As the season of Lent approaches and with it a period of solemn preparation and contemplation, those of us at the Pace Center felt it was important to be clear with our community where we stand. As both members and allies of the queer community, we want to explicitly affirm our acceptance of all people within the VCU community, particularly the LGBTQ+ community.
The Pace Center
What: A VCU community pursuing a “Change of Pace” where one discovers their unique purpose to serve their community, values the unique purpose of others, and establishes a life-rhythm in order for that purpose to thrive.
How: Gather, Eat, Share.
From a MultiCultural Thanksgiving to a Community Conversation. From a mid-day worship service to a Bible Study. We gather around tables, we eat, and we share with one another.
Why: As a ministry of the United Methodist Church, we believe all are created to live in deep relationship with one another, not in isolation. We also believe every individual has been created with infinite value and an important role to play in their community.
Tending Methodist Roots
During the school year
Wednesdays @ 12:15-1:15 pm
Fridays @ 1pm
Nurturing the Greater VCU Community
VCU students get a chance to cook for members of their VCU Community from their favorite family recipes.
$1 Thursday Lunches
Spring 2019 Semester
The VCU community gathers around a dinner table and shares their diverse experiences so they can learn from one another. Topics are based on community interests.
Who are we?
People from all backgrounds are involved at The Pace Center. We believe an important aspect of developing community is collaborating with groups on VCU's campus and throughout Richmond. Our leaders are involved in many other groups on and around campus such as: The United Methodist Church, RamPantry, the Muslim Student Association, Alpha Fraternity, Honors Student Community Engagement, the Student Government Association, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and student organizations representing West Africa, Bangladesh, Sudan, Japan, Guatemala - just to name a few! Pace is also supported by the generous time and money of local United Methodist churches, their members, and other community organizations.
Our Instagram Feed
We are a lot more active in person than on social media :)
Contact The Pace Center
700 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23220
Across from Monroe Park, next door to Brandt and Rhoads Halls
Meet The Team
Rev. Katie B. Gooch
Rev. Katie B. Gooch is the Director and Campus Minister of The Pace Center. She is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and has a passion for setting the stage for relationships and community to thrive. Prior to Pace, Katie B. served as the Executive Pastor of Reveille United Methodist Church. During seminary, she served as a hospital chaplain at Duke University and as a pastor in both Durham and Mamers, North Carolina. In an earlier life, Katie B. was a communications consultant in Washington D.C. and a Division I field hockey player. She is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma but has grown to love Richmond!
Jean Linnell is the operations and facilities manager at Pace - working in the background to make sure ministry efforts run smoothly here at Pace. Jean has a degree in environmental studies from VCU and is interested in farming, food and community.
She is constantly amazed by people’s ability to unite and create and is excited to help promote Pace’s efforts to foster a sense of community on VCU Campus.
Samantha Haines is the Kitchen Manager at The Pace Center and a freshman at VCU. She has a passion for cooking and became ServSafe certified in high school. She loves to bake and hopes to one day open her own bakery specializing in dietary restrictions. Samantha grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to Southwest Virginia. She is excited to be back in the city and looks forward to serving the community through the Pace Center.
Dynasty Valentine is as an administrative assistant. She’s majoring in Business Administration.
She’s considering owning her own real estate company after college.