About Us

Who We Are

From our first Sunday in 1925, when the opening hymn was All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, Myers Park United Methodist Church has remained of one accord and one mission, that being to praise and serve God.

As our Senior Pastor, Dr. James C. Howell, has written, “…Serving as if our very life depends on it, for ‘the Church is of God, and will be preserved to the end of time.'”

Myers Park United Methodist Church stands at the corner of Queens and Providence roads in the heart of Charlotte. We are devoted to serving the spiritual needs of the congregation and reaching out to the hurting around the corner and around the world.

Lay Leadership

Myers Park United Methodist Church is deeply grateful for the members who give their time and talents to serve on various boards and committees. Here is a list of committee chairs. If you have a question about any aspect of the governance and business and financial life of the church, any committee chair will be happy to talk with you. You can also reach Executive Director Saribeth Dozier at 704-295-4844 or saribeth@mpumc.org. She is happy to answer any questions, and to speak with church members interested in serving in this way.

Administrative Board

Chair Kate Maynard

Vice Chair Mike Heath

Treasurer Dixon Crum

Assistant Treasurer Ellen Fox

Secretary Mary Martha Beecy

Lay Leader Dick Carter


Chair Karen Weatherly

Finance Committee

Chair Karen Rockecharlie

Staff-Parish Relations Committee

Chair Bruce Lawerence


Starting with 10 men meeting on a front porch and deciding to establish this church, Myers Park United Methodist has grown to more than 5,000 members and dozens of ministries. At four worship services each Sunday, numerous gatherings during the week and through hundreds of missions and outreach projects, church members and friends study the Bible, sing God’s praises, care for the elderly and sick, reach out to the least of these in Charlotte and around the world, and live the faith in many other ways.

What We Do

The staff includes eight clergy focusing on Christian education, worship and the arts, pastoral care, hospitality and more. The preschool, considered one of Charlotte’s finest, is home to 200 children. The growing Music Ministry lifts up worship and inspires the congregation and community through special concerts and more. The award-winning church Intersection magazine tells the stories of members and ministries. The scouting program reaches hundreds of boys and girls. The Parish Nurse encourages spiritual, physical and emotional well-being. We could go on and on.

Myers Park is one of the nation’s largest United Methodist congregations, a leader in the faith community, and a hospitable place eager to welcome visitors and new members.

More about the church (1501 Queens Road) can be found throughout the web site, in written material available at the church, or by calling 704-376-8584 weekdays during business hours. Those with an urgent need can call that number and follow the prompts to a pastor on call. You can also leave a prayer request.

We share here this “Prayer For Our Church:”

Almighty God our Father,

We pray for our Church, giving You thanks
for Your presence,
for Your guidance,
for Your forgiveness,
for Your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior,
for the Holy Spirit who inspires and comforts us,
and for all the ways You have blessed us.
We pray that we will
follow You faithfully,
serve You energetically,
and treat the Church as Yours.
We pray for our ministers, our staff and our lay leadership.
We pray for our bishop, district superintendent,
and for our denomination and its mission.
We pray for the families of those who serve the Church.
We pray for those in our Church
who are sick, grieving, lonely, or in despair.
We pray that all Your Church will learn more about You,
and will glorify You by the living of their lives.
Help us to discern Your will
so that we will be not just hearers,
but doers of Your Word.
Lord, we ask that you send us the people nobody else wants.
Help us to respond to them in a Christ-like manner,
with a true desire to welcome them into our community
so that they may feel the embrace of our Church family.
We belong to You.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.