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

Coming Up at Fairlington

Posted by FUMC on June 21, 2018 at 4:42pm 0 Comments

Dear Fairlington Members and Friends,

This Sunday many important things will be happening. In worship, we will focus on finding peace in the midst of storms while we light candles to represent prayers for ourselves and our world. Our three summer mission teams will be commissioned at 9:30 and 11 am, and a reception honoring newly ordained Pastor Devon will be held following each service.

A workday is being organized on Saturday, and again June 30, 8:00-11:30 to help renovate the woods near the upper parking lot.  Here’s some helpful information about this new project for our church and community.

Next week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, our church parking lots will be resurfaced and painted.  The church will be open and parking will be available with our neighbors at Fairlington Presbyterian…


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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