Church Plants

From the beginning of time, God has called new things into existence. We fondly remember the Christian church forming as recorded especially in Acts. There was a holy energy and excitement around new faith communities then, and that excitement still exists today. Below you will find some innovative and exciting new faith communities that are forming through the work of the Western North Carolina Conference.

Brazos Abiertos: Andrés Pérez González

Greensboro, Northern Piedmont District

Brazos Abiertos is a hispanic/latino/a bilingual community that strives to be the open arms of Jesus to the people of Greensboro, NC. In particular, we aim to be a safe haven where people who identify as latinas/os can wrestle with their faith, grow in community, and experience the transformative love of Jesus working in and through our stories. We envision a gathering of all ages, united by heritage and faith, where the richness of our culture(s) collides with the message of the upside-down kingdom of God as revealed in the Sermon of the Mount (Matt. 5). We are committed to creating a space where people are embraced beyond welcome and invited to belong before they believe.


Checkpoint Church: Nathan Webb 
Lincolnton, Catawba Valley Distr

Checkpoint Church is the church for nerds, geeks, and gamers. We are striving to be the connection point between the church and nerd culture. By utilizing the vast expanse that is the Internet via online streaming and video-game-based studies, we are reaching those that don't feel welcome by standard models of what church should look like. We’re the short rest to a lengthy campaign in Dungeons & Dragons. We’re the save point right before the boss battle. We want to be the answer to the question: How is Jesus using anime, Pokémon, and Batman to reach the last, least, and lost? 


As It Is Ministries: Vince Ross
A Campus of Christ Church, Gastonia, Catawba Valley District

We are a multicultural, multigenerational, and mission-minded church. We believe that the church isn’t a building, it’s people. Christ Church is making a lasting difference in people, our communities and our world. We are passionate about demonstrating God’s love to others and helping people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.  

Our Mission is to reach millions of unchurched persons by developing thousands of fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Our worship experience is designed with inspirational worship and relevant teaching to inspire you to live life to the fullest, as God intended it. 

Facebook: @ReflectingHeaven

Growth Co.: Lexi Hernandez
Mooresville, Metro District

Growth Co. is a ministry for young adults in their 20's and 30's. It is the fusion of spirituality and everyday life. Through self reflection and intentional conversation, we encourage all to THINK, in order to grow. We provide a safe environment to explore all beliefs, concepts, feelings, questions, etc. We’re here for all who seek meaning and love in unconventional ways. All we hope is that you FILL YOUR CUP!

Instagram: @thegrowthcolife
Facebook: @thegrowthcolife
TikTok: @thegrowthcolife

Hope Fellowship: Ben Gatton
Sparta, Appalachian District 

Hope Fellowship is a collective community that creates safe spaces for people in Alleghany County to grow, to ask questions, and to experience life together. We do this through  weekly faith based discussion gatherings, weekly meals for anyone in the area, a diverse teen community called Fusion, and a career and life skills academy for high school students. 

At Hope Fellowship Church, every person has a voice. We have loving discussions (instead of sermons) about the Bible that allow us to embrace our differences and listen to each other. Hope Fellowship is a place where those who have never been to church, have stopped going to church, or simply feel uncomfortable in church can find a home. 

Facebook: @HopeFellowshipSparta

The Place: Charlie Rivens
Charlotte, Metro District

Our name, “The Place,” stands on the foundation of Exodus 15:17, ”You brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your own possession, the place, O Lord, that you made your abode, the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hands have established.” We embrace the place in your heart where the word of God takes root, grows and brings about life transformation. We are an uplifting, prayerful church that focuses on inviting everyone into a relationship with Christ as we lift each other up through respect, hospitality, messages, small groups, and service. 

Facebook: @theplaceclt
Instagram: @theplacechurchcharlotte
YouTube: Pastor Charlie Rivens - The Place Church

Wellspring Congregation: Ashley Crowder-Stanley
Asheville, Blue Ridge District

Wellspring is a new congregation whose foundation is the welcoming, transformative grace of God. We are called to the ministry of reconciliation and love. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and are worthy of God’s love and grace. 

  As an intentionally inclusive community of faith, Wellspring Congregation welcomes and affirms people of every sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability and education. Wellspring is a welcoming place to grow your faith. 

Facebook: @wellspringcongregation

WithALL Congregation: Rob Parsons 
Saluda, Blue Ridge District

The WithALL Congregation is a church in reverse - not requiring certain beliefs, but rather, rooted in a deep commitment to spiritual practices of hospitality and justice. We love God by walking with our neighbors through thick and thin, seeking to practice Christ's way of disciple making through relationship. 
We are committed to cultivating well-being within our most vulnerable families in Polk County trusting in the healing wholeness that comes to neighbor and self when we do anything WithALL our heart, mind, soul, and strength in alignment with the love of God. 


These new faith communities are made possible in large part due to the faithful giving of our United Methodist Churches through apportionments.

If you would like more information about church planting in Western NC Conference you can reach out to:
Rob Hutchinson, Director of Church Development at: