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About Us

Our Beliefs

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.

Our Ministers


Pastor: Erin Yow

Born in Connecticut, Pastor Erin graduated from Catawba College and Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  She was appointed as pastor of Central UMC in 2020.  She and her husband, Jon, have two daughters, Abigail and Samantha (Sammy).  They live in Canton, NC.  You can email her at

Director of Youth Ministries: 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 have one daughter, Mia. You can email her at

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