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.
We Gather, Eat, and 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.
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.
Who is Pace?
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.
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. Jean is excited to help promote Pace’s efforts to grow 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. She is excited to be in Richmond and looks forward to serving the community through her work with the Pace Center.
Dynasty Valentine is a freshman at VCU and the Pace Center's Communications Intern.
After college, Dynasty hopes to start her own residential real estate firm. She is currently majoring in Business Administration.
700 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220
PO Box 5161
Richmond, VA 23220
We are located across from Monroe Park, next door to Brandt and Rhoads Halls.