As a preacher’s kid, certified Christian educator, and now ordained minister, Leigh Anne Ring feels prepared for her role as presbyter for relational care, serving her colleagues in Presbytery of the James. “God planned this identity for me long before I dared to dream it for myself,” she shared. Ring was born while her father,
At the October 15 presbytery meeting, Steve Hicks was elected stated clerk, replacing Marilyn Johns who had been serving as interim stated clerk since Rev. Fred Holbrook retired in June. “I am honored for the opportunity to serve you,” Hicks commented. Hicks is a ruling elder and clerk of session at Mitchells Church. His service
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.
Greetings, Presbytery of the James. In my first weeks here at Presbytery of the James, I have been meeting with pastors, committees, and learning my way around. Recently, on Facebook, a church leader in our presbytery asked about my vision. How do I see the Presbytery of the James moving forward? The reality is I
Interim General Presbyter Fred Holbrook retired June 30. This marks the end of 40 years of ordained service to the Lord and to PC(USA). After receiving a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Holbrook was called to service in Kansas, North Carolina, and Virginia, including 12 years as executive director of Massanetta
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
A search committee charged with recommending candidates for three new staff positions is making steady progress. The committee of seven members is co-chaired by Barbara Flynt, a certified Christian educator at Brandermill Church, and Rev. Jess Cook, interim associate for youth ministry for the presbytery. The committee finalized job descriptions for the positions and received