WHAT DO WE BELIEVE? WE BELIEVE IN PEOPLE. Charlottesville is a vibrant, diverse, complex city filled with amazing, gifted people. As a community of faith located in the heart of Charlottesville’s downtown, we believe that God has put us together to be in relationship with the people of this place. And the message we have is one of hope, wonder, promise, and life.

We believe in people because we believe in the God who came to be in relationship with the world in Jesus Christ. So our community runs on love—the love that created the universe and that came to put down every enemy of that love. Our rhythm of life is based on gathering to proclaim and receive that love in worship and going out into the world to reflect it. 

As the pastor of First UMC in Charlottesville, I hope that what I’ve described above looks like the community you see in our in-person and online settings, in our small groups, our music, our service, and our arts. This is not a perfect church and we are not perfect people. But you’d be surprised what can happen when imperfect people encounter God’s love in Jesus Christ.

And that’s what I believe.

Rev. Alex Joyner
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