Easy Chair Chats

Watch a replay or a participate in a live easy chair chat with Senior Pastor, Ed Vinson on our Easy Chair Chats page every Wednesday night at 7pm.

Sunday Service Schedule starting June 7th, 2020

Our temporary schedule of Sunday services will be as follows starting June 7th, 2020:

  • 08:30 am Prayer Meeting - In person
  • 09:00 am Drive-in Service - Remote dial-in 1-712-775-7031, when prompted enter code 708-648-982#
  • 10:00 am Adult Sunday School - Adult Sunday School with social distancing requirements
  • 10:00 am College age Sunday School - College age Sunday School with social distancing requirements
  • 11:00 am Sanctuary Service - Limited to 50% capacity, the service will also be streamed live on Facebook and will be available on the website to replay.

Our Staff


Our Staff

Hanover Friends Evangelical Church

Ed Vinson, Senior Pastor

Ed Vinson

Rev. Ed Vinson graduated from Kent State University in 1984 and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California in 1987. He has served as Senior Pastor at Church of the Master in Canton, Ohio from 1988-1998; Shiloh Chapel Evangelical Friends in Marysville, Ohio from 1998-2011 and now Hanover Evangelical Friends Church since July 2011. He is married to Cathy and they have two grown sons, Philip and Kyle.

What is your favorite scripture and why?
Verses are like your children, which do you love more? I love them all, but I would say Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” For me this verse sums up the incredible love of God, that He would die for His enemies!

What is your favorite quote or saying?
There are so many good ones, but a quote I’ve used in ministry again and again is “Watch what God is doing and join Him in it.” – Henry Blackaby

What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I have a rare blood type, A negative. I love to fish and have a largemouth bass mounted on the wall in my church office and I can wiggle my ears!

Charles Smith, Associate Pastor

Charles Smith

Charles hasn’t always been in youth ministry – after graduating from UVA he was a civil engineer for several years and yes, he is a math geek! Charles has been in youth ministry since 1999 and can’t imagine a more rewarding calling (or a cooler job!) Hanover Friends is only his second church. Charles, Laura (his amazing wife), and daughters Jenna and Julia feel blessed to be part of this church family. Although they miss the beach, they love it here in Mechanicsville!

What is your favorite scripture and why?
A verse that is has been really important to me the last few years is Hebrews 10:24, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Encouraging each other to love God and love others is the basic purpose of our youth ministry at Hanover Friends. Is there anything more exciting?

What is your favorite quote or saying?
If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything. Let’s make a stand!!

What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?
You’ll be surprised to know that at the very first youth group meeting I went to as a volunteer, I did not say one word the entire night. I’ve since made up for it…:)

Lisa Workman, Secretary

Lisa Workman

Lisa was born and raised in Middlesex County, VA and graduated from Braxton Business School in 1998. She married Joe in July of 2000 and together they reside in King William where they are raising their 3 teenage sons, Morgan, Landon, and Rylan. Lisa believes being a wife and mother is her highest calling just beneath being a follower of Christ.

What is your favorite scripture and why?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 I’ve always loved this verse because it reminds me that even when I have don’t know what tomorrow holds, I can rest knowing that God does and that is plan is better than my plan.

What is your favorite quote or saying?
“You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.” C. S. Lewis

What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I was the 1st runner-up in the talent competition of the 1991 Miss Teen VA Pageant for a self-portrait I created with pastels while on stage.

Jodi Blackburn, Worship Leader

Jodi Blackburn

Clarion University majoring in business. When Joe proposed marriage and a life at the beach, it was an offer she couldn’t refuse! After living in VA Beach for 7 years she made her home in Mechanicsville with Joe and their 2 young daughters. She found Hanover Friends soon after moving and has been an active member for 20 years now. She was singing before she was talking says her mom and hasn’t stopped since. She is beyond blessed that she is able to lead worship for the glory of the Lord!

What is your favorite scripture and why?
This one sure has had me searching the Bible and thinking. Do I have a favorite? How can I just pick one? I especially like the ones that mention singing praises unto the Lord and I also am very fond of the ones that speak on keeping the faith and hanging on to hope. How could I get by without that? Oh, I could go on and on with this… Ephesians 2:8 – “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

What is your favorite quote or saying?
Your attitude, not your aptitude will determine your altitude. Zig Ziglar

What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I really want to be on a TV game show. My top picks would be The Price is Right or Wheel of Fortune.

Casey Rot, Children's Ministry Director

Casey Rot

Casey was born and raised in Sandston, Virginia. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education from Liberty University as well as her Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education from Liberty University. She currently resides in Mechanicsville with her husband, daughter, and fur baby cat “Max”. She is employed at Henrico County Public Schools where she serves preschool students with developmental delays. Here at HEFC, Casey serves as Children’s Ministry Director and is an afternoon teacher at Friendly Care Day School. Casey is grateful to have answered God’s call to teach and serve her church and community.

What is your favorite scripture and why?
My favorite scripture is Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you as well.” (NIV). This scripture reminds me of God’s constant care! It serves as a reminder to me that he will give me everything I need to do his work everyday!

What is your favorite quote or saying?
“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” – Zig Ziglar

What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I am a true rivah rat! I grew up many summers swimming on the Rappahannock River, eating homemade ice cream, and crabbing off of the pier. I love water and began swimming at 6 months old.

Latisha Brewer, Nursery Director

Latisha Brewer

Latisha was born in Richmond, Virginia and raised mostly between Brooklyn, New York and Louisa, Virginia. She’s the oldest of 5 children with two nieces and one nephew. She has lived in Short Pump, Virginia for the past 12 years. She is the owner and sole Nanny of Motherly Love, LLC. She nannies for multiple families ranging from 1 week old- 5 years old. She also is a part of CBS and M.O.P.S. (Mothers of Preschoolers) as Nursery Supervisor. Here at HEFC, Latisha serves as Nursery Director. Latisha enjoys all aspects of caring for babies. She also enjoys traveling, music and time with friends and family.

What is your favorite scripture and why?
Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” – Deuteronomy 31:8

Reminds those who believe to keep going and be strong even when there’s no feeling of positivity or hope in your life.

What is your favorite quote or saying?
Do unto you others as you wish them to do unto you.

What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I like trees; Palm trees are one of my favorites and I enjoy collecting “cool” natural rocks, gems and jewels

Ashley Boschen, Director of Day School

Ashley Boschen

Ashley was born and raised in Mechanicsville, VA. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Religious Studies and Spanish from Randolph-Macon College. Then, recognized a call on her life to full-time ministry thus attended seminary at Union Presbyterian Seminary. She now serves in ministry as the assistant director at Friendly Care Day School – where her love for Jesus and kids meets. Ashley is married to an associate pastor and has one son (and a furry child, Buddy)

What is your favorite scripture and why?
I have many but am always struck by Matthew 19:14 – “Jesus said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” I am constantly striving to learn how to be a kid from kids.

What is your favorite quote or saying?
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Frederick Beuchner

What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I am an ordained Baptist pastor and love languages.

Nicole Langston, Assistant Director of Day School

Nicole Langston

Nicole Langston lives in King William on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation. She goes to Colosse Baptist church where she teaches Sunday school for the four and five years old. She also is in a ladies mission group called the Faith Bears. She also sings in the Glory Bound choir. She has her bachelor’s in human services with a minor in special education from Old Dominion University. She is currently working on her associate’s degree in early childhood education at John Tyler Community College and will continue to complete her bachelor’s at VCU. She has been teaching at FCDS for twelve years as an afternoon teacher to full time lead teacher and now currently serving as the assistant director.

What is your favorite scripture and why?
Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” and Joshua 1:9 – “Be strong and courageous do not be afraid or troubled. The Lord your God is with you wherever you go”.  When I read these two verses, it gives me strength and faith to do what I need to do because I know no matter what I am doing or where I am God is always with me.

What is your favorite quote or saying?
“In happy moments, praise God. In difficult moments, seek God. In quiet moments, trust God. In every moment, thank God.”

What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I am thirty years old. Some family members and friends do not know that I go by my middle name and not my first name, which is Christina.