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Laity is a fancy way of saying ‘person who is not clergy’. Clergy are those who have been ordained or entrusted officially with pastoral duties. Lay people carry out the ministry of hospitality, children and youth ministry, outreach, music and so much more.

In the United Methodist tradition laity are partners in ministry with clergy. They are trusted to provide leadership, be deployed in service in the community, and even preach.

The Northern Virginia District is committed to equipping and empowering laity. We do this both by working with local churches and by providing resourcing at the District level.

Resources for NoVa District Laity

District Lay Leadership

District Lay Leader: Karen McElfish

Associate Lay Leaders:

  • Tom Feeney (Northern)
  • Jennifer Lee (Northern)
  • Eileen Fraedrich (Southern)
  • Charlie Painter (Southern)
  • John Meeuwissen (Western)
  • Dana Connor (Western)
  • Kimberly Young (Eastern)
  • Judy Butler (Eastern)

Find Your Region

All Northern Virginia Churches have been grouped into one of four regions. As we get bigger, we also get smaller to stay connected.

map of northern virginia district with lines separating the four regions


GO! is a lay-equipping and empowering initiative designed to encourage boldness in building relationships and sharing Christ in your surrounding community.

We are training and resourcing for everyday disciples to be better evangelists. GO! begins this August!

Learn About GO!