Virginia United Methodist Housing Development Corporation

Company Leadership

The Virginia United Methodist Housing Development Corporation mission and long term business direction is overseen by a Board of Directors. Day to day operations and corporate affairs are handled by the Executive Committee. Members of the Executive Committee are also members of the Board of Directors.

Officers & Directors

Names VAUMC District
Larry Dickenson, President Roanoke
James G. O’Quinn, Vice President** James River
Ernest T. Herndon Jr., Secretary** Harrisonburg
James Branscome, Treasurer Richmond
Robert Bain James River
Thomas R. Barnard** Charlottesville
Sue Boltz Alexandria
David Brown** Arlington
Monty Cox Harrisonburg
Willard Douglas Jr. Richmond
Steven Wayne Greer** Roanoke
Robert Hinkle Fredericksburg
Elizabeth R. Honea James River
John R. Jones** Farmville
Kathy Lutman Winchester
Harold E. White, Sr.** Eastern Shore
J. Robert Regan Jr., Founder and Director, Emeritus**  

** Designates Board members that are clergy.

Executive Committee

Lawrence B. Dickenson – President

Larry was elected President in 2016. He has served on the Board of Directors since 1996 and previously served as Vice President and Secretary. Larry grew up in Roanoke, VA where he has been a long-time member of Raleigh Court United Methodist Church. Following graduation from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Architecture, he embarked on a 41-year career in the construction industry featuring broad experience in management of projects and companies, serving as Executive VP f The Branch Group, Inc. before retiring in 2017. The major project sectors included educational facilities (K-12 & university), commercial, apartments & assisted living, industrial, courthouses and highways, with contract values up to $350M. Larry also served as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association from 1990 to 2000.

Jim O’Quinn – Vice President

Jim was elected to the Board of Directors in 1987, and Secretary and/or Vice President of VUMHDC during that time. He is an ordained minister and elder of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, where first began serving as pastor in 1976.
Jim’s educational background includes B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College, M.Div from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a D. Min from United Theological Seminary. Beyond serving as pastor Jim was appointed to specialized ministries in pastoral counseling and working with victims/perpetrators of sexual abuse. In this capacity, he is certified at the state and national level as a counselor and expert witness. Currently Jim is continuing to serve as a local church pastor and as the Director of Congregational Excellence for the James River District.

Jim Branscome – Treasurer

Jim was elected Director and Treasurer of VUMHDC in 2006 after serving as ex-officio treasurer and director as part of his role as Virginia Annual Conference Treasurer beginning in 1982.
Jim is a graduate of Virginia Tech with as B.S. in History. He also earned a M.A. in History from Wake Forest University and completed course work for a Doctorate in Higher Education from Virginia Tech. From 1963 to 1982, Jim held a series of positions in higher education as faculty, Dean of Admissions and Dean of Finance at Wytheville and J. Sergeant Reynolds Community Colleges, Bluefield State College and Longwood College. From 1982 to 1986, Jim was Virginia Conference Treasurer.

Ernest T. (“Tommy”) Herndon – Secretary

Tommy was elected Secretary in 2016. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2003.
He received his B.S. in Chemistry & Biology from Methodist University and a M.Div from Duke University. Prior to being called to the ministry, Tommy worked in the chemical industry. Tommy has served as pastor and ordained elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1973. He is currently the District Superintendent of the Harrisonburg District, supervising 66 pastors and 82 churches. In addition, Tommy has been president of the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center in Blackstone, VA and recently appointed to the Virginia Conference agency handling charitable gifts to the Conference.