Meet our Pastors and Staff

Pastors Michelle Chappell and Susan Suzrez Webster model the African dresses made for them by our Liberian members in honor of Liberia’s Independence Day.  Also shown is Pastor Santosh Niroula.

Senior Pastor:  Rev. Michelle Chappell

Michelle_ezrReverend Chappell was appointed to Central UMC on June 28, 2011 and came to us from First UMC of Reidsville where she served as pastor for eight years.  She is an Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference.   Michelle received her Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC and her Bachelor of Music from Appalachian State University.  Before joining the United Methodist denomination in 1994, she served and was ordained by the Raleigh Baptist Association at the Inwood Baptist Church in 1990.  Other places of service in our conference include Associate Pastor at First UMC in Rutherfordton and Pastor at Long’s/Cruso charge in Canton.  Michelle likes to do all “musical” endeavors, read, hike, TRAVEL, finding new places in Charlotte and taking care of “Luna” her rescued German Shepherd dog.   She loves being a minister and simply can’t imagine doing anything else!  She would love to get to know you, so come on by Central Church!

Assistant Pastor for Community Outreach:  Susan Suarez Webster

Susan_WebsterReverend Webster was raised in the United Methodist Church in Syracuse, NY.  During summer camp one year, she made a commitment to follow Christ.  Soon thereafter, Susan felt called to serve God as a missionary.  Married to her husband, Tim for more than 30 years, they have two sons.  Susan studied Spanish at Syracuse University and completed graduate studies in Bible and Missions at Columbia International University.  She also received her Master in Library Science from the University of South Carolina.  Her missionary service in the country of Mexico for fifteen years involved teaching, outreach and starting new churches.  Susan became a licensed pastor at the Western North Carolina Conference in June 2011 and is pleased to be in her first pastoral appointment at Central United Methodist.

La Pastora Susan fue misionera a Mexico por 15 años en los cuales ayudaba a fundar Iglesias y enseñar la Biblia.  Ella le invita a usted a visitar a la iglesia ya sea para clases de inglés o el servicio de adoración. Si usted tuviera dudas en cuanto a la fe en Cristo, favor de hablarle a la Pastora Susan al 704-536-9157.

Youth Leader and Director of Children’s Ministries:  Christy Bost

Christy1_ezrChristy Gerringer Bost is a third grade teacher for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education. Christy has been a member of Central for 33 years. She has two daughters, Jordyn and Joni, and enjoys reading, working in the yard and playing games with the girls.

 Assistant Director of Outreach Ministries:  Santosh Niroula

Santosh Niroula has been named Assistant Director of Outreach Ministries at Central as the result of a grant from the Giles Foundation.   Santosh, who came to the US Feb. 12, 2016, first visited Central UMC on March 25, 2016, Good Friday service.   His first involvement with the United Methodist Church occurred in 2002 at the age of 17, in Nepal.  He served the Lord on a full-time basis in the UMC Nepal from 2002 to 2012 before the UMC drew back its mission from Nepal.  He worked the next year as a missionary evangelist in Nepal, and from 2014 to 2015 was a local administrative assistant for Global Disciples in Nepal.  Santosh was enrolled at India Bible College and Seminary in southern India 2009-2012, earning his M.Div. He is married to Munna, who is also a member at Central.  Santosh likes to learn new things, read, travel and play games.

Santosh Niroula was recognized at Central 6/24/17 as the first Nepali United Methodist Minister in the USA.

Interim Director of Music:  Javier Edgardo Perez

Central’s interim director of music, Javier Perez Edgardo Perez is a professional oboist who was born in San Cristobal, Venezuela. In 1985 he started playing with the Conservatoire Symphony Youth Orchestra in San Cristobal which gave him the opportunity to learn as he played with other musicians that were on the same journey. When he turned 18 he decided to go to Caracas to pursue his career and began playing with the Venezuela Symphony Youth Orchestra & Conservatoire. During his final years in Venezuela he played as first oboe in the Venezuela National Philharmonic Orchestra. Javier migrated to North Carolina fifteen years ago. Ever since he arrived he has played in more than 75 churches, most recently he served at Harrison United Methodist Church. He has played for the several symphony groups in the area and as of today he is the principal oboist with Union Symphony Orchestra.  He also works as a childcare caseworker with DSS Union County and he has three children.

 

 Pianist:  De Ann Cynamon

CynamonDeAnn Cynamon is an alto soloist and pianist.  She began piano studies at the age of five and continued through college including guitar and voice lessons along the way.  She has accompanied choirs and schools choruses, played for college musicals and commencements, and has had the honor of singing and playing for many weddings.  She has played piano, accompanied choirs and lead worship at churches in Georgia and North Carolina.  She and her husband Sam have had the opportunity to move around for the last ten years.  They are excited to be planting roots back in Charlotte now after living in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Hawaii.  She enjoys teaching piano and especially enjoys being Mommy to her daughter Allie.

 

Church Secretary:  Edna Welch

Edna_3_ezrEdna Welch has been the Church Secretary at Central United Methodist Church for 37 years.  She was born in Roseboro, NC (Sampson County) and grew up with four brothers.  She enjoyed playing baseball and basketball with her brothers.  She then played basketball in high school.  Now she has four children and ten grandchildren.  Her first pastor at CUMC was Reverend George H. Needham.  Reverend Michelle Chappell is the 11th pastor with whom Edna has worked.  Watching sports on TV and going to games with her children and grandchildren are her hobby and joy.  She can be reached via email at ednaw@bellsouth.net.

Housekeeping Manager:  Kay McDaniel

KayM1Kay moved to Charlotte from Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband Carlyle in 1979. They have one daughter, Jennifer.  Kay has been associated with Central for 22 years.  Her daugnter was in the pre-school program that was offered in the late 80’s and became a pre-school teacher in 1990.  She started cleaning the church in 1994 and her family joined Central in 1999.

She enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband.  She also, enjoys cooking and being with family and friends.

 2017 Staff Retreat