McKendree United Methodist Church is a small church in rural King William County, VA. Visitors and new members frequently say that they feel like family when they come through our doors. Our pretty little country church, founded in 1890, is a growing body of Christ that serves the spiritual and human needs of its members and the larger community through worship, service and outreach program ministries. Come visit us and be a part of our family in Christ.



McKendree Church History 

McKendree UMC was built in 1898 and named for the first American-born Methodist bishop. Bishop William McKendree, born in King William County, July 6, 1757, lived his first seven years within five miles of the church site. His family moved to James City County and he later served in the Revolutionary War under General William Aylett. At age 19, he joined a Methodist Society and was challenged by his father to take up the ministry. By age 44, he was given the responsibility of the Western Conference: Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, western Virginia and parts of Illinois. McKendree is credited with opening the "wilderness" to the West as a circuit-riding preacher. He was attributed with being the first bishop to use Parliamentary Law to run a General Conference Meeting. He was buried at his brother James' home in Sumner, Tenn. His remains were later reburied at Vanderbilt University.

We're a little country church with a BIG HEART!

We are now in Phase 3 In-house worship following UMC protocol. Attendees are required to wear a mask and sit in social distanced seating by families in the Fellowship Hall. Worshippers need to register ahead and fill out a health form. (Contact Betty Jo Sims, pastor at Philipians4@aol.com.) Enter the Fellowship Hall at the front door and maintain social distancing of 6 feet.  

Worship will begin at 9:30. 

Please let Pastor Betty Jo know ahead of time that you are coming. Visitors are welcome.  If you wish to bring an offering to the service, that may also be deposited in an offering plate as you leave, or you can continue to mail in your offerings.

We will also continue to have the teleconference worship as we have been doing during the quarantine. Dial 425-436-6315, code 417866# 



Welcome new members Bill & Peggy Mack!