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Rev. Dr. Robert Lee (Bob) has served as our Senior Pastor since March 1, 2015.  His personal mission statement is: 1) To be a faithful shepherd-leader (Psalm 78:72; 1 Peter 5:2-4); 2) To be effective and productive in ministry (2 Peter 1:5-8); and 3) To equip the saints for ministry (Ephesians 4:12).  Bob previously served sixteen years as Senior Pastor at New Highland Baptist Church in Mechanicsville, VA.  He is involved in Baptist life at the local and state levels, including past terms as both Vice President and President of the Virginia Baptist Pastor’s Conference.

Bob’s family moved from Philadelphia to South Carolina when he was a child.  He graduated from Winthrop College (now University) with a B.A. in Political Science.  Upon graduation, Bob began his career as a claims adjuster with S.C. Farm Bureau Insurance Company where he managed the Orangeburg and Bamberg County claims offices.  In 1990, Bob married Melanie, his college sweetheart, and they joined First Baptist Church Orangeburg where Bob began to experience a call to ministry.  Several years later, Bob and Melanie quit their jobs, sold their home and moved to Richmond where Bob would begin the M. Div. program at BTSR.

Bob graduated from BTSR in 1998 (M. Div.) and from Union Presbyterian Seminary in 2011 (D. Min.).  While at BTSR, he served as an intern in the Single Adult Ministry at Richmond’s First Baptist Church.  His areas of study included pastoral ministry and congregational leadership.  Bob was both licensed and ordained to the gospel ministry by First Baptist Church Orangeburg, S.C.  He and Melanie celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2015 and they have one daughter, Isabella.  Bob and his family live in Midlothian, VA.  In his time off, he enjoys running, hiking, biking, reading and spending time with his family.



Phillip is from the southern town of Rockingham in the great state of North Carolina.

Before graduating high school, he studied music during the summers at Mars Hill College and at UNC Chapel Hill. After graduating from high school Phillip studied at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.  There he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music with concentrations in choral and orchestral conducting. His principal instrument was voice and he double minored in organ and piano. After graduating college, Phillip studied at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. There he earned a Master of Church Music degree in voice with a concentration in conducting and elective studies in Youth Ministry. During his time at SBTS, Phillip spent a semester in NY at the Julliard School of Music and a semester abroad teaching music in Hong Kong, China and South Korea.

Phillip began his ministry working in churches in 1977 at the age of 15. He continually served on a church staff throughout high school, college and seminary before coming to HRBC in February of 1992 where he continues today. He was originally called to HRBC to be the Music and Youth Minister until both programs grew to the necessity of splitting into two positions. Then Phillip became the Music and Worship Minister and the church hired a new Youth Minister.

Phillip came to HRBC as a single young man and there met his wife Lisa. They were married in June of 1993. They have two wonderful, talented and fun children, ‘Lissa and Brandon Brown. The Brown’s completed their family by adopting a highly energetic rescue Miniature Pinscher named Sophie.

Phillip loves to travel internationally and loves to spend time at Lake Gaston, NC/VA and at Garden City Beach, SC. Phillip enjoys composing music and cooking. Phillip says his greatest asset is his family and he gives God the glory for his salvation and for His many blessings.



Matthew joined the HRBC staff in August 2011. He was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC, the son of a pastor and English teacher.  In his work, he carries on their love of serving and empowering others.  He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications. He holds an M.Div. degree with a concentration in Christian Education from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.

Matthew desires to see each person recognize and respond to God’s call to follow God both inwardly in relationship and outwardly as a witness to God’s transforming power. Matthew’s passion is helping people recognize where God is at work in the world and empowering them to join God’s Mission. He is grateful that he has been able to travel abroad, experiencing God’s work among God’s people in Argentina, South Africa and Slovakia.  In his free time Matthew enjoys music, running, baseball and SEC football. He and his wife of over 15 years, Beth, are parents of three children, Jack, Reese and Haley.



Amanda Lott, lifelong Wildcat fan, originally hales from Danville, KY, but is happy to now claim Richmond as home. She joined HRBC’s staff in 2008, bringing her husband Craig and their three daughters, Valerie, Catie, and Sarah Grace along for the blessings of church life together. Amanda uses her degree in education from Auburn University, Virginia Baptist’s Children’s Ministry Certification, classes at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and her life and ministry experience from previous churches in Alabama, Texas, and southwest Virginia to guide and shape her ministry with children and families. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family, including their beagle, Georgia.

Donna Earley, Church Administrator

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Donna began serving on our support staff in August, 2010.  She’s lived most of her life right here in Richmond but was born in Winston-Salem, NC.  Donna has a marketing degree from Virginia Tech and an MBA from University of Richmond.  Donna and her husband, Brad, have two daughters, Mary Sage and Sarah.   When she’s not at work, Donna can be found walking her dog, Cody, or reading a good historical fiction book.


Nicole Guido, Administrative Assistant


Nicole Guido is originally from California. She graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2012 with a Bachelors in Business Marketing. In 2015, Nicole and her husband, Ben, moved to the Richmond area. Together, they love to explore new places, do puzzles, and spend time outdoors with their dog, Nani. Nicole is passionate about photography and owns her own business. She also loves to read! Nicole joined the team at HRBC in October 2017 and is so excited to be here!

Karen Upson, Church Financial Assistant

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Karen joined our staff in January, 2015 as church financial assistant.  Karen is a CPA with a degree in accounting from Virginia Tech.  She has three adult boys and a dog, Rooney.



Tanja Cottrell, Child Development Center Director


Tanja Cottrell is director of the HRBC Child Development Center and mother of seven. Yes, that’s right!  She and her husband David have seven wonderfully unique children ranging in age from 12 to 36, plus seven beautiful grandchildren!  While raising her family in this changing world, she developed a passion for early childhood education teaching in all levels of preschool. During her time at HRBC, she has combined a love for children with her education in business, cultivating an environment that welcomes all God’s children and their families. She looks forward to meeting your family at the church’s CDC.


Vince Gray, Custodian

Norman Boswell, Sunday Custodian

Dennis Nofsinger, Jr., Organist

Jeff Parker, Pianist