Nov 14 2017

A Holiday Market for our Community

A Holiday Market on Friday, December 15 from 5:30-9:30pm

(for families who need a little help over the holidays)

A Holiday Market is planned for designated families that did not receive holiday sponsorship. Parents are able to select a toy, book or gift card for each of their children. Donation boxes are located around the church to place toys (for ages 0-18), new or gently used books, and $20 Walmart gift cards for families for food or clothing.

If you are interested in helping with this event, please sign up.

If you have questions contact Leslie Carter at Share with your friends, coworkers, and neighbors these opportunities to serve our community. All donations and volunteers are welcome.

Sep 24 2017

We welcome Rachel Ackerman

We welcome Rachel Ackerman, our new Associate Director of Music. Rachel holds a graduate degree in vocal performance from George Mason University and a degree in music education from Penn State University. She currently teaches private voice and piano students at her D.C. area studio. Rachel brings her many talents, gifts, and skills to lead our children and youth music ministries at Fairfax UMC.

Aug 24 2017

Church Leadership Team

The Church Leadership Team (CLT) of Fairfax Church

Back row, left to right: Mark Moffat, Chair; Wyatt Bethel, Finance Representative; Peter Ficken, Trustee’s Chair; Chris Crowl, Lay Leader; Melissa Osborne, SPRC Representative.

Front row, left to right: Jim Conklin, United Methodist Men /Annual Conference Representative; Roxanne Lypka, Youth Representative; Rev. David Bonney, Lead Pastor; Doris Black, United Methodist Women Representative; Jessica Pagel, Young Adult Representative.

The purpose of the CLT is to be accountable for the overall direction of the church and to create a serving culture which invites people to engage in the ministry of Jesus Christ through Fairfax Church to serve the community and the world.

The CLT requests your prayers for church leaders, encourages questions and helpful input and hopes that the congregation is proactive in receiving information from the CLT through the newsletter, the Connection, Facebook, email, Snippets and updates in worship.

Apr 10 2017

New Leadership Organization

Dear Fairfax United Methodist Church members:

I ask you to prayerfully consider completing this inventory to be considered in our nominating process for key church leadership.

Profile & Inventory form (complete a Google form online)
download and complete

The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church gives each church the opportunity to design their own effective leadership organization.  After a long process, a Called Charge Conference unanimously approved a new leadership and governance structure for our church on March 19.

All of our ministries come under three Strategic Ministry Pillars:  Worship, Learning and Mission.  A fourth Pillar oversees Administrative Ministries.  The decision-making body is a 9 member Church Leadership Team.  Our goal of implementing this new structure is July 1.

The nominating process is different too.  To be considered to serve on the Church Leadership Team or one of the Strategic Ministry Pillars, it is requested an inventory be completed.  Please note, this also includes the spiritual gifts inventory.  A suggested one from The United Methodist Church is on the form, but you may use another one, if preferred.  Many are available online through a basic search.   These inventories will help the Nominating Committee balance the new leadership with diverse experiences, skills and spiritual gifts.

Additionally, we are looking for leaders who:

  1. Exhibit loyalty to Jesus Christ through FUMC.
  2. Have a positive attitude toward FUMC, Methodist beliefs, and the global mission of The United Methodist Church.
  3. The Church Leadership Team needs to have the ability to see beyond single issues and prayerfully discern with other leaders how our church should be obedient to God.


Pray about getting involved, whether you have been at FUMC for decades or you are new!  Please return this inventory to me by Sunday May 14.


Rev. David Bonney, Lead Pastor and Nominating Committee, Chair

Jun 19 2015

Welcome Rev. David J. Bonney

Rev. BonneyOn July 1st, Rev. David Bonney and his family will move into the newly renovated Stratford Avenue parsonage and Rev. Bonney will be in the pulpit on July 5th as our new Lead Pastor. Rev. Bonney comes to us from St. Mark’s Church in Midlothian, Virginia, after a 9-year tenure at that church as Lead Pastor. He was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. He received a Bachelor’s degree in History at Old Dominion University and a Master of Divinity at Duke. He is married to Gina Bonney. The Bonneys are a blended family including two young adult children: Thomas Bonney who resides and works in Durham, North Carolina, and Mary Lauren Bonney who attends college and works in Randleman, North Carolina. Together David and Gina have two daughters, Olivia age 12, and Melissa age 11, entering the 7th and 6th grades in the next school year. David’s previous pastoral appointments include serving The United Methodist Church on Knotts Island, Martinsville, the Associate Pastor at Aldersgate Church in Alexandria, and the founding pastor of New Life Church in Richmond before going to St. Mark’s Church as Lead Pastor. He has served as the Chair of the Board of Missions for the Richmond District, a member of the Church Development Team for the Virginia Conference, and in 2006 was recognized for his work in evangelism with the Virginia Annual Conference Denman Award. David finds great meaning in mission work with 15 mission trips to Honduras, developing mentoring programs, inner city home repair, and finding creative ways for the church to connect with the community.

David summarizes his faith and practice of ministry this way:

“I believe what really matters in life is following Jesus whole heartedly. The best way to live out a life of faith is through a strong, vital church where Christian joy propels us to do great things for the Lord Jesus.”

A welcoming reception for Rev. Bonney and his family is on July 12. Despite the 4th of July holiday, try to be in attendance on July 5th to meet our new Lead Pastor and extend a warm welcome to his family on his first Sunday with our church family.