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I’m glad you are visiting our website. My name is Gwen Hess, and it is my joy to pastor this community of faith. My own faith journey began in a little Methodist church in Gest, Kentucky along the Kentucky River. Along the way the journey allowed me to explore other Christian faiths, but I always came back to my Methodist roots.


In 2012 I became a Lay Speaker and then a Congregational Care Minister. In 2014 I attended Congregational Care training at the Church of the Resurrection in Overland Park, Kansas. It was there I first felt the call to a deeper role in ministry. That calling was to develop over time, and in 2019 I began my studies at Wesley Theological Seminary with the focus on becoming a Deacon. In early 2022 I became a Certified Candidate for Deacon within the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. But God had better plans! I was asked by the District Superintendent to become a Licensed Local Pastor and to serve Aldie United Methodist Church. God’s plans and God’s timing are always perfect!


I am married to the love of my life, Greg Hess. I have three grown children, Lawrence, Amanda, and Zachary, who have blessed us with five incredible grandchildren. I also work (part-time) in the IT industry, which has been my professional secular career for over 30 years.


I hope you will join us in worship, in person or online, as we gather to celebrate God’s incredible grace!


Peace and blessings!

Pastor Gwen

Worship in the Village

Pastor Gwen Hess

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