We are Christians. We believe in God revealed as Trinity (three in one): Father, Son, and Spirit. We believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We believe in the Bible and the good news of God’s love for the world. We hold these essential beliefs in common with all other Christians as they are summed up in the Apostles’ Creed and are confirmed by our own reason and personal experience.
As United Methodists, we trace our roots back to a movement started by John and Charles Wesley in the Church of England in the late 1700s. The Wesleys preached about God’s grace, started small groups, and spent time helping the poor. Their movement spread all around the world, with over 12 million members in the United Methodist Church today, including nearly 300 thousand in the Western North Carolina Conference. We are known for our warm hearts, our open minds, and our helping hands. We believe in a deeply personal relationship with God, leave room for different opinions, and put our faith in action by fighting for social justice.
Pastor: Paul Brown
Hailing from New Jersey, Paul is a graduate of Grove City College and Duke Divinity School. He was appointed to be Central’s pastor in June 2013. He and his wife, Rebecca, have two children, Amelia and Henry. They live in Canton, NC. You can email him at email@example.com.
Youth Minister: Erin Gamez
Born and raised in Haywood County, Erin is a graduate of Haywood Community College and Western Carolina University. She has served as Central's Youth Minister since 2018. Erin is married to Victor and they live in Canton, NC. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.