Welcome To Our Official District Website



The Harrisonburg District of The United Methodist Church’s Virginia Conference is nestled between the Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The mission of our churches is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The churches of our district have a wonderful heritage and a promising future. We welcome you to our website – please feel free to contact us if there is any way we can assist you.



Updated 4-21-2015
Five week book study on Deep and Wide on Tuesday, April 14, 2:00-3:30 pm, at Otterbein. Registrations are not required, only appreciated, so if you have not registered and find that you can attend, come on.
I am pleased to announce that the conference has agreed to award continuing education credit for those attending the Deep and Wide book study.  You will receive the credit if you miss NO MORE THAN one study session.  Also, just a reminder that the study group meets tomorrow (Wednesday April 22) this week.  All other sessions will be on Tuesday, 2:00-3:30 pm, at Otterbein.  Glen

Updated 4-11-2015

Conference News click here 
Daily Devotionals and Sermon Notes

Leesburg UMC has openings for its Haiti mission team. This is from Leesburg pastor Jim Wishmyer: We have one opening (possibly two) on our team leaving May 18 and returning May 27. We will be traveling via American Airlines from Reagan National to Port Au Prince, and back.

Final team meeting is Saturday, May 2, 10 AM, in Leesburg. Group text – “Helping without Hurting” small group study, based on the book, When Helping Hurts, by Fikkert & Corbet.

Email or call (540.429.5504) if God is nudging you to respond.

Grace and peace,

Jim Wishmyer Pastor Jim Wishmyer Leesburg UMC 107 W. Market Street, NW Leesburg, VA 20176 703-777-2056 click here for more information

Updated 4-10-2015

We are re-starting Ottobine UMC this coming Sunday afternoon 4pm!!!  Rev. Cam Carte has spent a great deal of time working with the folks and will be preaching. Many thanks also go to Rev. Isaac  Harper who has worked with and taken care of emergencies and programs at this church since it closed. This is something new and we are praying that it will work.  We’d love to have a big crowd for this first service.  Please  help us and come and be part of this!

Updated 4-9-2015
On Going and Chronological Events Growing Your Faith click here
On Going Ministries in Alphabetical Order click here
Missions and Mission Trips beyond the Valley click here
Conference News and Events click here
United Methodist Men’s  click here
Updated 4-6-2015
CIVA News.

We are very pleased to announce that CIVA has received $10,000 in scholarship support to aid pastors and other church leaders in attending our Between Two Worlds Biennial Conference, June 11-14. 


We are offering these scholarship funds for one simple, yet important reason: a robust conversation about “contemporary art and the church” will only be possible if church leaders are present.

Updated 4-5-2015

Partners in Ministry on Monday, April 6th, 9:00 a.m., at Mt. Tabor UMC.  A very informative program will be presented by the Rev. Dr. Larry Aikens.


Dr. Aikens became a Methodist pastor in 2013, after 20 years pastoring in the Baptist traditions.  During his last pastorate (2003-2012), he led their church to grow from 340 average attendance at Sunday worship to 780 each Sunday (with a high day of 1624 in December 2011).  Sunday school attendance also grew and this dramatic growth brought about several building projects.


Presently, Larry is pastoring the Fort Valley Charge on the Harrisonburg District as an OF (Full Member, Other Denomination) and is completing a Masters of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary to facilitate the requirements for transfer of his ordination (1992) into the UMC.  He currenly holds a Masters in Theology (2000) and a Doctorate in Theology (2001) from Covington Theological Seminary.  He and his wife, Diane, make their home in Luray.

Updated 2-23-2015
The February Gathering will be held on February 28, 2015 at 3:00pm. It will be located at McGaheysville United Methodist Church. The address is 10106 McGaheysville Road in McGaheysville, VA 22840. Please join us for some fun and fellowship. (Directions: From Harrisonburg, take Rt. 33 East. Turn right onto Rt. 647, then turn right onto McGaheysville Road.) We hope to see you there. De Colores!

Mission Projects at District Churches and Shenandoah and neighboring valleys click here


Youth And College Age click here


On Going Events Chronologically Dated Events click here


Financial and Scholarship Information click here


Growing Your Faith click here


Harrisonburg Newsletters click here


UMM Men’s Spring Training click here for UMM page


UMW Forms and Events click here for UMW page


Letter from Dale Dodrill of Lay Ministries for our District click here to see it


New Article suggested by our DS: 5 Things Small Churches Can Uniquely Offer Right Now…click here to see it

Updated 2-19-2015
Phyllis Foltz, District UMW President, has informed me that the UMW Evening Together scheduled for tomorrow night, Thursday, Feb. 19, 7:00 p.m. at Bridgewater UMC, has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 26 due to the extreme cold weather.  Location, time, and speaker will be the same next week


Watch our short video to learn
what you can do to keep pipes from freezing

During a cold snap in 2014, we had more than 1,000 frozen pipe claims in just two weeks. And they came from all over the country.

In fact, our customers in warmer climates are often the most at risk because they don’t think they need to take the necessary precautions.

Freezing not only damages the pipes themselves, it also can cause water leaks and
mold damage.

Our short Safety Series video, Prevent Frozen Pipes, shows what you can do to help prevent this from happening to you. It also explains how to minimize damage if your pipes do end up freezing. Take a few moments to watch it today. And be sure to share it with others in your organization.

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