Rev. Cecil Donahue came to Center UMC in January of 2014. He is originally from Statesville, NC. Cecil is a graduate of North Mecklenburg High School, Pfeiffer College, and Candler School of Theology, a school of Emory University in Atlanta. He is married to Jan Brittain, who serves as senior pastor of Williamson's Chapel UMC in Mooresville, NC. They have served churches in North Carolina, Georgia and England.
Cecil is very mission-minded and has led the churches he has served to become more committed and active in local and global missions from North Carolina to the Gulf Coast, South Dakota, Mexico, the Bahamas, Kenya, Bolivia and Armenia.
Cecil is excited to be appointed as pastor to Center. He believes that with each new appointment, God provides another chance for renewal and positive ministry. He expects nothing less than God blessing Center with fruitful ministry for many years to come.
Keith became a Christian at the age of 14, and then after high school graduation attended Brevard College, where he increased his love and familiarity of the Methodist church. He went on to attend Winthrop University where he studied Music and Special Education. Family health problems lead to a decision to leave Winthrop and return home to work for several years. During that time he attended CPCC (1997), obtaining an associate's degree in Special Education. From there he taught/T.A.'d Special/Behavioral Education in public and private school settings, often attempting to return to school for youth ministry. With jobs and family illness relocating him, he voluntarily co-led youth ministry programs and praise/worship music ministry at three different churches from 2000-2006. In 2007, he became the part time Youth Pastor at Summerfield UMC (where he met his wife, Ellen); in 2009 he became the full time Youth Pastor/Director of Christian Education at First UMC/Newport News, VA. God's sovereignty and plan lead him back to NC where he started at Mt. Olivet UMC and married Ellen in 2011
Keith's overriding drive is for ALL, especially young people, to begin, develop, and grow in real relationship with Jesus Christ, and realize God's desire to "love on" us, guide us, and teach us to love & serve one another!! He enjoys and excels in playing saxophone and clarinet, and singing-most enjoyably in quartets. Ellen and Keith have 3 animal kids- our Aussie Shepherd - Sirus, Boxer/Collie mix - Murray, and Ellen's cat-Opie, AND are in the process of adopting 2 great kids! Ellen teaches preschool-aged children with special needs at Haynes Inman Education Center in Jamestown NC.
Lisa O’Hal serves as the Music Director and Pianist at Center Church. Lisa and her family came to Center Church in 2007 and were involved in the music ministries at Center in various capacities until Lisa joined the staff in 2009. Lisa works with other musicians in the Praise Team to share uplifting, contemporary praise songs with the congregation during the 9 am Contemporary service and leads the Chancel Choir in presenting the congregation with sacred hymns, anthems and cantatas at the 11 am Traditional Service. Lisa was raised in the Baptist Church and grew up singing in the church choir and music ensembles, inspiring her love for both traditional hymns and contemporary Christian music. Lisa enjoys working with the Praise Team, Chancel Choir, the Young Believers Children’s Ministries and musicians of all ages to share the gift of music in worship at Center Church.
Martha Sloan is the Administrative Assistant for the Pastor and church. Martha assists the pastor on a daily basis, prepares bulletins, newsletters and correspondence, maintains member records, reports, etc. She also serves as treasurer for the church.
Martha began serving at Center in May of 2010 after retiring from more than 30 years in banking including 18 years in training and development. She and her husband, Dale, have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. They attend Friendly Avenue Baptist Church where they are active in multiple areas of service.
Martha desires first to serve the Lord and feels that her job at Center UMC is a divine appointment of service for God.