13000 Gayton Rd. Henrico, VA 23233
If you’ve passed the corner of Lauderdale and Gayton a thousand times, you can’t miss the electronic billboard and banners proclaiming the activities of a vibrant and active church campus.


Celebrating over 30 years of ministry in Richmond, Discovery United Methodist Church is leading people to become vital disciples of Jesus in a myriad of ways. Over 800 of your neighbors call us their church home and you could be the next!


Sundays at 8:30am, a traditional style worship service with Holy Communion served every week.

Sundays at 10:00am, A blended worship service with children's sermon and special music. Sundays at 11:15am, A shorter Contemporary service with our band, "Level Ground."

Our Leaders

Meet the leadership team at Discovery United Methodist Church.

Rev. Adam Sowder

Rev. Adam Sowder

Lead Pastor
Adam was appointed as our pastor in July of 2017.   He is graduating with his Doctor of Ministry degree in May of 2019 and studied in Cambridge, England.  He and his wife Sandy grew up in Blacksburg, VA.  They and their two young sons Teddy and Henry and adult daughter Samantha are excited to become an active part of Discovery UMC and the surrounding community.


David Somerville

Director of Music and Worship


Vicky Rauchle

Preschool Director and Sunday School Coordinator


Jean Venner

Church Administrative Assistant
Responsible for the efficient operation of the church office; provides clerical and administrative support to the Senior Pastor, Church Staff, and leaders. Serves as the Membership Secretary, and as a primary communications link with the public.

Hannah Bryn

Director of Youth Ministries

Hannah and her husband, Hunter moved to Richmond in April 2018 and have enjoyed getting to know the city. Hannah is currently enrolled at Duke Divinity School where she will graduate with her Masters of Christian Practice in July 2019. Hannah feels that she has been called to youth ministry and is excited to work with Discovery UMC in forming disciples of Christ through worship, relationship and community. Hannah enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, hiking, and playing guitar. Hannah and Hunter grew up in Wilmington, NC but are happy to call Richmond “home.”


Pam Anderson

Director of Congregational Excellence

Pam became a member of Discovery UMC in February of 2018 and has since volunteered with many activities. She has led worship, conducted small groups, and is on the Next Level Innovations Leadership Team. In addition, she brings many years of leadership and business management experience to her new role and looks forward to expanding her depth of support with congregational excellence. Pamela grew up in Chesterfield and enjoys traveling, movies, and spending time with family and friends over a good meal. Pam is a candidate for pastoral ministry through the Virginia Conference working toward certification; in addition, she attends Wesley Theological Seminary where she is moving toward completing her Master of Divinity.

Debbie Ferrando

Nursery and Facilities

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Cathleen Smith

Financial Secretary

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Aaron Hoyle

Media Technician


The Mission of The United Methodist Church

To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We Would Love You to Join Us

If you are not currently part of a church family, we invite you to come and get connected with ordinary people who have found that church can be relevant, enjoyable, exciting and life-changing!