June 28, 2023

Information for ministers, educators, church administrators, clerks, and congregations

Happy Retirement to Franklin Reding 

Rev. Franklin Reding, assistant to the stated clerk and records manager, is retiring on June 30. Franklin joined Presbytery of the James in 1997 when he became pastor of Providence Church in Powhatan, a congregation he served until 2013. He was hired by the presbytery on a part-time basis in 2008 then became full time in 2013.


Franklin’s contributions to the presbytery are numerous. His knowledge of church and presbytery history, Book of Order requirements, and scriptural interpretation are reflected in each conversation with him. His patience and guidance have been a solace to those who have navigated the lengthy process to ordination. He has a gift for collaboration and sharing and he extends warm hospitality to everyone he meets. He will be sincerely missed.


As Franklin approaches this new chapter of life, we wish him the blessings of a long and enjoyable retirement. We offer praise and thanksgiving to God for his life, his faith, and his work.

Apply by August 1 for Youth Council

The deadline for youth to apply to serve on Presbytery Youth Council (YoCo) for 2023-2024 is approaching. Encourage teens in your congregation to consider this leadership opportunity. It is a wonderful way for youth to grow in their faith and plan events for themselves and their peers. Find the application and more information on the presbytery website. 

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Networking Meeting for People Who Work or Volunteer With Presbytery Youth

Youth workers and volunteers are invited to gather via Zoom for fellowship, sharing ideas, and support on August 29. Contact Josh Andrzejewski for the Zoom credentials and tune in from noon to 1:00 p.m.

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Learn About SDOP Community Grants in July

PC(USA)'s Self-Development of People (SDOP) program is a ministry in which people join together to share and use the human and material resources God has provided. SDOP provides community development grants aimed at empowering economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people. Grassroots groups may receive grants of up to $10,000 from the presbytery's SDOP committee and up to $15,000 from the national committee. Learn more in a workshop on July 11 at 6:00 p.m. at  Chesterfield's Central Library.

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Presbytery Office Closed July 4

In observance of Independence Day, the presbytery office will be closed Tuesday, July 4. We hope you enjoy the day with your loved ones and community celebrating America's 247th birthday.

Our Small Church Ministry has been working this year to build connections and support among pastors of smaller congregations. After a successful retreat in the spring, they are holding potluck dinners around the presbytery. The most recent event was Sunday at Tabor Presbyterian Church. We are grateful to the leaders of this ministry and to these pastors for their work in building the kin-dom of God.

Upcoming Events

SDOP Grant Workshop

July 11, 6:00 p.m.

Chesterfield Library, Central Branch

Common Chords

July 20, August 17, 7:00 p.m.

Camp Hanover

Presbyterian Men Conference

July 21-23

Massanetta Springs Conference Center

Bible and Music Conference

July 23-29

Massanetta Springs Conference Center

Garden and Music Festival

August 4-6

Chester Church

New Professionals Orientation

August 15, 2:00 p.m.

Presbytery of the James office

Charlottesville-area Youth Workshop

August 27, 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Westminster Church, Charlottesville

Presbytery Youth Workers and Volunteers Meeting

August 29



September 1-4

Camp Hanover

Church Admin Classes

Starting September 7

The Church Network


Older Adult Ministries Conference

September 14-15

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network

Grosse Ile, MI

Officer Training

September 16, 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Presbytery of the James

Stewardship Kaleidoscope

September 25-27

Minneapolis, MN

Holy Shift Conference

October 9-12

Montreat Conference Center

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Presbytery Meetings

115th Meeting

Saturday, October 21

Invitation needed

Call to Order: 9:30 a.m.

Overture deadline: Aug. 24, noon

Packet online: Oct. 5

Called Meeting

Thursday, November 16

Location/Format: TBD

Call to Order: 7:00 p.m.

Employment Opportunities

Learn about church employment opportunities or submit an opportunity to POJ's calls and jobs board.

  • Chaplain, Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury (Irvington)
  • Development coordinator, Camp Hanover (Mechanicsville)
  • MVP intern, Camp Hanover (Mechanicsville)
  • Summer camp nurse, Camp Hanover (Mechanicsville)
  • Director of music/organist, Laurel Church (Glen Allen)
  • Director of children and youth ministries, Meadows Church (Charlottesville)
  • Director of communications, First Church (Richmond)
  • Organist, Ashland Church (Ashland)
  • Music director, Bon Air Church (Richmond)
  • Part-time bookkeeper, Salisbury Church (Midlothian)
  • Solo pastor, Ashland Church (Ashland)
  • Pianist or organist, Burkeville Church (Burkeville)
  • Director of Christian education or covenant pastor for family ministry, Bon Air Church (North Chesterfield)
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Submit an opportunity

Calls and Jobs in Nearby Presbyteries

National Capital Presbytery || Presbytery of Eastern Virginia


Presbytery of the Peaks || Shenandoah Presbytery


PC(USA) Job Board

Association of Presbyterian Church Educators Job Board






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