Church Staff


Rev. James Canody, Pastor

Pastor Jim grew up in Falls Church, Virginia in a loving and caring family who loved their church.  Jim grew up here in the Graham Road United Methodist Church.  He has been on a faith journey since his birth -attending Sunday School and worship, being active in UMYF, Youth Choir, the GRUMC ASP Mission team, and Chancel Performance Team.  

In his first year of college Jim received his call to the pastoral ministry.  With the help of many people, through many situations, and through many hours of fervent prayers God's call towards ordained ministry was confirmed.  

Jim graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA degree in the Liberal Arts Management Program and a focus on religion.

He joined the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1984 while completing his final year at Wesley Theological Seminary. During seminary Jim served two years at Walker Chapel under the supervision of Sam Stanley and one year at Good Shepherd UMC in Waldorf, Maryland. In 1983 Janice and Jim were married at Rockville UMC.

Jim’s first appointment was a single rural church on Harrisonburg District, Parnassus UMC, where Janice and he served for three years. During this appointment Jim was involved with Boarder Missions and began working with the Society of St. Andrews’ Harvest of Hope.

They then moved to the Eastern Shore District where they served a two church charge, the  Wachapreague/Quinby Charge for four years. During their stay on “the Shore” their son Jake was born. Jim was on the Executive Council of Camp Occohannock on the Bay.

The family then moved back to “the Valley” to the Staunton District and served Mint Spring UMC for two years.

 For five years the family served the King William Charge, a three church charge, on the Ashland District. Jim was the chairman of the Small Membership Church task force.  

The Canody’s were then sent to the Alexandria District where they serve the Cranford church for six years. During his time at Cranford Jim began studying Bowen Family Systems Theory.

For the last ten years they have been serving the Friendship Church on the Arlington District.

Jim’s theology is grounded around the concept of Shalom- wholeness of relationships to God, our neighbors, our world and ourselves. He sees himself as a team member in partnership with the members of the local church.

Jim sees worship as the central act of the faith community where prayer is intricate part of the process. All of the church’s missions are grounded in its worship. 

Jim loves music, plays guitar, and writes songs which he uses in worship.