Meet our Pastors and Staff

Senior Pastor:  Rev. Pamela Blackstock

Rev. Pamela Blackstock was appointed to Central United Methodist Church in July 2018, and came to us from Union Memorial United Methodist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.  She is an elder in the Western North Carolina Conference.  Pamela received her Master’s of Divinity from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Winston Salem State University.  She is committed to helping the lost and hurting accept the love of Christ while leading them to a deeper relationship with Jesus.

 

Director of Outreach:  Irma Sandoval

Originally from México, Irma graduated from Independence High School with a Certificate of Membership on Academic Excellence and Competency in the area of Early Childhood and has the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential. She is working on her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Central Piedmont Community College.          Irma is bilingual and has three years of experience working with a dual-language program. A teacher in Central’s Children of the World Learning Center since it opened, Irma will continue in that position.   Married with three beautiful children, Irma has been PTA secretary at Idlewild Elementary School and Bible school teacher for my church. She loves working with children and is committed to serving our community.

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.

 Choir Director and 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.

Administrative Assistant:  Rebecca Kurt

Rebecca Kurt, proficient in Spanish, became CUMC administrative assistant in September, 2020.  A May summa cum laude graduate of UNC Greensboro, Rebecca interned in a refugee settlement through Church World Service BSW for nearly a year, facilitating a Job Club for new arrivals and assisting with case management.  She prepared meals for up to 60 people weekly for the Wesley-Luther Ministry and served as a Y-Readers counselor working with first graders and collaborating with teachers planning classroom experiences.  Prior to that, she had worked in food recovery and at an after-school program in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Rebecca is not a newcomer to CUMC programs.  In the summers of 2017 and 2018, she helped facilitate the Children’s Literacy Program for parents in CUMC’s ESOL classes, including working with the third-fifth graders’ reading group.

Rebecca will be in the church office Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am-2 pm until the church reopens.  Email her at secretarycentralumc@gmail.com