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.


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.

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Vision & Mission

Our Vision

Chanco on the James strives to be the “spiritual heart of Southern Virginia”. We promote the spiritual and physical wellness of all God’s people through our summer camp programs and retreat facilities.


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.


our message

A Word from our Bishop

I envision Chanco being everything it currently is and much, much more. I see it as a place with the potential to be the true spiritual heart of Southern Virginia – a place where people come from all over for spiritual formation, refreshment and worship, a place characterized by Christian hospitality.

I see the summer camp as a place for our young people to grow in their spiritual awareness and to begin to find their place in the community of the baptized. And finally, I see it as a place that draws in people from both inside and outside our Church, giving us an opportunity to share with them God’s love as revealed in the beauty of creation.

Rt. Rev. Holly Hollerith, IV

Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia