Greetings from Fred Holbrook

Dear Friends in Christ, It is a joy for me to begin service with you in the Presbytery of the James. I started this week with a prayer of thanksgiving for the faithful and diligent service of Carson Rhyne whose ministry throughout these 22 plus years has been remarkable. Franklin Reding, Carson, and I gathered

Changing of the Guard

Rev. H. Carson Rhyne Jr.’s last day as general presbyter and stated clerk of Presbytery of the James (POJ), a position he has held for more than 21 years, is Friday, November 30. He will become honorably retired on February 28, 2019. Carson has served as a visionary for the presbytery by establishing a mentorship

New Ministry Group Forms to Oppose Racism

In August 2017 in Charlottesville, groups advocating for and against the removal of Confederate statues clashed. Nationwide reaction to the events varied. For some, it was another shocking moment which reinforced the persistence of racism in our communities and nation. For others, it was a wakeup call to the reality of continued racism some considered

Small Church Forums Bring Churches Together

Presbytery of the James has partnered with the Presbyterian Foundation to provide four quarterly “small church forums” where experts in small church finance and financial planning meet with church leaders to: · Provide a clearer look at congregational finances · Offer some examples of best practices · Enable networking with other congregations The second forum

Former GA Moderator Headlines Fall Retreat

Approximately 70 people attended the Older Adult Ministries fall retreat on September 27 at Camp Hanover. Rev. Denise Anderson, co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly, spoke on the power of using stories to connect people across economic, ethnic, and generational divides. As Jesus did with parables, storytelling helps personalize people of different backgrounds, leading to

Camp Hanover Hosting Meetings about Incorporation Plans

Throughout 2018, the Camp Hanover Ministries Purpose Group has been discussing plans to change Camp Hanover’s structure through incorporation. Among other benefits, incorporation secures the future of the camp and helps insulate both the presbytery and the camp from liability risks. Learn about incorporation at one of four meetings October 30 through November 8. At