as a deacon at New Hanover Church in Mechanicsville where she and Chris were members.  She helped to organize and support “Ties that Bind”, Allison helped to coordinate the youth Yard Sale in March and assisted in the kitchen with meals for VBS 2018. Allison leads the Women’s Bible Study that meets Monday mornings at PFPC. Allison and Chris have a son Wales, daughter-in-law Lauren and daughter Laura.

Johanna Davis – 2018-2019 Youth & Young Adult Committee Chair
Johanna was born and raised in Lynchburg, VA where she was a member of Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church. She works for Virginia Women’s Center in Richmond as a Surgery Scheduler. She has been married to Brian Davis since 2001 and they have one daughter, Ellie who is 13.  Johanna enjoys working in the community and currently serves as Vice President of the New Kent Middle School PTO. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching baseball, and spending time with her family.

Jamie Gray – 2019-2021 – Nominating Committee Chair
James moved to Virginia in 1971 when his father retired from the United States Air Force. The family settled in Henrico, VA and attended Sandston Presbyterian Church.  James opened his business, Piedmont Taxidermy, in 1982 and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1984 with a degree in business.  In 1986 he married Nancy Gammon (a lifelong PFPC member) moved to New Kent, and Joined Providence Forge Presbyterian Church. James and Nancy have two daughters, Kellie Holmes and Jenna, who grew up in the church and attended Sunshine Nursery School.  In his free time, James enjoys hunting, fishing, painting and working in the garden.

Ruth Hopke – 2017-2019 Policy and Personnel Committee Chair
Ruth was born in Virginia and a current resident of Charles City.  She and her husband Bill began attending PFPC in 2004 and joined as members in 2007.  Ruth works as a technical feed support specialist for Southern States Cooperative. This is Ruth’s first term on session.

Ayars Lore – 2019-2021 – Stewardship Committee Chair
Ayars and his wife Barbara are lifelong Presbyterians. They were confirmed and joined Ben Avon Presbyterian Church, near Pittsburgh, Pa., the same Sunday morning in 1958. After Ayars’ retirement from DuPont they moved to Quinton, VA and joined Providence Forge Presbyterian Church in 2003. He has served two previous terms on session and has been on a number of committees both at our church and the Presbytery of the James. Ayars has a passion for teaching. Since retirement he has been an Adjunt Faculty member at four Virginia Community Colleges and Master Trainer for the Virginia Manufacturing Association. He and Barbara are ardent sailors and keep “Dory” on the East River on Mobjack Bay.

Jeffery K. Ludwig – 2018-2020 – Worship Committee Chair
Jeff moved to New Kent County in November 2011 together with his wife of 32 years, Mrs. Sondra Ludwig. Together they raised 3 children, Jennifer, Jason and David, during a 29 year US Army career that included 14 household moves and multiple overseas postings.  In July 2012 Jeff started working at Virginia DMV where he remains employed today. On March 14, 2015 Sondra passed away at the Duke University Hospital after battling leukemia for more than a year. Today, Jeff carries on and continues to work, worship, and love his children and 3 grandchildren, Savannah Rae, Aubrey Lynn, and Barron Kent.

Leigh Quick – 2018-2020 Clerk of Session
Leigh moved from northern Virginia to New Kent in 1969. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, she worked for New Kent County Schools for 30 years. Upon her retirement, she served eight years on the New Kent County School Board. Leigh is the proud mother of Laurie Weaver, Edward Allen and Deborah Allen. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and reading. Leigh is serving her first term on session.

Nathan Richards – 2020-2022 Planning & Finance Committee

A livelong Virginian, Nathan grew up on the Northern Neck of Virginia.  After graduating from William & Mary, he and his wife Laura settled in Providence Forge, where Laura accepted a teaching position at New Kent Elementary. Nathan and Laura have since made New Kent their home and are blessed with four beautiful kids; Claire, Paige, Will, and Lucy Mae. Nathan is currently the CFO of Rappahannock River Oysters where he manages the Company’s Finance, HR and IT functions and is looking forward to supporting PFPC as a first time session member.

Mary-Catherine Hawkins Sheridan – 2018-2020 Christian Education Committee
Mary-Catherine has been married to David Sheridan for 14 years and is mother to 4 children, Elizabeth, Curtis, Carter & Caitlyn. While living in New Castle, PA she became an Elder at Highland Presbyterian Church.  The family moved to Providence Forge in 2015 and have been part of Providence Forge Presbyterian Church since then. Mary-Catherine enjoys reading, watching football and her job at Sunshine Nursery School.

Hayden VanDyke – 2018-2020 PTP Committee & Buildings & Grounds
Hayden has grown up in New Kent County and is a graduate from James Madison University in Communication Studies. He is married to Trudy VanDyke and they have a son, Grady and daughter Eve. Hayden currently works for Ryan Homes where he has worked in Project Management and Sales since 2005. In his free time he likes wood working and media projects. He is the son of Jane VanDyke and brother to Aaron and Evan VanDyke. Hayden has been a member of the church since the mid 1990’s; and is serving his first term on session and currently chairs the Stewardship committee.

Jim Wallace – 2020-2022

Jim is a life-long resident of New Kent County and grew up in PFPC. He and his wife, Diane, have three children – two sons and a daughter. Jim works for Colonial Soil & Water Conservation District, where he administers projects aimed at restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and being outside.  Jim previously served on PFPC Session from 2008-2013.