What We Believe Link to UMC Site
History of Mountain Valley
Nestled along state route 620 (Mountain Valley Rd.) in the foothills of Massantutten Mountain laying between Fridley's Gap and Athlone Communities is the home of the Mountain Valley United Methodist Church. The building stands as a beacon to everyone in this beautiful section of northeastern Rockingham County. Awesome sunrises and sunsets greet us each day give hope to all who frequent this area.
"A White Church on a High Hill" written by Marie Arrington records written records of church membership beginning in 1833 with William Sprinkle. The first log structure stood in the southern end of the present cemetery. The building as it stands was built by covenant in 1851 as a Free Church to all people and denominations. Affiliation with the United Brethren begin in 1854 with Mountain Valley being part of the Lacey Spring circuit of churches supported by a traveling pastor. In 1965, the circuit was dissolved and Mountain Valley became a station church with its own pastor. The Evangelical United Brethren merged with the Methodists in 1970, making Mountain Valley a United Methodist Church. A parsonage for its pastor was dedicated in 1977.
Present day membership stands at 275. Programs and activities can be explored throughout this website.
Across the road from the church building, Mountain Valley Cemetery has been a place of memory and peace for the beloved of our community since 1876.
Sprinkled among the historical sights along Mountain Valley Road are old homes dating prior to the 1800's, the oldest standing wooden silo; and a one room school house, Fairview, converted into a home.
The majesty of mountain and valley, the connection of past to present, and the hopes for a blessed future come to a focal point at this White Church on a High Hill as the community gathers to seek God's direction and share thanksgiving for His blessings.
October 8, 2022
Pastor, Rev. Eduardo Carrillo & Family
Friend, may the peace and grace of Jesus Christ be with you! I’m Pastor Eduardo Carrillo and I would love to have a chance to meet you face to face over a cup of coffee! Our worship is lively traditional; we start with a bundle of contemporary songs that guide us into a worshipful moment as well as the well known hymns invites us to go deeper in relationship with God. Our lively worship imparts spirituality in different shapes and forms for all ages.
We strive to be a community that recognizes that everyone holds on to God’s grace, and by grace alone we are saved. Mountain Valley is a church that works hard to be witness of a resurrected Christ. We are a church that worships the Triune God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), shows mercy and grace to God’s entire people. We recognize that we are not perfect, we are a people who come from different paths and lives, but we are all reassured that nothing will separate us from the love of God. Through baptism and Holy Communion we experience God’s power, Christ love and the Spirit’s guidance. Participating in our worship requires nothing more than a willing heart, come as you are, the coffee pot is on.
Besides our Sunday worship, we have Sunday school before worship, youth group activities throughout the year, UMW(United Methodist Women), UMM(United Methodist Men), a prayer shawl ministry, and a medical equipment ministry in Mission Central just outside Harrisonburg. We would love for you to be involved in the church community in as many ways as you are able. Jesus Christ calls our names to gather as a community as we worship and it is the same Jesus who sends us out in the world to reach the last, the least and the left behind. This is discipleship, we learn and grow together with the help of the Holy Spirit and we serve a broken world.
I pray that as you read this you may be comforted, nudge and inspired to join a faith community. If you are feeling lonely, discouraged, without a clue what to do: you need to pray.
Hoping you can join us, or another faith community and grow in discipleship.