Central United Methodist Church Atlanta to Celebrate 150th Anniversary


One of Atlanta's historic churches, Central United Methodist Church, is set to celebrate 150 years of ministry this February.

The sesquicentennial celebration will be held under the theme, "Celebrating Our Heritage While Embracing our Future". and will take place on Sunday, February 26 with a grand worship service and a sermon to be delivered by guest preacher, Bishop Woodie W. White. This will be followed by heritage feast at the Dotson/Olgetree Fellowship Hall.

Founded in 1866, Central UMC boasts a rich legacy of religious, moral, civic and educational leadership. It has played a crucial role in engendering some of the most aggressive and progressive movements of racial equality in Atlanta.

"Historical churches have a rich past, and if revisited frequently enough and from the right perspective, this history can be inspirational and motivational for the pastor and congregation to take the ministry to the next level," said Rev. Yvette D. Massey, senior pastor and first female pastor of Central.

 Over the years, the intergenerational church has made a dynamic impact on the community with the establishment of many programs including:

  • Low income housing for the community
  • Free summer camp for the church and community children
  • Youth Enrichment Program (YEP) for low income or at risk teenagers
  • Food ministry
And if that was not enough, the church also established a successful intergenerational drama department that regularly performs successful stage plays for the church and community. It also has a strong music department which has provided its members opportunities to perform with many professional music artists such as Patti Labelle, Richard Smallwood, Gladys Knight, The Pointer Sisters, Sandi Patti and many more.

They church founded the Atlanta Gospel Christmas Explosion, an annual event which sees the church choir collaborating with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. -- the first collaboration of its kind completed in the country.

Central United Methodist Church provides a strong bible-based teaching and is committed to the spiritual growth of its members. Consequently, the church offers courses that are open to the community and other denominations.

When members and visitors congregate on February 26 at 501 Mitchell Street SW, it will not only be a celebration of the church's longevity but also the historical milestones and the immense impact they have made and continue to make on the Atlanta community at large. For more information, visit: http://centralumcatl.org.