About Us

Christmas at Hermitage

We are a community of believers


In the Book of Acts 2:42, we read that the early followers of Jesus …devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

At Hermitage Church today, these activities of the early church are at the core of our community.  We are nurtured in our community through the teaching of the scriptures, our fellowship, nurture and support of one another, breaking bread at fellowship meals and at the Lord’s supper, and many forms of prayer (silent, spoken, and praying with our hands).

John 3:16

" For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life…. "

What You Should Expect

When Visiting Our Church & Ministry

Walking into a new church can be intimidating and at times terrifying depending on your previous church experience. If you are considering attending one of our worship gatherings, we pray that you would take the vulnerable step and come check it out! We can't fully describe what you will experience, but at least we can try to give you an idea of what to expect.

On a Sunday morning you might see some people in a suit and tie, others in a t-shirt and shorts, and a lot of in between.  We believe that God doesn't expect us to clean ourselves up before we come to Him and His church; so we say, come as you are.  Our 9:45AM Worship Services usually last around 60 minutes and include worship through music, reading of the Scripture,the preaching of God's Word, prayer, and communion.

After worship, there is a 15 minute gathering in the fellowship hall.  On the 1st Sunday of the month, we celebrate those who have birthdays that month with a Birthday Blessings Celebration.  Cake and other refreshments are served.

At 11:00AM we welcome people of all ages to join us in Sunday School.  It is a time of learning, interacting and fellowship.  The Sunday School does not meet during the Summer months.

Meet Our Team

Ron Brower, Dispersing Treasurer

Willie Allmarode, Dispersing Treasurer

Ron was born in Waynesboro and attended Waynesboro Public Schools until his parents moved to Augusta County.  He graduated from Wilson Memorial High School, received his Associate Degree from Ferrum College and a Degree in Businesss and Accounting from Bridgewater College.  He has been a valued member of Hermitage Presbyterian Church for most of his life.  He has served on various committees, several terms on Church Session, and Elder and is now Disbursing Treasurer.  Ron owns Wayne Oxygen and Welding Supply Co. Inc with his brother, Jerry.  He started his career at Wayne Oxygen in 1974, working there for many years with his late father, R. Francis Brower.

Willie greets everyone with a smile and always makes their day better.  He came to Hermitage from Smyrna Presbyterian Church where he was ordained as an Elder on January 14, 1962.  He and his lovely wife transferred their membership to Hermitage in 1966 after moving to the community.  Willie is an Elder, served many terms on the Church Session and was Church Treasurer.  He was a valuable member of the new Church building committee.  Willie retired from Hopeman Bros., Inc. in Waynesboro but hasn't slowed down during retirement!  He now serves Hermitage Chruch as Recording Treasurer.


Don Rierson, Organist

Don is currently Associate Professor and
Director of Opera and Music Theatre at James Madison University.  A native of North Carolina, he received his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, and an MM in Opera Production and Ph.D. from the Florida State University. He has directed and served on professional production teams at The Florida State Opera, The Spoleto Festival, The Ash Lawn Summer Festival, Central City Opera and Indianapolis Opera.  We are fortunate to enjoy Don's talent each Sunday.



Gaylon Hevener, Choir Director



Carol Ambler & Tammy Goff - Youth Directors

Nancy Mader - Clerk of Session

Trish Howell - Sunday School Director

Elizabeth Fitzgerald - Historian & Webmaster

Session Members

Hank Coffey

Bob Evers

Tammy Goff

Ron Brower

Elizabeth Fitzgerald

Laurie Thacker

Nancy Mader, Recprding Secretary

Pastor Karen Allamon, Moderator

Our History

A little about how we came to be.

Hermitage Presbyterian Church


The eighteenth-century settlers who homesteaded in the Shenandoah Valley were a diverse group called, Scotch-Irish.  Thomas Jefferson called them, those wild-Irish.  In reality, these settlers were a mixture of Border and Lowland Scot, Highland Clansman, Border English and Anglo-Irishman, Welchman, Londoner, and French Huguenot.  They had a reputation for keeping the Sabbath and everything else they could lay their hands on.*


These Scots-Irish were Presbyterian who demanded an educated-clergy, good schools, and frugality.  The schools they produced included Princeton, Davidson, Mary Baldwin, and Hampden-Sydney.  Their frugality gave them the ability to look at a field and calculate its potential yield of whiskey- down to the last pint.*


Tinkling Springs (Presbyterian Church) congregation established a center at Hermitage in 1871. The church shared a minister with Tinkling Spring. In 1877 Sunday School was established at the Hermitage Chapel.  The Chapel referred to as the Union Chapel at Hermitage was located two hundred yards from the present Church.  In 1880, two acres were donated to the Chapel.  In 1981, the cemetery plot at the back of the property was added.  It is believed the the construction of the Church was begun in 1885 and finished sometime in 1887.  Hermitage remained a part of Tinkling Springs Church until May of 1916.  There were forty-seven charter members of the church and Sunday School had an enrollment of 162.*** In 1962, Hermitage began calling their own pastors.**


Today, this early focus on good schools and frugality continue to be a strong current in the life of Hermitage Church.  The emphasis for good schools has translated into a strong program of religious education for both children and adults.   Frugality now has less to do with distilling and more to do with a faithful stewardship that reaches out to a broken world.  Locally, members of Hermitage are involved in ministries of feeding the hungry, provided shelter for the homeless, and refugee ministry.  Globally, members can be found in Guatemala, Mexico, and South Africa sharing gifts of the Spirit.


Hermitage Church is a caring family church that finds joy in worshiping, fellowship, education and mission.  You are invited to come and experience this loving and hopeful community of faith.




*Sanders II, I. Taylor, Now Let the Gospel Trumpet Blow, Lexington, VA, The News-Gazette Printing Dept,  1986.  Sanders quotes extensively from Leyburn, James G., The Scotch-Irish, Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1962.


** Shenandoah Presbytery: A Heritage of Service, Staunton, VA., Lot’s Wife Publishing, 2012.


***The Tinkling Spring, by Howard McKnight Wilson, 1954