Rev. Godwin to lead Lenten Learning session on Tuesday


The Rev. James B. Godwin will present “Jesus as Prophet” at the weekly Lenten Learning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Grace Episcopal Church, 303 South Main Street, Kilmarnock.

Soup will be provided by the Grace Church welcome committee, reported parish administrator Candie Newman.

Rev. Godwin grew up in Accomack County. His father was an oysterman. As a teenager he worked in the potato graders and picked vegetables on the truck farms of the Eastern Shore.

He received an associate’s in science from Bluefield College, where he was elected to Phi Theta Kappa and was editor of the College Newspaper. He transferred to the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s in history. He received a Master of Divinity at the Divinity School of Duke University.

Rev. Godwin has served United Methodist Churches (UMC) in North Carolina and Virginia. After retiring from Trinity UMC in Alexandria, he served as an interim pastor at Kilmarnock UMC and as the pastor of Heathsville UMC for 12 years. He is the interim pastor of Tappahannock Memorial UMC.

Rev. Godwin has served as the supply preacher at a number of local churches.

He is a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of the Northern Neck. He is a past president of the Rappahannock Amateur Radio Association. In 2013, he was given The Community Builders Award by the Heathsville Masonic Lodge.

His interests include sailing, amateur radio, stamp collecting, working at the Northumberland Public Library’s Ye Olde Book Shoppe and reading history and biography. He is married to Lou Fleischer of Richmond. They have three children.