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The Patti B. Russell Archives of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church


Welcome to the Patti B. Russell Archives of the Virginia Conference! The Conference Archivist is Stephanie Davis. She can be reached at [email protected] or 804-521-1132. Researchers are welcome by appointment on Thursdays from 9:30 to 2:30. Please see the research inquiry/appointment request form below to schedule your visit or to request help with your research.

Visit Us

Physical address:
10330 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Mailing address:
PO Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30-2:30
Researchers by Appointment on Thursdays

Contact the Archives

Research Inquiry/
Appointment/Donation Request Form

Located on the second floor of the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen, Virginia, the Conference Archives contains a rich treasury of artifacts and records from the history of the Conference, its churches, and its people. The current Virginia Conference of the United Methodist church is the successor to seven denominations and 38 conferences.

What will you find in the Archives?

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  • Records of Conference Agencies
  • Clergy memoirs, pastoral records and photographs
  • Church histories and photographs
  • Church pastor lists with dates
  • Conference Journals 
  • District records
  • Church histories
  • Hymnals
  • Books of Discipline
  • The Virginia Advocate
  • The Richmond Christian Advocate
  • Closed Church records
  • Heritage issues
  • Artifacts and framed items
  • Special collections, including: the Blackstone Alumnae Collection, the Jean Craig Collection, the the Central Jurisdiction Collection, and the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center Collection, and a collection of Ordination Certificates.
  • AV recordings of Annual Conferences

Learn More about the Conference Archives:

The Future of Conference Archives, Virginia Advocate, March 2018

Tools for Researchers

The CD, “The Ministerial Heritage of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church,” is for sale in the Archives. Created by Rev. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. this database of pastoral records is a valuable research resource. The CD has three parts: Volume One is titled “The Ministers and their Records,” Volume Two is titled “The Charges and their Ministers,” and the Supplement is titled “The District Superintendents.”

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