Our lead pastors, Michael and Erica Yardley, have a heart for the greater Richmond, VA area and desire to see the lives of people in our city transformed by the life-giving message of Jesus. Michael is a gifted communicator who relates the candid life experiences of his journey to those he has the privilege of interacting and doing life with, offering a relevant picture of hope for a life transformed through his engaging sharing of God's truth. He has served in several pastoral positions for over ten years, affording him the opportunity to engage with audiences from all walks of life in, both stateside and abroad, at conferences, camps, churches, and every day connections made throughout the community. Michael earned his undergraduate degree from Liberty University in Religion and pursued graduate work in Ministerial Leadership at Southeastern University. He is also ordained through the Assemblies of God, a network of pastors ministering to over 70 million people across the globe.
Erica has been involved in ministry for nearly two decades, having served as a youth pastor as well as in various ministry roles at the collegiate level prior to marrying Michael. She has spoken at conferences, camps, seminars, and Bible studies, as well as engaged in cross-cultural missions. Erica earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Youth Ministry from Liberty University, then went on to complete her Master's Degree of Education in School Counseling at The College of William and Mary. After obtaining counseling experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, she went on to teach middle and high school at a private Christian college preparatory school, while serving alongside of Michael in youth and family ministry. Having received her promotion to motherhood, Erica enjoys her current season as a stay-at-home mom of three, pastor, and owner of a photography business.
Beyond any of their achievements, they want to be known as people who love God and love people.