General Conference is postponed

With the coronavirus disrupting lives worldwide, General Conference organizers determined they have no choice but to postpone The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly. 

The Minneapolis Convention Center — scheduled to host the 2020 General Conference — announced it is now canceling gatherings of 50 or more people through May 10. The shutdown covers the first five days of the denomination’s 10-day meeting, which was set to draw 862 delegates, 66 bishops and others from four continents.

“This news is not unexpected based on the current guidance from health officials and we expect to move forward with new plans as quickly as possible,” Kim Simpson said in a statement. She is the chair of the Commission on the General Conference that plans the big meeting.

The commission’s executive committee, which met by teleconference March 18, decided the venue’s announcement meant that General Conference could no longer go forward May 5-15 as planned. However, commission members do not yet know how quickly they can announce new dates.

      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.


The March 20, 2020, work day at Spring Heights, the United Methodist Education Center near Spencer, has been postponed to May 16. Men from Elizabeth Memorial UMC in Charleston and First UMC in South Charleston will join with other men around the conference to re-build the deck to the camp’s office. For more information contact George Hohmann at

The April 3, 2020,  Madison United Methodist Men fish fry has been postponed. The new date will be posted here when it is rescheduled. 

 The April 14, 2020 general meeting of the MonValley District UM Men has been cancelled.

April 18, 2020: Little Kanawha District meeting, 8:30 a.m., Elizabeth United Methodist Church, Elizabeth.

June 6, 2020: Fundraiser breakfast at Annual Conference, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon. Featuring James Strawn, a dynamic public speaker, West Virginia Wesleyan graduate and co-author of the Sad Mad Glad book series, including the recently published “The Sad Mad Glad Christian Book.” Watch for details on this site and in the Conference workbook.

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

Sept. 11-13, 2020: Annual Outing and Circuit Rider 32, WVU Jackson’s Mill, Weston.

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 meets at Noon at Lloyd’s Restaurant, across from the GoMart in Flatwoods. All are welcome. The remaining 2020 meeting dates are April 18, Aug. 15 and Nov. 7. NOTE: The April 18 meeting will likely be held over the internet via ZOOM. For more information e-mail George Hohmann at

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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: