Welcome to St James United Methodist Church

A place to Worship, Grow & Serve

We are a United Methodist congregation open to everyone who wants to come and worship. Located at 401 Carlwood Dr., Miamisburg Ohio, 45342, we are among the oldest churches in Miamisburg, Ohio, with our congregation’s founding dating back to 1838. We are also a come-as-you-are church where everyone is welcome to our casual blended worship led by Pastor Stu Rammes.

We also have a nursery where children, from infants up to 2 years of age, may stay. Quality childcare is provided as well as changing areas in both the nursery and main restroom. We even have TV’s in both the Gathering Place as well as the Nursery so you can keep posted on your child’s activities while also worshiping. We also have a child care center and a Christian based preschool.

Come join us to listen to

Pastor Stu’s Sunday message

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If you would like to explore becoming a member

or schedule a baptism please contact

Rev. Dr. Stuart Rammes


UMC General Conference Proposal

During the coming months, we will keep the congregation updated with the latest information and news releases from the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, concerning the possible restructuring proposal.

Below are links available for your review:

Traditionalists, Centrists, Progressives, & Bishops Sign Agreement Aimed At Separation




4th Sunday after the Epiphany/Holy Communion
Scripture Passage:  Matthew 5:1-12
Message Title:  The World’s Most Extraordinary Club
Theme:  Jesus invites us into an extraordinary fellowship.  He’s already paid the price of admission—once, and in full, and for all.  If you don’t have anything to offer to God except your heart, the kingdom of heaven is open for you.  If this world has nothing to offer you, the kingdom of heaven is also open for you.  If you’re willing to open yourself to Jesus’ love, the kingdom of heaven is open for you.


5th Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture Passage:  Matthew 5:13-20
Message Title:  Salt and Light

Theme:  The Spirit of the living God is active in our lives and through our lives, to make us salt and light.  The Spirit animates the church which is the body of Christ to pursue the mission Jesus entrusted to His disciples: to let their light shine before others, the earth, the world  –  those within and without the family of faith.


6th Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture Passage: Psalm 119:1-8 (UM840) from the Lectionary
Message Title: Happy Are Those…


Transfiguration Sunday
Scripture Passage:  Matthew 17:1-9 and 2 Peter 1:16-21
Message Title:  Right in Front of Our Eyes
Theme:  Each of us has been to the mountaintop at some time in our lives.  But we are sinners. We love Jesus, but in the time of testing, we have each denied Him.


Ash Wednesday

Scripture Passage:  Psalm 51:1-17

Message Title:  When We No Longer Recognize Ourselves

Theme:  This is our desire: To look into God’s mirror and to see ourselves as God intended us to be. To see God’s image in the background, to know that we are loved, that we have not been orphaned.  It is never too late by God’s grace to have God’s image restored within us.


1st Sunday in Lent/Holy Communion

Scripture Passage:  Matthew 4:1-11

Message Title: “Not Responsible For…

Theme:  Spiritual maturity, the kind that allows us to see ourselves and all around us as God sees, does not just happen.  We have entered the season of Lent, that period of the church year that calls us to a rigid self-examination.  One of the problems with our “no-guilt trip” society is the loss of incentive for repentance, restitution, or improvement.



2nd Sunday in Lent

Scripture Passage:  John 3:1-21

Message Title: Genuine Faith

Theme: (Nicodemus) There comes a time when we must claim Jesus as our Lord, we can no longer put Him off, for faith is not something we can borrow.  Our greatest need is to surrender to the cross of Christ.


SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020

3rd Sunday in Lent

Scripture Passage:  John 4:5-26, 39-42

Message Title:  Words, Words, Words

Theme: (Jesus and the Woman at the well) In Jesus Christ we get our words back, the words we speak can become filled once again with grace and truth, can be renewed as instruments of redemption.


SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020

4th Sunday in Lent

Scripture Passage:  John 9:1-11, 24-41

Message Title:  I Once Was Blind

Theme:  When moments of spiritual blindness come in our lives, remember the words of the man born blind:  “All I know is, I was blind, and then I met Jesus. And now I can see.”


SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020

5th Sunday in Lent

Scripture Passage:  John 11:1-3, 17-29, 39-45

Message Title:  It’s Time to Get Up

Theme: {The raising of Lazarus.} Jesus wept with those He loved and He still does.  Jesus raised people up and He still does.  Jesus included others in the healing process, and He still does.



Palm Sunday/Holy Communion

Scripture Passage:  Matthew 21:1-11

Message Title:  Waving At The Parade

Theme:  Each time one of us is willing to publicly claim Jesus as Lord and Savior, His circle of influence grows.  Each new disciple becomes a bridge to others.  One by one, Jesus’ kingship spreads.  Each time one of us claims Him as Lord, Jesus the unidentified king is crowned the King of kings.



Holy Thursday

Scripture Passage:  1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Message Title:  Signed, Sealed And Delivered

Theme:  On this night, more than on any other night, we consider the meaning of the sacrament of Holy Communion.  Tonight, we gather in the presence of the Lord, and we consider the last meal Jesus shared with His disciples in this life.


FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2020

Good Friday

Scripture Passage:  Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12

Message Title:  What Christ’s Death Means

Theme:  Jesus died on the cross.  We have heard that so often we may lose the reality of it.  It is important that we have this fact firmly in mind: Jesus died. He was really human, and like all of us, He died.  But in His death, our death is destroyed.


SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2020

Easter Sunday

Scripture Passage:  John 20:1-18

Message Title: Because He Lives

Theme:  No matter what the circumstances of your life, do not lose hope.  Remain open to the possibility of resurrection; the possibility of new life.  You can be lifted from troubles to possibilities, from despair to joy, from fear to courage, from defeat to victory.


SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2020

2nd Sunday of Easter

Scripture Passage:  John 20:19-31

Message Title:  Learning To Doubt Our Doubts

Theme:  Certainty is very difficult to attain in this world.  There always seems to be room for doubt.  Some wise people have taken doubt to its logical conclusion and begun to doubt their doubts.  Doubt is an obstacle that, when overcome, can cause us to have a deeper, richer, more meaningful faith.


SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2020

3rd Sunday of Easter

Scripture Passage:  Luke 24:13-35

Message Title:  Recognizing Christ

Theme:  God is alive.  God is personal.  God cares about you and desires to reveal Himself to you just as Christ revealed Himself to those two disciples on the road to Emmaus.  Let us open ourselves to God and hear God speak to our hearts.