Our Lady of the Woods

Why Our Lady of the Woods?

Many of us seek a real spiritual community which is loving, inclusive, spiritually lively and empowering of people of all genders, races and sexualities, both rich and poor.

The Johannite tradition represents just such a community. Guided by direct, experiential contact with the Divine, our tradition encourages personal responsibility and freedom of thought and practice.

Join us for a service or one of our social gatherings and let us help you discover your own personal relationship with the Divine. Gnosticism is real and alive in the Southside Virginia!


We believe a personal, intimate relationship with the Divine is not only possible, but necessary.  We delight in the freedom to choose how we understand our tradition and to explore other paths.


We believe that this relationship takes conscientious effort on behalf of the individual to gain the knowledge necessary to uncover its secrets and hidden meanings.


We fully embrace the beauty and mystery of the living Christian tradition: candles and incense, ancient rites such as baptism and the eucharist and robed male and female priests.


We welcome ANYONE who comes respectfully and openly to our services.  Come as you are and share our pilgrimage toward the Divine.

Who is Our Lady of the Woods

Our Lady of the Woods is listed as the patron saint of Oregon in the Roman Catholic Litany of Saints, and our pastor has deep ties to Oregon.  Her Roman Catholic story can be found here. She was chosen as the patron of the Buffalo Junction Parish because of our the origin of the pastor, the location of the parish in a wooded area of Virginia, her visionary and mystic origins, and her association with helping children.

The Johannite Church has a strong association with Mary, the Mother of God. This is because of the commandment of Jesus on the Cross: “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” (John 19:26-27) We at Our Lady of the Woods intend to strengthen this bond between the Divine Mother and the Apostolic Johannite Church.