Academic Curriculum

Students pursing their gap year in the RVA LEADS program have the opportunity to learn from a panel of distinguished teachers from a variety of professional backgrounds.

RVA LEADS is integrated within church communities in the heart of one of the nation’s most diverse cities, Richmond, Virginia. This gives students access to incredible teachers from organizations such as the United States Army, the Dave Ramsey Network, U.S. Bank Global Corporate Trust Services, and the Richmond City School Board.

Experienced pastors, business leaders, missionaries and other church volunteers will lead students through a core curriculum of Bible studies and skills in areas such as:

  • Servant Leadership
  • Pastoral Care
  • Prayer
  • Gifts Assessment
  • Leadership Development
  • Discipleship
  • Money Management
  • How to Start a Ministry
  • Resumé Writing
  • Interviewing Techniques

"I was a part of YWAM for years, so I have seen a lot of teaching. I can tell you, Chaille is bringing the very best teachers Richmond has to offer. Where else can you get training on critical life skills, practical ministry and theology. I don't know of any program like it."

- Alex Wilson (Staff Member)

Whether RVA LEADS graduates pursue college, vocational ministry, or full-time work at the end of their gap year, they will possess the practical tools they need to enter adulthood as rounded and mature followers of Christ.

Last Year...


Servant Leadership

Don Colemen

Pastor Don Coleman

Pastor - East End Fellowship
Chairman - Richmond City School Board

Rest and Personal Care

Fred Michaux

Pastor Fred Michaux

Lead Pastor - The City Life Church

The Will of God

Brandon Samuel

Pastor Brandon Samuel

Lead Pastor - Commonwealth Chapel

Unleashing the Heart to Dream

Rex Tignor

Rex Tignor

Founder - Man UP Ministries

Types of Prayer and Prayer

Rob Kirk

Pastor Rob Kirk

Pastor - Commonwealth Chapel (Downtown Campus)

Gifts Assessments and Motivational Gifts

Greg Jordan

Greg Jordan

Managing Director of Business Development
US Bank Global Corporate Trust Services

Hearing from God - A Personal Reflection on Sabbatical

Mitch Bennett

Mitch Bennett

Outreach and Finance Director - Mechanicsville Christian Center

Role of the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer

Phillip Watkins

Pastor Philip Watkins

Biblical Living Pastor - Coastal Community Church

Leadership Appetites

Daniel Susenbach

Pastor Daniel Susenbach

Associate Pastor - Steamboat Christian Center

Living for the Glory of God

Bob Sjogren

Bob Sjogren

President - UnveilinGLORY

Also...


Leadership Lessons from the Army
Captain Christian Rolph - US Army

God's Mercy and Grace
Andrew Delgado, Evangelist

The Mission of God
Alex Wilson, RVA LEADS Staff Member

DISC Gifts Assessment
Faith Balance

How to be a Disciple
Dillon Mundie

Lessons from Starting a Ministry
Jake Mason and Chip Messick, Evangelists with Carry the Love Tour

Forgiveness and Spiritual Warfare
Jim Patterson, RVA Leads Staff Member

Stewardship and Basic Money Management
Alan Dole, Certified Financial Planner and Area Associate for the David Ramsey Network

Resume Writing and Interviewing Techniques
Clyde Wilson, Director of of Information Security at Anthem