About Us

Leadership

Senior Minister

Raised in Lubbock, Texas, Hollie Woodruff is a native of Rochester, NY. She moved to Nashville, TN to complete her BBA at Belmont University. After working in the Music Industry for two years, she started her Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. As student at Vanderbilt, Hollie spent a semester abroad in Thailand working and teaching in a school for the disabled. Her time in Thailand also included studying the economic and social impact of human trafficking.

Upon graduation in 2004, she was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and was named by their Board of the Council on Christian Unity as the 2004-2005 "Disciples Scholar" to attend the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey of the World Council of Churches in Celigny, Switzerland.

When she returned, Hollie served two years as the interim minister at First Christian Church in Rockwood, TN before serving as the chaplain of Barton College in Wilson, NC until May 2013. She continued her ministry serving as an interim for several North Carolina Disciple congregations, as well as working with nonprofits doing event planning, marketing and development. She also served as the Director of Development and Communications for Higher Education & Leadership Ministries in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In her spare time, Hollie enjoys being outdoors hiking, running and cycling, hanging with her two Golden Retrievers and playing violin.

Children and Youth Coordinator - Jayme Babczak

Jayme is completing her Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education from Union Presbyterian Seminary. Her part-time role will be to help oversee the implementation of Sunday School curriculum for our children, plan youth activities and build bridges with the youth in the Academy of Music/HARPS program.

"“Greetings Seventh Street Christian Church! My name is Jayme Babczak, and I am so grateful to be joining you in ministry as the Children and Youth Coordinator. A few fun facts about me... I call Reading, Pennsylvania “home”- go Phillies! I moved to Richmond in July of 2016 to study at Union Presbyterian Seminary. I am studying for my Master of Divinity degree as well as a Master of Arts in Christian Education. Some of my hobbies include making crafts, trying new foods, and going on adventures! I also really love ice cream. I look forward learning and growing in God’s love and grace with each of you!”

Musical Director - Linus Ellis

Linus holds two degrees in organ from Julliard School in New York and has done doctoral studies in Medieval Music at Catholic University of America. He has had an extensive career as an organ recitalist, tourin in the United States and Europe, been a college professor, as well as served in churches in other denominations including Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran.

Other credentials include:

  • Deacon in the Evangelical Luther Church of America
  • Retired from the clerical staff of First English Lutheran Church in 2013
  • Directed several community choruses and conducted performances with chorus and orchestra.
  • Made appearances including one NBC's Christmas special.
  • Serves as organist for St. Giles Presbyterian's early service.

Nursery Attendant - Becky Lindsay

Becky graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Primary Education and taught first and second grade in North Carolina and Virginia for 10 years. After her son was born, she left teaching until he was ready for pre-school, then she returned to working with pre-schoolers as Director of the Forest Hill Presbyterian Church Child Care Center for 6 years. Her love for children grows in the nursery at Seventh Street Christian Church after twelve years. She recently retired from Virginia Eye Institute.

Nursery Attendant - Lois Sax Barbour

Lois has been with Seventh Street Christian Church Nursery for a number of years.Her daughters are both physicians and each has a son so she is MiMi to two grandsons and has a third grand-baby on the way. She is a retired EMT and ran volunteer rescue squad duty for over 10 years. She is certified as an Instructor in First Aid and CPR with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for adults, children and infants.

Coordinator of Communications and Technology - Ryan McElhaney

Ryan has been with Seventh Street Christian Church since early 2018 and keeps the beeps and the boops clearly separated.