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Lenten Lunches

St. Paul's Community Lenten Series

The St. Paul's Community Lenten Series has origins as far back as 1897. Today, the Community Lenten Series features notable preachers and a delicious lunch every weekday during Lent. This year's Community Lenten Series will run February 19-March 23. Each 30-minute preaching service begins at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is served in Scott Hall in two seatings at 11:45 am and 1:00 pm. There is no charge to hear the preachers, and 100% of the lunch proceeds are donated to non-profit agencies through a grant application process. You can even volunteer with us


February 19-23: Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister of the Riverside Church, in New York City

Pastor Amy Butler is the seventh Senior Minister and first woman to serve at the helm of the Riverside Church. She holds degrees from Baylor University, the International Baptist Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. Pastor Amy is a single mom to three amazing young adults who are each making their way in the world.

February 26-March 2: Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program, and author

Thomas G. Long, an ordained Presbyterian minister, served as the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta from 2000 until his retirement in 2015. He previously taught preaching at Princeton, Columbia, and Erskine Seminaries. He is the author a number of books on preaching and worship and biblical commentaries on Matthew, Hebrews, and the Pastoral Epistles.  His latest books are Accompany Them with Singing:The Christian Funeral (Westminster John Knox), What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith (Eerdmans), The Good Funeral: Death, Grief, and the Community of Care (with Thomas Lynch -- Westminster John Knox), and 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus (Westminster John Knox). His wife, Kimberly, also a Presbyterian minister, is the editor of the liturgical journal Call to Worship.

March 5-7: The Rev. Michael R. Sullivan, President of Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center

The Rev. Michael R. Sullivan has been President and CEO of Kanuga Conferences since 2016.  Home to the largest conference and camp facilities associated with The Episcopal Church, Kanuga is nestled on 1400 acres in Western North Carolina and serves over 25,000 people annually through its diverse programs.  Sullivan has served parishes in the Dioceses of Upper SC, Southwestern Virginia, and Atlanta and has spoken across the country.   He is author of two books and numerous online articles. 

March 8: Rev. Dr. Brian K. BlountPresident of Union Presbyterian Seminary and Professor of New Testament in the Walter W. Moore and Charles E.S. Kraemer Presidential Chairs

Brian K. Blount is President and Professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA and Charlotte, NC.  He is the author of Revelation:  A Commentary and Invasion of the Dead:  Preaching Resurrection.

March 9: The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Campbell is the pastoral associate at St. Paul’s, Richmond.

He is the former pastoral director of Richmond Hill, and co-founder of the Micah Association and the Armstrong Leadership Program. 

March 12-16: The Rt. Rev. John Shelby "Jack" Spong, retired former bishop of the Diocese of Newark and former rector of St. Paul's, Richmond 

 The Rt. Rev. John S. Spong, former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and author of more than 20 books, including Why Christianity Must Change or Die.

March 19-23:  Rev. Dr. Lance WatsonSenior Pastor of the Saint Paul's Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia

Dr. Lance Watson is the Senior Pastor and Chief Dreamer of the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, and its corporate affiliates, where he has served for more than 30 years. Host of the weekly broadcast, Positive Power, his message of hope, love and motivation is heard around the world. A noted author, his messages and books are available at 


Over 300 volunteers from more than 50 area churches serve a homemade seated lunch in Scott Hall at 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. A hot or cold plate is offered for $9. Desserts are available for $2 (or $3 à la mode). Takeout orders are available from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Here's the menu!

Grant Applications

100% of the proceeds from our lunch sales are donated to non-profit agencies through a grant application process. Grants typically range from $500-$2,000 each, and the selection committee prioritizes local and regional agencies whose work benefits:

  • children and adolescents who are at-risk
  • persons with mental health concerns
  • individuals and families who are in the process of rebuilding their lives
  • those in a state of homelessness
  • seniors in need

Last year's grant recipients can be viewed here.