ELDERS

James River Community Church is shepherded by a plurality of elders, who work together to lead, feed, and care for the church.

  • Ben LoPresti

    Ben grew up locally in Smithfield, VA. He became a Christian at a young age, through the ministry of his parents, and his local church. As a student at James Madison University, he was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ, where he began to grow in his faith, and discern a call into pastoral ministry. After graduating, Ben served on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, and then completed a Masters degree from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. He came to James River Community Church to serve as pastor in 2016. Ben is married to his wife Jeri.

  • Vic Frailing

    Although Vic was blessed to be raised in a Christian family, it was not until he was convicted of his sinful pride and self-sufficiency that he began to thrive and mature in his walk with God. Faced with the challenges of raising a blended family, he and his wife Lynne found that the power and grace of Jesus was their only hope. Vic and Lynne currently enjoy their 4 children and 6+ grandchildren. They are active visual artists, and never cease to be amazed at the power and glory of God, that is revealed through His Word, and through His creation.

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Jose was born in 1946, grew up in Uruguay, and immigrated to America at 19. He served in the US Air Force, then lived as a part-time hippie, militant, and intellectual in England, France and Mexico. At 33, he and his wife Diana met Christ together, moved to Virginia, and added three more children. Jose founded a ministry called Semilla, which has trained a number of Latin American Christian leaders, and advises the pro-life movement in Latin America. Jose joined James River Community Church in 1994, and has been an elder since 2002.

  • Paul Munden

    Paul was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. Though he grew up in a Baptist church, it wasn’t until age 18 that he began to walk with Christ. In 1972, he graduated from Norview High School, and went to Virginia Tech to study Forestry. Later, he also completed a degree in Accounting (VCU), and a Masters in Religion (Gordon-Conwell Seminary). Paul recently retired after working 33 years as a CPA. He remains devoted to his wife Beth (they married in 1976), and their children and grandchildren. He brings a wealth of professional competence, as well as a measure of discernment and wisdom to the elders.

  • Johnny Rawls

    Johnny Rawls has been a part of James River Community Church since 1992. He and his wife, Mary Sue, live in Windsor near the family farm. Their 3 children are grown and married, and they have 4 grandchildren. Johnny is employed at Newport News Shipbuilding as a Planner. His hobbies include NASCAR, reading (biographies, fiction), and the occasional cruise with his wife.

  • Jason Sleichter

    Even though Jason grew up in church, and thought he was a Christian from childhood, it wasn’t until 2007 that he repented of his sin and trusted in Jesus. One night, after coming home from a bar, the Lord convicted him of his sin, and he cried out to God for grace and restoration. Now, Jason is married to his wife Penny, retired from the Air Force, and working for a shipping company in Norfolk, VA. He loves singing to Jesus, telling others about Jesus, and spending time with his family.

  • John Visser

    John was raised in a military family, and served in the US Navy on submarines until 2006. He came to know Christ as savior when he was a young man. John began attending James River Community Church in 2011, and is thankful for how the Lord has blessed him and his family during this season. John is married to his wife Lauren, and has two boys. He works as an Operations Supervisor at Surry Nuclear Power Station. He has a heart for missions, the unreached, and sharing the greatest news the world has ever known - that Jesus Christ came to save sinners. He enjoys spending time with family, outdoor activities, and travel.

  • Dave Wineman

    Dave was born and raised in Hampton, Virginia. He accepted Christ as his savior early in life, through the ministry of Northampton Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Brenda have 2 adult daughters (Heather and Haleigh), both of whom still live locally. Their family came to James River Community Church in 2001, as the result of their daughters attending a home-school co-op that met in the church building at the time. Dave works for a company in Yorktown that manufacturers specialized material handling equipment.