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What We Believe
To show God's love in our everyday life and actions
 John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.​​

​United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians.

We believe in God, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

We believe the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today. 

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
  
We believe the kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope
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Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.




Attributed to John Wesley, 18th founder of the Methodist movement

Strasburg United Methodist Church History
The first church building of the Strasburg Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1876.  The first full-time minister was Rev Lafayette Fox in 1877.  The building was torn down and the first brick Methodist Church built in 1908.  In 1923 the church was remodeled, making it a two-story building and adding additional space at the north end.  In 1954 the Millard Rewis, Jr. Educational Building was dedicated.   In 1976 the Centennial Homecoming was celebrated with Rev Clyde Nuckols.  In 1994 an elevator was installed and dedicated in memory of members of the congregation.  The last Homecoming celebration was in 2004.  In 2009 the stained glass windows were restored.”
“The Methodist Parsonage on W. Washington St was built in 1879 by Luther D. Funkhouser and his wife, Catherine Keister on land acquired from the Keister family.  The church bought the house in 1945 from the Funkhouser heirs.  At that time the property had a white picket fence facing Washington St and was surrounded by a spacious lawn.  The Parsonage still includes many distinctive architectural features of the Victorian era in which it was built, including the beautiful front porch, large center hall, the extraordinary bronze in the dining room fireplace and the mantels in most of the other rooms.”
Thank you to the Strasburg Heritage Society for providing this history.
If you would want to learn more about the history of our church and Strasburg, click the link below.
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Rev. John Haynes
Rev. Haynes was appointed to Strasburg United Methodist Church June 2014. His wife Rev. Kathleen Haynes currently serves as the pastor of the Mt. Olive/Shiloh Charge. They have two sons Wesley and Gabe (and a little dog, too!).  John and Kathleen are both ordained Elders in the United Methodist Church and, as children of pastors themselves, have had a lifelong relationship with the United Methodist Church.
He is always willing to listen and guide not only members of SUMC in their Christian journey, but the greater community of Strasburg and Shenandoah County. 
If you need to reach Rev. John Haynes he can be contacted at the church via phone at 540-465-8788 or by email at 
johnhaynesjr@vaumc.org ​​
Previous appointments include being the Director/Campus Minister at the Wesley Foundation at Old Dominion University, Virginia Annual Conference (2008-2014), pastor of Bruen Chapel UMC, Virginia Annual Conference (2005-2008), pastor of Hardwick UMC, North Georgia Annual Conference (2004-2005), pastor of Riverview UMC, North Georgia Annual Conference (2003-2004), and pastor in the Sheffied (West) Circuit of the British Methodist Church (2002-2003).  He also served as a campus ministry intern with the Emory University Wesley Fellowship (2001-2002) and served as a commissioned US-2 missionary in Espanola, New Mexico (1998-2000) through the General Board of Global Ministries.
John is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College (1998) and Candler School of Theology, Emory University (2004).
 
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