As the pastor of the New Hope United Methodist Mission church on Route One, Rev. Kincannon will share his thoughts about hosting the VicHop Homeless Shelter every winter as well as the broader call to serve our neighbors in need.
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew
sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and
Matthew got up and followed him.
10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax
collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.
11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does
your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a
doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire
mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but
Keary Kincannon is the founding pastor of Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church. In 1995 he was appointed by Bishop Thomas Stockton to start a congregation that served the poor and marginalized residents living along the impoverished Route 1 Corridor of Fairfax County. Starting from the back of Keary’s car, today, Rising Hope is a center of healing and transformation serving thousands in the community with the love and power of Christ. In 2016 Rising Hope’s food pantry was included in a “National Geographic” book “Feeding America: Stories of Hunger and Hope.” The national hunger advocacy organization “Feeding America” made Rising Hope’s food pantry the center of a national ad campaign promoting support for local food pantries. In February 2017 Rising Hope made national news when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided and arrested immigrant guests staying at the church’s hypothermia shelter. Senator Mark Warner invited Pastor Keary to be his guest at President Trump’s first joint address of congress as a protest of the President’s immigration policies. Rising Hope has been featured on the PBS program Religion and Ethics, ABC’s 20/20, the Washington Post, Sojourners magazine, the Virginia Advocate, and the UMW ‘s Response magazine. Keary Kincannon is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan University and Wesley Theological Seminary, where he received both his Masters of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry in John Wesley and the Poor. He has been married to Judy Borsher for 29 years and they have a 26 year old daughter, Kaitlyn.