Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Chris Atwell

Lead Pastor of Vision & Instruction

What I do at Portico: Lead the mission along with our staff team and elders. Preach the gospel on Sunday mornings. Invest in church planting through Acts 29. Serve on the board of Grimke Seminary.
Years at Portico: We planted in 2004.
Years in Ministry: Since 1994.
Grew up in: Charlottesville, VA (an increasingly rare townie!)
Favorite Food: It’s like asking me to pick out my favorite child!
Favorite Portico Memory: There was a particular September Sunday in 2006, after 2 brutal years of planting, when 200 folks just showed up and never looked back. It was God’s affirmation that He was planting His church.
What I love about serving at Portico: Serving with people who help me thrive in the grace of the gospel.
On my day off you can find me: I’m probably trying not to be found along with my wife and 3 daughters.
A book I would recommend: Seriously, just one? The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul.

Kendra Aylor

Director of Kids

What I do at Portico: Ensure our kids hear the Gospel in a safe, fun environment with the help of our amazing Portico Kids Team!
Years at Portico: My husband, David, and I started coming to Portico in 2006 when we were meeting at a Jazzercise studio.
Years in Ministry: I've been involved with Portico Kids since 2006. And, I've been the Director of Portico Kids since 2010.
Grew up in: I’m a military brat. So, I grew up all over.
Favorite Food: I love blueberries and whipped cream. I also love a good steak.
Favorite Portico Memory: Pretty much the start of every Portico Kids Camp, after months of preparation, when all the kids are streaming in the door with smiles on their faces excited for the week!
What I love about serving at Portico: I love getting to meet all of our new families and getting to see all of our regularly attending Portico families as they come into Portico Kids. I also love that I get to use my creativity, love of music, and love of kiddos to grow God’s kingdom.
On my day off you can find me: hanging out with my family. And, we are probably at a sporting event, either at UVA or for one of my three kids.
A book I would recommend: I highly recommend Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids. It gives great practical advice on making sure kids see that Jesus is the biggest and the best thing in their lives.

Jordan Breeding

Worship Leader

What I do at Portico: I make most of the things you listen to or look at.
Years at Portico: Since 2014
Years in Ministry: Since 2014
Grew up in: I was born in San Bernardino, CA, but, realistically I grew up in the good ol' Charlottesville, VA.
Favorite Food: Probably just a good cheeseburger.
Favorite Portico Memory: One time, I assigned the team an incredibly difficult worship song requiring a ton of effort from the brass section. To their credit, they pulled it off and did a fantastic job on Sunday morning. When I looked back at the livestream, I caught the trumpet player nodding enthusiastically to the saxophonist immediately after the two of them crushed their part. I love when my team takes pride in their service.
What I love about serving at Portico: The opportunity to reflect our God’s creativity and create spaces for congregants to experience intimate, undistracted moments with the Holy Spirit.
On my day off you can find me: Playing loud, scary rock music somewhere else or writing about pop culture or comedy for the internet.
A book I would recommend: Peace Like A River by Leif Enger, Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright

Justin Conger

Lead Pastor of Ministry Leadership

What I do at Portico: It's my joy and honor to be a part of God's work here at Portico. I'm primarily focused on shepherding through empowerment and equipping of the saints in our church family. I work to ensure there are systems, structures, and people in place to allow God to work in and through our church family with as few distractions as possible. I help lead our team, and keep us aligned to our values to keep us focused on fulfilling our vision of Creating Churches for Future Generations. I am also known as the guy who get's things done. I love seeing project, events, and ministries executed well for God's glory and the church's enjoyment. I love my team, my church family, and my Lord. It's all because of Jesus I am here!
Years at Portico: since 2007
Years in Ministry: since 2000
Grew up in: Modesto, CA Nor Cal!
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Portico Memory: Too many to count. I am still thinking.
What I love about serving at Portico: The fact I am able to use my gifts for Jesus in a church that loves the Gospel first and foremost! And, the community we have at Portico is unmatched! We are a true family!
On my day off you can find me: Playing with my family, spending time with my wife, shopping, on tech or somewhere outdoors.
A book(s) I would recommend: Mistakes Leaders Make, Gospel Coach, The Reason For God.

Desmond Glenn

Pastor of Community & Discipleship

What I do at Portico: I oversee all community groups, and equip people to be effective followers of Christ.
Years at Portico: I’ve been at Portico since 2015
Years in Ministry: I’ve been in ministry since 2015
Grew up in: I was born and raised in Marvell, Arkansas #countrybred #countryfed
Favorite Food: Fried Catfish
Favorite Portico Memory: My first day on the job, we took a trip to Philadelphia that made a major impact on me spiritually, and it showed me how much the team valued spending time together.
What I love about serving at Portico: I love serving the people that Jesus has allowed me to serve and oversee.
On my day off you can find me: Spending time with my family and working out
Books I would recommend: All the books of the Bible, On The Block by Doug Logan, Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt, and The Gospel Comes With a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield.

Caitlin Jones

Pastoral Executive Assistant & Ministry Services Coordinator

What I do at Portico: A little bit of everything and that’s just the way I like it! My primary function is to assist Pastor Chris & Pastor Justin with their ministry and administrative needs.  You can find me planning our quarterly Investor Gatherings (member meetings), coordinating travel plans, or updating our Portico Instagram account!
Years at Portico: I started attending in 2013, became a member in 2014, and joined staff in 2015.
Years in Ministry: Since 2015.
Grew up in: Clinton, Connecticut. Born and raised in New England  - Go Red Sox!
Favorite Food: Taco Bell.
Favorite Portico Memory: I love Sunday mornings at Portico - especially during the Spring when people spill onto the sidewalks chatting and kids climb on the rocks after service. Fellowship abounds.
What I love about serving at Portico: I moved to Charlottesville not knowing anyone and truly found a family here at Portico. It’s a joy to serve alongside this team and the people we serve are amazing in spurring us on towards Gospel mission.
On my day off you can find me: At a UVA sporting event. I have season tickets for Men’s Lacrosse and Baseball, but also love Basketball and am intrigued by Football. I also love reading, hammocking (can I make that a verb?), and photographing candid shots.
Books I would recommend: Awe by Paul David Tripp or Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Janet Lohr

Finance Manager

What I do at Portico: All things numbers and accounting -  bills, donations, bank accounts and budgeting!
Years at Portico:  I have been an Investor since 2008 and on staff since 2012.
Years in Ministry: I have been loving Jesus and serving Him in some capacity at a church since 1989.
Grew up in: Hampton, Virginia
Favorite Food: Any food involving tortilla chips!
Favorite Portico Memory:  Honestly, our first visit still sticks in my mind as one of the sweetest.  Our family had been praying for a new church home and had decided to try Portico first.  Everything ministered to us from the minute we arrived - the people, the music and the message.   We grabbed Portico t-shirts on the way out (of course!) and the rest is history!  We knew we were home!
What I love about serving at Portico: I love what I do, and I love being able to do what I love alongside my church family.
On my day off you can find me:  Exercising, having lunch with my besties, or hanging out in Madison County with my hubby and my family and whoever drops by to visit!
Books I would recommend:  Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper, All the Light You Cannot See and Harry Potter.

Laura Sanders

Portico Kids Resource Manager

What I do at Portico: Print and prep materials, clean and organize kids classrooms, set-up kids computer programs
Years at Portico: Since September 2017
Years in Ministry: Since 2013
Grew up in: Clarksville, TN and Hampton Roads, VA
Favorite Food: So much (Mexican, spinach salad, all seafood, dark chocolate sea salt anything, sour gummy bears)
Favorite Portico Memory: Kids Camp every year - always such a great event!
What I love about serving at Portico: I love the culture and foundational beliefs of Portico and the authenticity of the people.
On my day off you can find me: With my husband and two energetic little boys!
A book I would recommend: I'm not the best reader but I love any books, blogs, and podcasts related to motherhood through a Christian lens and minimalism/simplifying the stuff in our lives.

Bliss Spillar

Interim Pastor of Ministry Training
What I do at Portico: It’s my joy to serve Jesus and His Church as one of the Pastors here at Portico sharing in the preaching, leadership, and pastoral care of the church at large. My primary responsibilities are to serve you through developing and overseeing training strategies for our church. I work with our Executive Team and Planting Partnerships (like the Acts 29 Network) to build and shepherd a residency program that trains, sends, and supports church planters and ministry leaders.
Years at Portico: Since 2019 (I previously served on staff at Portico from 2012-15)
Years in Ministry: Since 2008
Grew up in: Atlanta, GA (go Dawgs)
Favorite Food: Most Southern cuisine but mostly peach cobbler, pimento cheese, banana pudding, and biscuits.
Favorite Portico Memory:  While Portico was beginning the build-out on our IX location, our C.G., along with several others, came over to write out scriptures and prayers on the floor and stage before the carpet was put down. It’s a joy to know we worship and fellowship on top of those scriptures and prayers.
What I love about serving at Portico: I love that I have the privilege of creating spaces for those who belong and those who do not yet belong to Portico to meet Jesus.
On my day off you can find me: With my family, at CrossFit, reading, or cooking.
Books I would recommend: A Praying Life by Paul Miller | Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzero | Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge | The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard | A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson | Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright

Joe Teichman

Director of Operations & Administration

What I do at Portico: I handle the day to day operations of the church from facilities to office administration. I also serve as Pastor Desmond's assistant.
Years at Portico: I've attended since 2013 and have been on staff since 2017.
Years in Ministry: I was in ministry with Cru from 2012 until 2017, and on staff with Portico since 2017.
Grew up in: All over! Home has always been Richmond, VA, but I could also say I'm from Cleveland, OH.
Favorite Food: Beto's Pizza (small pizza place in Pittsburgh, PA)
Favorite Portico Memory: When I accidentally wrote "Joe to the World" on the bulletins! But on a more serious note, my favorite memory was being there with my wife, Nicole, when she was baptized!
What I love about serving at Portico: I love being able to serve God and serve the church through doing the behind the scenes work. Being able to create an atmosphere where people can walk through the doors of the church and have a full experience of God through worship.
On my day off you can find me: Doing work around the house (remodeling or landscaping), or working on my MBA.
Books I would recommend: The Mindful Leader by Michael Bunting, Knowing God J.I. Packer

Faith Vandever

Director of Women's Ministry

What I do at Portico: I serve Jesus and His Church by providing leadership over the women’s ministry of Portico Church through discipleship, biblical counsel, and instruction.
Years at Portico: Since 2009
Years in Ministry: I am brand new (August 2019) to a paid ministry role but have been a volunteer in various ministries for 20 years.
Grew up in: Houston, Texas
Favorite Food: Brisket and potato salad
Favorite Portico Memory: Some of my favorite memories at Portico are when the Lord answers prayers for us-- whether it be something public like paying off our church debt early or something private that has been fervently prayed over in Community Group-- I love seeing the Lord answer our prayers.
What I love about serving at Portico: Relying on the Lord in a deeper way-- I find that my faith deepens and my joy increases when I stretch to do things that seem hard to me.  And I have met my best friends while doing it.
On my day off you can find me: Off on an adventure my husband has planned for our family or reading a book.
Books I would recommend: The Bible, The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer, One Blood by John Perkins, Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Our Elders

Chris Atwell

Justin Conger

Ron Londen

Jamie Stokes

Stephen Trivette

Our Deacons

Brodie Downs

Deacon of Mercy

Chris Hoffman

Deacon of Ministry

Greg Lohr

Deacon of Men

Don Rude

Deacon of Marriage

Jason Vandever

Deacon of Finance