Welcome to Central UMC


“Joyfully embracing the diverse community where God has placed us,

to become the ONE community God wants us to be. . .”

Welcome to Central United Methodist Church in the heart of East Charlotte.  Browse our pages and see for yourself that ALL people are welcomed and served here.  We strive to embody the words of Galatians 3:28 “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”  Our congregation reflects the diverse community of which we are proud to be a part, with folks from all continents of the world.  Be our guest here, on Sunday mornings and all through the week.  You ARE welcomed here.                                            . . . . . Pastor Michelle Chappell

Welcome           Bienvenida             Bienvenue              欢迎

Excerpt from Pastor Michelle Chappell’s farewell message to Central:

“YOU are the church alive!  It’s a privilege to have been a small part in your life.  I am grateful for the leadership at Central who lead with such depth of faith and character especially when decisions are difficult.  I am truly going to miss the wonderful staff of Central.  I know you are in good hands with their leadership.”

See the full text in June 2018 Newsletter post.


Graduating Students

Emma Busby

Madison Collver

Jasmaine Monger

Katie Baucom

Read about Central’s graduates here

Pastor Susan with Miguel Zelaya

Cops and Kids graduates

Disciple Class graduates: Frances Eudy, Ina Davenport, Betty Bell, Sandra Lanier

Celebrating Pentacost

Located in a “salad bowl of cultures and languages” is Pastor Michelle Chappell’s description of Central United Methodist Church.  Our church connects to and serves a diverse population that brings many different languages and colorful native clothing to the sanctuary every Sunday.  Pentacost marks the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension when people of many backgrounds were assembled.

Pastor Michelle gives instructions about waving flames for spirit and wind every time the words are mentioned.