Meet our elders.


Alex Shipman

teaching elder

Alex is senior pastor at The Village Church. After coming to Christ at Valdosta State in Georgia, he began to sense a call to ministry. Later he worked as the Outreach Coordinator at Redeemer Presbyterian in Greenville. During this time, Alex began attending seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary. 2006 brought a move to Decatur AL, where he was the Mercy Ministries Intern for Decatur Presbyterian. On November 13 of 2011, The Village Church was particularized and Alex was installed as pastor. He is also the director of the African American Presbyterian Fellowship. Alex is married to Wyketa and they have two children, Madison and Treyson.

Social Media: Twitter: @am_shipman | Instagram: @shipman.alex


Richard Goodson

ruling elder

Richard grew up in Birmingham, Alabama.  He and his wife Mandi have been married for over 30 years, and have 3 grown kids and 1 grandson.  Richard is an engineer working in Huntsville.  He has been a ruling elder at the Village Church since November 2011.


Larry Bricker

ruling elder

Larry Bricker has been a member of the Village Church since 2011.  He is the husband of 1 wife, Mari Lou, and the father of 1 son and 2 daughters, all of Korean heritage.  He is also the grandfather of 8 high school and college age grandchildren.  Larry is self-employed as a semi-retired architect.  He has experienced a roller-coaster of spiritual growth and struggles since high school, but most importantly, by the grace of Jesus he is an adopted son of God.  


Steve Kreipe

ruling elder

Steve is a retired Army officer and helicopter pilot, who has lived all over the world. Since 1992, he has also been Associate Staff with The Navigators ministry. He is blessed to have his wife Ramona, alongside him for his life’s adventure, since their wedding in 1984. They have a daughter and two sons, and have welcomed a son-in-law and daughter-in-law to the family. They also have 3 beautiful grandchildren. He has been a ruling elder at the Village Church since November of 2017. He currently works full-time as the project director for a helicopter flight training simulator, for SAIC.


Wayne Blocker

Brian Patz

David Rigby