epiphany's staff

  • Pastor Phillip W. Martin, Jr.

    Senior Pastor


    B.S., B.A., North Carolina State University (1997)

    M.Div, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (2003)

    I was called to serve as Senior Pastor at Epiphany in January, 2014. Prior to this call as senior pastor, I served as the Associate Pastor at Epiphany for five years. Prior to that, I was the pastor of Emanuel’s Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh (Bellevue), PA. I am married to Melinda, and we have two daughters and a son. As Senior Pastor, I coordinate the staff and work with most areas of the congregation's ministry, including worship, finance, stewardship, and confirmation ministry. I have experience in youth and family ministry, specifically in the area of community service. I blog my sermons (and occasionally poetry) at www.saidanotherway.org. In my spare time I like to be outside or in the kitchen, especially when my family joins me. I listen to a lot of U2 and bluegrass music. I like to bake bread and am an avid birder. If you'd like to go birding around Richmond sometime, let me know!

  • Pastor Joseph Bolick

    Associate Pastor


    B.A. Appalachian State University (2002)

    M.Div Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (2007)


    I was called to serve as Associate Pastor at Epiphany in November, 2014. Prior to this call, I served congregations in Charleston, SC, and Johnson City, TN.I coordinate ministry to and with youth and families, college students, and young adults.  Prior to being ordained, I served in Baltimore, MD, with Lutheran Volunteer Corps as a case manager in a homeless shelter for men, and was on staff for four summers at Lutheridge Camp in Arden, NC. My sermon blog is www.lipstosing.wordpress.com.  I am married to Sarah Lang, and we have two daughters and a son.  I love playing fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo with friends, drawing, exploring Richmond with my family, and visiting National Parks, with the goal to visit them all. 

  • Pastor Tom Bosserman

    Visitation Pastor

    B.A. College of William and Mary; M.Div., Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary; M.Th. University of Edinburgh; D. Min. Union Theological Seminary


    I was asked to serve as Visitation Pastor in 2007 following my retirement from full-time ministry and my relocation to Richmond. Prior to this call I served parishes in Edinburgh, Scotland; Northern Virginia; and Tidewater, Virginia. As Visitation Pastor I make regular calls on those members of our congregation who are no longer able to worship with us because of illness or age. I bring communion and the prayers and presence of the church family to these homebound folks. I am married to Pamela, and we have a daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren living in Richmond.

  • kevin barger

    Director of Music Ministries


    B.A. Thiel College; M.B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

    I have been leading music ministry at Epiphany since 1997. We are fortunate to have many talented members in our various ministries.  I lead our adult choirs for each service, the Epiphany Ringers (adult handbells), the Singing Saints (youth grades 2-6) and Epiphany Brass.  I play the organ and piano for our worship services, and I coordinate other special music throughout the entire year. I am a member of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and enjoy running marathons in various locations throughout the country.  I hope to run a marathon in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. – I have one to go!  I am also the President for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM).  I am married to Beth (our Coordinator of Volunteers).  We have three children.

  • Pastor Sarah Lang

    Coordinator of Faith Formation Ministries


  • Hanne Hamlin

    Adminstrative Assistant


    Northern Virginia Community College


    I am a life-long Lutheran,  and joined the staff in June of 2007. I handle all office business.  I have many interests that I enjoy in my free time. Volunteering, gardening, camping, knitting and meeting new people wherever I go. I am married to Rob Hamlin and together we have six adult children, 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson.


  • Beth Barger

    Coordinator of Volunteers


    B.A. Thiel College


    As Coordinator of Volunteers, I support Evangelism, Fellowship and the Community Service Ministry Teams. I have served as coordinator of volunteers since May of 1998. I am married to Kevin, and we have three sons.

    I joined my family on a trip to Alaska in June 2019 leaving two of the fifty states (North Dakota and Vermont) for me to visit. Our family enjoys musical theater, and recently, my mom and I hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail in four states. We hope to do more day hikes in the other ten states.

  • Tod Mitchell

    Facilities Manager


    As Facilities Manager at Epiphany, I handle the tasks pertaining to the upkeep and maintenance of our building and grounds. I coordinate repairs and maintenance that we can accomplish with in-house volunteer labor and work with vendors and subcontractors to take care of work that is outsourced.  

    I have been a member of Epiphany since 1994. I have been involved in property-related work at church many times before, served as a Timothy Minister and a Sunday School teacher. My wife, Jackie, and my mother, Pat, typically attend the 8:30 am Sunday service. We have three grown children, all of whom grew up at Epiphany. I  have years of experience as a contractor and builder in the Richmond Metro area.

  • DEbbie Sexton

    Finance Manager


    B.A. University of Virginia


    I joined Epiphany Lutheran Church as the finance manager in March, 2016 after a 32 year career with Bank of America in various Finance roles primarily focusing on profitability analysis, budgeting and business line performance.  I am a native Richmonder and my husband Derick and I have 2 sons and a daughter-in-law living in Richmond.  We were just blessed with our first grandchild, Ian in November, 2018.