“In Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile,
male nor female, slave nor free.”
— Galatians 3:28
Location and Parking
We are located in the heart of the Grounds of the University of Virginia at 1901 Thomson Road, Charlottesville, Virginia, (at the corner of Emmet Street and Thomson Road).
Our campus is directly across from the U.Va. Central Grounds Parking Garage and Memorial Gym, two blocks south of the intersection of Rt. 250 (Ivy Road) and Rt. 29 Business (Emmet Street).
On Sundays, parking is available to members and visitors in the parking lot adjacent to the Church.
Parking may also be found on nearby streets and in the University of Virginia Central Grounds Parking Garage just across Emmet Street from the Church. Special Note: If you return to your car before 1 p.m. and take your bulletin from our worship service for the attendant, your parking at the garage will be free.
We use name tags and invite visitors to complete a Connection Card, so we can follow up with you. You can request a one-on-one with a minister, ask for more information, or ask for prayers.
Children are warmly welcomed and encouraged to be full participants in worship. Age-appropriate materials are provided.
Our facility is fully handicapped accessible, with a ramp from the parking lot into the sanctuary, accessible restrooms, and an elevator for access to all levels of the buildings. Our sanctuary is equipped with a hearing loop for those who need assistance, and we provide large print hymnals and Bibles on request.
Our UM Connections
As of March 19, 2019, Wesley Memorial has adopted a new policy:
In order to aid LGBT candidates for ministry that may face discrimination in the church where their membership resides, Wesley MUMC will accept transfer of membership in order to support qualified and authentically-called candidates for ministry in the Virginia Conference, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Wesley Memorial Church is part of the connectional ministry of the United Methodist Church. We are part of the Charlottesville District of the Virginia Conference. Our District Superintendent is The Rev. Danny Kesner. Our Bishop is Rev. Sharma Lewis.
Pastor Isaac became the Lead Pastor at Wesley on July 1, after serving Bethany UMC in Nelson County. A resident of Charlottesville, Pastor Isaac and his spouse Natalee McReynolds moved here so that Isaac could pursue an M.A. in Theology, Ethics, and Culture in the Religious Studies department at UVa. In 2016, he graduated from seminary at Duke Divinity School (Go Blue Devils!), and also holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Tennessee. He looks forward to welcoming you into the Wesley Memorial faith community!
Minister of Music
Cameron Pampus, a native of South Western Pennsylvania is a graduate of Seton Hill University, with his Bachelors of Music in Music Education with an emphasis in voice. Cameron teaches music at Tandem Friends Quaker School and is a trainer at a local gym. Before moving to Virginia he was the Assistant Conductor of the Westmoreland Choral Society, Director of the Westmoreland Children’s Chorus, and Director of Music Ministries at Harrold Zion Lutheran Church of Greensburg, PA.
Cameron lives in Charlottesville with his husband Brett, and their dogs Tally, and Hayden.
Gina graduated from Mary Baldwin University in 2019 with a BA in Sociology. She is currently pursuing her MS in Applied Behavior Analysis on a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship, with the intention of becoming a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst upon graduation. Gina is a lifetime learner who hasn’t yet met a book she didn’t like.
She is happily ensconced in the woods of Albemarle County with her American Bulldog, Atlas; her cat, Sophie; and her two sugar-gliders, Daisy and Ella. She loves exploring the Outer Banks during the off-season and the trails in and around Charlottesville anytime. Her deepest loves are her grown daughters, Kait and Bailey.
Director of Christian Education
Rosie Snow grew up in New York City singing opera and attending the Church of St. Paul and Andrew. After college, Rosie became involved in the faith-based climate movement, which deepened her faith and commitment to justice. Called to ministry, she attended Wesley Theological Seminary and interned here at Wesley Memorial, where she worked with the Dream Team to form working “conversation” groups, including a sanctuary group.
She graduated from seminary in 2018 with an M.T.S., writing her thesis on how Christians can draw from biomimicry and theology to partner with the earth for renewal. She is so excited to return to Wesley Memorial as the new Director of Christian Discipleship. Rosie’s husband Ryan and 1-year-old daughter Madeleine are also excited for this new chapter.
Director of Communications
Monica McCormack is a native of West Clare in Ireland. At nineteen years of age, she emigrated to America to be an au pair in New York. Monica has trained extensively in the martial arts, studied ancient and indigenous spiritual healing practices from around the world, and is an ordained Shaman. She is the published author of a memoir, Goodbye, My Irish Child, and also writes literary fiction and poetry.
Currently Monica lives in Goochland with her beloved wife, Elizabeth, four beautiful daughters and their Zen dog, Mikey.
Wesley Memorial was founded in March 1954, with the Rev. C. Warner Crumb as its first pastor. In June of that year, the present site was purchased and worship services were moved from the Venable School building to the University of Virginia chapel. The first service was held in our present sanctuary, Sunday, February 24, 1957. More recently, the sanctuary was expanded with the installation of permanent pews in the back section.
The construction of the Education Building was completed in March, 1964. The purchase of adjacent property in 1966 gave the church, along with the Wesley Foundation, ownership of the block of land between Thomson and Lewis Mountain Roads, fronting on Emmet Street. Cottages on this property (now including 1913 Thomson Road, purchased in 1989) provide housing for students.