Creating Space for Diverse and Thriving Communities

Our Mission

Equip and empower students to listen deeply and respond lovingly to their community and God’s calling on their lives.

Our Vision

A Christ-shaped body where students help build community by discovering their purpose, others’ purpose, and by establishing a life rhythm that enables that purpose to thrive.

Our Values

As a ministry of the United Methodist Church, Pace believes The Kingdom of God is a reality to be experienced by all. It facilitates this with an emphasis on the following values:

  • Every individual is created with infinite value and lives more fully in the Kingdom when they are empowered to use their gifts to help their communities thrive.

  • All are created to live in deep relationships with one another, not in isolation.



At the Pace Center we have always strived to be an open and affirming community for people of all genders, cultures sexualities, and backgrounds. It is our fundamental belief that God's grace and love is available to all and we affirm that all people are valued children of God with no exceptions.



meet the team


Rev. Katie B. Gooch


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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!




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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.

Elizabeth Roderick

Board Member

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Elizabeth Roderick is a Pace board member, active volunteer, and VCU student. She is in the Urban Planning program at the Wilder School, and recently received her Masters in Public Administration from VCU. She was previously a professional librarian at the state, academic, and local levels. She grew up in southeastern Ohio, and has lived in Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Mississippi, but likes Richmond the best. She has four cats, is an avid cook and gardner, and her husband recently retired from the VCU faculty. She is committed to the mission of the Pace Center to help VCU students realize their  gifts, talents, passions, and dreams in service to VCU's community and beyond, and also feels privileged to participate in its programs as a student.




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Noelani Christy is a student intern in the Communication Arts program at VCU. She works on creating graphics and other visual materials for Pace. 

Since volunteering with Pace through the Community Cafe program, Noelani has found passion for the Pace Center’s growing campus community. She works to spread awareness of Pace programs and resources among her peers.

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Our Board

The Pace Center is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors. The members of the Board are:

D’Arcy Mays

Board Chairman, Personnel & Finance Committee

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Statistical Sciences 

St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Member


Rev. Matt Bates

Personnel Committee (Chair) and Leadership & Development Committee

Centenary United Methodist, Senior Pastor


Page Bradford

Property Committee (Chair)

Phillips-Hall Real Estate, Vice-President

Trinity United Methodist Church, Member


Justin Bresson

VCU Student Representative

Pace Center, Student Organization President


Jeff Eastman

Leadership & Development Committee

VCU University Planner

River Road United Methodist Church, Member


Rev. Doug Hill

Finance Committee (Chair) and Leadership & Development Committee

Trinity United Methodist Church, Active and Retired Clergy


Elizabeth Roderick

Leadership & Development Committee (Chair)

VCU Graduate Student


Leigh Anne Ross

Leadership & Development Committee

Reveille United Methodist Church, Member


Rob Spotts

Property Committee

Trinity United Methodist Church, Member


Rev. Pete Moon – Ex Officio

Richmond District, District Superintendent




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.


Tel: 804-658-4064



PO Box 5161

Richmond, VA 23220

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700 W. Franklin St.

Richmond, VA 23220

PHONE: 804-658-4064