Our Life Together
There is a Basque proverb that says, "mountains do not need other mountains, but people do need other people." Our relationships and communities help guide us into a deeper knowledge of Christ. The Diocese supports the building of these relationships through lifelong formation offerings; the work of various committees and commissions; participation in ecumenal organizations; and through our own Diocesen conference, retreat, and outreach ministry sites.
The Christian life is grounded in the conviction that a relationship with Jesus Christ leads to the transformation of our whole lives. The Diocese supports this work through a variety of ministries, including those focusing on lifelong Christian formation, congregational development, and discernment for ordination.
Diocesan Committees & Ministries
The work of the Diocese is supported by a number of committees and commissions. Some, like the Commission on Ministry, are mandated by the canons of the Episcopal Church. Others exist to address the specific needs and concerns of our Diocese and its members.
The West Virginia Council of Churches was founded in 1880 and is one of the oldest ecumenical partnerships in the nation. It currently includes fourteen denominations in the state, whose membership rolls approach 300,000. Together, this ministry operates programs for disaster assistance, substance abuse, prison ministries, and other important programs throughout our state.Read More »
Highland Educational Project (HEP)
The Highland Educational Project (HEP) has been an outreach ministry of the Diocese of West Virginia for more than 70 years. It is located in Welch in McDowell County, in one of the most impoverished areas of the country.
In the past HEP was the only full-time mission-based organization that was open to provide area residents with aid every day of the week. It offered a food p…Read More »
Peterkin Camp & Conference Center
Nestled in a valley near historic Romney, West Virginia, Peterkin Camp and Conference Center boasts 1,400 acres of unsurpassed natural beauty, with clean mountain streams and miles of hiking trails. Peterkin offers a refuge of serenity amid the stress and hectic pace of our everyday lives, a place that encourages us to relax and reconnect with nature by enjoying outdoor activitie…Read More »
Sandscrest Conference & Retreat Center
Sandscrest Conference & Retreat Center is located outside of Wheeling, West Virginia. Sandscrest is available to all religious denominations and non-profit organizations for retreats, conferences, workshops and celebrations. Sandscrest offers a lovely setting with gracious accommodations, delicious food, and comfortable rooms for meeting and gathering in the main house, as well a…Read More »