New dates set for General Conference

Organizers have announced that the next General Conference will be Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021, in Minneapolis, according to the United Methodist News Service.

In-person camps canceled but virtual camps are planned

After much prayer and discernment, Spring Heights Camp and Retreat Center is suspending in-person camping ministries for the 2020 summer season. This decision was made in collaboration with the West Virginia Conference Camping Team, and was informed by the recommendations of the American Camping Association and the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries.

District camps that participate with the Conference Camping Team have also decided to suspend in-person activities this summer. This includes Asbury Woods in Barboursville (Western District) and Crossroads Camp in Parkersburg (Little Kanawha District), as well as MonValley District Camp and Camp Celebrate Jesus (Greenbrier, Southern, and Midland Districts). 

Our West Virginia Conference and District camps are committed to offering safe environments for campers to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. In response to the unique circumstances this year surrounding the pandemic, several camps are offering virtual program opportunities for campers. More details about virtual camps will be shared soon! 

Spring Heights work day postponed
The work day scheduled in March at Spring Heights was postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus. The work day has not yet been re-scheduled.
Virus causes changes in state men’s plans
The coronavirus has caused major changes in the West Virginia United Methodist Men’s plans for later this year.

The Annual Conference fundraiser breakfast will not be held this year.

Circuit Rider 32, the annual camporee that regularly draws hundreds of scouts from across West Virginia and beyond, has been postponed until September 2021.

The West Virginia United Methodist Men’s Annual Gathering will be conducted online in September. More details will be published in the months ahead.

Both the Circuit Rider and Annual Gathering are normally held at Jackson’s Mill.

WV Annual Conference important info and changes:

  • The regular 2020 West Virginia Annual Conference session has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 1stand Sunday, August 2nd. This condensed format conference will take place on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College.  Our time together will be adjusted to our new timeframe and will include worship and necessary business. On Sunday morning, we will celebrate baptism, licensing, commissioning, and ordination. 
  • The Clergy Session will take place in June, during which time clergy will vote on all membership status changes, including retirements, transfers, and membership. These changes will take effect on July 1, 2020. Details for Clergy Session will be announced as soon as they are available. 
  • The Conference Lay Leadership team is in a time of discernment concerning the date, location, and other information for the Laity Session. More information will be available soon. 
  • The Clergy Move Dates will remain the same. Clergy families will move out on June 24 and move in on June 25, 2020. 
  • Details regarding registration and lodging for Annual Conference will be forthcoming. Watch your email and the Conference website for details (

      Wayne Custer (left) presents Don Davis with the Society of John Wesley Award.

Davis honored with Wesley Award

     Don Davis of Maidsville has been honored as a fellow in the Society of John Wesley — the United Methodist Men’s highest honor.

     Davis, the immediate past president of the West Virginia United Methodist Men, received the honor during the National Association of Conference Presidents’ meeting earlier this month in Nashville, Tenn. He currently serves as treasurer of both the state men and the national association.

     The award was presented by outgoing United Methodist Men’s Northeast Jurisdiction President Wayne Custer.

     The Society of John Wesley is a fellowship of individuals committed to the support and expansion of United Methodist Men’s ministries. Fellows in the Society are known by their witness, vision and stewardship that enhance and strengthen the mission and ministry of the church. The Society was created by the United Methodist Men Foundation to promote greater awareness of the Christian principles and practices embodied in the church.

     Davis is president of the United Methodist Men at Spruce Street United Methodist Church, his his home church, where he has served in many capacities since 1967. He is a certified lay servant.

     Davis served in the Air Force from 1961-1969. “I really became closer to the Lord when I was part of a crash/rescue team that removed 17 live crew members from about a dozen aircraft landing mishaps,” he said. “I made it a point to visit each of the crew members who were hospitalized or on light duty and I had a prayer with each of them before departing.”

     Following his military service, Davis started his own trucking company. “That gave me the chance to see the USA,” he said. “I had the honor of being able to attend a Methodist Church in all of the lower 48 states.”

     During his 23-year career, Davis drove over three million miles without a chargeable accident.

     Davis is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Vietnam Veterans of America. He also is a lifetime member of the American Legion, where he serves as an adjutant, treasurer and chaplain.

     He has been a councilor at Boy’s State for the past 12 years. While serving at Boy’s State, Davis started a prayer period. Several years ago he was honored with the Silver Torch Award, which recognizes adults who have given faithful service to the United Methodist Church at the regional, national, or international level through youth programs.

     Davis is married to the former Rebecca Lazzell. They have one son and two grandchildren.


Aug. 11, 2020: General meeting of the MonValley District UM Men. At a location to be announced.

Sept. 11-12, 2020: Annual Outing, normally held at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Buckhannon, will be online. Circuit Rider 32 has been postponed until 2021.

Oct. 19, 2020: Second Annual ‘Give Day.’ Give to expand the work of the General Commission on United Methodist Men. For more information call 1-866-297-4312.

Nov. 10, 2020: General meeting of the MonValley District UM Men. At a Spruce Street UMC, 386 Spruce St., Morgantown.   

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Executive Committee 2020 meeting dates

          The West Virginia Conference United Methodist Men’s Executive Committee will meet at Noon on Saturday, Aug. 15, via Zoom teleconference. All are welcome. For an invitation to the meeting, e-mail George Hohmann at
          The remaining 2020 meeting dates are Aug. 15 and Nov. 7.

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Find a mens group near you!

Madison, WV

      The Madison United Methodist Men have a breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. on the first Sunday of the month at the Madison UMC, 367 State St. Because of the coronavirus, the next meeting date has not been scheduled.


South Charleston, WV

     The First United Methodist Church of South Charleston men usually meets during the winter on the first Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. in the church social hall. The church is at 905 Glendale Ave., South Charleston, WV 25303. Because of the coronavirus, the next meeting date has not been scheduled.


Winfield, WV

     The Winfield Fishers of Men meet the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. The Winfield United Methodist Church is at 20 Radwin Drive, Winfield, WV 25213  (behind the McDonald’s).

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Promote your meetings, events

      Promote your United Methodist Men meetings and events here. E-mail information to George Hohmann at: