A Community Church on the campus of Randolph-Macon College.

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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. 


Please join us for one (or more!) services each week at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church: 
  • Weekly Communion at 8:00 a.m. each Sunday;
  • Contemporary Worship at 8:50 a.m. each Sunday;
  • Traditional Worship at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday;
  • Wednesday night Pause to Pray 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary, with opportunity for moments of silence and reflection with prayers, candles and prayer beads available 


Phone:  804-798-7224
Email:  office@duncanmemorialumc.org
Street Address:  201 Henry Street
Ashland, VA  23005
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 247
Ashland, VA  23005


Our lead pastor is the Rev. Dr. Timothy R. Gerde. 

If you would like to contact
Tim Gerde by email, please click here.
If you could like to contact him by phone, please call the church office at 804-798-7224.  


Our Director of Discipleship and Youth Ministry is the Rev. Sandra Stanley.  To contact Sandra Stanley by email click here or call the church office at 804-798-7224.  


Join us in these Services 
and Activities

Ash Wednesday Service - Feb. 10
On Wednesday, February 10, there will be an Ash Wednesday service at Duncan Memorial UMC at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary with imposition of ashes. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent,
a 40-day period of spiritual discipline prior to Easter.


Young Adult Super Bowl 
Pre-Game Gathering - Feb. 17

There will be a Young Adult Super Bowl Pre-Game Gathering on Sunday, February 7 (3:30 - 5:00 p.m.) at SportsPage Grille (504 England Street). Wear your team colors,  bring a friend, and sharpen your knowledge of football trivia.  Questions?  Call Sandra Stanley at church at 804-798-7224.


Three Lenten Studies

■ Forgivenenss lenten study by Marjorie Thompson will be offered Sundays, February 14 - March 20, 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. This study explores forgiving others and humbly asking for forgiveness as central disciplines for all Christian believers. Leader: Ruth Donohue. In 6 sessions, Thompson uses biblical examples and real-life situations to address questions about how, when and why to forgive. Interested? Contact Sandra Stanley at 804-798-7224.

■ John, Gospel of Light and Life, by Adam Hamilton will be offered on Sunday evenings, February 14 - March 20, 6 p.m. Class will be led by John Hudson. This study explores the spiritual significance of Jesus' life through John's eyewitness and gains a fresh perspective on who Jesus is and what it truly means to 'have life in his name. Interested? Contact Sandra Stanley at 804-798-7224. 

■ Lectionary Bible study, The Gift of New Creation will be offered on Tuesday mornings, February 9 - March 22, at 10:30 a.m.  in the fellowship hall. Class will be led by Pastor Tim Gerde. Interested? Talk to Pastor Tim or Sandra Stanley at 804-798-7224.

Pause to Pray continues each
Wednesday night

 Duncan Memorial invites YOU to take a few moments or more and pause to pray for one another, for our world, for our community, for ourselves. 

Pause to Pray is for all of us…
Each Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., the sanctuary will be open for silent prayer. A printed guide for prayer will be available from the podium in the narthex, along with prayer beads, and we ask you to be silent as you enter the sanctuary, during prayer, and again, when you leave. You are welcome to simply sit in a pew and pray, or kneel at the communion railing. Votive candles are available so that you can light a candle as you pray. 


Duncan Memorial UMC is partnering with a new an innovative program - Circles Ashland - to work toward resolving poverty. Click here to visit their website.

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.


Randolph-Macon College Announces

Lilly Endowment Grant to Support Theology Institute

Randolph-Macon College has received a four-year, $513,052 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. It is part of the Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service. 

R-MC, in collaboration with Shalom Farms, Union Presbyterian Seminary, and the Care of God’s Creation program, will use the grant to establish a Faith and Science Summer Theology Institute for High School Youth, which will begin in summer 2017. Students who will be preparing for their junior and senior years during the institute will be eligible to apply. R-MC religious studies and science faculty, along with students who are members of the college’s A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial program, will work with and mentor Institute participants.

R-MC Chaplain and co-director of the Institute Kendra Grimes says that today’s youth are often exposed to two very different messages on a variety of topics: one presented through education and popular culture and another offered by the church. “Many young people are naturally interested in both the natural world around us and in the questions of meaning and spirituality that envelope us,” says Grimes. “The Faith and Science Summer Theology Institute can help youth find vital intersections between two subjects that others tell them are incompatible.  We are eager to see the vibrant new ideas that come from both the classroom and hands-on experiences in this program.” 

In exploring the intersection between faith and science, participants will examine how they can draw upon their religious beliefs and practices as well as scientific methods to address the issues of today and tomorrow.  They will select one of three tracks for focused study: the natural environment; food, health and nutrition; or origins. Students will also consider how to draw on their beliefs and knowledge as they make future vocational choices. 




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Online Giving

You may now donate funds electronically to Duncan Memorial through Vanco, a safe and secure company chosen by Duncan Memorial to process online donations from your checking account or from your credit card. To go directly to the donation page, click Give Here.

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