Which churches in Eastern NC are leaving United Methodist conference over LGBTQ issues?

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In November, the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church approved disaffiliation requests by 249 of its churches, clearing the way for those congregations to join the Global Methodist Church or some other denomination, or to become non-denominational.

Churches leaving the denomination say they are driven by a progressive movement among United Methodists in the United States, especially as it pertains to the church’s willingness to ordain gay and lesbian clergy members and conduct same-sex weddings. The Global Methodist Church, where many of the churches will be going, takes a more conservative view on LGBTQ issues.

The N.C Conference serves roughly half the state, from Alamance County east to the coast.

In the Western Conference, which covers the other half of North Carolina, 41 churches have disaffiliated from the United Methodist Church since 2019, and 16 more have begun the process.

More churches are expected to disaffiliate in both conferences across the state before the end of 2023.

Here are the churches in the eastern part of the state that have so far been approved to leave the denomination, listed alphabetically by city or town.

Albertson: Woodland

Arapahoe: Arapahoe

Aurora: Campbell’s Creek

Autryville: Bethabara, Halls

Bailey: Bailey, Pleasant Grove, Mt. Pleasant

Bear Creek: Meroney

Beaufort: North River, Straits, Tuttle’s Grove

Belgrade: Belgrade

Belhaven: Trinity

Benson: Benson, Elevation

Biscoe: Page Memorial

Blounts Creek: Warren Chapel

Bogue: Bethlehem

Boiling Spring Lakes: Old Dock

Bolton: Shiloh

Broadway: Cool Springs

Burgaw: Herring’s Chapel, Westview

Burlington: Carr, Friendship, St. Luke’s, St. Paul’s

Butner: Community

Calabash: Andrews Chapel

Camden: Camden

Candor: Parsons Grove

Carthage: Mt. Carmel

Cedar Island: Cedar Island, Sea Level

Cerro Gordo: Cerro Gordo

Chapel Hill: Orange Chapel

Clarendon: Bethel, Lebanon

Clinton: Coharie, Epworth, First, Keener

Coats: Coats

Conetoe: Conetoe

Conway: Bethany, Conway, Zion

Creswell: Mt. Hermon

Dover: Lane’s Chapel

Dublin: Singletary

Duck: Duck

Dudley: Brogden

Dunn: Black’s Chapel, Leslie, Maple Grove

Eastover: Salem

Elizabethtown: Purdie, Trinity, Windsor

Ellerbe: Mt. Pleasant

Elm City: Elm City

Englehard: Watson’s Chapel

Eureka: Eureka

Evergreen: Evergreen

Fair Bluff: Fair Bluff

Fairmont: Trinity

Faison: Faison

Farmville: Farmville

Fayetteville: Cumberland, Gardners, Tabor

Four Oaks: Corinth

Fremont: Yelverton

Garner: Mt. Zion

Godwin: Wesley Chapel

Goldsboro: New Hope, Providence, Saulston, St. Paul, Daniels Memorial, Falling Creek

Goldston: Goldston

Harkers Island: Harkers Island

Harrells: Centenary

Harrellsville: Harrellsville

Havelock: First

Haw River: Phillips Chapel, Salem

Henderson: Cokesbury, Hermon, Marrow’s Chapel, Shocco

Hertford: New Hope, Woodland

Hobgood: Hobgood

Hookerton: Hookerton

Hurdle Mills: Mt. Zion

Inez: Lake Waccamaw Heritage Shady Grove

Jackson: Jackson, Rehoboth

Jacksonville: Trinity, Verona

Jamesville: Jamesville, Siloam

Kelly: Trinity

Kenansville: Kenansville

Kenly: Buckhorn, Fellowship, Kenly

Kinston: Shady Grove, Woodington

La Grange: Beston, Bethel, Garris Chapel

Laurel Hill: Beaver Dam

Laurinburg: Central

Littleton: Calvary, Corinth, Tabor, Weaver’s Chapel

Lizzie: Mt. Herman

Louisburg: Shiloh

Lucama: Lucama

Lumberton: Chestnut Street, Collins Chapel

Macon: Macon

Magnolia: Magnolia, Trinity

Manns Harbor: Mt. Carmel

Margarettsville: Sharon

Maury: Brooks Frizzelle

Maysville: Maysville, Tabernacle

Mebane: Hebron

Merrimon: Merrimon

Middleburg: Middleburg

Morehead City: Broad Creek, First, Franklin Memorial

Mt. Olive: Bethel, Brownings, Rones Chapel, Smith Chapel, Zion

Nakina: Bethesda

Nashville: Nashville, White Oak

New Bern: Beech Grove, Faith, Garber, Reelsboro, Rhems

Newport: Core Creek

Newton Grove: Newton Grove, Goshen

Norlina: Zion

Oriental: Pamlico

Parkton: Parkton

Pembroke: Sandy Plains

Pikeville: St. Joseph, Mt. Carmel

Pink Hill: Sarecta

Pittsboro: Hickory Mountain, Sapling Ridge

Pleasant Hill: Concord

Pollocksville: Lee’s Chapel

Powellsville: Powellsville

Raleigh: Asbury, Hollands, Layden Memorial

Red Springs: New Philadelphus

Reidsville: Camp Springs

Richlands: Haw Branch, Richlands

Riegelwood: Wesley

Roanoke Rapids: Hawkins Chapel, Smith

Robbins: Bascom Chapel, Smyrna

Rockingham: First, Roberdell, St. Paul, West Rockingham

Rocky Point: Rocky Point

Roseboro: Beulah, Roseboro

Roxboro: Concord, Oak Grove, Warren’s Grove

Rowland: Beauty Spot

Salter Path: Salter Path

Salvo: Clarks Bethel

Sanford: Cumnock Union

Scranton: Epworth

Seaboard: Pleasant Grove, Seaboard

Seven Springs: Seven Springs

Severn: Severn

Shiloh: Wesley

Siler City: Mt. Vernon, Piney Grove, West End

Sims: Sims

Snow Camp: Center

Snow Hill: Jerusalem

South Mills: McBride, Sharon, Trinity

Stacy: Stacy

Stedman: Bethany, Cokesbury

Stella: Midway

Stem: Stem

Stonewall: Stonewall

Supply: Sharon

Swan Quarter: Fairfield, Soule

Townsville: Tabernacle

Trenton: Cypress Creek, Trenton

Troy: First, Love Joy, Macedonia, Ophir, Uwharrie

Vanceboro: Epworth, Vanceboro

Walstonburg: Tabernacle

Wanchese: Bethany

Warrenton: Jerusalem, Providence, Warren Plains

Warsaw: Unity

Washington: Asbury, First

Watha: Watha

Whitaker: Speight’s Chapel

Whiteville: Mishop Springs, Peace

Williamston: Vernon

Williston: Williston

Wilmington: Pine Valley

Wilson: Hornes

Wilton: Banks

Windsor: Windsor

Winterville: Covenant (Two campuses)

Woodland: Woodland