Meet Our Staff
Rev. Larry Frakes, Intentional Interim Pastor
Larry comes to us with some fifty years of experience in churches of all sizes, locations and styles. He retired after 25 years as Senior Pastor of Cool Spring Baptist Church – a congregation that grew from 800 to better than 3000 members. He attended Mars Hill and Wake Forest Universities and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is certified as a Church Consultant, Interim and Intentional Interim. Since his retirement in 2009 he has served as Intentional Interim for five congregations – North Run being number five!
He is married to his wife Barbara. They are proud parents of two lovely daughters, who in turn each have two daughters. In addition, they have five great-grand children. He enjoys his God called work of serving and encouraging churches, his family, playing golf and doing landscaping in the yard.
Rev. Kerry M. Smith, Education/Youth Minister
Kerry Smith has served on staff at North Run since 1999. His responsibilities have included working with youth, assisting in pastoral care and also teaching in the church’s education ministry. His role as a minister is evolving to become Minister of Discipleship, as he seeks to help equip our volunteers and help them discover their spiritual gifts.
Kerry received his Bachelor’s Degree from Campbell University and later received his Masters of Divinity Degree from Baptist Theological Seminary Richmond. He is very grateful that his North Run family provided him the opportunity to attend seminary while working on staff.
Kerry is married to Caroline and they have 3 children: a daughter, Taylor and two sons, Joshua and John Mark.
Rev. Morgan Day, Worship Leader
Morgan Day has served North Run Baptist Church as Worship Pastor since 2007. Morgan studied at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri as well as Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served First Baptist Church Dallas, TX as Associate Minister of Music, as well as churches in Missouri and Virginia before becoming part of the staff at North Run Baptist Church.
Morgan is an active musician within the Richmond area and believes music is a powerful platform to share God’s story. He is the director of Choral Activities at Henrico High School and teacher at the Center of the Arts for Henrico County and an active Music Director for CharacterWorks Theater for Youth.
Morgan and his wife Elizabeth met at Southwest Baptist University and married while at seminary in Ft. Worth. They cherish their family and friends and love spending time together with their three children and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Mindy Varner, Pianist
Ms. Mary Saunders, Ministry Assistant
Mary Saunders joined the North Run Baptist Church team as Ministry Assistant in February 2017. She is retired from the State of Virginia after a long career in Emergency Communications (9-1-1) and at VCU.
Mary is a “front porch” guitar player and singer and enjoys kayaking, biking, and playing games. Mary finds much joy from being a member of the Virginia Association of Workers for the Blind, which runs the Burkeville Lodge for the Blind in Burkeville, Va. In addition, she spends many afternoons helping her dear blind friend with household tasks or making music together.
Mr. Sonny Miller, Custodian
Sonny Miller became a member of North Run Baptist Church in 2010, and has been employed as the NRBC Custodian since 2011. Sonny also serves as a Deacon, substitute Sunday School teacher and is a member of the choir.
Sonny graduated from the Richmond Public School system. He has studied at Virginia Union University at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology where he participated in the Evans-Smith Institute of Church Leadership earning certificates in Christian Education and Leadership, Religious Studies, and an advanced certificate in Theological Preparation. Sonny studied nursing at the Career Training Institute of Richmond where he received a certificate for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and his state board license.
Sonny met his wife, Farah at North Run Baptist Church. This union brought together a family of two sons, two daughters, three grandsons and one granddaughter. Sonny loves reading the bible and telling people about the goodness of the Lord.