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Are you looking for a place to belong? You’ll receive a warm welcome at Richmond United Methodist Church.

We are a church dedicated to Jesus Christ. We are committed to outreach and to minister in His name.

There is an array of family oriented ministries providing opportunities for children, youth, and adults to grow in faith, to enjoy Christian friendship, and to serve Christ.

There is a place for you at Richmond United Methodist Church.




East Ohio Conference Bishop Tracy Malone has appointed Rev. Byron Bufkin to Richmond UMC effective July 1, 2019. Please hold your incoming Pastoral Family in prayer.

Byron R. Bufkin has been a pastor for eleven years.  His call to ministry came at the age of sixteen while studying to become a Stephen’s Minister, and later affirmed through becoming a leader in the Discipleship series.  Due to his parents’ divorce, he ran from this call until God intervened in late 2004. He was ordained in 2015 as a full elder, serving at the Newport / Beech Grove charge and then at Mentor Plains UMC.  He also served as an emergency chaplain at Marietta Memorial Hospital for four years.

His greatest ministerial joys are preaching, teaching and spiritual development, with recent endeavors including quarterly half-day retreats on various spiritual disciplines and creating his own Bible study that is presented twice weekly.  Additional efforts include Holy Saturday seminars, a Maundy Thursday interactive experience, and various special services from holiday celebrations to the anointing of a church.  Byron is recognized as a passionate preacher who has welcomed seventeen new members to the church so far this year.  He also enjoys working with kids and has his own puppet “troupe.”  Community outreach endeavors have also included a variety of assistant coach positions in football, baseball, and basketball, tabletop gaming, and driving Zamboni.

Byron has been married to Elizabeth (who goes by Beth) for twenty-four years. They are the proud parents of three adult children. Mason is a junior at Baldwin Wallace University majoring in English with minors in public relations and marketing.  Max is a corporal in the US Marine Corp currently serving as an avionics technician. And Madison is graduating from high school and plans to attend a local community college for marketing or business administration.  Byron’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, biking, strategy games, and music.