Our Leadership Team

Pastor Lenny & Gerri Ports  Lenny and Gerri Ports came to the Lord together in 1983. After getting married in 1985, they soon felt the Lord's call on their lives to one day pastor a church. They have 5 children– Tim, Jon, Amy, Lenny, and Abby. Lenny and Gerri have served faithfully as leaders in the Body of Christ for over 25 years in various capacities including preaching, teaching, small group, music, youth, children, women and men’s ministries. God’s timing for them to plant a church came in 2009 when Encounter Christian Church was established. Lenny has a passion for the Word of God and to see people grow into all that God has for them. Gerri has a God-given passion for counseling one-on-one and helping people become free.  
Head Trustee and Women’s Ministry Pastor
Shawn & Staceylin Adams
Shawn and Staceylin have been walking with the Lord passionately and purposely since 1996. They have six children and 4 grandchildren within their family. Their heart is to serve people in a unified and wholehearted state allowing God to flow to them and through them. Shawn is owner and operator of their own construction company called Adams Home Exteriors, Inc. Staceylin is able to stay at home with their children and spend time in prayer and the Word. Shawn and Staceylin have both worked in various church positions over the years including children, youth, and nursery ministry. Shawn is currently the Head Trustee at ECC, and Staceylin serves as the Women’s Ministry Pastor leading a women’s group in her home called Women in the Word.
Healing Ministry Leader
Barbara Brown
Barbara serves as the Healing Ministry leader at Encounter Christian Church. Her greatest desire is to see people healed and set free from the wounds of the past and to help bring healing and maturity to the Body of Christ. Her spiritual gifts include exhorter, teacher and mercy. Barbara has served the Body of Christ for over 25 years in various capacities, as Children’s Church director, VBS director, Youth minister, and Children/Adult Sunday school teacher. Barbara has experience in individual, children and marriage counseling. She holds certificates of completion from Elijah House Training Center for Prayer Ministry and the John G. Lake Healing Rooms Ministry. She and her husband Dale have been married since 1973 and have one son, Greg, who is married and also resides in the Richmond area. 
Youth Pastors and Worship Ministry Leaders
Jon & Brittany Ports
Youth Pastors, Jon and Brittany Ports are a dynamic team. They were both raised in the church and met in a traveling worship ministry through Lee University. Jon and Brittany’s relationship was founded on the things of God. They were married in 2013. With wisdom beyond their years, they lead the youth ministry as well as the worship ministry at Encounter. Jon and Brittany have a passion to see lives, young and old, encounter Jesus Christ. 
Marriage Ministry Leaders
Alex & Angela Howard
Alex and Angela met and gave their lives to Christ in a little church in Shirley, New York. They were married there in 1992. Immediately following their wedding, the Lord led them to Chesterfield, VA where they have lived ever since. Alex spends his days as a software developer and Angela has been blessed to stay home and raise their three children: Cory, Sarah, and Christian, while also running an at-home travel agency business. Alex and Angela have served in children’s ministry, youth ministry and couples ministry for many years. Their goal in ministry is to reach the lost and encourage people through the Word of God.

Stephen & Shannon Easter
Stephen and Shannon met in 1999 and were married a few years later. Stephen was raised in church and taught about the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. He watched many family members struggle with addictions, and lost a brother to an addiction related illness, which increased his desire to share the love of Christ. Shannon was raised in an abusive home and lost her only sibling to suicide in 1996. The Lord has given her a heart for those who are dealing with depression and thoughts of unworthiness. Stephen and Shannon have served in music and children’s ministry, performing arts, and have a heart for outreach and missions. They enjoy sharing the good news with those they meet in their daily lives and through organized local and international missions. Stephen works as a VP of Analytics and Shannon homeschools their three children: Gabrielle, Samantha, and Brendan.