Pastor John Wright was raised in southern West Virginia, educated at Virginia Tech, and employed at Naval Surface Warfare Center for 36 years, retiring in 2017. John and his wife Kay raised three daughters on a farm in King George, where he was an active member of Dahlgren United Methodist Church until coming here in 2017.

John is very energetic and has been active in the UMC’s Volunteers in Missions program (in Virginia, North Carolina, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Florida, and Alaska), prison ministry, and Epiphany Ministry – an ecumenical Christian ministry for troubled juveniles. He is now quite active in practically everything at Fairfields, from the choir to strenuous men’s activities.

In 2010 John was led to lay the groundwork to enter ordained ministry. He enrolled at Asbury Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Divinity degree. In 2017 he was licensed as a Local Pastor and appointed to serve the Northumberland Charge (Fairfields and Afton churches).

A warm and caring man with a sense of humor, well-schooled in the Bible and Methodism, John has won our hearts. When God calls, John humbly responds, and inspires us to follow. 

John and Kay Wright

Kay Wright earned a BS in Economics and Mathematics at Mary Washington University and completed post-graduate work at Virginia Tech.  Kay was employed until recently at Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, where she returned to work after homeschooling their three girls.

She is active and involved, worked with John in  prison ministry and other callings, and has become very engaged at Fairfields and Afton churches since her recent retirement. Her insights, smile, and kind words make her a delightful addition to the congregation.