Virgie Kesterson Hammond, 89, a former pastor, college counselor and free-lance writer and a Washington area resident since 1968, died of cancer Thursday at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Alexandria.

She lived in Arlington with her daughter, Kestie V. Hammond.

Mrs. Hammond was born in Odessa, Mo. She graduated in 1917 from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and attended the University of Missouri.

She served as assistant pastor of a Baptist church in Jefferson City, Mo., from 1917 to 1919. Later, she assisted her husband, the Rev. W. M. Hammond in pastorates in South Carolina, Kentucky and Missouri. She had served as an associate superintendent of Women's Missionary Societies in these states.

Mrs. Hammond helped establish vacation Bible schools and summer mission camps for children in Kentucky and Missouri. She and her husband, who died in 1966, also helped establish two Baptist churches in Missouri.

From 1944 to 1968, when she retired, she was a counselor at Stephens College for women in Columbia, Mo.

Mrs. Hammond also had contributed free-lance articles for magazines and newspapers in this country, Canada and England.

She was formerly active in the Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Arlington and in Bible study groups.

Besides her daughter, survivors include a son, W. M. Hammond of Philadelphia.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the World Hunger Program of the Baptist World Alliance here or to the National Hospice Organization in McLean.