Join Us

You will find our congregation to be an open and loving place. Whether you are married or single, an individual or part of a family, we pray that you will find a welcoming spirit here.

Our Vision

We envision Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church as a loving faith community where all are sought, welcomed, nurtured and transformed to be Christ in the world.

Worship Services

We welcome everyone to join us at any of our worship services, whether you’re looking for a faith community or simply visiting Ashland or Randolph-Macon College.

  • Join us for three Sunday services –
    Weekly Communion – 8:00 a.m.
    JOLT (Jesus Our Loving Teacher) Contemporary worship – 8:50 a.m.
    Traditional Worship – 11:00 a.m.
  • During the 2016 Advent and Christmas season, Blue Christmas is Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m. in Duncan Memorial’s sanctuary. Always held on the longest night of the year, this worship time is especially intended for all who have experienced any kind of loss (death of a family member, marriage, job, life-changing illness, etc.) and find it difficult to be joyous during the holidays.  Stephen Ministers will also be present at the Blue Christmas service, and childcare will be provided.  On December 24, we will have two Christmas Eve services –  (5:30 p.m. Family Service) and (9:00 p.m. candlelight communion service) with childcare provided at both services. On Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Day, we will meet at 9:25 a.m. at Ashland Convalescent Center for caroling, followed by just one worship service that day at 11:00 a.m. at Duncan Memorial UMC.

Our Staff


Tim Gerde
Senior Pastormail

Sandra Stanley
Interim Director of Discipleshipmail

Atticus Finn
Director of Musicmail

Lia Ferrell

Faith Boyle
Office Administratormail

Welcome R-MC Students!


Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church is located on the scenic campus of Randolph-Macon College. We’ve enjoyed a long relationship with the institution and its students.

When our former Director of Discipleship and Youth Ministries took a new position, she didn’t go far! Kendra Grimes is now the Chaplain for Randolph-Macon College and the Director of our College Ministries.

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What’s New

Preschool Sunday School

We have a new Sunday school class for Preschool aged children (3 – 4 years).  Since this is NEW, we are meeting once a month initially with a phenomenal team teaching. All are welcome to join this friendly and enthusiastic group. Corinne Luck and Susan Sillmon are leading this class, which will meet the second Sunday of each month in Room 3 for an hour, beginning at 9:40 a.m.  Parents can attend an adult Sunday School class or meet together in the Fellowship Hall […]

Young Adult Gatherings

Young Adult Gatherings continue on Second Sundays
We enjoyed our summer group so much that the young adults of Duncan Memorial (age 18-35) would like to continue gathering. Join us on the Second Sunday of every month at The Gathering Place in Ashland at 12:15 p.m. to enjoy an hour of food, fellowship, and conversation on spiritual topics led by Rev. Kendra Grimes. Attendees do not need to be members of Duncan Memorial; everyone is welcome!  Note: The Second Sunday of September is actually […]

Upcoming Small Group Studies

The Redemption of ScroogeSundays, November 27 – December 18, 2016 (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)

Ebenezer Scrooge is a man in dire need of a second chance. Is redemption possible for such a greedy, dark and sad character? Participants will examine how Jesus can be found in the Dickens Christmas classic. This advent study is being led by Rev. Tim Gerde. Interested? For information, call the church office at 804-798-7224.

New Boice Class Study – beginning Sundays, Dec. 18, 2016 (9:40 a.m.) 

The Boice […]

Circles Ashland

Duncan Memorial UMC is partnering with a new an innovative program – Circles Ashland – to work toward resolving poverty. The Circles Framework – Circle Leaders, allies and a diverse array of community members gather in five collaborating teams to understand, engage with and sustainably resolve poverty. Click here for more information.

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