Our Worship Services and
People Who Attend

Most people dress in casual to dress casual clothes when coming to worship.  You will meet real, down to earth, friendly people.  They come from all walks of life including community college teachers, family doctors, a lawyer at social services, 5th grade teachers, an insurance agent, a car salesman, a pharmacy technician, a pharmacist, a counselor of youth, and business owners.  They live all over Ashe County from Lansing to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We have people who come here for the summer months and return to another home in winter.  They enjoy having two church homes.  People come from a variety of Christian backgrounds including Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, and Presbyterian.  We have people of all ages.

Coming for the First Time & Nursery Area

If you park in the front of the church, the worship

area is over to the left as you face the church. 

Come in the far left door and you will meet our friendly ushers who will give you a worship bulletin.  Ask one of the ushers how to get to the nursery if you would like for one or more of your children to be there for worship. 


We have a larger parking area in the back of the church.  Enter in the door on the far right and go straight down the hallway and you will end up at the worship area. 

Get Involved
Contact Us

Office Hours:

Monday - Wednesday
8:00am – 2:00pm

115 East Main Street
Jefferson, NC 28640

Mailing Address:
PO Box 236

Jefferson, NC 28640

Phone: 336-846-9512



Get In Touch With Pastor Anita

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Feel free to get involved in several areas of our church.  You don't have to be a member to start. You can help out in our food pantry by picking up food or loading boxes.  You can sing in the choir or play handbells.  You can attend our fellowship meals on Wednesday nights.  You can go out to eat with our Active Adults.  Your children can attend youth or play in our handbell choirs.  Be sure and check out our "Get Involved" page that includes contact information.  

Meet Our Staff
Anita Sain

Anita Sain became pastor at Jefferson United Methodist church in July, 2020. Her first career was teaching middle and high school orchestra, so she loves children and teenagers. She served churches in music ministry for 10 years before responding to God’s call to preach and teach. Anita completed her seminary work at Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, began pastoring churches in 2009, and was ordained in 2012. Anita met her husband, Brian while in school at Appalachian State and have been married for 26 years.  Below is a note of introduction written by Pastor Anita.

Brian and I met while we were in school at App State, way back in the 90s, and we’ll celebrate 26 years together this May.  We were both music teachers for a time, but now Brian works as a packaging designer at TreeBrand Packaging.  He’s my biggest fan, and we see ministry as a calling on both of our lives.  He also loves umpiring baseball and helping with AV ministry.  I taught orchestra in Charlotte, then spent a dozen years as a church musician.  It was during those years that God called me to ordained ministry and I’ve been pastoring since 2009.  We have three beautiful kids who are by far our best contributions to the world.  They are the lights of our lives, and family means the world to us. 

Luke, our oldest son, got married last June, and he and his wife Nancy live in Raleigh.  He’s working toward being a commercial pilot and she is a nurse at UNC Hospital.  Monica, our daughter, is a rising sophomore at UNC Asheville.  She’s loving college life, studying atmospheric science, and she’s exploring other career possibilities as well.  Monica’s boyfriend Zack is a lineman for Infratech, and loves animals.  Ray, our youngest son, is a rising senior in high school.  He’s into band and baseball, and he can fix most anything, so he’s considering mechanical engineering for the future.  We all love to be outside, and we enjoy a day at the lake or the pool, finished off with a toasty campfire, hot dogs, and s’mores. 


I’m really looking forward to getting to know all of you and learning your stories.  Life is one great big adventurous journey, and I’m grateful that we will have the chance to journey together in Jesus’ footsteps.  I will be praying for you and I ask that you please pray for us too.  My hiking shoes and my winter coat are packed! 

Director of Discipleship
Regan Duke

Regan is a 21 year old, recent graduate from Appalachian State University. She has a degree in religious studies and minored in nonprofit management and leadership studies. She is from Charlotte, NC and grew up in the United Methodist Church. She loves to sing and watch competition shows.  And she is excited to serve as the director of discipleship for the youth and children’s ministry. “

Administrative Assistant:
Ashley Church

Ashley has had training and experience in business administration. She attended Ashe County High School and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Appalachian State University with a BS in Business Administration in 2009. She was previously an insurance agent at Barr Insurance Agency in Jefferson, NC. Ashley's husband, Alex, works in the Christmas tree industry and they have two sons, Sawyer and Jackson.

Michael Bell
Chancel Choir/Music Director:
Anthony Benson
Our Church History

Church buildings can be made of brick, stone, or wood but the church gets its warmth from the members who share their faith, gifts, and talents to bring us all together as the Jefferson United Methodist Church.  The names you see on the beautiful church windows may not be familiar to you but they are former members whose vision and efforts built this church. Our church began around 1827 as part of the Holston Conference in Virginia, one of fifteen Methodist churches known as the Ashe Circuit. In 1872 it became the Jefferson Circuit. Deeds dated in 1847 and later in 1860 are believed to be the site of the present church building. Col. George Bower built the first building with slave labor. The bricks were made in a kiln near the present home of Dana and Mary G. Tugman. In 1894 the trustees were asked to sell the old building and start work on the new structure. In 1895 Mrs. Marietta Bartlett Hall bequeathed $1,500 for the building which was completed in 1904. The sale of Jefferson school property and a Duke Endowment grant helped finish the building.