SEPTEMBER 5 2023

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Grant Elected Temporary Stated Clerk

In a special meeting on August 29, the presbytery elected Rev. R. Charles Grant as temporary stated clerk. Charles assumes the role vacated by Steve Hicks, who resigned due to the demands of his full-time job. We are grateful to Steve for his service to the presbytery.


In 40 years of active service to the church, Charles has served congregations in Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. Within Presbytery of the James, Charles pastored at Colonial Heights, Bon Air, Westminster (Charlottesville), First (Richmond), and Lord Jesus Korean. His presbytery service includes chairing the nominating committee and COM and representing Hanover Presbytery in the post-reunion, synod-wide negotiations for presbytery boundaries. He has also served as acting stated clerk on several occasions. We thank Charles for his willingness to serve the presbytery again.


Charles can be reached at statedclerk@presbyteryofthejames.org.

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Corell Co-hosts Fall Book Study

In September and October, join Cindy Corell, mission co-worker serving Haiti, in a study of “The Land is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery” by Sarah Augustine. Learn about historical harms against Indigenous people as well as injustices impacting their descendants, the economy, and the Earth today. In addition to Cindy, book study leaders include Presbyterian Mission Agency staffers from the Presbyterian Hunger Program, the Joining Hands initiative, and Presbyterian World Mission.

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Registration closes soon for Equipping the Saints, a presbytery-wide training event on September 16. Get your carpool of church officers and volunteers together and join us at Culpeper Church.

Visit Camp Hanover This Fall

Fall is a beautiful time to be at Camp Hanover. See God's hands at work in the changing of leaves and enjoy needed respite. Camp Hanover's staff invites you and your community to their October events. Please pass along the invitation in your newsletters and social media. 



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Volunteers Needed

Hurricane season is back and the people of Florida are still living in homes damaged by last year's Ian. Join the presbytery's Disaster Relief Ministry in helping the recovery effort. Volunteers are needed for the next trip, September 30-October 7. Projects usually involve carpentry, drywall finishing, plumbing, and painting. Any skill level is helpful, including someone who can prepare the group's meals. To volunteer for this trip or ask questions, contact ministry leader Brown Pearson.

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Older Adult Ministry Hosting Event This Month

Older adults, caregivers, and pastoral care professionals are invited to a program September 23. Learn about important issues facing older adults: spirituality, bereavement, and end-of-life choices. The Older Adult Ministry of Presbytery of the James brings you this free event at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Share this event with your community.

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Grant Opportunity for Local Grassroots Groups

Are you involved with local mission work in your congregation? Please share SDOP's grant opportunity with any mission partners you have that may be eligible. On September 21, grassroots groups can learn about the grant and discuss their project ideas with SDOP representatives.

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Coye Honored for 50 Years in Ministry

Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Thomas (Tom) Coye on the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. Milden Church in Sharps, where Tom is serving as the covenant pastor, celebrated the milestone on August 20 with a reception following the worship service.

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Into the Church Triumphant

God called home three blessed and faithful saints from our community in recent weeks. May our Lord bless and comfort their families and friends during this time of grief.

Rebecca Simmons Ford

Rebecca Simmons Ford died at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington, VA, on August 18. A member of Campbell Memorial Church since 1985, Rebecca was active in the presbytery and Presbyterian Women. She served as presbytery moderator in 2004 and also was a ruling elder commissioner to the General Assembly. Please send healing prayers to her family. A celebration of Rebecca’s life was held at Campbell Memorial on September 2. Read Rebecca's obituary.

Rev. Dr. Carroll A. Londoner

Carroll Londoner entered the Church Triumphant September 3. He was a minister for more than 60 years, serving faithfully throughout the presbytery. He also was a retired captain with the U.S. Navy and a professor emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University in the adult learning and human resource development department. Please keep his wife Susie and their family in your prayers. (When presbytery staff learn the details of Carroll's memorial service, we will share them on the presbytery Facebook page.)

Donald Royston Collins

Don Collins, husband of Rev. Sandra "Sandy" Collins (Honorably Retired) and father-in-law of Rev. Mary Kay Collins, died on September 4. Don was an active member of First Presbyterian Church (Richmond), a retired teacher and general contractor, and a member of the Air Force Reserves. A memorial service will be held on September 8 at 2:00 p.m. at First Church. It also will be livestreamed on youtube.com/fpcrichmond. Please send healing prayers to Sandy and their family.

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Upcoming Events

Faithful Decisions in Difficult Times

September 9

Hosted by Shenandoah Presbytery at Massanetta Springs

Fall Festival & Steak Dinner

September 9, 3:00 p.m.

Mitchells Church

Advent Resources Zoom

September 14

Presbyterian Office of Christian Formation

Registration Deadline for OCF Fall Cohorts

September 15

Officer Training

September 16

10 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Presbytery of the James

Sandston 100th Anniversary

September 17

Sandston Church

SDOP Grant Workshop

September 21

Presbytery office

Common Chords Bluegrass Jam

September 21, October 19

Camp Hanover

Spirituality and Bereavement Older Adult Event

September 23

Older Adult Ministry at Westminster Canterbury Richmond

Dementia Friendly Congregations Webinar

October 3

POAMN and Practical Resources for Churches

UR Forum on Faith, Ethics, and Global Society

October 9

University of Richmond

Holy Shift Conference

October 9-12

Montreat Conference Center

Youth Retreat

October 13-15

Camp Hanover

Newcomers Retreat

October 17-18

Hosted by Presbytery of the James at Roslyn Retreat Center

Women's Retreat

October 20-21

Camp Hanover

Fall Mini Camp

October 27-29

Camp Hanover

Colonial Heights 100th Anniversary

October 29

Colonial Heights Church

Keep Awake Youth Retreat

November 17-19

Massanetta Springs

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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.

  • Solo pastor, Ashland Church (Ashland)
  • Organist, Ashland Church (Ashland)
  • Vice president for advancement, Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond)
  • Director of music, Tuckahoe Church (Richmond)
  • Assistant director/worship leader, River Road Church (Richmond)
  • Director of youth ministry, River Road Church (Richmond)
  • Youth director, the Presbyterian Church (Fredericksburg)
  • Interim pastor, First Church of Howard County (Maryland)
  • Audio visual director, Three Chopt Church (Richmond)
  • Music director/organist, Bon Air Church (Richmond)
  • Children's ministry coordinator, First Church (Richmond)
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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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