“In Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile,
male nor female, slave nor free.”
— Galatians 3:28
Who We Are
Wesley is a church where people who have been burned by religion in the past or have never been religious before can find a home. Ours is a theology of abundance: the love of Christ is unconditional, and Jesus brings freely-given spiritual and material abundance to all. We believe all people are made in the image of God, and that discrimination and exclusion are incompatible with the love of Christ.
At Wesley, we are called into a new life of liberation, solidarity, and abundance.
Solidarity - we stand with those around us to protect and fight for the dignity of every person, who is created in the image of God.
Abundance - we know that when we work in harmony with the earth, God, and each other there will be more than enough to meet every need.
Liberation - we believe Christ came into this world to free us from the powers of sin, death, and injustice. We experience that liberation each week in worship, in the receiving of the sacraments, and in the way we work together to live in the kingdom of God.
From the Wesley garden, to Sanctuary, and small groups, our ministries embody our values. We offer continuing Christian education in our Sunday Morning Forum, Bible Studies, and recurring book groups. We have fellowship and care opportunities for all ages, including children, young adults, and older adults.
Connect with Us
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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. The Wesley Foundation at UVA is the conference supported ministry for The University of Virginia. Westview-on-the-James is the Charlottesville District Camp.
Meet the Staff...
Rev. Heaton and his wife Beth have served in the Virginia Conference since 1986 in a variety of settings. He is a graduate of High Point College and Wesley Theological Seminary, and Beth is a graduate of William & Mary and UVA. Gary and Beth love to canoe and hike in a shared love of the outdoors and are advocates of Creation Care. They have three daughters and two son-in-laws. Amanda, their oldest, has two children VeraLynn & James. Gary’s grandfather was a Methodist Minister and his spiritual formation was steeped in the gracious, inclusive and transformational theology of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Heaton is passionate about Outdoor and Camping ministry, Civic ministry, and Cross Cultural/Racial ministry. Having served several churches with multiple staff, Rev. Heaton brings a team approach to ministry and a lay empowerment model for the church. Singing is a favorite pastime and it does not take much encouragement to break into a song.
Director of Christian Discipleship
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.
Rosie 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 be the Director of Christian Discipleship at Wesley Memorial, and her husband, Ryan, and 2-year-old daughter, Madeleine, join in her excitement.
Linda has decades of experience as a Charlottesville organist and choral conductor.
She is founding director of the
a cappella women’s choir, Fire.
Rev. Woodson graduated from James Madison University with a BM in Music Education, earned his endorsement in Gifted Education in 2011, and is completing the UMC Course of Study requirements at the Divinity School of Duke University. Before answering God's call to Pastoral Ministry, Phil was an elementary school teacher for nine years - during which he also worked as a church music director and youth ministry leader. Phil and his wife Ellen have three sons: Cooper, Peter, and Jack.
Director of Communications and Administration
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.
Monica is a member of the LGBTQ community and lives in Goochland with her daughter, Abbie, cat, Rue, and her German Shepherd, Saoirse.
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.