Judson E. "Buddy" Childress, Jr.

President & Executive Director, Needle's Eye Ministries, Inc.
104 Berrington Court, Richmond, VA 23221
804.358.1283 (Office)  |  804.358.1286 (Fax)

Judson E. "Buddy" Childress, Jr., a native of Richmond, Virginia, is married to the former Laura Lynne Haas.  He is the father of four grown children and grandfather of ten.  Mr. Childress is a product of Henrico County Public Schools, having graduated from J.R. Tucker High School where he is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame.  In 1969 he graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a B. A. in political science. 

Subsequently, he joined the Xerox Corporation as a salesman and was later a sales team leader, sales trainer and account executive.  In 1973 Mr. Childress joined The New England where he was involved in sales and financial planning.

Mr. Childress entered Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1975 and graduated in 1977 with a Master of Theological Studies degree (magna cum laude).  In 1989 he was the recipient of his alma mater's Centennial Year Award as a distinguished alumnus.

He is the founder and President of Needle's Eye Ministries, Inc., an interdenominational Christian organization that has been ministering to the men and women of metropolitan Richmond’s marketplace since 1977.

Mr. Childress is also the founder and former Executive Director of two other ministries, the Christian Counseling & Training Center and CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, a Christian outreach which provides medical and dental care to the homeless and inner city impoverished of Richmond.

In 1989 he was a delegate to the Lausanne II Congress on World Evangelization in Manila.  In 2004 he was a member of the Marketplace Ministry Issues Group of the 2004 Lausanne Forum for World Evangelization in Bangkok.

Mr. Childress has been a member of Third Church since 1980.  He is a former member of the Rotary Club of Richmond, a trustee of the Des Plaines Publishing Charitable Trust, and served on the Board of Directors for the Richmond Christian Leadership Initiative.