Over the past year of ministry at Needle’s Eye, we’ve seen increasing needs met:
In the coming year, we hope to continue providing opportunities for marketplace men and women to grow in life-changing faith in Christ, and to:
We are grateful for every individual, church, business, and foundation that partners with us, as we rely 100% on donations. Our current needs are:
In 1977, Buddy Childress founded Needle’s Eye with a vision to turn the workplace into a setting of ethics, caring & faith. Nearly four decades later, Needle’s Eye provides resources to thousands of Richmond professionals, inspiring and equipping Christians to become a course of hope and light at work, at home, and around our region. As the business community sets the tone for the culture, and people have a deep need for community, Needle’s Eye presents Jesus Christ to men and women in the marketplace through a wide variety of programs – over 50 interdenominational small groups, & Christian Presidents groups, a Career Transition group for un- and under-employed, a vibrant Women’s Ministry of fellowship, discipleship, and teaching, an expanding Young Professionals ministry, and city-wide outreach and growth events, among many other offerings.
What excites me most about Needle’s Eye Ministries is changed lives – when I see someone have an “ah-ha” moment and understands that God wants to use them in a certain way. Then company culture changes. CEO’s see their greater responsibility to the community and God’s work. Connections and bridges are formed between those that make decisions and “the least of these.” Inner-city needs begin to be connected to decision-makers, all because of the all-encompassing impact of faith.
Judson E. “Buddy” Childress, Jr.
Judson E. "Buddy" Childress, Jr., a native of Richmond, Virginia, is married to the former Laura Lynne Haas. He is the father of four grown children and grandfather of seven. Mr. Childress is a product of Henrico County Public Schools, having graduated from J.R. Tucker High School where he is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1969 he graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a B. A. in political science.
Subsequently, he joined the Xerox Corporation as a salesman and was later a sales team leader, sales trainer and account executive. In 1973 Mr. Childress joined The New England where he was involved in sales and financial planning.
Mr. Childress entered Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1975 and graduated in 1977 with a Master of Theological Studies degree (magna cum laude). In 1989 he was the recipient of his alma mater's Centennial Year Award as a distinguished alumnus.
He is the founder and President of Needle's Eye Ministries, Inc., an interdenominational Christian organization that has been ministering to the business and professional community of Richmond, Virginia since July of 1977.
Mr. Childress is also the founder and former President of two other ministries, the Christian Counseling & Training Center and Cross Over Ministry, a Christian outreach which provides medical and dental care to the homeless and inner city impoverished of Richmond.
In 1989 he was a delegate to the Lausanne II Congress on World Evangelization in Manila. In 2004 he was a member of the Marketplace Ministry Issues Group of the 2004 Lausanne Forum for World Evangelization in Bangkok.
Mr. Childress has been a member of Third Church (formerly Third Presbyterian Church) since 1980. He served on Governor George Allen’s Advisory Board for a Safe & Drug Free Virginia, is a former member of the Rotary Club of Richmond and currently serves as a trustee of the Des Plaines Publishing Charitable Trust and the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute.
The Career Transition Group meets weekly and is an environment where people seeking employment experience Biblical counsel and community, encouragement and networking opportunities. We also offer career explorer workshops that use current, Christ-centered professional development tools.
We know that the need for community is real, and we want to build it intentionally. Through small groups, people are equipped to share their faith, be accountable to one another, and find wisdom for life's challenges in the Bible. More than 60 small groups are meeting in various workplace settings around the city with more than 600 members. Groups are both same gender and co-ed, and range from Young Professionals all the way to our "Second Half" group of over 100 semi- and fully retired men.
Needle’s Eye offers opportunities for young professionals (20s and 30s) to develop spiritually and professionally through Young Professionals Group (YPG) workshops and YPG LIFE groups. Both provide encouraging communities for young adult Christ seekers who want to live a real and vibrant faith through friendship and spending time in the Bible and in prayer for one another. Weekend retreats to dive deeper into faith application to work and life issues serve 50+ young professionals each year.
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