Ministers, Educators, Administrators and Clerks,
please share this information with your congregation.  
Sept 12, 2018
Four Candidates Approved for Ordination
At a called meeting on August 7, Presbytery of the James approved four candidates for ordination as ministers of Word and Sacrament.

  • Alexander Fischer was ordained by Coastal Carolina Presbytery and has begun to serve as resident pastor at Richmond Second. He will lead the Ukirk Ministry at Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Candidate David Frost, of Presbytery of the James, will serve Swift Creek Church. His ordination and installation is scheduled for Saturday, September 22 at 4:00 p.m.

  • Sandra Goehring, a candidate from Northern Plains Presbytery, was approved for ordination as pastor of Louisa Church.

  • Lauren Voyles, of East Tennessee Presbytery, was examined for ordination to serve as a second year chaplain resident at Mary Washington Hospital.

Congratulations and blessings to you each and to the teaching and ruling elders, family, and friends who supported your examination process.
Necrology Reports Due September 24
During the Communion service at the October presbytery meeting, General Presbyter and Stated Clerk Carson Rhyne will read the names of ministers and ruling elders who have passed away in the last twelve months.

Please send the names of ruling elders for your congregation to be included in this recognition. Include those who had been ordained as ruling elders, whether or not they were serving on the session in the past year, who passed away between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018.

The deadline for sending names is Monday, September 24. Please email to Franklin Reding and Barbara Espigh .
Register for November's Clerk of Session Training
New to serving your church as clerk of session and looking for guidance? In a training workshop just for clerks of session, learn responsibilities as put forth in the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and other duties you might be asked to perform.

General Presbyter/Stated Clerk Carson Rhyne will cover duties of clerks such as:
  • Minutes
  • Rolls
  • Annual reports
  • Agendas for meetings

He also will present information on historical principles of church order, Presbyterian principles, and parliamentary procedures.
SDOP Purpose Group To Tackle Poverty
Poverty is a major challenge for communities and the nation, but it is not an inevitable reality. POJ's Self-Development of People (SDOP) Purpose Group is planning works hops to help local organizations learn effective actions and strategies for alleviating poverty. Rev. Jimmie R. Hawkins, director of the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness, will headline a convocation on the evening Friday, October 12. At workshops the following day, participants will develop skills in advocacy, organizing, and grant writing.
Rev. Jimmie R. Hawkins
Transition Meetings
Carson Rhyne invites you to attend one of four meetings around the presbytery in October to prepare for transition to an interim general presbyter after his retirement.
Rhyne Polity Fund Accepting Contributions
Contribute to the Rhyne Polity Education Fund to support the education of future seminary students in the Presbyterian form of government. This fund was established by Presbytery of the James to recognize the commitment of Carson Rhyne to the church and our presbytery in honor of his impending retirement. One-time or ongoing gifts may be made directly to the seminary, marked for the Rhyne Polity Education Fund. Mail to Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227.
Upcoming Events at Camp Hanover
Common Chords Cafe  - Bluegrass Jam
September 20, 7-10 pm 

September 21-22
September 23, 2-4 pm

Sunday, October 21, 2-6 pm

October 26-28
Learn more by using the linked event names above or visit
Stated Meetings
Oct 20
Lord Jesus Korean, N Chesterfield

Feb 16, 2019
Presbytery of the James Stated Meeting
Three Chopt Church, Richmond

June 18, 2019
Presbytery of the James Stated Meeting

Oct 19, 2019
Presbytery of the James Stated Meeting
Into the Church Triumphant
Rev. William H. "Bill" Jordan
September 11, 2018

Former pastor at New Covenant Presbyterian Church

Former GA Moderator to Speak in POJ
Meet former GA moderator Denise Anderson on Sept. 27 at the Living Life Abundantly retreat. Be inspired as she shares how storytelling can foster conversations necessary to create real change.
Denise Anderson photo
Rev. Denise Anderson
Sept 21-22
Camp Hanover,
Sept 27
Camp Hanover,
Oct 3
Three Chopt Church,
Oct 5-6
Camp Hanover,
Oct 6
Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, Richmond
Oct 10
Meadows Church, Charlottesville
Oct 12-13
Union Presbyterian Seminary Early Center, Richmond
Oct 17
Covenant Church,
Oct 24
Fairfield Church,
Oct 26-27
Richmond Hill Retreat Center, Richmond
Nov 3
The Presbyterian Church, Fredericksburg
Nov 9-11
Massanetta Springs, Harrisonburg
Job Openings
Church Administrator

Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church is seeking a part-time administrator for church operations effective January 2, 2019. View job description and apply .