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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Calendar View

Welcome! We invite you to take a "scroll" around to get a feel for our church and what's happening. If you are looking for something specific and don't find it, please get in touch. 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. Thanks for stopping by!

We produced this cookbook and keepsake in 2015 to commemorate the Building Initiative and in support of the Capital Campaign. In addition to great recipes in memory of or in honor of loved ones plus some from the 1960's church cookbook, it also includes church history and pictoral journey of the Building Initiative. If you would like one, check with Peggy Donochod to see if there are any left.

William Ward Moseley created and dedicated this lovely watercolor to commemorate the kickoff of the Capital Campaign to fund the Building Initiative. The original hangs in the Fellowship Hall. We have more available to sell for $20 each. Please check with Peggy Donochod.

Our adopted highway runs from Siouan Shores Road (903) to the NC State Line. The Missions Team organizes trash pickup following the roadside grass cutting. Best fun you'll ever have picking up trash - and do something great for the community!

Sweet granddauthers (Riley, Lainee and Kenziee), showing their grandma, Renee, how much they love and miss her on Mother's Day (2018).






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! I invite you to read about Our Path Forward and help us make it happen.

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 committed to "walking the talk" to grow as disciples and 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. This is a great time to visit and check out Our Path Forward to see if it and God calls you to be part of our journey!

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.


About Church Life and History


Prospect is a historic church serving the community for over 200 years and in its current location since 1887. In our current church last updated in 2012, shown on the left, the center section with the steeple was the original church as shown in the sketch.

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 ministries and fellowship are family-oriented, age-appropriate and strive to be 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.

Learn more about life at Prospect through our newsletter
(The Prospector) that is published quarterly.
Click here to access the newsletter archive.

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.


More about the United Methodist Church and its theological roots


About Prospect Church Cemetery


In 1991, the land and responsibility for maintaining Prospect Church Cemetery was transferred from the church to Prospect Cemetery Association (PCA). The initial PCA Board of Directors included Lucy M. Nash (founder), Pauline S. Moseley, Robert H. Conner and Mary H. Lynch. A commemorative marker as shown is planned for installation in 2018.

The cemetery is funded by annual donations and by the sale of burial plots. A perpetual care fund is being developed with the intent that returns from that investment will eventually cover the annual expenses.

If you are interested in purchasing plots or have questions, please contact Anne Hartley, PCA President, at 919-602-5012 or Donations are always appreciated. Please make checks payable to Prospect Cemetery Association and mailed to Prospect Cemetery Association, PO Box 29, Ebony, VA 23845. Download PCA Guidelines with pricing and purchase instructions.

Prospect Cemetery is included in this compilation of Brunswick County Cemeteries. However it is not being maintained; it was last updated 1/16/2011. The PCA has a "to do" to create an updated cemetery directory.

    Prospect's Future -- Our Path Forward

In 2010 we kicked off a Capital Campaign to fund a building initiative under the theme of "Preserving Our Past While Building Our Future". The building improvements were completed in 2012.

While the physical structure is certainly important as it is our mission base for Prospect's future, we challenged ourselves in 2017 to consider church life, vitality and effectiveness in carrying out the mission of the United Methodist Church...with the future in mind...and also staying aligned with Prospect's Vision, Mission and Goals.

In Fall of 2017 the leadership team launch an initiative to dive deeper to help us discern our best path forward building on where we are today, with the focus on 4 areas: Church Vitality, Effectiveness, Long-term Viability and for All Age Groups. Anne Hartley, working with a small team and in collaboration with church leadership, led this initiative.

We named this 2017 initiative theme: "Expanding Christ's Love to All Generations". The scope of the initiative work included significant research, analysis, dialog, validation, alignment with related UMC initiatives and a high-level assessment of our current state. Deliverables included a proposed Path Forward vision framework with key strategies and tools to help guide us as we define our path forward -- and Prospect's Future vision box -- with a preliminary list of opportunities we might consider.

This forward-looking focus by Prospect is very much in line with Equipping Vital Congregations, Rethink Church, Equipping Discipleship, NOW Ministries and H.O.P.E Framework -- all within the global United Methodist Connection, in particular, with the Farmville District and Virginia Conference (Prospect's home in the connection).

Our Path Forward also positions Prospect to be aligned with Bishop Lewis' 2020 disciple-formation directive as she describes in her 2017 Annual Conference Reflections: "Our ministry vision for the Virginia Annual Conference is to be Disciples of Jesus Christ who are lifelong learners who influence others to serve. All United Methodist churches in Virginia will have a process of intentionally forming disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by their influence and their acts of servanthood by 2020."

Any time you embark on a journey that encompasses the idea of change and new thinking, it takes time to percolate, pray about it and get hearts and minds aligned to move forward together. As we approached the 2018 Lenten season, that seemed like the perfect time (and leadership was ready) to share the proposed Path Forward with the Congregation for reflection, feedback for consideration and then ultimately commitment. Ideally we wanted to feel ready to consecrate our commitment to Prospect's future on Easter Sunday.

On the first Sunday in Lent, February 18, we introduced the Path Forward Vision framework that was further refined during Lent -- and also Prospect's Future vision box (crafted by Chris Ruch).This visible channel of communication is a symbol that the voice and participation of an inspired, equipped and unified Congregation is key to a vibrant future.


We did it! Based on the conversations and
feedback during Lent, his personal reflection
and prayerful consideration, Rev. Ken felt that he was ready to consecrate our commitment to God on Easter Sunday. Please listen to his remarks and prayer of consecration.

Since Easter, we are taking steps to better understand what the impacts and implications are for our Path Forward and how best to adapt as we move forward together.

While our underlying approach builds on all of the positives we have today,
it also encourages new thinking, expanded training for leadership and administration, leadership and laity development, best practice guidelines and other UMC-aligned resources -- fine-tuned, as appropriate, for Prospect's journey forward.

A key ministry strategy of Our Path Forward is
more robust Small Group Ministries
and that is where Rev. Ken has asked us to focus initially -- to expand upon what we have -- in new directions and for all age groups. Click here to learn more about Small Group Ministries and our focus.

If you, individually, or as part of a small group setting (within the church or outside community) would like to learn more to figure out how best to engage and collaborate, please reach out to Anne Hartley at 919-602-5012 or to schedule time to get together.

This is an exciting time for this special church! We invite and hope you will be inspired to be part of our journey.


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.

Vacation Bible School 2018 (Facebook Event)

Prospect's 2018 VBS will be held the weekend of July 28-29 for “kids” of ALL ages! We will have age range breakout groups with age-appropriate activities under The Good Shepherd theme. (Parents must stay with kids under age 3.)

On Saturday, July 28, sign-in will begin at 9:45 AM with Opening at 10:00 AM. This day of learning about the Parable of the Lost Sheep and the 23rd Psalm with fun activities (crafts, games, music) will end no later than 2:00 PM. Snacks and lunch are included.

On Sunday, July 29 as part of Sunday Service, we will celebrate VBS with all participants and helpers and our congregation as our VBS Closing Ceremony. Certificates of Participation will be presented followed by an opportunity to see our VBS exhibits, lunch and special VBS cake.

Please put this on your calendar and help us recruit! The VBS leadership team is asking everyone in our active Congregation and extended church family to be responsible for at least 1 participant registration.

We kindly request that you confirm participation by July 21. Please contact Debbie Dowling via email or phone and let her know names and ages.


Name Role Contact

Anne Hartley

Lead Coordinator
Communications, Advertising (with others)
Cell: 919-602-5012
Pastor Ken Bible Stories: Parable of the Lost Sheep,
23rd Psalm (Adult Group)
Cell: 434-955-0253
Jan Thrasher 3 - 6 Age Group
Younger kids welcomed with Parent in attendance.
Cell: 434-955-0256
Jo Read  
Denise Painter  
Linda Shelton
(pending reassignment)
7 - 12 and Teenage Groups
Home: 434-636-3515
Cell: 434-917-3246
Patricia Conner  
Kate Moreen  
Rev. Bob Dowling Adult Group
Home: 252-586-8480
TBD if needed  
Annette Jones Food
Home: 434-636-2297
Kate Moreen  
Debbie Dowling Registration (Pre-registration | Confirmation)
Home: 252-586-8480
Cell: 336-963-9537


Name Assigned
Jane Middleton
(crafts, games, non-physical)
Vicky Goforth
(as needed)
Elizabeth Nash Horne 3 - 6 Age Group
Nancy West Advertising (Newspaper)

Mary Gugler
create CD from Youtube music

Upon request

If you are interested in being part of the Supporting Cast, contact Anne Hartley or reach out directly to the lead for the area you would like to help with.

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.

About the United Methodist Church

On April 23, 1968, The United Methodist Church was created when Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, representing The Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of The Methodist Church joined hands at the constituting General Conference in Dallas, Texas.

With the words, "Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church," the new denomination was given birth by two churches that had distinguished histories and influential ministries in various parts of the world.

Theological traditions steeped in the Protestant Reformation and Wesleyanism and relationships that dated back almost two hundred years facilitated the union.

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.

More about the United Methodist Church and its theological roots.


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