Needle’s Eye Ministries Blog

Parking Lot Prayers, Hindus, & God’s Voice

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Spring/Summer 2017 Young Professionals Workshop

“I’m a Christian. Is there any way I can pray for you?” is what Rachael Newmister asked the 80 year-old woman in the grocery store parking lot. The Lord had nudged her to pray for this woman, and sure enough, He knew what He was doing. The woman was going to celebrate July 4th with her family and all were mourning the loss of three grandchildren. The woman was about to cry, moved by God’s love for her in this tough time.
Rachael is the Executive Director of East End Pregnancy Center and participated in our Young Professionals Workshops that wrapped up last week. “When [the group discussed] the 6 Ms for Fruitful Living on the Frontline we talked about how these are some things you can use to evangelize in the workplace and it doesn’t always start with sharing.”
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Rachael is seeing this play out with Hindu neighbors she is building relationships with.

“I talk about Jesus, but I haven’t been able to share the Gospel yet. I did give one girl her first Bible the other day, and I prayed with her and she said, ‘Wow! I felt the power of God in that. Can you teach me?’ It’s just neat. I think God gives us moments every day to show His glory to others.”
Sometimes God calls us to pray for a complete stranger in a parking lot. Sometimes He asks us to simply love our neighbors and wait. It’s the same in our workplaces. Needle’s Eye Ministries wants to equip you to hear His voice amidst deadlines and emails.  We do this through our many marketplace ministries, and November 17-19th we’re doing this by bringing one of the best conferences on faith & work Richmond has ever seen.

Reclaiming Faith, Hope, & Love at Work

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Who: For Richmond’s Christian Professionals
Seminars, Workshops, and Speaking Events on Faith & Work
When: November 17-19, 2017
Where: Bon Air Baptist Church
Save the date!  Details coming soon!

About the Speaker:  Prior to embarking on a career in academia, Rev. Dr. Kenneth Barnes spent more than 25 years as a senior international executive for several multi-billion dollar companies doing business on six continents. Ken has also worked with enterprises and start-ups and continues to serve as a company director and mentor to young executives.

ken barnesHe was named a Fellow in the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Charles Dickens, Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, William Hogarth, John Diefenbaker, Stephen Hawking, and Tim Berners-Lee are some of the notable past and present Fellows.

Dr. Barnes’ main areas of research and teaching are: The Intersections of Theology and Economics/Faith and Work; Christian Apologetics; Old Testament Hermeneutics; Reformed Theology; Reformation History; and Philosophy of Religion. He has published numerous papers in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. His publication Spirituality and Business Ethics: Religious Perspectives on Business, Routledge Companion to Business Ethics, is due out this spring. Two forthcoming books include: God and Mammon: Wealth, Virtue and the Redemption of Post-Modern Capitalism, and Light From the Dreaming Spires: Reflections on Ministry to Gen Y.

In July of 2016 Ken began serving as the Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology and Business Ethics, and the Director of the Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Needle’s Eye Ministries is hiring an Office Administrator!


Needle’s Eye Ministries has an opening for a self-motivated Office Administrator.  This person will support a team environment and possess the qualities of flexibility and grace.  The ideal person will be a mature Christian with a four-year college degree.  The individual will have experience in office management (including direct staff reports), human resources (including oversight of insurance and benefit plans, as well as understanding of H.R. policies and procedures), bookkeeping and payroll (including management of accounts payable, creating monthly financials and year-end government reports), and functioning as an executive assistant to management.

Viable candidates will have a background in the description above and fit in well with Needle’s Eye Ministries’ mission, values, and culture. Links and details here:

Competitive Salary – Based on Experience

Competitive Benefits – Long-Term Disability, Short-Term Disability, Life Insurance, and stipend for a broad range of health benefits provided; 403B option

Please give this opportunity thought and prayer. Should you feel you are a viable candidate, please send a cover letter and resume to as soon as possible.

CEOs Praying for Strangers on the Street

From Left: Wesley Mullins, Geoff Lawrence, Todd Peace, Howe Rice, Tim Ryan, (Dan Cooper not pictured)

It’s not every day you find CEOs across Richmond getting together, and it’s ESPECIALLY not every day you see them get together to walk the streets of Richmond and pray for strangers, but that’s something that’s been on Christian Presidents Group member Howe Rice’s heart for some time.

“You know in Scripture where it talks about Jesus sending them out in twos… so I just kind of felt compelled to do that, to go out in pairs.  I shared it with these guys and they’re crazy enough to be like ‘Yeah, let’s do that!’  And so that’s what we did.”

Different pairs walked around the city, introduced themselves, and asked people if they’d like any prayer.  Some people said “no, thank you,” but some were very receptive.

“Howe started a conversation with a gentleman who appeared to be homeless.  He was open about the fact that he didn’t know what he believed.  He wasn’t sure if he believed in God.  Howe took time to walk him through some Scriptures, ask him what he believed.  We probably talked with him for about 15 minutes and really got down to the heart level,” said Tim Ryan.

Howe said, “Tim was great.  He would go right up to people and say, ‘Hey, what can we pray for?  There’s no other agenda here.  We just want to pray for you.’ And I was honestly shocked at how many people said ‘Yeah, actually I’m struggling with this.  I would appreciate some prayer here.'”

At one point Tim and Howe were walking around praying to the Lord, asking Him, “Who should we talk to? Who do you want us to approach Lord?”  They came across a man who looked busy moving boxes, so they kept going.  Then Tim felt a tug to turn around.

“We went back to him,” Howe said, “and he had this really tough guy look and I think that’s why I kept walking, but Tim felt the Spirit pulling us back to him and as soon as Tim said ‘we just want to pray for you’ he started smiling.  You could just feel the burden lifted from him.”

This Christian Presidents Group knows Christianity in America can be a comfortable life.  Geoff Lawrence said, “One of the comments Howe made 11 years ago when this group started was he just wants to end the race bloody, beaten, and sliding in front of Christ, like sliding into the gates and running hard, not worried about how it looks, what people around him are doing, but being so focused on it that you’re running as hard as you can run.  And it’s like that runner’s so focused on it that they’re diving for that line.  And so that comes out of uncomfortable situations.  That doesn’t come out of comfort.  You can’t sit on your couch and show Christ’s love.  That’s what he’s spurring us on to do, to step out of our comfort zone, because Christ is in the uncomfortable situations.”

If you know a Christian President looking for other presidents or CEOs serious about being the hands and feet of Christ then be sure to tell them about our Christian Presidents Groups.




Living Love When We Disagree | Women’s Study

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Join this multigenerational women’s 7-week study at the office of Needle’s Eye Ministries. Debbie Bannister will facilitate. Register below and buy your book today!

From the Publisher: Relationships are messy. Sometimes we struggle to get along, especially when there is disagreement. Often we find ourselves divided – even as Christians. How can we work out our differences and disagreements with humility and grace, always showing the love of Christ, while still remaining true to what we believe?

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians living in Corinth about this very thing. The cultural backdrop of Corinth was even more overtly sinful than our culture today, yet Paul boldly encouraged the Corinthian Christians not to ridicule one another or outsiders but to work together to show the love of Christ.

When: Thursdays, starting June 1, 2017 and ending July 20, 2017
Time: 5:45pm to 7:30pm
Where: Needle’s Eye Ministries | 104 Berrington Court, Richmond VA 23221
Cost: Purchase your own book. (First Corinthians – Living Love When We Disagree)
Register: Click here to register!

About the Leader: A native to Richmond, Debbie Bannister has worked for Seay Real Estate for the past 20 years.  Currently she is an Associate Broker for the company.  It was through her Broker and then Board Member of Needle’s Eye, Chad Seay, that she became acquainted with Jesus.  Her Needle’s Eye relationship began with attending a speaker luncheon with Chad and other co-workers in 1999.  Through the luncheons, she was introduced to small group life.  The women’s small group she joined was just one of the ways Debbie was afforded the opportunity to grow in her understanding of the Bible and Christ.  The “safe” environment in which women come together from all ages and walks of life is what Debbie enjoys most about small group life.  Debbie also serves as a biblical counselor at Christian Counseling & Training Center and as a Bible study grader for the jail ministry at her church, Harvest Christian Church in Mechanicsville.  Debbie’s recent free time passion is attending Paint Nite, but she also enjoys spending time with extended family or hanging out at home with her cat, Corvette.

Celebrate Faith & 40

Celebrate Faith & 40

The 40th Anniversary Committee invites you to celebrate the end of 40 years at Needle’s Eye Ministries as we come together to thank God for the works He has done from 1977 to 2017, as well as look forward to the next 40 years, praying He would do immeasurably more in Richmond’s marketplace than all we ask or imagine.  Please join us for light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar from 6:15pm to 7:15pm, followed by the story of Needle’s Eye Ministries in film (trailer below!) and a program of thanksgiving, worship, expectation, and celebration!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Modlin Center50 Crenshaw Way
Richmond, VA 23173

6:15pm Reception
7:15pm Celebration Program

Cost: $35 (or $25 if registered by June 1st)
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You can contact Kathryn Dixon with any questions at 804-358-1283 or

New women’s study in the West End!

Come join this multigenerational women’s group where it is safe to love and be loved, to know and be known as we learn how to be strong in the Lord together.

From the Publisher: All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.

Leaders: Cathy Tankersley and Pat Rossi
Thursdays, starting April 13, 2017 with a meet & greet, and ending June 1, 2017
7:00-8:30PM (Feel free to arrive as early as 6:30PM to fellowship.)
Far West End, near the Steward School ( The exact address will be emailed.)
Purchase your own book. (The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer)
Click here to register!

Spotlightcathy1 on Cathy Tankersley: Cathy Tankersley originally comes from the blue collar town of Granite City, Illinois. Recruited by Signet Bank, she made a career move to Richmond in 1989. In 2004 she stepped out in faith and started a small group. Years later she acknowledges it was the best decision of her life. Small group ministry has provided her with her deepest friendships, countless wonderful memories, timely lessons, and a deeper walk with the Lord.  One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 10:24-25: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Whole-Life Discipleship

Is sharing the gospel with a co-worker the only way to serve God at work?  What about workplaces that don’t allow for such opportunities?  Does God only care about your evangelistic relationships or does He have a purpose even for the most basic and routine parts of your job?  Join us as Jordan Maroon unpacks these questions at Willow Oaks Country Club.

And special thanks to our sponsor, Integrity Landscaping Solutions!

Practical Application with Jordan Maroon (Two Dates/Times to Choose From)
 Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 7:15am to 8:00am (Coffee starting at 7:00am.)
Where: Willow Oaks Country Club | 6228 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225
Cost: $12 through May 7th, $14 after May 7th
Register: Click here to register!

When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time: 12:00pm to 12:45pm
Where: Willow Oaks Country Club | 6228 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225
Cost: $12 through May 14th, $14 after May 14th
Register: Click here to register!

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