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Orndorff says goodbye to Culpeper United Methodist Church after 15 years By Jeff Say Culpeper Times Staff Writer Pastor Randy Orndorff has always had the view of “grow where you’re planted.” Fifteen years ago, Orndorff and his family were uprooted from their 15-year appointment in Riverton United Methodist Church in Front Royal and transplanted in Culpeper. At Culpeper United Methodist Church, the Orndorff family began to put down new roots. With love and compassion serving as fertilizer, the roots grew to that akin to an Aspen Grove. Through love, loss, joy and pain - the Orndorff family and the Culpeper community has grown together. Now, those roots will be transplanted again, as Orndorff was recently named the new pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, effective June 29. His last sermon in Culpeper will fittingly enough be Father’s Day. “This is like pulling up roots, because our lives have become very deeply rooted into the Culpeper community,” Orndorff said. “We’re all very intricately connected. That’s why some of the challenges emotionally are there, because of the love and care and the highs and lows of life we’ve shared with so many people.” Growing the church Orndorff, his wife Lee Anne, his sons Jordan and Josh and his daughter Kelsey moved to Culpeper in 2004 after serving at Riverton for 15 years. As part of the Methodist Church, pastors are moved around as part of an interient system - with the Bishop matching up the needs of the congregation with the skills of the pastor. Most clergy stay at a church for four to five years, Orndorff said, pointing out that he’s been blessed to be in two congregations for a total of 30 years. “It’s great because it allows you to work with a group of people and put some roots down,” Orndorff said. “I think the strength of

the ministry is relating with people to help people to find their place with their gifts and their abilities, to serve God.” Orndorff points to several programs at CUMC that started because members of the congregation approached him about helping the community. The church hosts Empowering Culpeper, a USDA food distribution program, every third Saturday of the month thanks to Marian Dykes reaching out to him about helping feed those in need in the area. “It’s about partnering with people, it’s not just what our church can do and our people can do,” Orndorff said. Another program that started because of a need in the community was Power Pack, when Jennifer Hulse reached out to Orndorff about feeding students in the Culpeper area. The program has just marked seven years and is in every elementary school in the county and has fed up to 300 students on the weekend. Hulse now works with 14 churches and several local businesses to help provide meals for kids. “God had actually put that in my heart to do that, I just prayed about it and one day Jen Hulse walked in the door and said ‘I have this idea,’” Orndorff said. “I said that’s a wonderful idea, let’s go do it.” Orndorff admits his scope is limited as he’s served as pastor or just two congregations in the past 30 years, but he says that Culpeper has a special connection to its residents and everyone attempts to help in times of need. “I do know that this community is very responsive to the people with needs in this community,” Orndorff said. “Through the churches, through Healthy Culpeper, through the police department and the sheriff’s department, there’s a working together to try to meet those needs.” CUMC has also addressed those in need through disaster relief, serving as a HUB for Mission Central providing cleaning buckets ➤ See Orndorff, Page 7

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