The West Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church in partnership with UMCOR and WV-VOAD.

Online Giving

Your financial contributions go a long way to help with flood response and recovery.
Choose option #2 "United Methodist Flood and Disaster Response"
at the WV UM Foundation's giving portal.
100% of your contribution will be used for our recovery efforts.

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New Vision Depot

The New Vision Depot serves as the main hub for Disaster Relief Ministry of the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Learn More

Help build Flood Buckets and Health Kits 

Follow this link for information about how to build a Flood Bucket.

Follow this link for information about how to build a Health Kit.

Volunteers in Mission

is a grassroots movement within The United Methodist Church that provides a way for lay and clergy Christians to use their skills and talents in service at home and around the world on short term mission assignments.
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U. M. C. O. R.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. We are grateful for our partnership with UMCOR, especially around the areas of Disaster Response.

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A New Vision with Hope: Disaster Recovery

Recovery after a major flood takes a long time and coordination between volunteers and the communities affected.  West Virginia Conference Disaster Recovery: A New Vision with Hope seeks to meet the needs of those affected by the Summer 2016 floods.

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Conference Disaster Response Leaders

Rev. Dan Lowther: 304-642-0897 (c)
Rev. Sue Lowther: 304-642-0896 (c)

New Vision with Hope Disaster Recovery Coordinators:

Rev. Jack Lipphardt: 304-639-7035 (c)
Rev. JF Lacaria:   304-561-8097

Volunteers in Mission Coordinator:

Rev. David Stilgenbauer: 304-210-6938

Rev. Rick Duncan, pastor of Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church in Alderson, West Virginia, shares how their church is prepared for flood waters, a practice that prevented significant loss due to flooding in June 2016.

Only a few items are needed for the flood barrier: Plywood, helicoils, bolts, caulk, wrench. Plywood and bolts are stored until need arises.

“If we hadn’t put these in our basement would have had 3 feet of water in it, instead we had just a skim of water.” Rev. Rick Duncan. Pastor Duncan serves a church a block away from the Lower Greenbrier River.

As spring storms move into the region preventive measures such as this can make a difference! Watch the video for how Johnson Memorial UMC, Alderson, West Virginia built their own flood barriers.

Disaster Response Ministries: Responding with Love for as Long as it Takes.

Disaster response ministry demonstrates a core Christian value: caring for people affected by sudden emergencies.

Our Conference disaster response coordinators help assess needs in the days following a disaster, recruit work teams, and help organize and collect materials such as cleaning buckets, health kits, and other materials as needed.


The work of the West Virginia Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries is grounded in faith in God and in the communities we serve. This gives us the courage to serve boldly as the presence of Christ to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.

  • WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries provides practical, proactive support to the most vulnerable survivors of chronic or momentary emergencies stemming from natural or civil causes.
  • The WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries honors cultural differences. We deliver aid to people without regard to race, religion, politics, gender or sexual orientation. We seek input from local communities in identifying needs and developing innovative solutions.
  • All people have God-given dignity and worth. The most essential partner in the West Virginia Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries work is the beneficiary.
  • WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries works with partners—especially those who are indigenous to the affected locale. Civic organizations, faith communities, school leaders, and other local resources are great assets to sustainable recovery and development, particularly after massive traumatic events.
  • WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries is a good steward of its gifts and grants.
  • WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries does not tie the promise of its relief and development activity to any religious or political viewpoint.
  • The WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries professional staff incorporates best practices and standards to provide innovative, effective, and integrated ministry.
  • The WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries welcomes the good efforts of countless individuals and churches who support us through gifts, prayers, and service.