Special Message from CUMC

As you may recall, today is Announcement Sunday – the day that we can let you know where Pastor Randy will be going in July and we can tell you who will be joining us as the new Lead Pastor.

Dear Church Family,

As you may recall, today is Announcement Sunday – the day that we can let you know where Pastor Randy will be going in July and we can tell you who will be joining us as the new Lead Pastor.

First of all, we’d like to thank Pastor Randy for his service and ministry through the past 15 years here at Culpeper UMC. He has been a huge part of this church and the community during his time in Culpeper and will be greatly missed. Pastor Randy is projected to be reassigned at Aldersgate UMC in Alexandria, Virginia. Aldersgate is a large church just a little north of Mt. Vernon.

As part of our farewell, Randy’s son Josh Orndorff will be preaching here on June 2, Lee Anne will be preaching on June 9, and Pastor Randy will be preaching for the last time here at Culpeper UMC on Father’s Day, June 16. We wish him all the best at his new church and ask that we all keep Pastor Randy and Lee Anne in our prayers as they start this next chapter in their lives. There is a committee working on planning a goodbye celebration and more information will be shared about that as the time approaches.

Our new pastor will be Pastor John Hemming . Pastor John grew up in the church, the son of an Army Chaplain. Moving around every 3-4 years, he graduated high school in Williamsburg, VA because his dad's last duty station was Ft. Eustis, VA. To this day, John calls the state of the Virginia “home.” His wife Karen also grew up in the church and she was born and raised in Lynchburg, VA. The Lord brought John and Karen Hemming together through The College of William and Mary. After Karen graduated in May 2002, John and Karen married two months later.

Pastor John began his career in July 1999 as a defense contractor in Northern Virginia, using his business degree in information technology. For two years, Karen and John lived in Centreville, VA where Karen worked on her master’s degree in education from George Mason and both were highly involved at Centreville UMC. For several years, John struggled with a discrepancy between his paid position and his church leadership roles. He felt God was calling him to attend seminary and become a pastor, but John had a laundry list of reasons not to obey the Lord. Gratefully, John finally heeded Christ's call in 2004 and the newlyweds moved to Wilmore, KY. While John worked on a Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary, Karen worked with First Steps, Kentucky's early intervention program, providing necessary services for children ages 0-3.

John and Karen's faith grew in wonderful ways through the Asbury Seminary community. Their family grew on December 21, 2006 with the birth of their first son Luke. Eighteen months later, John was appointed as the associate pastor at Cave Spring UMC in Roanoke, VA. He learned a great deal about the pastoral role and was blessed to serve under the leadership of Rev. Ronnie Morris. Their family grew to four people on April 25, 2009 with the birth of their second son Aaron.

The next Hemming transition happened in 2012, when they were appointed to Powhatan UMC. After only five months in their new home, they experienced the deepest sadness of their lives. On November 16, 2012, their son Eli died in-utero at only twenty-two weeks and two days. Gratefully, Christ carried them through those days because they did not have the necessary strength on their own. Without a doubt, God worked through their family and the congregation to bring healing. The family grew once again on November 7, 2013 with the birth of their daughter Anna.

John and Karen truly enjoy being parents and serving the church. For seven years, God worked through them to build a stronger community at Powhatan UMC: grounded in spiritual disciplines, worship, small groups, serving God, and celebrating God's grace. In the fall of 2019, another milestone will occur in their lives when all three of their children will attend public school. Luke will begin 7 th grade, Aaron will start 5 th grade, and Anna will be a kindergartner.

The Hemming family is excited to begin their next appointment at Culpeper UMC, to serve Christ with you.

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