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
Rev. David J. Allen
Prospect United Methodist church
Rev. Kenneth Locklear
Rhems United Methodist Church
New Bern, N.C.
Rev. Connie Stutts
Spring Hill United Methodist Church
Rev. Terry Williams
Western North Carolina Conference
Bethlehem United Methodist Church
Rev. Lynda Ferguson
Cullowhee United Methodist Church
Rev. David Reeves
Mills River United Methodist Church
Mills River, N.C.
Rev. Ashley Crowder Stanley
Piney Mountain-Davis Chapel
Rev. Jessica Dayson
Resources for Partner Churches
These resources are designed for the Thriving Rural Communities Partner Churches.