Carla Pratt Keyes
Mary Moore Driggers
Pastor Carla Pratt Keyes
Carla Pratt Keyes has been pastor of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church since May of 2007. She loves GPPC’s commitment to sharing God’s welcome and to living with vulnerability, bravery, and gratitude. She finds great purpose in planning for the worship we share, taking particular care with sermons; she believes the Christian story challenges, comforts, and calls to us with power to heal the world.
Carla was born in Virginia, but moved from place to place growing up as part of a Navy family. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Princeton Theological Seminary. She served the University Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge, LA, the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, GA, and St. Andrews Presbyterian Church of Tucker, GA, before accepting the call to GPPC.
Carla’s professional highlights include preaching for W&M’s Service of Celebration for graduates, leading worship for the Annual Event of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators, and helping to found and develop NEXT Church, which is working to further a lively and relevant PCUSA.
Carla’s personal highlights include marrying Brint (also a PCUSA pastor), parenting two children (Deborah and Elijah), and recognizing the gifts knit into every day: transformative ideas, stirring poetry, the pleasure of exercise, the beauty of the earth, and ways people bless each other.
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Doug Brown is a Richmond native and a second generation church musician. He received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, and he completed a master of music degree in both choral conducting and organ performance at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music.
He has served churches in New Haven, Stamford, and Pittsburgh. In addition to his position at Ginter Park, Doug is director of Music at Union Presbyterian Seminary.
He is the father of three girls he adopted from Perú and the stepfather of three children; he and his wife Amy live with their collective six children in Mechanicsville. In his spare time, Doug enjoys building cabinets for his home.
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Mary Moore Driggers
Mary Moore Driggers is in her third and final year of Seminary at Union Presbyterian Seminary down the street, is receiving her Masters of Divinity and has been working with the youth of GPPC since 2019. She is a candidate for ordination through the PC(USA) in her home Presbytery of Foothills. Mary Moore is originally from South Carolina, which is where she attended Presbyterian College (Go Blue Hose!) and received a degree in both Religion and Christian Education. It was during college where Mary Moore started to grow in her passion for social justice and working in the mission field. Before moving to Richmond, Mary Moore spent some time in Los Angeles, CA working for a nonprofit with the Presbyterian Mission Agency, YAV (Young Adult Volunteer), that benefited and worked with people experiencing homelessness in the streets of Hollywood.
Mary Moore enjoys bringing diverse backgrounds together and hearing stories. She believes each story has value, purpose, and worth sharing. When Mary Moore is not working or in school she enjoys being by any body of water, singing, or traveling to visit friends and family.
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Levi Bannerman is a native of Black Mountain, North Carolina and moved to Richmond, VA during the summer of 2021 to pursue his Masters of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary. Levi comes to Richmond having previously worked in Youth Ministry at both White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh and Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. He is a product of Appalachia where he found an appreciation for creation, community, square dancing, and the importance of play. Levi received his undergraduate degree from Presbyterian College in 2017 and has also served the Presbyterian Church in various ways including leading conference recreation for Montreat Youth Conference, Faith in 3D, and Presbyterian Youth Triennium. Levi moved to Richmond with his wife Mary Katherine and enjoys cooking for others, biking, and doing anything outside with Mary Katherine and their two dogs Ramsey and Hank. He is thrilled to be joining the team and hopes you’ll reach out and say “hello”!
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Karen Mitscherlich serves as Office Administrator, working with the technology, financial, and administrative needs of the church. She is a graduate of James Madison University, and has an MBA from the University of Richmond. After a career as a business and information technology consultant and a hiatus to spend more time with family, Karen started working at the church in January of 2019. She and her husband, Bernie, have three children. Their adult son and his wife live and work locally, their older daughter is in college, and their younger daughter is still at home.
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