Chalfant and Ring Complete Presbyter Triumvirate

At a special meeting on August 9 via Zoom, commissioners approved two recommendations from the Presbyter Search Committee: electing Ruling Elder Barbara Chalfant as presbyter for congregational life and Candidate Leigh Anne Ring as presbyter for relational care. Barbara Chalfant A graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary and a certified Christian educator, Chalfant has served congregations in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Highlights of the 111th Meeting

The 111th stated meeting of the Presbytery of the James was held virtually on June 14. A small contingent of commissioners participated in person at Westminster Church (Richmond) to test a hybrid setup for the future. Moderator Dan Jordanger (Providence, Gum Spring) called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. and led the presbytery in

Holbrook Retiring June 30

Interim General Presbyter Fred Holbrook is retiring June 30. This marks the end of 40 years of ordained service to the Lord and to PC(USA). After receiving his Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Fred was called to service in Kansas, North Carolina, and Virginia, including 12 years as executive director of

Ruling Elders Needed to Serve as Vice Moderator

The Committee on Nominations is seeking ruling elders open to serving as vice moderator of the presbytery in 2023 and as moderator in 2024. Ideal candidates are those who enjoy conducting meetings, speaking in public, and learning new things. If you are a ruling elder who is being called by the Holy Spirit to lead

June 2022 Meeting Materials

The 111th meeting will be held via Zoom on June 14, beginning at 9:30 a.m. This memo outlines the plans that have been developed and the steps that church commissioners, ministers, Christian educators, presbytery moderators, and guests should take to become fully prepared for the meeting. General Meeting Information Meeting Via Zoom Registration Tips Before

Planning Calendars Available for Pre-order

POJ is accepting orders for 2022-2023 Presbyterian planning calendars. The calendars, which begin in September 2022, will ship to POJ in August. The price per calendar is $10.50 through July 15. Payment may be made by credit card or check.   ORDERS CLOSED JULY 15

Highlights of the Special Meeting

On May 17, Presbytery of the James convened via Zoom for a special meeting. Lauren Ramseur and Ashley Diaz Mejias, co-pastors of Voices of Jubilee New Worshipping Community, led evening prayer. Barbara Flynt, co-chair of the Presbyters Search Committee, shared the committee’s nomination of the Reverend Dr. Floretta “Flo” Barbee-Watkins as lead presbyter for vision

Barbee-Watkins Called as Lead Presbyter

Presbytery of the James voted May 17 to extend a call to the Reverend Dr. Floretta “Flo” Barbee-Watkins effective June 27. She will serve as lead presbyter for vision and collaboration, a new position created in 2021 through the presbytery’s strategic plan. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Barbee-Watkins received a Master of Divinity with an