Buddy & Robin Thompson

Senior Pastors

Pastor Buddy & Robin have served as the Senior Pastors of Life Church since 1995. Buddy is a native of the Richmond area and has called Mechanicsville home for nearly all of his life. He loves living in Hanover County and believes his life’s call is to reach the community that God has planted him in -the Metro Richmond, VA area. Buddy serves as an advisor to several churches around the country and has been actively involved in ministry since he was 16 years old. In 1990 he married his college sweetheart, Robin and they have two beautiful daughters, Lauren and Lindsey, and a grandson, Mason, who are the joy of their life. Buddy received a Bachelors degree in Theology in 1990 and is also a licensed Realtor. Buddy relaxes and gets frustrated by the same things: the Dallas Cowboys, the Virginia Cavaliers, and his golf game. His life scripture is Matt 6:33 – “but seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” 

Robin currently serves not only as the Pastor’s wife, but also as the Children's Minister at Life Church. Robin’s love for people and her fine example as a wife and mother have made a great impact on the Life Church family. Robin speaks all over the country at Ladies Conferences, Retreats, and Seminars. Robin has a heart for God and for his people.

ROdney & Davina Pavie


Serving in Pastoral ministry since 1995, holding a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty University, he is excited most by helping people discover their place in the kingdom of God. He believes that every child of God is called to make an impact in the world and he receives great joy when people discover their gifts and abilities and find their place in the kingdom. He loves spending time with his wonderful wife, Davina, and his two children, Jordan and Abigail. He loves to read, he enjoys writing and loves motivating people to make a difference. He enjoys almost any sport, especially football and baseball. He loves playing golf and the camaraderie of men's church softball. He is always up for a Starbucks run, opting usually for the biggest cold brew he can find. His favorite restaurant is "The Cheesecake Factory" especially when it's accompanied by a date night with the love of his life, or a night out with the family.

Steven & Jazmine Funes

Interim Youth PastorS

Jose & JOSEFA Sanchez

Spanish Pastors

José Sanchez was born in Michoacan, Mexico. He came into a relationship with Jesus Christ in 1984. At one point in José’s life, he was diagnosed with a life threatening tumor which he had for 3 years, but God miraculously healed him of the sickness. José has served in several capacities over his ministry career. He was a Local Pastor in Mexico for twelve years.  He has served as an Evangelist for over 3 years. In December, 1999, José and his lovely wife Josefa and their two daughters; Katia and Nohemi moved to the United States of America. As blessings flow, their third daughter, Gabriela was born right here in Richmond. José became the Spanish Pastor of Life Church in 2008 and has a great vision for his ministry here. When José does find time to relax, he loves to watch Soccer and read.