Contact Carol 704-651-5883
Carol Carkin is a native Charlottean who finds life in Concord refreshing. She is entering her twelfth year of full time ministry. She celebrates the generosity and innovative spirit of the people of Central. She is passionate about leading us in seeking the welfare of our community and deepening our connection to God and one another. Sharing the transformative power of the love of God made plain in Jesus is at the heart of her calling.
Associate Pastor Ben Sloan is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and was ordained as an elder in June 2019. Most recently he was the lead pastor at Bethany UMC in Albemarle. He served as Adjunct Professor at Pfeiffer University, teaching International Aid and Development.
Ben is married to Rosalyn, a nurse, with two daughters, Elizabeth and Mariellen. His daughters give him much joy, he wants them to grow up happy and kind.
Ben is versitile; fluent in Spanish, and proficient with guitar, voice and harmonica. He's an artist, working with pottery, oil and watercolor painting, performance art, charcoal drawing and digital art.
Susan Renz Theodos is Central’s Minister of Music, having joined the staff in October 2014. She grew up in Rochester, New York and attended the Eastman School of Music Prep Department, studying piano and organ for seven years. In her musical career, she served First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Norcross First United Methodist Church, Georgia, and several other Christian and Jewish congregations in Connecticut. She was the accompanist for the Waterbury Chorale, SingOutCT! and Collegium at the Taft School while living in Connecticut. She currently is the accompanist for Young Voices of the Carolinas, and teaches a few piano students in Concord.
She has two grown sons, Kenny ( 31 ) who lives outside of Washington, DC, and James ( 27) who has moved to Oslo Norway to be with his future bride, Lene. Susan's hobbies include running, pilates and photography.
Donna serves as the Choir Director for the Chancel Choir. She joined the music team at Central in 1994. She received her Bachelors of Music Education in Choral Conducting from Winthrop University. She studied choral conducting with Dr. Robert Edgerton and former Oratorio Singers of Charlotte Director, the late, Dr. Mary Nell Saunders. Currently, Donna is also the Director of Carolina Voices’ Festival Singers, serving there since 2004. She was a singer with the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte for twenty-five years as well as the Associate Conductor for the last ten of those years.
Tammy began teaching at the Central United Methodist Church Preschool 26 years ago. Seventeen years ago she became the director. Tammy has her state certification in Early Childhood I and II and Early Childhood Administration. Our preschool is very popular in this area. The kids are taught social skills, prepared for kindergarten and introduced to the grace of God. Tammy is proud of the dynamic staff she has hired. They are dedicated, loving and nurturing.
Rebecca is a native of Salisbury, NC. She moved to Concord in 2009 shortly after she married her husband, Art, who works for Duke Energy. She graduated from UNC Charlotte with a BA in Child and Family Development. They have two young daughters, Caroline and Maggie. Besides working with youth, her interests include cooking, baking, and spending time with her family.
Rebecca grew up attending First United Methodist Church in Salisbury, NC. She was very active in her youth group, where her love of missions and helping others was sparked. Over the years she has worked with young people at Camp Tekoa as a family group leader and lead adventure resource, as well as CrossBridge (a sister ministry to Caroline Cross Connection).
Amy Beaver, born in Chicopee Massachusetts, is the youngest of six children, whose father was in the United States Air Force for twenty years. Upon his retirement, her family moved to Concord. Friends invited them to attend church and as a result, her parents and family accepted Christ and that is when her spiritual development began. She attended Mount Pleasant Elementary and Middle Schools, and then graduated from Northside Christian Academy in Charlotte. She met a young man in her home church and became engaged right after high school and married in 1983.
I was born in New York, but lived most of my life in Charlotte. I have been married to Steve, my childhood sweetheart for 39 years. After living in New Hampshire for four years because of Steve’s job, we moved back to this area and have made Concord our home for the past 25 years. We have been members of CUMC for 24 years. We have two daughters, one son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren – Kristen, Lauren, Joel, Carter, Elizabeth, Natalie, Caroline and Connor.
Contact Meg 704-574-4589
Meg Irvin is a native of Sanford, NC. She grew up attending St. Luke United Methodist Church. She is married to Concord native, Dale Irvin. Meg and Dale joined Central elevn years ago. Dale is a native of Cabarrus County. While Dale knew many people in the community Meg was new to the area. Both have found new friends through their involvement at Central. Meg has a degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from UNC-Charlotte. Her job at Central is ever evolving. She maintains this website. She creates video, text and other content for all of Central's Social Media accounts. Meg organizes and trains volunteers to use this equipment. The footage is used for worship and our YouTube, Vimeo channels and social media outlets.
Linda was born and raised a farmer’s daughter in South Dakota. She now resides in Charlotte. She likes to say that she has lived in three countries in her life…..South Dakota, Saudi Arabia, and North Carolina, each with its own unique languages and culture!
She is married to The Reverend Jim Brookshire, a United Methodist pastor at Sedgefield UMC in Charlotte. As one might imagine, she is active in ministry at Sedgefield, leading Disciple and other adult Bible studies and leading or serving on various committees. Jim went into the ministry in 2007 (graduating Hood Seminary in 2013) as a second career. Previously, both Jim and Linda had worked in the corporate world for over 30 years. Jim has 3 sons, Jeff (Charlotte), Michael (Colorado), and Randall (California).
Gary takes care of the day to day upkeep of the church and its surroundings as well as our bus. Gary is retired from the Cabarrus County School System. For 17 years he was a Mechanic Level II in the Bus Garage. For 13 years he was the Automotive Service Technology Instructor. He is ASE certified. Gary received an Associate’s Degree from East Carolina University in Trade and Industrial Education.
Noelle joined the Central staff in 2014. Before coming on staff she worked for Duke Energy and Rowan Diagnostics Clinic. She loves the family atmosphere that Central has. All of Noelle's family are members of Central. She has two daughters, Micah and Ashton, a son Mason and three grandchildren, Trey, Carson and Aubrey Kay. Noelle loves to fish with her son. They even tournament Carp fish!