Church Staff

Carol Carkin

Senior Pastor

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Carol is a native Charlottean who finds life in Concord refreshing. She is entering her twelfth year of full-time ministry. Carol 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.

Ben Sloan

Associate Pastor

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Ben was born in Durham, NC, but he lived in SC, TX, DC, and Nicaragua before finding his way back home to NC.  Prior to serving as the Associate Pastor at Central, Ben was the pastor at Bethany in Albemarle.  He loves integrating his faith with artistic and musical expression, and is the proud father of two girls.

Susan Renz

Music Minister

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Susan grew up in Rochester, New York, and attended the Eastman School of Music Prep Department, studying piano and organ for seven years. Prior to joining Central UMC in late 2014, she served churches in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Norcross, Georgia, and several Christian and Jewish congregations in Connecticut. She has two grown sons, Kenny, who lives outside Washington, DC and James, who lives in Oslo, Norway.

Donna Hill

Associate Music Minister

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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.

April Travis

Director of Family Ministries

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April is married to Chris and the proud mom of three girls. April has a passion for bringing others to Christ, and in particular, focusing on the youngest among us as they begin to go through the faith development process. She has always had a heart for children especially watching them learn and walk in the footsteps of Jesus.

Amy Beaver

R.N., Parish Nurse

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Amy attended and graduated from RCCC in 1986 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. Her first experience as a new graduate was in a cardiac telemetry unit. With the birth of her first child and changing circumstances, she later began employment with Cabarrus Pediatric Clinic in Concord. She then transferred to Rowan Regional, where she had been for 18 years serving the last seven as the charge nurse in the Outpatient Surgery Department. She was one of the 2009 nominees for the Great One Hundred Nurses and also won the Customer First Award.

Judy Yandle

Church Administrator

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Judy Yandle is a native Floridian who moved to Concord at the age of 19 with her family in 1978. She attended NC State University where she met her husband Gary and they married after school and have two married sons and four grandchildren who also live in Concord.  Judy is a Christian Yoga Instructor certified through Holy Yoga and YogaFaith.   Judy and Gary love camping and attending bluegrass music festivals together.  

Keith Munday

Facilities Manager

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30 Union Street N.
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