February 15, 2023

Information for ministers, educators, church administrators, clerks, and congregations

Registration for Presbytery Meeting Closes Friday

Commissioners, ministers, educators, moderators, and guests planning to participate in Saturday's presbytery meeting must register by noon on Friday. The meeting will begin at 9:30 and is expected to end by 2:30 p.m. Review in advance the reports on the presbytery website.


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National Church Leader to Preach at Presbytery Meeting

The Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis will lead worship at the 113th meeting of Presbytery of the James. Shavon and co-moderator Ruth Santana-Grace were elected in 2022 to lead the 225th General Assembly of PC(USA) through June 2024. We are excited to host this leader of the church in our presbytery and look forward to the words she will bring us. In addition to her role with the General Assembly, Shavon is senior pastor at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Youth Ministry Conversation

Presbyter Barbara Chalfant invites interested adults and youth to a conversation about youth ministry on Monday, March 6. During the meeting, which will be held at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom, participants will discuss what youth ministry from the presbytery should look like. Is it a traditional youth council or some other form of organization? What goals and direction for youth ministry should it have? Request Zoom credentials by emailing office@presbyteryofthejames.org.

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Historical Society Blog Highlights African-American Presbyterians

The Presbyterian Historical Society kicked off 2023 by introducing a new blog series that features African American Presbyterians throughout the denomination’s history. The series, "African American Leaders," is published the first week of each month on the PHS website. PHS hopes the blog series will inform Presbyterians about a group that remains under-represented in the annals of Presbyterian history.

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Registration Open for Small Church Leader Retreat

Small Church Ministry invites leaders of smaller membership churches to join in a retreat March 2-3. Talk about the real life joys and hardships around small church ministry with people who are sailing in the same boat.

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PMA Creates Mr. Rogers Day Resources

Won't you be our neighbor? March 20 is Rev. Fred Rogers’s birthday, and you can celebrate with resources from the Presbyterian Mission Agency. It’s always a good day to be a good neighbor! Find resources for Mr. Rogers Day online. 

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Ashland Pastor Concluding Service

Kerra English, covenant pastor of Ashland Church since 2014, is concluding her service at Ashland to relocate with her family to Hampton Roads. The church will hold a good-bye worship and celebration on March 5. Kerra also has served the presbytery as moderator of the Small Church Ministry. We are grateful for her dedication to her congregation, to our presbytery, and to our Lord. May God continue to bless and watch over you. 

Closed February 20

The presbytery office will be closed Monday, February 20. We will reopen Tuesday, February 21, at 8:30 a.m.

Upcoming Events

Bible Study on Black Resistance

Wednesdays, through March 15

PC(USA)'s Racial Equity and Women's Intercultural Ministries

Earth Care Congregation

Application deadline: February 15


Festival of Homiletics

Early registration deadline: February 16

Minneapolis, MN and online

Duke Divinity Leadership Program

Application deadline: February 17

Roslyn Conference Center, Richmond

Grief Support Program for Spanish Speakers

February 28

Legacy Hospice/Full Circle Grief Center

Horizons Magazine Subscription Offer

February 28

Older Adult Ministry Meeting

March 7


Deadline to Order Eco-Palms

March 10

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Important Presbytery Dates

Terms of Call Reports Due

for called pastors and certified Christian educators

  • February 15

Annual Reports Due

for certified Christian educators, ministers serving in validated ministry outside congregations, and minister members at large

  • February 15

2022 Session Minutes Due

  • March 1

Presbytery Meetings

113th Meeting

Saturday, February 18

Online: Zoom

In person: Westminster Church, Richmond

Registration closes Feb. 17

114th Meeting

Tuesday, June 20

Invitation needed

Overture deadline: April 25, noon

Packet online: June 6

115th Meeting

Saturday, October 21

Invitation needed

Overture deadline: Aug. 24, noon

Packet online: Oct. 5

Employment Opportunities

Learn about church employment opportunities or submit an opportunity to POJ's calls and jobs board.

  • Pianist, Bott Memorial Church (DeWitt)
  • Solo pastor, Hebron Church (Manakin Sabot)
  • Choir director/church musician, Meadows Church (Charlottesville)
  • Interim pastor, Westminster Church (Richmond)
  • Organist/director of music, Laurel Church (Glen Allen)
  • Summer camp staff, Camp Hanover (Mechanicsville)
  • Day camp counselor, Massanetta Springs (Harrisonburg)
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Submit an opportunity

Calls and Jobs in Nearby Presbyteries

National Capital Presbytery || Presbytery of Eastern Virginia


Presbytery of the Peaks || Shenandoah Presbytery


PC(USA) Job Board

Association of Presbyterian Church Educators Job Board






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