Our Worship Services and
People Who Attend
From December through March, we have an 11:00 service; from April through November we have a service at 9:00 and 11:00. Our 9:00 a.m. service is a simple service with prayer, traditional hymns and preaching. It lasts about 55 minutes. Our 11:00 a.m. service is a rich traditional service with a children's message, adult and youth handbells, children's choir, and adult choir. Pastor David Lawrence enjoys having a "worship series" with a theme for several Sundays. Examples of worship series include "Calm and Bright", "Go Fish", "Listening to the Still Small Voice," "Angels Among Us", and "Simple But Powerful Words". We have several videos on our website to give you a taste of our services.
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
Monday thru Thursday
8:00am – 3:00pm
115 East Main Street
Jefferson, NC 28640
PO Box 236
Jefferson, NC 28640
Use the following form to send a message to Pastor David Lawrence
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. Rebecca Rash is our hired nursery worker.
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.
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
David Lawrence became pastor at Jefferson United Methodist church in July, 2017. David Lawrence was born in Mt. Airy. He went to High Point University and studied Biology, then to Emory University and received a Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology. He has served several churches in Western NC including starting a new congregation. He comes to our church after serving Oak Hill United Methodist Church in Morganton. He is married to Candy, who served as a nurse and is now retired. They have two adult children. Anna teaches computer science at Ravescroft School in Raleigh, NC. Jonathan is a pharmacist and lives at Lake Junaluska, NC.
Over the years, Pastor David has enjoyed going on mission trips, serving as a volunteer firefighter and chaplain, and serving on a local board for Habitat for Humanity. He has enjoyed being active in swimming, cycling, and running.
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.
Chancel Choir/Music Director:
Zack Fulbright has earned a music degree from the University of North Carolina; a Master's Degree in Appalachian Music Studies at Appalachian State University; and pursued additional graduate work at City University in New York. Zach grew up in our church. He is married to Kristell Fulbright and have a daughter, February Fulbright.
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.