Asbury United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown names new pastor

July 12, 2011
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SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. —  The Rev. James Ellis III, 32, was recently appointed associate pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown.

He began his new position on July 1.

Ellis most recently served as associate campus minister at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

He was born in Okinawa, Japan, but spent most of his young life growing up in Maryland. He attended public schools in Prince George's and Charles counties and graduated from Westlake High School in Waldorf, Md., in 1997.

Before joining the ministry, Ellis spent several years as a multimedia producer/editor at companies such as USAToday, National Public Radio, The Washington Post and Teen People magazine.

 He and his wife have been married for four years and are excited about this new position in the Eastern Panhandle.  

He is candid about his faith journey, particularly in that he wasn't raised in a household of faith, but at age 20 surrendered his life to Christ, and accepted God's calling to vocational ministry. He is a champion of famed writer Frederick Buechner's notion that, "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."

The church is at 4257 Kearneysville Pike, Shepherdstown. For more information, call 304-876-3845 or email

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