ABOUT US

All about Chanco on the James

what we do

Promoting the Spiritual and Physical Wellness of God’s People

We offer Christian hospitality to guests of all ages, races, and denominations and we welcome the opportunity to share God’s love as revealed in the beauty of creation.

identity

Who We Are 

Chanco is situated on 125 acres of woods surrounded by natural wildlife along the James River. Our location in Surry County, Virginia is a short ferry ride away from historic Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a relaxed, comfortable environment to promote spiritual, personal and professional growth. Chanco strives to be a place to rest, rejuvenate, and reconnect with God, His people, and His creation.

My introduction to summer church camp actually didn’t happen until I was an adult. As a parent, I made sure that church camp in the Diocese of Northern Indiana was part of my children’s summer experience. In my own formation as an Episcopal priest, I volunteered as camp chaplain. I would not trade those experiences for anything!  After a year in the Diocese of Southern Virginia and many visits to Chanco, I am proud to be associated with this place of spiritual refuge and peace. God is encountered in nature – in the woods and on the river. These natural encounters, combined with superb Christian spiritual formation and programming, serve to make the Chanco experience one of the best in the nation! 

Bishop Susan Haynes

Bishop Susan Haynes