About Us

Wherever you are on life’s journey, there is a place for you here.

Who We Are

Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Hampton!

We are a church of engineers and educators, retirees and parents of young children, people with disabilities and people of diverse economic backgrounds.

We value the traditions of liturgical worship, Bible study, caring for each other, and serving people in need, both in our community and around the world.

We are people created in God’s image, trying to follow and learn from Jesus, our Savior, as we are led by the Holy Spirit to live by God’s grace.

On average, about 75 people attend Worship each week. Sunday School classes for all ages include around 50 people each week. We have fabulous worship music provided by our Chancel Choir and Hand Bell Choir. We would love for you to visit us – plan a Visit to learn more about what to expect on Sunday mornings.

We welcome people of all backgrounds and seek to honor everyone, wherever they are on their spiritual journeys. In the United Methodist Church, pastors and members of the congregation serve as partners in ministry, inviting and encouraging each other to keep growing in faith and Service. We encourage you to find ways to Connect and participate that suit you.

Many activities and events take place each week at the church. You will find information about these activities in the weekly worship bulletin and in the electronic newsletter, The Pilot. Please visit the News & Calendar page for a detailed calendar of events.

Contact us or sign up for our email list to get all the latest updates!

History & Building

First United Methodist Church in Hampton is a heritage church whose congregations date back to 1789. The current Sanctuary was built in 1887, with additions made in the 1920s and the Education Building added in 1950.

We have been serving the Hampton community since the late 1700’s during the beginning of our nation. The congregation has survived the War of 1812 and Civil War attacks on Hampton and helped in its reconstruction and preservation as a thriving community.


Mission & Beliefs

Our mission is to know and share Jesus Christ.

Our purpose as a United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

As United Methodists, we are followers of Jesus Christ who have experienced God’s grace, who seek to grow in our knowledge and love of God, and who try to put faith and love into action throughout our lives.

We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage:

Through our support and our contributions, we participate in the far-flung ministries of The United Methodist Church—in our York River District and Virginia Annual Conference, across the nation, and around the world. Here in our congregation we take part in service groups and sign up for special action projects.  We minister face-to-face in all kinds of ways, both when we gather and in our informal contacts.

Inspired by the example of Jesus and empowered by God’s love for us, we all carry out our ministry, both individually and together with others.

In all of our beliefs and ministries, we seek to live out our faith with Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.

Pastor & Staff

Pastor – Rev. Candee Martin: candeemartin@vaumc.org

Director of Music Ministries – Dean Shinn: deanshinn@aol.com

Office Manager: Brooke Mitchell-Parr: office@firstumchampton.org

Business Manager: Bill Boyer 

Nursery Director – Open Position

Custodians – Marvin & Sondre McCuller

For general inquiries or to forward information to a staff member who does not have an email address listed above please call the church office (757) 723-6577, email or contact us.



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I grew up the daughter of an Army chaplain and lived in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, New York, New Jersey, Alaska, Germany, and Arizona.  I moved to northern Virginia nearly 40 years ago when my father became Post Chaplain at Fort Myer (the Army post adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery).

My life was deeply formed and shaped by the current events of my childhood…the civil rights movement, Vietnam, the assassinations of President Kennedy, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy.  My passion for public service began as a young child; I knew in elementary school that I wanted to work in Congress.  For me, Congress was a call to public service, just as the military has been for my father and brother.

I graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with B.A. in political science in August 1978. From 1979 to 1995, I served as Congressional staff for Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives.

I entered Wesley Theological Seminary in the fall of 1996 and graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree and was commissioned a provisional Elder in 2000.  I was ordained in 2003.

Prior to coming to First UMC Hampton, I served churches in Falls Church, Springfield, Catlett, McLean, and Ashburn, VA, ranging from small and aging to large membership and multi-site congregations. Each ministry setting offered unique opportunities, challenges, and gifts to my journey as a pastor, and taught me different lessons that serve me well as I get to know the particular needs and blessings of Hampton.

I have a great love for the multi-faceted nature of pastoral ministry; particularly in designing and leading worship, spiritual formation and small group ministry, shared clergy/lay leadership, and pastoral care. For me, it is all about being in community together. The greatest blessings are found in the deep connectedness that comes with being the Body of Christ. The intimacy of relationships that develop and deepen when persons extend to me the privilege of accompanying them on their life journeys — in the ordinariness of everyday life, in the celebration of joyful milestones, and in their most difficult times — is an indescribable gift. It is so often in moments like these that we see most clearly the face of God in one another.


Director of Music Ministry

Dean retired from Hampton City Schools in June of 2015 after 35 years of teaching. He was the Choral Director and Instructional Leader for the Fine Arts Department at Hampton High School. Dean studied Music Education at Old Dominion University with a concentration in voice, piano and conducting. He later returned and studied Educational leadership. Dean also studied church music at Shenandoah Conservatory.

He is currently in his 49th year of Church Music Ministry and is presently the Director of Music Ministry at First United Methodist Church of Hampton, VA.

News & Calendar

Visit our Facebook page for all the latest updates. To read about upcoming events and see the bulletin for this week’s worship service, see our e-newsletter, The Pilot.

Upcoming Events

We have resumed in-person worship with COVID-19 adaptations, in addition to continuing to offer our worship services online. Visit our YouTube channel to see the latest videos.

Check out our Special Events page for fall and Christmas happenings!


Find regularly scheduled ministries and future events on our church calendar below.

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