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Welcome to the Rappahannock River District!  

We are 74 United Methodist congregations with one uniting vision.  Our congregations, ministry settings, and people are very diverse but our passion is to Make Disciples.  

We seek to Make Disciples through four entry points: Unity, Spiritual Formation, Empowering Our Laity, and through Mission ministry in our neighborhoods, throughout our Conference, and around the world.  We value lay and clergy as equal and effective partners in ministry.  

Most importantly, we invite you to connect with one of our congregations of ministries to grow deeper in faith and to transform the world for Jesus Christ. 

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District News

A reporter and producer from United Methodist News Service and United Methodist Communications interviewed Rev. Steve Little (pastor of Trinity (Catlett) United Methodist Church in Cattlet, Virginia and Wesleyan United Methodist Church in Calverton, Virginia on our District) late last year about his photo-a-day project and turning that and other creative tasks into a spiritual discipline that one can engage daily for the entire year

 Lay Servant Training Offered

We will hold a Lay Servant Training Course over the course of 3 Saturday mornings from 8:30m - noon. The classes will be held January 4th, 18th and February 1st.   at Mount Horeb UMC 10867 Elk Run Road, Catlett.

To register contact Rev. Gayle Porias at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540.788.9838

The following courses will be offered:

BASIC: To become a Lay Servant you must take the Basic course. The following book is required for participants and may be purchased from bookstore.upperroom.org or Amazon:

 Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson

ISBN 9780881776263 (Also available in Kindle and ePub formats).

ADVANCED: Two advanced courses will be offered for continuing education of Lay Servants:

Preaching:  The following book is required for participants: 

From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthries.                            ISBN 9780687066605 Available at Cokesbury.com or Amazon

God’s Mission, Our Journey:  The following book is required for participants: A Mission Journey- A Handbook for Volunteers by General Board of Global Ministries.

ISBN 9780835817868 Available at bookstore.upperroom.org or Amazon.   Also available in Kindle and ePub formats.

To register or if you have any questions, please contact Rev. Gayle Porias at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540.788.9838.

Upcoming Events & Other News


District Delegates elected for 2020 Annual Conference (shown here in alphabetical order):
Jack Almy
Matthew Blackley
Julie Boucher
Mary Beth Bryant
Kayana Cloud
Danielle Cloud
Karen Elmore
Patty Erickson
Matthew Ewoldt
Jim Helm
Judith Mooers
John Nelson
Carolyn Nelson
Stephanie Serrett
Suzanne Shrader
Pam Smith
Barbara Swingle
Larry Tubbs
Patricia Vaughan
Catherine White
Kelsey Wilson
Kay Wright
Alternates (Shown here in Alphabetical Order. If needed, they will be called in order of ballot results)
Annette Ashton
Susan Driggers
Sequoyah Fortune
Mary Ella Fuquay
Mary McIntosh
Judah Perez
Jenn Robinson O'Brien