Stephen Poore is a Richmond, Virginia native and is blessed with the camaraderie of his wife, Devin, and son, Howdy. Stephen is also a licensed pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Since being married, Devin and Stephen have partaken in adventures spanning from the favelas of Sao Paulo, to the pasta of Rome. Stephen received his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to finishing his undergraduate degree, Stephen trekked the United States from coast to coast with his punk rock band, Ten 33. Youth Ministry has been a focal point of Stephen’s life, which led him to be the Student Ministries Director at West End Assembly of God in Richmond, Va.
Stephen graduated with his Master’s of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Il. While in Chicago, Stephen worked with Soul City Church as the College-Connections Director. Both Devin and Stephen have moved back to Richmond, Virginia to plant a church in the center of the city, called center church.
Director of operation and strategy.
Emily Nicolaides has considered Richmond her home since 2002, even though college and traveling took her away from Richmond for a few years. In 2013, she received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington in Studio Arts and Art History. After graduating, she studied embroidery, sewing, weaving, quilting, and printmaking at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. In 2015, she found herself settled in Richmond again, where she started looking and praying for a church. After reconnecting with Stephen Poore, Emily felt compelled to be a part of Center Church and a new vision for Richmond.
When she’s not working for Center Church, Emily spends most of her time weaving on a giant frame loom. She also loves cooking, listening to podcasts, and sitting on her porch with friends, family, and her boyfriend Joe.
Director of next steps
Logan Jones lives in Richmond with his beloved wife Silke and their precious cat Zoey. Life began for Logan in Louisville, KY, and continued in Richmond before he moved to Salzburg, Austria where his parents served as missionaries. In 2000 he moved to Arkadelphia, AR where he attended Ouachita Baptist University graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree majoring in Theology (Biblical Studies) and a minor in Music. Having graduated, Logan and Silke moved back to Richmond in 2004 where he worked at Starbucks (Parkside Marketplace [Innsbrook] and Broad/Lombardy locations). Next, Logan served as the Worship Arts Director at northminster church from 2008 until 2014 when the church merged with a multi-site church. In addition, Logan and Silke in the company of talented friends lead worship for various events and provide leadership training together as LJM. Having spent 10 months in Austria, Logan and Silke returned to Richmond in 2017 to intentionally join the transformational movement that is Center Church.
director of music
Makeda is a Richmond native and nerdy book enthusiast. She studied classical piano at Shenandoah Conservatory before switching to contemporary music studies at Berklee College of Music. In the summer of 2016, Makeda moved to Church Hill, a neighborhood in the East End of Richmond, where she participated in the Urban Doxology Songwriting Internship; an intensive 8-week internship where she lived in a gentrifying community and wrote songs of reconciliation and worship for the people looking to heal the racial divide. Following her internship, she became a pastoral resident at East End Fellowship – a church that worships, walks and works together for the joy and justice of their neighborhood out of love for Jesus. Makeda is now a member of the national recording group Urban Doxology and travels the country with them spreading a message of unity and building bridges between churches of different ethnicities and races.