The Big Stone Gap District

​​​is located in the beautiful foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains, of SW Virginia. We welcome everyone to come and join us as we follow in the teachings of the risen Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18​ - Common English Bible (CEB)

16 So we aren’t depressed. But even if our bodies are breaking down on the outside, the person that we are on the inside is being renewed every day. 17 Our temporary minor problems are producing an eternal stockpile of glory for us that is beyond all comparison. 18 We don’t focus on the things that can be seen but on the things that can’t be seen. The things that can be seen don’t last, but the things that can’t be seen are eternal.

Reverend Archer Coppedge

District Superintendent

     When Archer Coppedge began his ministry, he served inner-city ministries in Atlanta, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.

     But in the last several years, the Rev. Coppedge's passion has been more directed toward small churches.


Read more of this article by Annette Spence.



Beverley Crabtree

Administrative Assistant

     Beverley came to the District on March 25, 2002, one day before her 35th birthday. She is a local girl who graduated with honors in 1985 from Powell Valley High School in Big Stone Gap, which is now known as Union High School. 

     She is married to her high school sweetheart, Steve Crabtree. They have two children, Brian and Amber. 

​     With 14 years of medical office background, the church office was quite a change for Beverley. “It was a big adjustment. The last place I worked was so much hustle and bustle. I had to readjust the way I worked. God has blessed me with this position. I love working for the United Methodist Church!"


Reverend Koni Purscell

Church and Community Worker

     Rev. Koni Purscell serves as a Church and Community Worker in Southwest Virginia, Church and Community Renewal, Big Stone Gap District.

     “This project has a long history of direct help to people in need,” states Rev. Purscell.  “When I arrived the project provided heat assistance, worked with food pantries and thrift stores, provided seeds so people could grow their own gardens, and provided Christmas gifts for over 500 families. I was taken with the General Boards priority of ‘Ministry WITH the poor,’ and have been experimenting with taking the next step in an already strong project,” she continued.

Read more of Koni's Autobiography by clicking here.