Having grown 30% over the last ten years, the Chester area is home to over 73,000 people, nearly half of whom are minorities. This growth is projected to continue due to its close proximity to Richmond, Hopewell, Petersburg, Fort Lee, John Tyler Community College, Virginia State University, and many large employers across various sectors. Yet 59% of Chester residents say they have little or no faith involvement, and at least 3 local communities are impacted by poverty. Individuals, marriages, families, and neighborhoods can be changed through the word and deed ministry of the local church as the Holy Spirit brings life through the gospel!
Joel Passmore is a 30+ year resident of Richmond who worked as an engineer and served as worship leader and ruling elder before God called him into pastoral ministry. He studied at RTS-DC and most recently was an associate pastor at Northside Church of Richmond. He and his wife Nikki were founding members of two successful PCA church plants, and they have been recommended for church planting by Mission to North America’s Church Planter Assessment Center. Joel is passionate about the local church’s Spirit-driven and Christ-centered mission to make disciples of all nations. Now called by the James River Presbytery as a church planter, he is gathering a core group and building a financial support team to launch a church to impact the Chester area with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Gifts can be sent via check or money order made payable to MNA. Ministry or church plant names should be clearly designated with a note accompanying the check or money order.
Mission to North America
P.O. Box 890233
Charlotte, NC 28289-0233