Needle's Eye Ministries, Inc.
104 Berrington Court
Richmond VA 23221-2702
Mission Statement
Connecting marketplace men and women to life-changing faith in Jesus - encouraging them to impact their workplaces and our community with His values, ethics and love.
Web and Social Media
Multi-Media Comments
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Judson E. "Buddy" Childress Jr.
Board Chair Mr. C. Thomas Ebel Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sands Anderson PC
Contact Information
Address 104 Berrington Court
Richmond, VA 232212702
Telephone 804 358-1283
Fax 804 358-1286
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1977
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $579,205.00
Projected Expenses $579,205.00
Additional Documents

Connecting marketplace men and women to life-changing faith in Jesus - encouraging them to impact their workplaces and our community with His values, ethics and love.

Over the past year of ministry at Needle’s Eye, we’ve seen increasing needs met:

  • Our exploding Young Professionals (YP) Ministry is responding to demand in disciplining, nurturing, counseling and mentoring. We continue with ongoing short-term studies, workshops, retreats, 2 Co-ed Groups, 2 Women's Groups, and 2 Men's Groups.
  • Our Career Transition Group meets weekly, and we hold periodic 6-week workshops for job seekers wanting to change careers and improve job-searching skills.
  • Over 500 business and professional men and women meet throughout the Richmond area in small groups for Bible study, connection, encouragement, growth, celebrations and prayer.
  • Approximately 600 people attended our Getting Real Series & Shots quarterly series this past fall and spring hearing personal stories of tragedy and triumph, and how God meets people in the circumstances of their lives.
  • Our Second Half Group for retirees (which consists of over 125 former executives and professionals meeting in 9 groups in three locations) is reaching out into the community with healthcare assistance, mentoring, tutoring, and serving.

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:

  • Respond well to the growing demand for discipleship and mentoring of Young Professionals in multiple weekly groups, periodic workshops, and engaging events;
  • Update and improve our communications with better online resources, and greater use of social media; and
  • Introduce the metro Richmond community to new opportunities to grow in faith and its application in the marketplace through additional offerings during this, our 40th, year.

We are grateful for every individual, church, business, and foundation that partners with us, as we rely 100% on donations. Our current needs are:

  • One additional administrative support person this year (we are currently a team of six)
  • Improving our communications through updated website, online resources, snail and email use, effective social media and continuing education opportunities for staff.
  • Providing engaging events to foster community and outreach for our wide range of ages/spiritual growth (Tony Bennett, CommonGood RVA, Ken Blanchard, Mark Batterson, etc.)
  • Christ-centered volunteers to facilitate outreach, discipleship events and groups.
  • Sponsorship of several special events.



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.

CEO Statement When we started Needle’s Eye in 1977, our mission was, and always has been, taking the Gospel to business men and women and helping them understand how faith should impact their work. Therefore, our philosophy of ministry is about going where people are. It’s my feeling that more people can be reached Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., than on Sundays at 11 a.m.

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.

President and Executive Director
Board Chair Statement

Dear friend,

My name is Tom Ebel. I’m an attorney with Sands Anderson, and I’m privileged to currently be serving as Chairman of the Board of Needle’s Eye Ministries. As you do, I have stories of impact through Needle’s Eye – and I’d like to share with you why what this organization is about means so much to me.

When you get to the season of life I’m in now, you focus your energies more and more selectively. I’ve found I can’t do it all, so am choosing to focus intensely on a few things, and try to do them well: my work, my family (including my 21 month old grandson, Harvey), and some outside pursuits, like fly fishing!

And that is why I am heavily focused, in many ways, on Needle’s Eye.

You see, years ago, I was in pursuit of the “self-made” man. Over time, I became overwhelmed by the professional, family, and community responsibilities, as good and worthy as they were. I came to a point where I could not see the path forward on my own, and that’s where God stepped in and clarified whose journey I was on.

For over 20 years, I have been blessed to be part of a group of men meeting weekly through Needle’s Eye. We invite the Lord to be present to ease our pain and anxiety and reveal solutions to life’s problems beyond our human, self-made, understanding. At present, close to 60 small groups meet regularly for just this kind of fellowship and support, taking the grace and hope offered back into workplaces and homes and communities.

I count it a privilege to offer up my time and money to invest in Needle’s Eye. Thank you for your interest in impacting marketplace lives for Christ.

In Christ,

C. Thomas Ebel, Esq.

Shareholder, Sands Anderson

Chair, Needle’s Eye Board of Directors
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Sussex County
Charles City County
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Louisa County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Hampton Roads
Northern Neck
Northern Virginia
Shenandoah Valley
Southside Virginia
Southwest Virginia

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. C. Thomas Ebel Esq.
Company Affiliation Sands Anderson PC
Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Shawn Boyer
Mrs. Lisa H. Butler JLL
Mr. Judson E. "Buddy" Childress Jr.Executive Director
Dr. Robert Y. Cox Drs. Duff and Cox, LTD
Richard Cullen McGuireWoods LLP
C. Thomas Ebel Esq.Sands Anderson PC
Mr. David J. Fairchild President, Retired, Union First Market Bank
Mr. Franklin Y. Goare Pastor, Hunton Baptist Church
Mr. Jordan Maroon Needle's Eye Ministries, Inc.
Mrs. Elizabeth W. Massie Needle's Eye Ministries, Inc.
Mr. David H. Mathews Wells Fargo Advisors
Chris A. Meyer Esq.Retired, formerly Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen
Mr. Christopher Allen Meyer retired, Allen and Allen
Mr. Doug Middleton Henrico County, VA
Mr. Robert Lee Mitchell Bank of America
Douglas P. Rucker Jr., Esq.Sands Anderson
Mr. Haider Sharifi Equity Concepts
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 2
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 88
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 14
Standing Committees
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Mrs Lynda Sharp Anderson Senior Center of Greater Richmond, Inc.
Mr. Joseph G. Baker Jr.Baker Equipment Engineering Co.
Ms. Debra K. Bannister Seay Real Estate
Mr. David B. Botkins Dominion Resources Services, Inc.
Mr. Martin D. Brown Commonwealth of Virginia
Mrs. Jervetta Burns Capital One
Gerald W.S. Carter Esq.Harrell Chambliss LLP
Mr. Robert A. Cary Promotional Considerations
Ms. Mary Ruth Coleman Ukrop's Homestyle Foods
Mr. J. Charles Collie Collie Strategic Consulting
Mr. William S. Cosby SunTrust Mortgage, Inc.
Mr. Ralph L. Costen Jr.Costen Floors, Inc.
Mrs. Holly Delano Delano Creative
Mr. Michael P. Flynn LCSChristian Counseling Assoc./RGS Inc.
Mr. Stevens N. Gentil Grubb & Ellis Harrison & Bates
Mr. Braxton Glasgow IIIGlasgow Music, LLC
Mrs. Janis L. Hannuksela Impact Makers, Inc.
Adam N. Harrell Jr., Esq.Harrell Chambliss LLP
Mrs. Stacy Hawkins - Adams Claywork Enterprises
Mr. Patrick Hiltz Commonwealth of VA - Dept of Taxation
Rev. Guy B. Holloway Grace Community Baptist Church
Mr. Ruble A. Hord IIIRetired, The Todd Organization
Mr. Stephen E. Hupp Estes Express Lines
Mrs. Ilyse G. Johnson The Marlin Company
Mr. James S. Johnston Community Volunteer
Mrs. Greta Kidd Boaz and Ruth
Mr. Daniel G. Kleinschuster UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Mr. H. William Kuehl Jr.Retired, Kuehl Shepherd Kozlowski Group
Mr. Frederick C. Larmore RE/MAX Commonwealth
Mr. David E. Lucado Timmons Group
Mr. William Blair Massey Jr.Massey Foundation
Dr. Thomas G. Meeks Independent Medical Practice
Col. Douglas A. Middleton Henrico County Division of Police
Mr. Robert D. Nelms Alliance Bernstein
Mr. Matthew D. Newquist Swedish Match
Mr. P. Bradley Nott Jr.Frank H. Nott, Inc.
Mrs. Rhonda Lambert Parson University of Richmond
Ms. Jennifer Payne Genworth Financial Assurance
Dr. Gordon Prior DDSRetired from Dental Practice
Mr. Thomas E. Pruitt Pruitt Associates
Bradley A. Ridlehoover Esq.McGuire Woods LLP
M. Pierce Rucker Esq.Sands Anderson PC
Mr. William D. Selden C.P. Dean
Ms. Olga Skorackyj Commonwealth of Virginia
Mrs. Christine M. Slate Barrett Capital Management, LLC
Ms. Evelyn E. Strong Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael J. Thaler Effective Ministries, Inc.
Mr. Christopher C. Thurston Sr.BrandCommand, LLC
Dr. Walter A. Varvel Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Mr. S. Frank Walters GRID20/20
Mr. W. Bradford Wells Sea of Sound Productions, Inc.
Mr. John D. Whitlock The Whitlock Group
Mr. John Williams Community Volunteer / Stephen Ministry
Mr. Anthony J. Wilson Retired, Averett University
Constituent Board Members
Mr. Jeffrey S. Andrews IPC Technologies, Inc.
Mr. Kenneth G. Banks IPC Technologies, Inc.
Mr. David R. Barrett Barrett Capital Management, LLC
Mr. Robert E. Barton Sr.Barton Real Estate Services, LLC
Dr. James C. Burns MCV School of Dentistry
Daniel A. Carrell Esq.Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, PLC
Mr. John F. Carroll IIIMid-Atlantic Assoc, LLC
Mrs. Renee C. Cobb Renee C. Cobb & Associates
Ms. Jerri D. Cowan Esq.Human Resources Consultants
Dr. Frank P. Crane Crane Coaching
Mr. Robert P. DeLille Creative
Mr. James J. DePasquale AIAThe D G Group Architects
Mr. David J. Fairchild Retired, Union First Market Bank
Mrs. Caren C. Fields Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc.
Mr. Robert L. Fitch CLUJames River Wealth Advisors
Rev. Larry Frakes
Mr. Thomas J. Gallagher Better Business Bureau Central VA, Inc.
Mr. Frankllin Y. Goare Hunton Baptist Church
Mr. O. Lee Graham Retired, RBC DainRauscher
Mr. Stuart E. Haynes Jr.Woody Hogg ERA Realty
Rev. John G. Hershman West End Assembly of God
Mr. C. Lee Hilbert
Ms. Nyeleti Hudson Dupont
Mr. James S. Hunter B.W. Wilson Paper Co.
Mr. Leonard E. Joyce Jr.Joyce Engineering, Inc.
Mr. Stephen W. Mapp Union First Bank Market Bank
Mr. Raymond N. Parker Rental Works
Mr. Andrew C. Redford Christian Counseling & Training Center
Dr. Robert J. Rhoden Commonwealth Chapel
Mrs. Patricia L. Rice Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Mr. Charles Howe Rice Chick-fil-A
Mr. Steven A. Rogers CPADominion Resources Services, Inc.
Dr. James R. Schroeder Leadership by Design
Mr. Charles T. Seay IIISeay Real Estate
Mr. Haider Sharifi Equity Concepts
Mr. Emerson L. Shelton Reynolds Metals
Dr. Louis A. Skidmore Retired, St. Giles Presbyterian Church
Mr. Joseph R. Slay Slay Communications, Inc.
Ms. Catherine R. Stemple CPABiegler & Associates, PC
The Hon. L. Neil Steverson Commonwealth of VA - Henrico Co.
Mr. Robert L. Thompson Virginia Land Investments
Mr. Page M. Trent J.C. Penney Co., Inc - Regency Square
Mrs. Annhorner G. Truitt Community Volunteer
Rev. Ted N. Tussey Cool Spring Baptist Church
Dr. Stephen F. Tuttle Village Family Dental
Mr. Raymond B. Wallace Jr.Cawthorne Paper Co.
Mr. R. Taylor Waller Jr.Wells Fargo Advisors
Mr. J. F. Williams IIIGrubb & Ellis, Harrison & Bates
Dr. William C. Williams DDSPrivate Dental Practice
Mr. D. Chris Withers D. Chris Withers, Inc.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. 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 ten.  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 formerly served as a trustee of the Des Plaines Publishing Charitable Trust and the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute.

Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2011
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce1999
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg Partnership Agency1995
Combined Federal Campaign1998
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg Partnership Agency1998
Faith in ActionVirginia Council of Churches2008
2011 Boomer "It List"/Lisa RattnerThe Boomer Magazine2011
Outstanding Woman of the Year Human relations and faith in action/Jennifer ParhamYWCA2012

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.



Population Served Adults
Budget $3,000.00

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. 

If there is truth in the statement, "It's lonely at the top," then CPGs embody that rare resource of small group support and accountability for local business leaders. These groups, composed of CEOs, presidents, and business owners serve as a sounding board for each other as they grow in their faith and direct their businesses.
Population Served Adults
Budget $3,000.00
Description Women bring so many abilities to the marketplace but often find it difficult to balance their roles as career women with family relationships and faith. Whether through small groups, seminars, retreats, or one-on-one discipleship meetings, the Women's Ministry encourages women to connect in deep, meaningful ways as they explore the impact of faith in Jesus Christ on every aspect of their lives.
Population Served Adults
Budget $2,600.00
Short Term Success Over 600 women have participated in one of our programs over the past year.
Long Term Success We strive to allow women to meet for Bible study, encouragement, growth, prayer, and celebrations as they deepen their commitment to Christ and take those values into their workplaces and communities.

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.

Budget $3,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $579,205.00
Projected Expenses $579,205.00
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$480,986$376,933$496,384
Administration Expense$105,048$93,812$87,764
Fundraising Expense$30,679$29,114$65,149
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.241.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%75%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%5%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$659,741$676,080$545,759
Current Assets$423,243$431,471$292,854
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$10,884$14,523$6,434
Total Net Assets$648,857$661,557$539,325
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities38.8929.7145.52
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Retail Sales and Tax Certificate of ExemptionView
Organization Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s prepared by Wells, Coleman & Company, LLP.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" also includes support from churches, foundations and corporations.