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Laity is a fancy way of saying every who is not clergy. Clergy is everyone who has 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

NoVa District Training Day

Saturday, January 20, 2024


NoVa District Training Day was Saturday, January 20. It was a joy to be back in person together and was awesome to connect virtually with so many. We learned A LOT and are excited to continue to improve this event. Missed Training Day? That's OK- our workshops are available until July 20, 2024 with a virtual ticket. Grab one today!


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