weekly e-mail notices

E-Notes is a weekly electronic notice about the upcoming Sunday’s sermon and other timely topics of interest about Williamsburg UMC. Nothing lengthy – just brief items and gentle reminders of events. 

To view one of the E-Notes, click on one of the links below.

Questions?  Contact the church office at (757) 229-1771.


Monthly Newsletter

Want to know what's going on at the church?  Heard about an upcoming event and would like more information?

Check out the monthly newsletter!

If you would like to submit an article for publication in the Messenger, the deadline for submittals is the 15th of the month. Articles submitted should be typed or neatly printed, limited to a 1/2 page in length and are subject to editing. Please submit by e-mail to Jamie Salzberg at Questions? Please e-mail Jamie or call (757) 229-1771.

To view recent issues of The Messenger, click on one of the links below.



2022 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference

The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference met November 2-4, 2022 in Lake Junaluska, NC. Changes to the Virginia Conference are as follows:

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson was assigned to the Virginia Conference (Richmond Episcopal Area), during the morning business session on November 4, 2022. Bishop Haupert-Johnson was elected bishop by the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference and assigned to the North Georgia Conference. View her bio by clicking here. Bishop Haupert-Johnson also created an introductory video upon her appointment which may be viewed by clicking YouTube.

Bishop Sharma Lewis has been assigned to the Mississippi Conference. 

Episcopal nominee from the Virginia Conference Bishop-elect Tom Berlin was assigned to the Florida Conference.

The conference elected three clergy to bishop:

Rev. Tom Berlin (click for bio)

Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton (click for bio)

Rev. Dr. Robin Dease

The episcopal assignments for the jurisdiction were:

Alabama / West Florida: Bishop David Graves

Central Appalachian Missionary (formerly Red Bird): Bishop Leonard Fairley

Florida: Bishop Tom Berlin

Holston: Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett

Kentucky: Bishop Leonard Fairley

Mississippi: Bishop Sharma Lewis

North Alabama: Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett

North Carolina: Bishop Connie Shelton

North Georgia: Bishop Robin Dease

South Carolina: Bishop Jonathan Holston

South Georgia: Bishop David Graves

Tennessee-Western Kentucky (formerly Memphis and Tennessee Conferences): Bishop Bill McAulilly

Virginia: Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson

Western North Carolina: Bishop Kenneth Carter

A Thank You From the District

Williamsburg United Methodist Church has received a thank you letter from our District Superintendent, Rev. Charles F. Ledlum-Bates, in appreciation of our support of District and Conference apportionments.  The payment of our designated apportionments helps to support many ministries within the connection of the United Methodist Church.   To read the letter, click here.


e-Advocate  is the Virginia Conference weekly digital newsletter that includes Conference and general church news plus a list of upcoming Conference Events.  

To subscribe to the e-Advocate and have it delivered to your email address, free of charge, send your name, address and email address to BrendaCapen@vaumc.orgPlease indicate in the subject "Subscribe to e-Advocate."