Partner Churches

Thriving Rural Communities has formed partnerships with nine rural United Methodist churches across North Carolina. These churches provide inspiring examples of how to live the mission of Christ in a rural context.

Each Partner Church receives educational opportunities and grant funding from Duke Divinity School and The Duke Endowment as it seeks further ways to serve its surrounding community. The congregations also serve as special learning centers for Rural Ministry Fellows, who serve their ten-week summer field education placement in one of these congregations, as well as for other clergy and laity throughout North Carolina.

North Carolina Conference

Bladen United Methodist Charge
White Oak, N.C.
Rev. Jonathan Mills

Concord United Methodist Church
Graham, N.C.
Rev. David J. Allen

Prospect United Methodist church
Maxton, N.C.
Rev. Kenneth Locklear

Rhems United Methodist Church
New Bern, N.C.
Rev. Connie Stutts

Spring Hill United Methodist Church
Lillington, N.C.
Rev. Terry Williams

Western North Carolina Conference

Bethlehem United Methodist Church
Waxhaw, N.C.
Rev. Lynda Ferguson

Cullowhee United Methodist Church
Cullowhee, N.C.
Rev. David Reeves

Mills River United Methodist Church
Mills River, N.C.
Rev. Ashley Crowder Stanley

Piney Mountain-Davis Chapel
Candler, N.C.
Rev. Jessica Dayson