United Methodist Church
“To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church
“To grow spiritually and place God in the center of our lives,
so that we may serve our Lord
with our hearts and minds and actions.”
Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church is located in northern Mathews County, Virginia. The county is bordered by the Mobjack Bay, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Piankatank River.
Mathews Chapel has a long history in this rural county. Before it was used as a Methodist Meeting House, the original building was a private chapel of Hesse Plantation and was one of the oldest churches of Kinston Parish. This chapel was mentioned in a patent granted October 30, 1686. It stood just south of the of Queen’s Creek on a rise of ground still known as Chapel Hill and overlooking the south fork of Queen’s Creek, once called the Chapel Branch.
The first sermon by a Methodist in Virginia was preached from the Court House steps in Norfolk in 1772. During the next two decades a number of circuits were formed throughout the Commonwealth. The first in this area being the Gloucester Circuit of which Mathews was a part. From the very beginning of the circuit, Mathews Chapel was one of its churches.
Sometime prior to 1797, the chapel was abandoned by Kinston Parish. At that time, it began to be used as a Methodist Meeting House.
In 1835, Mathews Chapel moved from its original site on Chapel Hill. A new church was built on land that was given by John Lumpkin. This property is the present location of Mathews Chapel.
Because the structure of the 1835 church needed extensive repairs, the church membership decided to build a new church in 1893. In 1902, the old church building was moved across the road and became the Chapel Lodge. This building is no longer there.
In 1923, a two-story structure was added to the back of the church to provide eight Sunday School classrooms. Also, that year the charge was divided, and Mathews Chapel became part of the North Mathews Charge. The churches in this charge included Mathews Chapel, Locust Grove, and Shiloh.
On January 5, 1953, the members of Mathews Chapel suffered the loss of the 1893 building by fire. the congregation rallied to rebuild. Ground was broken on July 2, 1953. On the second Sunday in October 1954, the opening services were held in the new church.
In June of 1957, a change in the North Mathews Charge occurred, Shiloh was removed and became a station church. Then in June 1969, Mathews Chapel became a station church.
What We Believe
Mathews Chapel is part of the York River District, Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
The United Methodist Church is a 12.5-million-strong global church that opens hearts, minds, and doors through active engagement with our world. Through the power of our connection, we are making a positive difference in more than 125 countries putting our faith into action to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 
John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living and 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.
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Pastor Marcus Stallworth
My personal vision as a pastoral leader is to serve a congregation that is built on the foundation of the two greatest commandments found in Matthew 22:36-40; To Love God and Neighbor. Based on this Love of God and Neighbor, our ministries will be called to action to work on behalf of God to serve those in the community and our world who are margianlized, oppressed, poor, and defenseless in the community through acts of mercy.
I received my theological education at The Candler School of Theology – Emory Universit in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a recent graduate – 2019. The Candler School of Theology gave me experiences and opportunities to study, listen, learn, and dialogue about theology and scripture with people from all ovre the world. As a second career, non-traditional student, the theological education I received at The Candler School of Theology was divine intervention in helping to shape and discern my call to the ministry.
The key theological points that are core to my ministry are Love of God, Love of Neighbor, and Forgiveness of Sin.
Love for God – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:15 NIV)
Love for Neighbor = “And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39 NIV)
Forgiveness of Sin – “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matthew 6:14 NIV)
Social justice, or the fair treatment of all people which includes respect for the rights of minorities and equitable distribution of wealth/resources among members of a community, is where my love of God and humanity intersect and calls me to act on the behalf of God for his people. As followers of Christ, we must “learn to do right, seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, and plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17 NIV)
John Wesley summarized God’s expectations in three rules – Do No Harm, Do Good, Attend to the Ordinances of God! As Christians, we must continuously engage in both individual and communal Spiritual Discipline on a daily basis:  acts of worship, works of piety, and works of mercy such as prayer, fasting, praise, confession, scripture reading, chaity, meditation, partaking in the sacraments, and giving thanks.

Mathews Chapel
United Methodist Church
4185 Buckley Hall RD
PO BOX 125
Cobbs Creek, VA 23035

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