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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. 



 For the latest news and information about what is happening around our Conference, click here to read the eAdvocate online

From the DS

Shared by our DS, Rev. Ted Smith: A great video from the November 18th District Conference - The Racial Harmony workshop


Click to view the 2018 District Conference Slide Show that was shown at the Conference

From our DS:

Hello Friends,

We are pleased to announce that our Bowling Green UMC is now a station church with a full-time Pastor.

Pastor Carol Seeley will begin serving Bowling Green UMC on December 7th, 2017. Pastor Carol comes to us from Ferry Farm Baptist Church and has 13 years of full-time pastoral experience. Please join me in welcoming Pastor Carol.


From the District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Ted Smith: a response to the Sutherland Springs church shooting

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The 2017 Charge Conference Schedule is available to download by clicking here

Upcoming Events & Other News


The Bishop has asked those taking the 2018 Bible reading challenge to take a short online survey. It can be found online at the following link. Also, the entire year's readings can be found online if you'd like to print them off to have handy at the same link




2018 District MIssion Triptoel salvador


July 2 - 6, 2018. More information will be sent out soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Rev. Craig Muffley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


From Rev. Larry Davies:

We lead our churches in the midst of troubled times. I doubt anyone would seriously argue that but I have a saying on my desk that says, "Obstacles become opportunities with God." I believe that as the obstacles get bigger, so do the opportunities to lead and witness our faith in Christ.

I am starting a group for clergy and "about-to-be" clergy. It's a leadership group that will be designed to help us challenge ourselves to be better pastoral leaders. I hope to keep the topics challenging, the prayers meaningful and the discussion open.

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District Youth

Our next youth district planning meeting is on Dec. 17th at Trinity UMC (King George) at 2pm.

We will be further discussing themes and supporting Scripture for the retreat. The retreat will be held at Salvation Army's Camp Happy Land.

Drew Colby and AnnaLise Jennings have agreed to be the speakers for the retreat.

For all those who are involved in planning, the most efficient way to contact Powell Smith is by phone:804-467-1198.

If you would like to join in the planning or know of anyone else who should be on this planning team, please let Lynn know.
If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Kiger at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..