The ’60s were a  time of change, unrest and turmoil in Richmond and a time of discouragement for many. But a small group of God’s people believed it was also a time of great opportunity. Accordingly, when they met in the fall of 1966, their purpose was to explore the possibility of establishing a new church in Richmond, one which would joyfully proclaim the Word of God as it addressed the real needs of the world around them. And here, in part,  are a few – a very few – of the things which resulted from that meeting…
A Brief History of SPC
1966

A NEW CHURCH IN BON AIR?

A NEW CHURCH IN BON AIR?

A group of people met in the home of Bill and Beth York in the fall of 1966. Their desire was to establish a church which would proclaim God’s Word boldly and, at the same time, address the real needs of the world around them.  The group had no particular leaning about whether to be…

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1968

A SECOND ATTEMPT

A SECOND ATTEMPT

In August 1968, several members of the group which met in 1966 met with Donald J. MacNair, Executive Director of the National Presbyterian Missions of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod. With his assistance, their hope to establish a Reformed Presbyterian Church in the Richmond area were revived. Sunday evening meetings for Bible study and…

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1969

SPC MEETS FOR THE FIRST TIME

SPC MEETS FOR THE FIRST TIME

On June 1, 1969, the first worship service of an as-yet-to-be-named new church was held at Stony Point School with 40 adults and 6 nursery-aged children in attendance.  A picnic had been held the day before at Forest Hill Park to give the congregation’s new members a chance to get to know one another and…

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1969

FIRST MISSIONARIES SUPPORTED

FIRST MISSIONARIES SUPPORTED

The very first budget of the new church contained an line-item of $27 which was set aside for missions, and the first couple to receive regular financial support from SPC was David and Barbara Cross (pictured above) in September, 1969, just three months after the congregation met for the first time . Their mission was…

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1969

THE NEW CHURCH GETS A NAME

THE NEW CHURCH GETS A NAME

Although the church was referred to as First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Richmond from its first meeting, it wasn’t until November 23, 1969 that the name Stony Point Reformed Presbyterian Church was  settled on over other suggestions, including Grace Reformed Presbyterian, Immanuel Presbyterian, Dayspring Church (Presbyterian) and Open Door Reformed Presbyterian. The issue of choosing…

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1972

FIRST FULL-TIME PASTOR CALLED

FIRST FULL-TIME PASTOR CALLED

They called him “Cupid” Aquila — and with good reason: During his six years at Stony Point, the Reverend Dominic A. Aquila conducted 34 marriage ceremonies. He also administered 26 baptisms, the first of which was his own son, Andy, a year from the day Dominic and his wife, Davileen, came to SPC. Dominic provided…

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1972

Dick and Shirley Chewning Join Stony Point Church

Dick and Shirley Chewning Join Stony Point Church

Dick and Shirley worked tirelessly for SPC from the time they joined Stony Point Church in 1972. Dick was quickly elected an elder and taught adult Sunday School classes which were legendary, moving many to attend and then commit themselves to SPC according to the accounts of those who attended his lessons. His influence in…

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1977

SPC PROPERTY IS PURCHASED

SPC PROPERTY IS PURCHASED

Within a year of the first worship service, a building committee was organized and the search for a place to relocate the growing congregation was begun. Some hoped to purchase the school in which the church was meeting, but the ideal property, many believed, would be on Buford Road in Bon Air’s historical area. In…

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1978

DEACONESSES AT SPC

DEACONESSES AT SPC

In January, 1978, an amendment to the SPC By-Laws providing for the election and installation of deaconesses was overwhelmingly approved by the congregation. The first deaconesses were elected soon after on January 29, 1978 and included Sheila Porter, Sylvia Brooks, Linda Cox and Plum Yancey. The Board of Deaconesses was dissolved when the Reformed Presbyterian…

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1978

FRANK CRANE CALLED

FRANK CRANE CALLED

Frank Crane was called to be SPC’s pastor in June of 1979 and faithfully served in that capacity for the next 30 years. He was born in the US but spent most of his youth in Chile, South America, where his parents were missionaries. He earned both his Master of Arts and Doctor of Ministry…

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1979

A PRAYER IS ANSWERED DRAMATICALLY

A PRAYER IS ANSWERED DRAMATICALLY

In December of 1979, Elizabeth (“Bizzy”) James, daughter of Charles and Kay James, became desperately ill. Before taking her to St. Mary’s Hospital, Charles gathered the transfer team, doctors, nurses and Kay around Elizabeth’s bed, anointed her with oil, and prayed for her. Five days later, her heart stopped. She was resuscitated and rushed to…

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1982

SPC BECOMES PCA

SPC BECOMES PCA

Stony Point Church began as a mission church of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (RPCES). In May of 1981 the Synod of the RPCES took up an invitation to become a part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The RPCES and the PCA were in agreement about several areas of vital importance including…

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1982

GINDY MILEY RETURNS TO THE MISSION FIELD WITH SPC SUPPORT

GINDY MILEY RETURNS TO THE MISSION FIELD WITH SPC SUPPORT

With the encouragement of pastor Frank Crane and her elder, Greg Brooks, Gindy Miley resumed her work as an Operation Mobilization missionary in the summer of 1982. She subsequently served in India and Pakistan with SPC’s financial help over the span of two decades. From 2002 until 2007 she helped Mission to the World, our…

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1984

A DAUGHTER CHURCH IS PLANTED

A DAUGHTER CHURCH IS PLANTED

As early as October 1975, consideration was given to the possibility of calling an associate pastor who would plant a daughter church in the Richmond Area when SPC’s adult membership reached 250 people. The plan was put into action with the calling of Howard Griffith as associate pastor in December 1982. For 18 months the…

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1985

BOB RANSON NAMED COORDINATOR OF CHURCH DEVELOPMENT

BOB RANSON NAMED COORDINATOR OF CHURCH DEVELOPMENT

In early 1985, Bob Ranson, one of SPC’s founding members, accepted a call from James River Presbytery to become its coordinator of church development. He later served as the presbytery’s moderator and chairman of the Mission to North America Committee of the PCA General Assembly. If ever anyone should be given the title, “Mr. Stony…

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1988

EDUCATION WING IS ADDED

EDUCATION WING IS ADDED

In 1979, a sanctuary and education wing were added to the house that came with the purchase of SPC’s property – affectionately called “the Old House” by SPC veterans. The first service held in the new building was on April 15, 1979, Easter Sunday. In 1988, this original education wing was converted to office use…

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1990

GIFTED MUSICIANS TAKE WORSHIP UP A NOTCH

GIFTED MUSICIANS TAKE WORSHIP UP A NOTCH

Recognizing a need to improve the music and worship ministry, the congregation began praying in the mid 80’s that the Lord would bring willing and gifted musicians to SPC. Larry and Kathy Julian joined in 1986. They were followed by the Maroon, Holmes, Cox and Keltonic families (John Keltonic is pictured above). Many experienced and…

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1990

SPC SPEARHEADS LOCAL MINISTRIES

SPC SPEARHEADS LOCAL MINISTRIES

From its beginning, SPC was committed to sharing God’s love in word and deed both locally and globally. At the local level, SPC members were instrumental in founding Richmond’s Pregnancy Resource Center and supporting the work of other ministries, including Intervarsity, Campus Crusade for Christ, Young Life, Christian Counseling Training Center, the Braille Circulating Library,…

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1993

WEST END PCA IS PLANTED

WEST END PCA IS PLANTED

Some years after SPC planted All Saints Church in Richmond’s Fan district, Bob Ranson began to talk about the need for a second church plant in the West End.  As neither the Willey Bridge or Route 288 had been built at the time, it was difficult for people to travel from the West End to…

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2000

MICHAEL BRYANT BECOMES COORDINATOR OF YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

MICHAEL BRYANT BECOMES COORDINATOR OF YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

SPC’s leadership adopted a more intentional and zealous ministry to children and youth in the late 90’s when the Session called Michael Bryant to serve as Coordinator of Youth and Children’s Ministries. He mobilized  gifted SPC members to serve the young in a vibrant inter-generational ministry which included both children and youth in almost every…

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2000

PARTNERSHIP WITH CANAAN CHILDREN’S HOME BEGINS

PARTNERSHIP WITH CANAAN CHILDREN’S HOME BEGINS

Inspired by a missionary to Uganda, John Keltonic led the first summer missionary team to Uganda in June, 2000. Our original Uganda connection was with the Canaan Children Home through Global Outreach, which represented and supported Canaan at the time. During our years of ministry at Canaan, SPC helped to fund a primary school, a…

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2001

THE CHURCH GOES TO CHINCOTEAGUE

THE CHURCH GOES TO CHINCOTEAGUE

A new tradition was begun in the spring of 2001: Dozens of SPC families traveled to beautiful Chincoteague Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore to spend the first weekend in June relaxing and having fun together. They stayed in a cluster of motels on Maddox Boulevard, near Assateague National Park and Wildlife Refuge’s unspoiled beaches – home…

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2001

MEDICAL SUPPLIES GO TO UGANDA

MEDICAL SUPPLIES GO TO UGANDA

In 2001, SPC summer team missionaries started to bring ten to twenty 50-pound trunks filled with medical supplies on their trips to Uganda. The  first 40-foot container was shipped in 2010. And in July 2016, we shipped our 15h and 16th 40-foot container. Each container carried about 26 tons of medical supplies, so our best…

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2002

FAIRMONT MISSION TRIPS BEGIN

FAIRMONT MISSION TRIPS BEGIN

“Almost heaven, West Virginia…” It was a well known John Denver song but its words were most fitting for what became an annual SPC mission trip to Fairmont, West Virginia starting in the summer of 2002. One participant, Leslie Kolmer, had this to say about the 2010 project: “Morning and evening there are birds singing…

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2003

NNR DEBUTS

NNR DEBUTS

NNR — short for “Not Necessarily Reformed Variety Show”— debuted on a Saturday evening in February 2003 when a group of people, young and old alike, gathered to be entertained by their family members and church friends and to enjoy each other’s company   The sanctuary-turned-theater was packed that night and an annual tradition of…

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2003

LYNN LILES JOINS THE SPC STAFF

LYNN LILES JOINS THE SPC STAFF

Lynn Lile’s addition to the SPC staff brought much needed attention to detail about everything related to Stony Point’s expanding congregational life when she began as an Administrative Assistant in August 2003. Whether she was answering phones, producing the weekly bulletin, maintaining the church calendar, casting a watchful eye over the church building, staying on…

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2004

STEVE CONSTABLE IS CALLED

STEVE CONSTABLE IS CALLED

Steve was born and raised in England. After becoming a Christian in his early teens, Steve got involved in Christian student ministry in school and then university. In the mid-80’s he arrived in the US pursuing his dream of becoming a scholar of Shakespeare and also pursuing his American girlfriend whom he’d met in her…

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2005

SPC JOINS LOAVES AND FISHES MINISTRY

SPC JOINS LOAVES AND FISHES MINISTRY

Beginning in the fall of 2005 and continuing for almost a decade, SPC’s Loaves and Fishes Teams provided hot lunches to the homeless and working poor of Richmond in Jesus’ name a couple of Sundays each month.  Team members served by providing and preparing food in their homes and by joining one of the Sunday…

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2006

CITY CHURCH IS PLANTED

CITY CHURCH IS PLANTED

Under Steve Constable’s leadership, City Church of Richmond – SPC’s third daughter church – was planted in the fall of 2006. The mission of City Church, which held its first services in a beautiful, downtown synagogue, is to “foster a community which not only sings and hears of God’s glory, but shows His mercy and…

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2007

A BOLD VISION IS CAST

A BOLD VISION IS CAST

In early 2007, Steve Constable, with the full support of SPC’s leadership, shared a new purpose statement and mission vision with the SPC congregation. Our aim, he said, was “to liberate Greater Richmond with the transforming power of the Gospel, beginning with us.” And then he went on to explain the heart of this vision:…

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2008

Zac Collins is Called to be Youth Fellowship Director

Zac Collins is Called to be Youth Fellowship Director

In 2008, SPC called Zac Collins to join the SPC staff as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Blessed with unique gifts and vision, Zac is building successfully on the foundation laid by Michal Bryant.

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2008

EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY HELPS NEIGHBORS

EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY HELPS NEIGHBORS

SPC’s Emergency Food Pantry Team opened its doors in 2008 and has ever since provided groceries to our neighbors in need every Tuesday. Team members serve by picking up and stocking groceries from Richmond’s Food Bank and nearby supermarkets on weekdays, packing and handing bags of groceries to our guests, talking with and praying for…

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2009

FIRST AWAKENING IS HELD

FIRST AWAKENING IS HELD

On the evening of October 17, 2009, the first Awakening, a night of evangelistic worship, encouragement and fellowship for students, was held. Young people from all over Richmond gathered at SPC from various ministries and backgrounds, and many brought friends with them, some of whom professed faith in Jesus for the first time.   We’ve…

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2012

ANDREA KEAN BECOMES FIRST WOMEN’S MINISTRY DIRECTOR

ANDREA KEAN BECOMES FIRST WOMEN’S MINISTRY DIRECTOR

Andrea Kean joined SPC’s pastoral staff in June 2012 as the congregation’s first Women’s Ministries Director.  Before coming to SPC, Andrea attended Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville and served on its staff as worship ministry assistant for several years. In 2007, Andrea met Alec. They were married in 2008 and moved to Orlando, Florida so…

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2013

TRANSFORM CAMPAIGN UNDERTAKEN

TRANSFORM CAMPAIGN UNDERTAKEN

From its formation in 1969, SPC  understood itself to be a church gathered for worship, prayer, fellowship, and discipleship on Sundays and a church sent forth in Gospel service and witness to our neighbors – wherever we may encounter them – during the week. Our commitment to that founding vision remained strong, but we needed…

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2014

JENNIE RAY BECOMES CHILDREN’S MINISTRY DIRECTOR

JENNIE RAY BECOMES CHILDREN’S MINISTRY DIRECTOR

Jennie described her ministry several months after she began to serve as SPC’s Children’s Ministry Director

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2014

STEAMS IN THE DESERT SUPPORT GROUP BEGINS

STEAMS IN THE DESERT SUPPORT GROUP BEGINS

Out of her own experience with depression, Katie Hall began Streams in the Desert in the Spring of 2014. Steams is a confidential, peer-led support group for men and women who are learning to live with and overcome depression, anxiety, S.A.D., and other mood disorders. Its goal is to provide mutual support and encouragement in…

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2014

THE OLD HOUSE IS TORN DOWN

THE OLD HOUSE IS TORN DOWN

Goodbye, old friend…

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2014

GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW SANCTUARY

GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW SANCTUARY

Sunday School and Study Groups were canceled but the Nurseries were open for business when SPC took  this next big step in its ongoing TRANSFORM Project in between the worship services on July 20, 2014.  

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2015

THE NEW SANCTUARY IS DEDICATED

THE NEW SANCTUARY IS DEDICATED

  The weather was perfect,, the sanctuary was beautiful, the worship was sublime, the preaching was gracious, the lunch was delicious,  guests were well-loved by dozens of volunteers who served with joy, and the Lord our God was honored and praised throughout. “Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His…

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2016

MILLIE RICE RETIRES FROM TEACHING CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL

MILLIE RICE RETIRES FROM TEACHING CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL

Andy and Millie Rice started to attend SPC on June 8, 1969, the second Sunday that the church met for worship. Millie began to teach children’s Sunday School soon after that — and then kept right on teaching for 40 years until June 5, 2016 when she taught her last class. And while Millie was…

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