On May 6, 1989, women of Presbyterian congregations in Central Virginia gathered at Second Church in Richmond to establish Presbyterian Women of Presbytery of the James (PW-POJ). In the thirty years since, Presbyterian Women have been fulfilling our “reason for being.” We commit to

  • nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study,
  • support the mission of church worldwide,
  • work for justice and peace, and
  • build an inclusive, caring community that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.

The Coordinating Team provides assistance in implementing this purpose by promoting communication among our churches and organizing annual gatherings. Contact Evalyn Page if you are interested in serving on the Coordinating Team. Available opportunities include area leaders and search committee members.

Coordinating Team

Kathy Peebles, moderator
Barbara Glenn, secretary
Sharon Moser, historian

Presbyterian Women


Fall 2021 Gathering

PW of the James gathered via Zoom on November 6 to learn about the newest Horizons Bible study, vote on a missions offering recipient, and enjoy fellowship.

Spring 2021 Gathering

Presbyterian Women of POJ met virtually on May 1 to hear from mission partners, conduct their annual business meeting, celebrate members who entered the Church Triumphant, and worship together.

Virtual Horizons Bible Study

The 2020-2021 Horizons Bible Study, Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament by Rev. Dr. Lynn Miller, is especially apt in today’s trying times. PW of the James offered a virtual opportunity to gather and discuss the lessons of the study with leadership by Rev. Kelly Kaufman, parish associate at Olivet Church.

How You Can Be Involved

Disaster Recovery with PW in Puerto Rico

Invite your PW group and congregation to demonstrate love, concern, and prayers for Puerto Rican communities affected by Hurricane Maria through a "Together in Service" project.

Discover the many ways you and your congregation can be a part.

Photo by Rich Copley
Photo by Rich Copley


Fall 2021

In this issue: Fall Gathering news; moderator's message; peace and justice news; ballot for mission offering; spiritual faith and development; climate change

30th Anniversary Recap

More than 100 PW-POJ members and friends representing 41 congregations attended the 30th Spring Gathering on May 4, 2019.  The day's mission offering of $2,567 was designated for Presbyterian Children's Home of The Highlands of Wytheville, Virginia. Billy Rice, executive director of the Children's Home, gave the gathering's keynote mission address. The day also included greetings from Churchwide, Synod, and Presbytery leaders; the annual business meeting; 30th anniversary celebration lunch with birthday cake; the 2018 In Memoriam necrology; and closing worship with Holy Communion. We are grateful to the River Road Presbyterian congregation and staff members for graciously welcoming everyone with such warm hospitality.