Rev. Mary Beth Blinn

Lead Pastor

Rev. Mary Beth Blinn

703.671.8557, x. 103

Mary Beth answered the call to ministry as a young adult, having been baptized and confirmed in her faith while growing up in the United Methodist Church. Her father was a United Methodist pastor in Kentucky and is a mentor to her. Her mother kept their home and has taught her to appreciate beauty and frugality. Charles and Mary K. Turkington now live at Lake Junaluska, NC.  

At Emory & Henry College, Mary Beth met her husband, Bob, who, now in retirement from ministry, has been using his talents restoring an old home in Richmond. They are the parents of two adult children. Anna Blinn Cole is a student at Candler School of Theology, and with her husband, Garrett, are the parents of June Ethel. Christopher Blinn, a special education teacher, lives in Richmond, Indiana where he and his wife Kate are the parents of Charles Wilder.

Mary Beth received a MDiv degree at The Divinity School at Vanderbilt University. Her ministry has included pastoring small and medium-sized churches in Virginia; serving as a missionary pastor in the Red Bird Missionary Conference in SE Kentucky; and as District Superintendent of the Danville (VA)  District. Mary Beth enjoys growing flowers, walking and reading. When encouraged by her bike-riding husband, she has been known to take on some bike-riding adventures.

Blog Posts

9 Ways to Embrace Gratitude and Joy

Posted by FUMC on July 5, 2018 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

  1. Keep a gratitude journal or calendar where you write down one thing each day for which you are thankful.
  2. Make a gratitude jar or box for the same purpose.
  3. At mealtimes say grace and then share around the table one thing for which you are thankful.
  4. Thank the people who serve you each day: the barista, clerk, banker, trash collector, etc.
  5. Write a letter of gratitude to a teacher, coach, old friend or mentor, or former pastor.
  6. Find a gratitude partner and share together daily or weekly.
  7. Tell someone how much they mean to you.
  8. Put a positive spin on your negative thoughts (You’re home with a sprained ankle but you get to read the book you’ve had by your chair for months.)
  9. Go on a gratitude walk, carefully observing and saying thank…

Reconciling Notes

Download Here: Our 5 Year History as a Reconciling Congregation

We celebrate Fairlington's 5-year anniversary of becoming a Reconciling Congregation, intentionally welcoming all people as beloved children of God.

Our celebratory theme, “Love in All Colors,” reflects the breadth and diversity of God’s human creation as proclaimed in our church’s welcoming statement.

Check out our audio for personal testimonies from FUMC members. They share how being part of a reconciling congregation has personally affected them and shaped their faith journey.

~Mark Elder,


Follow this link to see the extensive work and accomplishments of this :church and its Reconciling Ministry Team over the last five years, since we became a reconciling congregation in February 2013.  Thank you church!


Fairlington UMC is a 

Reconciling Congregation with open hearts, open minds, and open doors. We proclaim and welcome every person as a beloved child of God regardless of age, race, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, faith history, or life experience.

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