View of the stained glass window in the pulpit.


Rev. Ken Thrasher

Parsonage: 434-636-4058
Mobile: 434-955-0253

Peggy Donochod
Lay Leader


Prospect United Methodist Church
PO Box 25 | 1974 Ebony Road | Ebony, Virginia 23845 | 434-636-2809

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Happenings at Prospect

Welcome! If you don't find what you are looking for, please contact us. If you are visiting the area, looking for a new home church, or want to get involved in helping us do God's work locally and around the world, come to "The Little White Church In Ebony". Click here for a locator map.


Greetings from Reverend Ken...

This is an exciting time in the life of our Church and to be part of our Church family. So much is happening!

Please come see and be part of what is possible when we unite to serve God and cause great things to happen. Prospect is very much alive and growing and committed to "walking the talk" to touch others in our church, community and around the world.

It is indeed a privilege for Jan and me to be a part of "The Little White Church in Ebony" and I invite you to join us on our spiritually fulfilling and rewarding journey.

When God leads you to Prospect, you will always receive a warm welcome. We'll be happy to see you as often as you bless us with your presence! If you are looking for a church home and family, we hope you will consider Prospect.

If you need my pastoral services or someone to talk to, I am easy to reach via email or by calling the Parsonage at 434-636-4058. If urgent, call my cell at 434-955-0253. You can also find me on Facebook.


Church Life at Prospect


Prospect is a historic church serving the community for over 200 years and in its current location since 1887. We are a supportive, faith-based Church family, committed to glorifying God and making disciples for Christ through active engagement in our church, community, and beyond. Read our Vision, Mission, and Goals.

Our programs, ministries, and fellowship are family-oriented and age-appropriate, uplifting and enriching. Sunday Worship Service, typically 1 1/4 hour and a blend of traditional and contemporary features (bulletin), is coordinated with Children's Church and Sunday School, sharing a portion of time together. We enjoy coffee and fellowship time immediately following the Worship Service. Adult Sunday School follows 9:15 Church Service and fellowship time.

We serve God, help others, are serious about making a real difference and have fun! We strive to live by the motto of the United Methodist Church: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Learn more about life at Prospect through our newsletter (The Prospector) that is published quarterly. Click here to access the newsletter archive.

More about the United Methodist Church and its theological roots.

    How To Find Us
Prospect is located near Lake Gaston (NW quadrant) in Ebony, VA - 3 miles north of the NC / VA border on SR 903 (Ebony Rd). We are convenient to Bracey, Gasburg, Blackridge, White Plains, and Lake Gaston communities. Click here for a locator map.

Prospect UMC Cookbook: Recipes and Remembrances


We have just a few left! Both cookbook and keepsake, it is a collection of recipes (over 300!), church history, capital campaign and building project journey, in celebration of our accomplishments and in tribute to Prospect's legacy.

An earlier Prospect cookbook was published in the 1960's. In the spirit of our cookbook title and campaign theme, we have included recipes from that cookbook from friends and family who have passed on.

The cookbook was created as a fundraiser for our Capital Campaign in support of our building initiative. They are $15 each. To purchase, please contact Peggy Donochod at 434-636-2494 or email.


Wall of Crosses



On Homecoming Sunday, November 3, 2013, Rev. Ken dedicated our Wall of Crosses that greets you when you enter the church through the Narthex. Rev. Ken's dream became a reality through the Capital Campaign leadership team and enthusiastic support of the church family. A wide variety of crosses have been and continue to be contributed by families and friends honoring others, along with a donation to the Capital Campaign. As of 2015 when this picture was taken, we had more than 125 crosses! If you would like to add a cross to the "Wall", please contact Peggy Donochod at 434-636-2494 or email. The minimum charge is $5 for an engraved name plate.

The Narthex has been completely transformed into a very special place to spend time for reflection, solitude, and prayer.


Membership Directory and eMail List

Prospect last published its pictorial Membership Directory in 2017. Please contact Annette if you would like a copy and have not received it.

Annette Jones also maintains a WORD document of the directory names and addresses that she sends out to the Prospect email distribution periodically with updates. Please let Annette know when there are changes that need to be made.

Contact Annette if you would like to be added to the email distribution or would like the most current version of the WORD directory.

To get in touch with Annette, you can reach her at 434-636-2297 or send an email.

More About the United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church is a 12.3-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. Read more about social principles and creed.

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

Prospect is part of the Farmville District in Southside, VA that is part of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.


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