Our Mission

To worship God as a loving family of Christ, through ministry involving education, fellowship, evangelism, and missions.


Our in-person worship schedule is a traditional worship service at 8:30 a.m. and again at 11:00 am.


Scott Duncan Hopkins

Our minster is Reverend Scott Duncan Hopkins. He came to us in the summer of 2017. He is the father of two adult children — Morgan and AnnaGrace.

Scott was born and raised in Atlanta in the Northeast suburbs where he lived until he left for college. He attended Young Harris College from 1981-1983, Mars Hill College from 1985-87 where he graduated with a BA in Religion with focuses in Philosophy and Christian Education. He then attended Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC from 1987-1990. He entered into pastoral ministry in 1987. In 1989, Scott moved to Louisville, KY where he attended Southern Seminary from 1990-1992 and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree with a focus in Pastoral Care.

Scott did Clinical Pastoral Education at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky where his focus was in the area of Substance Abuse. At the time, he continued this field of work in an inner city ministry in Louisville with addicts and their families with the ministries of the Volunteers of America.

Scott completed eleven years work in the area of Family Systems Theory including three years post graduate work at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington DC. He was an elected member of the Virginia Annual Conference Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church for many years, a member of the Methodist Federation for Social Action and the Reconciling Ministries Network. For several years, he served as the Peace With Justice Coordinator for the Virginia Annual Conference of Methodists.

In most recent years, he has completed an eighteen month training as a Spiritual Director, in the Ignatian tradition, at The Church of Saint Francis Xavier in New York City.

He is 61 years old and in his 35th year in ministry. He loves books, the Turner Classic Movies channel, University of Georgia Football, Thr Green Bay Packers, ACC Basketball, working out at the gym, taking pictures, vintage Country Music, and the occasional good jazz club in New York City.

Our Staff

Brenda Scott

Choir Director and pianist
Brenda Scott came to Peace UMC in Sept. 1995 as choir director and pianist. Since playing her first service at age 16, she has played organ and piano in ten states and Japan and has sung in choirs since age 14. She also has enjoyed playing for community choruses and local community theater musicals. She established the Peace Bell Choir in 2003. She and her husband, Jim, reside in Stafford and are the proud parents of 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

David Witmer IV

Youth Director
David Witmer IV was born in York Pennsylvania, and moved to the Fredericksburg area in 1982. He is a graduate of Courtland High School. He worked in transportation for 15 years and has been in Logistics for the last 23 years at Dahlgren Navy Base, currently as a Supply Analyst. David and his family joined Peace United Methodist Church in 2006. David has been an active member of the United Methodist Men having served as the Secretary, Vice President and President. David has completed training as a Stephen’s Minister. He is active in the audio/visual support of weekly church services. David became active with the church youth program coordinating the annual Appalachian Service Project (ASP) Mission trips. This program is a major youth program and focuses on teaching young adults to serve God through serving their community.

Karen Portillo

Administrative Assistant
Karen Portillo grew up in Cheverly Maryland. Her family belonged to the Cheverly Community Evangelical United Brethren Church, where she was active in the children’s choir and was one of the 1st girl acolytes in the 70’s. She is an alumna University of Mary Washington and of Stuart Hall. Karen has worked in the medical field as a dialysis therapist and in the home furnishing industry in customer service and sales. However, her favorite job was full time mom and homemaker. Karen has been an active volunteer here in Fredericksburg since moving here 2001. First with the local MOMS Club then here at Peace UMC serving on numerous committees and the preschool. Karen was a Den Mother for Pack 21 and a leader in Boy Scout Troop 21. You can contact Karen at churchyouth@passthepeacechurch.org