Embrace Richmond is excited to welcome Jay Van Groningen, Director of Communities First Association.

Jay will lead a three day training on how people of faith can move beyond emergency assistance to address the systemic issues impacting under-resourced communities.  Jay is the Executive Director of Communities First Association (CFA), a national, ecumenical association of  trainer/coaches who help transform over 300 neighborhoods nation-wide.  CFA is currently investing in more than 400 community development leaders.  Jay brings Christian Community Development experience and Asset Based Community Development tools that will help  congregations and individuals advance toward greater missional faithfulness and effectiveness.

Who should attend?

This conference is for pastors, lay leaders and individuals serving in local congregations who seek to live out their faith through tangible, long-term sustainable community transformation.

Conference Hours:

Thursday – June 9th 3:00pm-6:00pm

Friday – June 10th 9:00am-4:00pm

Saturday – June 11th  9:00-12:00pm


The conference will be held at our corporate offices on the campus of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, 3400 Brook Road,  in room 207 of Graves Hall.


The cost is $65 per person which includes lunch on Friday. Scholarships are available upon request.


An advance deposit of $30 reserves a space. To register, please email your name, the number of individuals attending and a contact number to Wendy@embracerichmond.org. Mail registration deposits and fees to  Embrace Richmond, P.O. Box 25880, Richmond, VA 23260.