Welcome to the Rappahannock River District!  

We are 74 United Methodist congregations with one uniting vision.  Our congregations, ministry settings, and people are very diverse but our passion is to Make Disciples.  

We seek to Make Disciples through four entry points: Unity, Spiritual Formation, Empowering Our Laity, and through Mission ministry in our neighborhoods, throughout our Conference, and around the world.  We value lay and clergy as equal and effective partners in ministry.  

Most importantly, we invite you to connect with one of our congregations of ministries to grow deeper in faith and to transform the world for Jesus Christ. 

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District Lay Leaders

District Lay Leaders for 2019 are 

Co-Lay Leader: David Berry  

Co-Lay Leader: Terry Bain


Lay Servant Training

10 hour training will take place in three sessions.  All Saturdays.  1st session January 4th; 2nd session January 18th and 3rd session February 1st.  Participants must attend all 3 sessions.   8:30am-noon at Mount Horeb UMC 10867 Elk Run Road, Catlett.

 The following courses will be offered:  Basic, Preaching, and God’s Mission-Our Journey. 

For the Basic course the following book is required for participants: Lay Servant Ministries

Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson

Participant’s Book DR626 • 978-0-88177-626-3 • $11.00

(Leader’s Guide and Participant’s Book also available in Kindle and ePub formats

For the Preaching course the following book is required for participants:  From Pew to Pulpit.  Clifton F. Guthries.   978-0-68706-660-5   Cokesbury

For the God’s Mission, Our Journey the following book is required for participants: A Mission Journey- A Handbook for Volunteers.   1786-978-0-8358-1786-8.  Also available in Kindle and ePub formats

Contact Rev. Gayle Porias with any questions.  540.788.9838 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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About Us:

Mailing Address PO BOX 100, Ladysmith, VA 22501

Phone 804.448.8326 FAX 804.448.8328

Office Location: Inside Wright’s Chapel UMC at 8063 Ladysmith Road, Ruther Glen, VA (do not use for mail)

Office Hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm

 Our Vision:

Demonstrate by Word and Deed ministries in these four areas throughout and beyond the District.

The Denomination describes it as a Call to Action, we know it as Faithful & Fruitful Discipleship.

Connected Hearts:

For Christ, for Methodism, and for Kingdom Building! Psalm 9:1 “I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.” The goal is to demonstrate acts and expressions of a unified District. To bring us together for Fellowship, Service, and Worship.

Leadership and Spiritual Formation:

Romans 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. & Exodus 32:34a Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. The goal is to provide training, mentoring, and coaching for lay & clergy in the leadership & spiritual formation area. We want to give more emphasis to creating and shaping Christian disciples. More over, disciples who are passionate about vital ministry in the community.

Empowering the Local Church:

Acts 9:31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord. The role of the Clergy is to empower Lay to do the work of ministry. To say “take thou authority” then get out of the way. So, we will encourage, push, expect, and train clergy to be more effective in permission giving.

Reaching our Neighbors:

Luke 14:13-14 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous." This is our mission component, leading us to care for our neighbors near & far. The hope is that we will demonstrate the love of Christ through ministries that reach out through domestic and International mission opportunities