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 Staff Team

Meet the leaders of Discovery United Methodist Church.

Rev. Adam Sowder

Rev. Dr. Adam Sowder

Lead Pastor
Adam was appointed as our pastor in July of 2017.   He and his wife Sandy grew up in Blacksburg, VA.  They and their two young sons Teddy and Henry and adult daughter Samantha are an active part of Discovery UMC and love experiencing and exploring the surrounding community.  He is a graduate of Radford University and Wesley Theological Seminary.  He also  studied in Cambridge, England for his doctorate.  Currently Adam serves on the board of the John Rolfe Family YMCA.


David Somerville

Director of Music and Worship

Jessie Walker

Director of Children’s Ministry

Jessica is originally from Franklin Country, Virginia, but has now lived in the RVA area for 9 years.  She has her bachelor degree of Early and Elementary Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and her skills in business development to establish Discovery Kids RVA here at Discovery United Methodist Church.  Jessica uses her well-established history of making positive and lasting relationships with families, and her passion of creating a conducive environment to create an enriched after-school program for elementary aged children.  Jessica looks forward to joining the Discovery United Methodist Church family as the Children’s Ministry Director.  She hopes to be able to create an engaging God filled program to help show children the relevance of their Methodist faith in worship, relationship, and in their community.  In her free time, Jessie enjoys being the event coordinator for the Young Adult Group at the church, going to all the incredible local restaurants in the area with loved ones, and spending as much time as possible with her two ridiculous dogs.


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.”


Vicky Rauchle

Preschool Director

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Cathleen Smith

Financial Secretary


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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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!