Ebensburg United Methodist Church

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Greetings, I am Pastor J.R. Virgin.  I have been appointed to serve Ebensburg United Methodist Church since July 1, 2013.  I serve here alongside my wife Allison, young son Elijah, and daughter Evelyn.  It is a unique privilege and honor to serve a congregation and community with as much love and desire to follow God as this community and church possess.
            I was born and raised only 25 miles from here in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  I attended Ferndale Area High School, where I graduated in 1997.  I then attended the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ) majoring in Geography & Economics.  I graduated from UPJ in 2002.  I then received a Master of Divinity degree in 2007 from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.  I was commissioned a Provisional Elder in the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church (WPAUMC) in 2008 and I was ordained a Elder in Full Connection on June 12, 2011.
           I have had the privilege to serve on two previous appointments prior to Ebensburg UMC.  I served the Hyndman Larger Parish as an Associate Pastor from July 2007 to June 2009.  I also served the Fishertown Charge from July 2009 to June 2013.  I am looking forward to meeting you and seeing what amazing things God has in store for this church and community.

God Bless,
Pastor J.R