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Pulpit Supply and Sermon Resources 2020-08-13T09:36:44-04:00

Sermon Resources

The Office of the Bishop has invited Rostered Ministers of the Virginia Synod to prepare sermons for Sunday. These sermons will follow the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) texts and will be suitable to be read by a layperson in any congregation in the Virginia Synod.

The sermons provided below are intended for use in congregational settings where all other options for pastoral leadership have been exhausted; they are not intended to replace personal, pastoral leadership. We know that congregations may at times struggle to find someone to preach on Sunday morning and as a result find their congregation in need of appropriate resources to provide Sunday sermons. These sermons will help provide biblically, theologically, and Confessionally sound proclamation in Virginia Synod congregations.

If you have a question about the sermon resources, please contact Assistant to the Bishop, Pastor Kelly Bayer Derrick at bayerderrick@vasynod.org

  • March 1, 2020- First Sunday in Lent
  • March 8, 2020- Second Sunday in Lent
  • March 15, 2020- Third Sunday in Lent
  • March 22, 2020- Fourth Sunday in Lent
  • March 29, 2020- Fifth Sunday in Lent
  • April 5, 2020- Sunday of the Passion
  • April 9, 2020- Maundy Thursday
  • April 12, 2020- Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Day
  • April 19, 2020- Second Sunday of Easter
  • April 26, 2020- Third Sunday of Easter

Pulpit Supply

We recommend the following compensation for pulpit supply:

2020

One Service………………………………………$150.00 – $250.00

Each Additional Service………………………….$50.00

Plus the current IRS rate for the ROUND TRIP mileage

Note: The range of the pulpit supply recommendation has also been broadened.  This is in recognition of the reality that the local context and the cost of living vary widely across the Virginia Synod.  We encourage congregation councils to factor in the complexity of their context when determining where they fall within this recommended range.  In addition, for some congregations the pulpit supply recommendations also serve as one of the guidelines used to determine honorarium gifts for funerals and weddings. We believe that this recommendation is an accurate reflection of the actual time and effort expended in pulpit supply, and that it honors the high value which we place on the ministry of Word and Sacrament in our midst.

Full Communion Partners

Full Communion Partners in the ELCA include:

If you are looking to for a pulpit supply from any denomination outside of our full communion partners, please contact the Synod Office at 540-389-1000.

For more information and resources on Full Communion Partners in the ELCA, visit elca.org/Faith/Ecumenical-and-Inter-Religious-Relations/Full-Communion

Below is a list of Supply Pastors with their contact information:

The Rev. Bill Ballance
540-459-1864
831 Susan Avenue
Woodstock, VA 22664

wballance2@ymail.com

Central Valley Conference

The Rev. Andy Ballentine
757-645-7961
210 Kingswood Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185

andyballentine@yahoo.com

Peninsulas Conference

Willing to travel to Richmond, Tidewater and Peninsulas conferences

The Rev. Jim Baseler
540-436-8303
2167 Brook Creek Road
Toms Brook, VA 22660

revjames.dean1@gmail.com

Central Valley Conference
Will travel to Northern Valley, Central Valley, and Southern Valley conferences

The Rev. James Berg
805-550-5731
10259 Mathews Grove Lane
Mechansville, Va 23119

Bergj480@charter.net

Richmond Conference
Will travel up to 90 miles

The Rev. Roy Beutel
540-710-6014
4410 Battery Hill Ln
Fredericksburg, VA 22408-9207

revroyb@gmail.com

Germanna Conference
Will travel up to 70 miles

The Rev. Dr. Bill Boldin
540-514-4980
199 Bentley Ave.
Winchester, VA  22602

wboldin@thevillageatorchardridge.org

Northern Valley Conference
Will travel up to 60 miles from Winchester

The Rev. Mark Briehl
540-298-0226
226 Kensington Dr.
Elkton, VA 22827

msbriehl@gmail.com

Central Valley Conference
Will travel up to 75 miles

The Rev. Harold Burnette
540-856-2238
P.O. Box 851
Bayse, VA 22810

haroldburnette@yahoo.com

Central Valley Conference

The Rev. Larry Closter
540-424-6935 or 540-840-8401
339 Spring Valley Drive
Winchester, VA. 22603

Northern Valley Conference
Will travel up to 75 miles each way

The Rev. Cobby Day
843-318-9577
165 Mountaineer Way
Fancy Gap, VA 24328

day3c@yahoo.com

Highlands Conference
Will travel up to 100 mile radius

The Rev. Phyllis Diamond
540-589-6988
7802 Friendship Lane
Roanoke, VA 24019

lisdiam@gmail.com

Southern Conference
Will travel up to 100 mile radius, or further if overnight accommodation is provided.

The Rev. Terry Edwards
304-888-9902
1814 Cambridge Drive
Vinton VA 24179

terryedwards1956@yahoo.com

Southern Conference
Will travel up to 85 miles

The Rev. Russ Graef
224-436-2703
1301 Silverthorne Court
Chesapeake VA 23321

rpgraef@yahoo.com

Tidewater Conference
Will travel up to 75 miles

The Rev. Lyla Harold
717-574-8320
11309 Mansfield Club Dr
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

lmharold.1229@gmail.com

Germanna Conference
Will travel up to 50 miles

The Rev. Paul Hinlicky
540-375-2454
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153

hinlicky@roanoke.edu

Southern Conference

The Rev. James Kniseley
540-845-2427
9009 Snowy Egret Court
Spotsylvania, VA 22553

James.c.kniseley@gmail.com

Germanna Conference
Will travel up to 70 miles

Available starting January 2020

The Rev. Richard Krasneck
540-975-0233
10742 Poachers Run
Chesterfield, Va 23832

rick3760@verizon.net

Richmond Conference
Will travel up to 2 hours away from home, any direction

The Rev. Sarah Lang
843-754-8540
10319 Cardigan Circle
Glen Allen, VA 23060

sarahelizabethlang@gmail.com

Richmond Conference

The Rev. Rachel Larson

507-317-5047
1109 Kam Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24060

rslarson58@gmail.com

New River Conference
Will travel 50-75 miles

The Rev. Robert Lowden

717-283-3764
4838 Valley Pike Stephens City 22655

bob@lowden.org

Will travel up to a 1 hour away

The Rev. Jim Nickols
757-561-3093
4504 Timer Lane
Williamsburg, VA 23188

jx4nick@cox.net

Peninsula Conference
Will travel 30-40 miles

Deacon Doug Price
717-262-8725
862 Top Ridge Road
Stanardsville, VA 22973

dlprice333@gmail.com

Germanna Conference
Willing to travel 60 miles
Is available to supply for non-communion services or services where an ordained pastor is able to preside at communion.

The Rev. Tarja Stevenson
703-489-2401
625 Winding Waters Drive
Moneta, VA 24121

pastorstevenson@comcast.net

Willing to travel 70 miles

The Rev. Paul Weber
828-244-5264
13 Fairfield Drive
Staunton, VA 24401

Paul.weber49@gmail.com

Germanna Conference

The Rev. Sandy Wisco
716-913-7718
1416 Gate Post Lane
Charlottesville VA 22901

sjwisco@gmail.com

Germanna Conference
Willing to travel 65 miles

The Rev. Liz Yates
804-968-8648
9403 Claymont Dr.
Richmond, VA 23229

Richmond Conference
Will travel up to 70 miles

The Rev. Heidi David Young
513-295-4038
202 Fairway Circle
Cross Junction, VA 22625

heididavidyoung955@gmail.com

Northern Valley Conference
Will travel up to 60 miles