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 known at Discovery as “The Most Refreshing Hour of Your Week!

Our Leaders

Meet the leadership team at Discovery United Methodist Church.

Rev. Adam Sowder

Rev. Adam Sowder

Lead Pastor
We welcome Adam as our new pastor.  Adam is working on his Doctor of Ministry degree and studied in Cambridge, England.  He and his wife Sandy grew up in Blacksburg, VA.  They and their two young sons Teddy and Henry are excited to become an active part of Discovery UMC and the surrounding community. They also have a daughter Samantha who is attending Shenandoah University.
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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.


David Somerville

Director of Music and Worship


Kaitlin West

Youth Ministries


Vicky Rauchle

Preschool Director and Sunday School Coordinator

Debbie Ferrando

Nursery and Facilities


Laura Cox

Lay Leader


Amy Earle

Council Chair


Lucas Reynolds

Staff Parrish Chair


John Goodman



Anne Goodman

Food Pantry


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!

Opening Souls to the Grace of God.