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. 

  • 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


    B.A. Furman University (2000)

    M.Div. Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (2007)

    Prior to moving to Richmond in 2014, I served as a pastor to congregations in Charleston, SC and Boone, NC.  Epiphany knows me best as mom to my two daughters and son and as spouse to Pastor Joseph Bolick, and I'm looking forward to being known in this new role as Coordinator of Faith Formation Ministries. In my work, I organize Sunday School, adult faith formation opportunities, Vacation Bible School, and teach milestone ministry classes for children and youth. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and being with family.

  • Hanne Hamlin

    Office Administrator


    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.

  • 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.  

  • Rob HAMLIN

    Facilities Manager


    I have been a member of Epiphany for 40+ years. I’ve served our church in many ways: as an usher, lay assistant, altar care, greeter, 4th grade Sunday school teacher, Consecration Sunday chef, Stephen Minister and 2, 3 year terms on Council, once as Vice President. I am married to Hanne, and my passions include, cooking, gardening, home improvement and repair, and woodworking.  Retirement after a lifelong career in the foodservice industry has led me to this new opportunity to serve the church as Facilities Manager.