Presbytery of the James was created in 1989 to serve churches in central Virginia. The presbytery is responsible for the government of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) throughout its district, and for assisting and supporting the witness of congregations to the sovereign activity of God in the world, so that all congregations become communities of faith, hope, love, and witness. More than 100 congregations are members of Presbytery of the James. Fred Holbrook is the interim general presbyter and stated clerk.

Presbytery of the James


The Mission of Presbytery of The James is to fulfill its ongoing obligations and responsibilities under the Book of Order and the guidance of its Vision and Values with special emphasis on the following specific tasks:

Camp Hanover

To complete and implement the Master Site Plan approved by the Presbytery to provide a place apart for renewal and growth in an environment of Christian hospitality.

Evangelism and Mission Outreach

To promote, educate, encourage, and furnish resources to congregations in conducting programs and ministries of evangelism and mission outreach locally, regionally, and worldwide in the name of Jesus Christ, with emphasis on social justice and reconciliation.

Church Growth and Renewal

To promote and nurture ministries and program that increase the discipleship and stewardship of individuals, increase active membership within the church, and increase the number of congregations within the Presbytery.

Youth Ministry Committee

To oversee youth ministry in the Presbytery by creating a Youth Ministry Committee to support the ministry of the Youth Council, provide resources and training for youth leaders, encourage participation from all congregations, and promote regional and national youth events.

Education and Training

To develop, conduct and evaluate leadership training events for the Presbytery, with special emphasis on ensuring faithful worship embracing the Reformed tradition.