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 secretary, area leaders, and search committee members.

Coordinating Team

Jayne Sneed, moderator

Carol Brown, vice moderator

Sally Beale, treasurer

Toni Archer, acting secretary

Sharon Moser, historian

Presbyterian Women


Fall Gathering

November 2
First Presbyterian Church, Richmond

Rev. Dr. Amy Starr Redwine, pastor of First Presbyterian and writer for Horizons magazine of Presbyterian Women, will provide the keynote address. Also on the agenda are presentations about global mission agencies being considered for the Spring Gathering offering. More information to come.

Spring Gathering

May 2, 2020
Host church needed

Summer Synod Gathering

June 18-21, 2020
Massanetta Springs Conference Center, Harrisonburg

How You Can Be Involved

Improving the Lives of the People of Ghana

Mission co-worker Ruth Brown seeks letters of support with grant proposals for a church with whom she is working. Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Ghana is applying for funding from the Thank Offering for two programs. One program will help farmers increase their corn yield. Another program aims to improve literacy among children aged 8 to 15. The deadline for Ruth to receive letters is August 30.

Sample letter for agricultural training program

Sample letter for literacy program

More information from Ruth


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

30th Anniversary Gathering Recap

More than 100 PW-POJ members and friends representing 41 congregations attended the 30th Spring Gathering on May 4.  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.