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photo of Pastor Gould-ChampThe Reverend Dr. Patricia A. Gould-Champ has served faithfully as the Pastor and Founding Visionary of Faith Community Baptist Church for the past fifteen years. She is a very unique woman who balances her many roles as wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, professor, and friend. She is a well-prepared servant who is respected throughout this country. She holds an earned doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and received her Master of Divinity degree summa cum laude from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Her senior sermon, entitled "An Unfinished Agenda," is published in Ella Mitchell's book, Those Preaching Women, Volume II. She has served as an Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University for nineteen years where she has been honored twice as Professor of the Year.

Dr. Gould-Champ's many notable accomplishments include being elected the 35th and first female president of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia (July 2, 2003) at the 104th Annual Session of the Convention.. She is a former Moderator of the Shiloh Baptist Association of Virginia; YWCA Woman of the Year in the area of Religion, designated as a Vir-ginia Hero, and she was selected to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors Conference in New Orleans for her outstanding work in the area of HIV/AIDS Prevention Education. Recently she was the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual African American Conference on Alzheimer/Dementia. Both Dementia and Breast Cancer have become new areas of ministry for her throughout the State of Virginia.

Through her dedicated leadership, Faith Community Baptist Church has completed the construction of Phase One of a three-phase new ministry facility, restructured the daily administration of the church, hired a Church Administrator, and launched a three-year Debt Reduction Campaign to retire the mortgage. Dr. Gould-Champ continues to work with the R.I.S.E. Women's Empowerment Group, a 24-week empowerment group for women in Fairfield, Whitcomb, and Creighton Courts. Her work in HIV/AIDS Prevention Education continues to be funded by the Virginia Department of Health and allows Faith Community Baptist Church to minister to partner churches, the Richmond City Jail, the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, the Central Virginia Correctional Center for Women, the Chesterfield Probation Office, the Henrico Probation Office, and the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing communities of Fairfield, Whitcomb, Creighton, Mosby, and Gilpin Courts.

Dr. Gould-Champ has modeled what it means to "walk by faith" and has stood firm on her belief that "without faith it is impossible to please God." Dr. Gould-Champ continues to walk by faith in spite of the adversities that she faces. She is blessed with a very supportive family. She is the wife of James Champ, III, president of Coordinated Insurance Services, who is her partner in life and ministry. She is the very proud mother of soon-to-be twenty-one year old (April 22) Pamela Ann Champ, a junior honor student at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia who has developed into a "strong, gifted, and beautiful young woman."

The members of FAITH are extremely proud of our pastor is and how she has led us over these fifteen years. We are not ashamed to lavish her with love and appreciation and we pray constantly and fer-vently for her continued health and strength.