Builder's Club

The Rappahannock River District is one of the fastest growing districts in the Virginia Conference. In 2008, the District had the largest percent increase of church members compared to any other district in the Virginia Conference. As the suburbs of Northern Virginia move southward past Fredericksburg, and the Richmond metropolitan area expands northward, we have been given a staggering opportunity to reach new people with the Good News of God’s love in Jesus.

Many of our existing churches are located in growing areas and are embracing their new neighbors with the gospel. Experience has also shown us that new congregations are particularly effective at evangelizing persons with little or no prior faith experience. In addition to supporting our growing established churches, the Rappahannock River District needs to build many new churches to address the rapid population growth in our area.

Thanks for serving in the Kingdom.

In Christ,
David A Kellison,Pres
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Board of Missions

The board of missions is an incorporated elected body of laity and clergy providing leadership and support for a variety of mission opportunities. Our local focus of Heartwood Project in Stafford, Va and our global focus of El Salvador UMC along with Volunteers in Missions, the Builder's Club, support of new faith communities and expansions of existing faith communities are our main ministry areas. We also maintain grant money to support local church mission outreach events (click here for the application). 

Rev. Brenda Pusso

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The Heartwood Center

Heartwood Summer Ministries reaches out with Christ’s love into the community through three programs: Summer Food Distribution to children who rely on the free/reduced lunch program at school; Youth Mission Camp for Middle School and High School students that provides opportunities for leadership development, awareness of community needs, and service in the community.

For more information and updated forms, etc. please visit the Heartwood Center's own website

See our Facebook page at for ways that you can support these ministries. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. phone 540.788.9838.

Please note: 

The Heartwood account is a totally separate account from the District account.  Therefore, we would appreciate it if you would mail any Heartwood Donations to PO BOX 187, Hartwood, VA 22471.  Please do not include Heartwood Donations in your regular District Apportionment checks.

Rev. Gayle Porias
Pastor Mount Horeb UMC
Heartwood Summer Ministries Coordinator
Fredericksburg District 

The ministry location is: 

 64 Hartwood Church Road, Stafford, VA 22471 

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Heart Havens

Our Mission: Heart Havens empowers adults with intellectual disabilities to live and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our Vision: Heart Havens will be the premier provider of person-centered supports for people with intellectual disabilities throughout Virginia.

Our values: Integrity, Respect, Empowerment, Empathy, Accountability

Go to the Heart Havens Website here!