Elizabeth River District Men's Ministry
Friday, August 18, 2017
Ministering To Men Along The Elizabeth River
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  Welcome to the website of the Elizabeth River District Men's Ministry
The adopted theme of the Elizabeth River District Men's Ministry is: "Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only" (James 1:22 - KJV).
The function of the Elizabeth River District Men's Ministry is:
  • to develop programs which meet the needs and interests of men and the responsibilities of discipleship
  • to assist in personal witness and evangelism
  • to enable outreach in individual and group mission and ministry
  • to encourage and support spiritual growth and faith development

Help Needed

We are trying to connect with the local churches in the district who would volunteer for a day with Hurricane Matthew Long Term Recovery.  We have had a few church's that continuously help but September thru November is slow.  If your church would like to get into the mix, please contact Michele Michaelian or Chuck Rowley to signup to volunteer for a day.  (Contact info below)


We would like to connect with the outreach ministries within the churches to get you signed up for just a day. If you have one, please forward this to your outreach ministries coordinator or team. This will give you a feel for what we are doing and when you see how much you love it, you can sign up to volunteer for more than a day. The work needed is Drywall, Flooring, Painting and Cabinet Installation

Michele Michaelian
VAUMC Hurricane Matthew Long Term Recovery Coordinator
Contact Information:
Saint Lukes UMC
3396 Stoneshore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA
Michele Michaelian
Chuck Rowley

“Power Up with Resurrection Power”
The Elizabeth River District Mens Ministry Fall Retreat
November 4, 2017 • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm • $35.00 per person
The retreat is being held at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 472 N. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23320
             Rev. Dr. Clarence Brown                       Rev. Greg West                            Rev. Brandon Nichols
Rev. Dr. Clarence Brown, Jr. - Dr. Brown serves as the Senior Pastor of Annandale UMC, after seven years of leadership as the District Superintendent of the Elizabeth River District. He has also served as District Superintendent of the Charlottesville District, as Senior Pastor of St. Paul's UMC in Chesapeake, VA, and as Director of the Wesley Westminster Foundation at Norfolk State University. He holds a B.A. degree from Georgia State University, a M. Div. degree from Gammon Theological Seminary (Atlanta, GA), and a D. Min. degree from Wesley Theological Seminary. Rev. Brown is known across the conference for his strong preaching, his expertise in church revitalization, community engagement, and his mentoring of young pastors.
Rev. Greg West - Rev. Greg West is the Chaplain of Virginia Wesleyan University & is the founding pastor of Grace Harbor in Suffolk, VA. Rev. West brings his cross-cultural experience to the Wesleyan community. West received his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., and his Bachelor of Arts in English from Old Dominion University. He speaks Spanish and has led multiple mission trips to Mexico, Nicaragua and Jamaica. He was ordained as an Elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2003 and served as senior pastor at Stokesland United Methodist Church in Danville, Va., for three years. "A college campus is an excellent place for spiritual learning and growth, as it corresponds with the academic training that is happening," said West.
Rev. Brandon Nichols - Rev. Nichols is the Pastor of Wesley Chapel UMC in Suffolk, VA. He received his B. A. from Virginia Wesleyan College in 2012 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a major in Religious Studies and a minor in History. He was President of the college’s chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa: the theology national honors society. He was the chair of Marlin Ministries, the College’s student ministry organization. He completed his M. Div. from Duke University Divinity School and graduated Magna Cum Laude. While at Duke, he interned as an associate pastor at New Brook United Methodist Church in Roxboro, NC and as a Chaplain intern at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA.
For a pre-registration form, contact David Collins, (757) 420-1958, djcoll@icloud.com or you can pre-register via Constant Contact notification. Click for Registration Form.



We have an URGENT need at the Macleigh-Holland House in Virginia Beach.  The rear deck is coming apart and poses a  danger to the residents.
The estimate for repairs is $1,500.  We also need to replace the rear storm door, stain/paint the deck and be prepared for any “underneath” support replacement.  In short, we need to raise about $2,000 rather quickly.  If you, and/or members of your fellowship would like to help please send checks to:
ERDMMT Treasurer, 2008 Wier Cir., Virginia Beach, VA 234640-8218.  Indicate “Heart Havens – deck repairs” on the memo line.  If you have any questions please contact ERDMM Team Leader, Johnnie Draughon at 757-641-0444 (C).  We are hoping to complete these repairs as early as possible this fall.


In Christ’s service,
Johnnie Draughon
ERDMM Team Leader










Grilling For God


Heart Havens Advocate
We need a man to coordinate the maintenance and repair activities at both the McLeigh-Holland and Taylor homes in the Elizabeth River District. Ideally we’d like to have a rep for each home. Several Elizabeth River District churches regularly do repairs, maintenance and yard work at the homes, including Christ, Courthouse Community, Community, Oak Grove, Thalia and Great Bridge (just to name a few).  Although a rep from one of these churches would be a good fit, any Church from the District can provide a servant leader to fill this position.  Duties would be to coordinate the efforts of all District churches to ensure cooperation and teamwork and to serve as a liaison between UMM, Heart Havens, and the home’s staff.  These efforts would entail no more than 1-2 hours a week. Home repair experience is not necessary, just a willingness to serve and learn. 
As you may already know, most of the funds to keep up the homes comes from the fellowships.  The District and Conference have no fundraisers or a  budget to support them, nor any of the other ministries we support.  That’s why the labor and materials for minor repairs comes from the fellowships.  For larger expenditures the Heart Havens organization either reimburses the fellowships for materials or contracts for the services.  That’s why our support is so critical.  We save thousands of dollars each year in labor by doing work ourselves to take care of our Heart Havens Homes.  And our residents deserve to live in a comfortable, functional house that they can call home.
Please ask one of your men personally to consider serving in this capacity.  Heart Havens is one of our main missions and certainly our number one service commitment as Methodist men.   Personal contact is critical since we have already canvassed the District by e-mails and notices.  Presidents, if you know a man who is looking for spiritual growth, who wants to make a difference, wants to participate in worthwhile service or is ready to answer God’s call, I ask that you approach that man, and tell him you think he would be well suited for this job. Then, ask him to prayerfully consider it, and contact me or our Team Leader, Albert Weal, to step out in faith.  Albert, Jeff Hall (our Conference president), or I will then be more than happy to show our new advocate the ropes at each of the homes and introduce him to the key members of the Heart Havens Team.  I trust that if we ask, we shall receive! From Matthew 25:40,  “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Andrew Kissell

          WHY DO WE CHARTER?
UMM along with the UMC is a connectional organization that depends on relationships to grow and prosper spiritually.  The UMM receive no other centralized funds.  So except for those fellowships that charter, donate directly or individuals who participate as Every Man Shares (EMS) members, there is no means of support.   This is more a matter of Discipleship than funding.  Although stewardship is integral to growing as a disciple, our purpose is not raising money, but raising spiritual sons and daughters, brothers and sisters.  UMM is dedicated to helping us grow spiritually and to help other men do the same through a growing relationship with God through Christ.  We do that through our own relationships with each other.  If you currently meet as a men’s fellowship and are not chartered please prayerfully consider doing so.  If you are not meeting and would like help in forming or reforming a men’s fellowship, contact your Sub-district Coordinator or myself so we can discuss options and enlist local or National expert resources as appropriate.   And, by the way, those expert resources have been developed through our connections with the UMM Body as a whole.
In His Service,
Andrew Kissell
Elizabeth River District UMM Team Leader