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.