We Welcome You!
Whether you are a believer or a doubter or somewhere in between, you are welcome here.
Whether you have been in church all your life, out of church for a while, or never been to church before, you are welcome!
Whether a long time member, or a first-time guest, you are welcome here! God loves you. We love you. We are thankful to God for you and the opportunity to grow and do life together. Many blessings to you!
There’s something new going on at Chesterbrook these days. This is a result of two congregations coming together to become one.
The original Chesterbrook congregation began meeting at one of the members’ homes in 1906. The current church building was built in 1920. Over the course of 100 years of faithful witness of the Gospel in the Northern Virginia area, the Chesterbrook congregation developed a vision to become a more diverse and impactful congregation in the Greater DC area.
Vision of Peace Church began in 1986 (then Koinonia Chapel) as the English Ministry Congregation of Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington. Over the years, God placed a desire in the hearts of the VOPC congregation to dream of a greater impact for Christ.
Two Become One
In the fall of 2015, Chesterbrook UMC initiated a search through the Arlington District of the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to find ways to do ministry differently for the sake of the Gospel. Through a process of grace and love, Chesterbrook UMC and Vision of Peace Church prayerfully decided to become partners for the Gospel and became one church. Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington was instrumental in blessing the sending of VOPC to Chesterbrook UMC.
On June 5, 2016, under the leadership of Rev. Cathy Abbott (District Superintendent of Arlington District), the Vision of Peace Church congregation transferred their membership from Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington to Chesterbrook United Methodist Church. Rev. Gene Larkin (then pastor of Chesterbrook), Rev. Daniel Park (then lead pastor of VOPC), and Rev. Young Bong Kim (then senior pastor of KUMCGW) also participated in the membership transfer service. It was the mark of a new beginning for two congregations.
On July 1, 2016, Rev. Daniel Park was appointed by Bishop Young Jin Cho to be the new senior pastor of Chesterbrook United Methodist Church as Rev. Gene Larkin retired after over 50 years of faithful service to the United Methodist Church.
This fall, Chesterbrook UMC is celebrating 110 years of God’s faithfulness.
Come and join us!