Pastor of Congregational Care information

Rev. Dr. Jim Ginther grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and is a Provisional Elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He currently serves as the Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church and as a Chaplain Resident for the Department of Veterans Affairs for the Central Virginia Healthcare System.  He holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, MA and Ph.D. in History from Abilene Christian University and Texas Tech University respectively, and an MDiv from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.

Prior to coming to FUMC Jim served for 20 years as a historian for the United States Marine Corps History Division aboard MCB Quantico.  He is passionate about the ministry of pastoral care and in particular the pastoral care needs of America’s servicemen and women and veterans.  His ministry is focused on the restoration of image of God in the people he cares for concentrating on the reconciliation of individuals with God, self, and each other.  He also is passionate about connecting people and resources to each other in ways that make a difference in the church and in the community.  Nothing makes him happier than encouraging people to reach their full potential.

When not engaged in ministry Jim seeks rest and recuperation in walking the areas Civil War battlefields, listening to music (all kinds), reading, going to baseball games and watching sports on TV (particularly the Gaelic games of hurling and Gaelic football broadcast from Ireland).  He is married to his wife Vicky and they share their home with their cat Scrappy (who believes he shares his home with them.)