Mr. Payne has always enjoyed working with people, and that led him into a variety of counseling positions and Christian ministries over the years. He has been a camp counselor for the YMCA, Christian camps, and Camp Alkulana (a camp for inner-city children and teens, of which Mr. Payne has been a part on and off since 1995). His ministry positions have included being a volunteer for mission centers in the inner-city of Richmond, VA, and a youth minister for churches as far south as Emporia, VA to Richmond.
“I grew up in the suburbs of Richmond, VA taking full advantage of city life, playing little league sports,” he says. “Football and baseball were my favorites. But, I also spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm in Louisa County in central Virginia. So of the kids that I grew up with, I was one of the few that knew how to milk a cow and what it means to grow your own food!”
That diverse background makes it easy for Mr. Payne to relate to the many different students at R-MA in his position as the Night Officer-in-Charge. He also finds the role to be a natural continuation of his family life. “I am the oldest of three children, so I grew up looking out for them--especially my sister since I am 11 years older than her,” he says.
Mr. Payne has taught Computer Applications, Comparative Religions and Social Psychology at R-MA. He is currently the pastor of a small church in Rappahannock County right outside of Front Royal. Some of his personal hobbies include reading and playing board games, especially chess and checkers. He is also an avid movie fan, his favorites being the Star Wars series and vampire movies.
- Master of Divinity, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
- B.S. of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
- A.A., J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College