The mission of Dilworth United Methodist Church strives to be a sign of Christ’s love for the world, starting right here in our local community and then reaching beyond. We celebrate our legacy built over the last 125 years of being a progressive and welcoming community in the heart of Dilworth, living out the truth that God’s grace-filled gift of love is abundant for all folks. We hold to the truths of central Christian teachings and truly work to build strong foundations of faith. We strive to live into what it means to be a church with “open hearts, open minds and open doors” and “doing all the good you can in all the ways you can”. We believe this so much that you will see those very words etched in stone above the main entrance of the Jones building.

We hope that you will worship with us and connect with folks on a journey. Know that you are welcome to be a part of family who strives to a sign of Christ’s love for the world.

Our Vision

Together we will build stronger, more faithful and engaging connections with GOD, 

our whole church family and our surrounding community. We will achieve that vision through:



In all we do, we will build stronger connections through our authentic, open, welcoming and inclusive commitment and spirit. 

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.



We must assess and address staffing and volunteer leadership needs to better inspire, connect and serve all.

To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.



We will better tell our story and keep the congregation connected to Dilworth through modernized, informative, meaningful and timely communications.

PSALM 19:14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.



We will understand and nurture the spiritual needs and growth of our flock and create opportunities for involvement and closer connections with God and across generations

ACTS 2: 44-47
All the believers were together and had everything in common. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.



We will care for and reimagine our church campus, creating greater opportunities for gathering, learning, sharing and worshipping.

B And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

Dilworth Church Staff

Michelle Chappell
Senior Pastor

Pastor Michelle was appointed to Dilworth Church in July 2018. She has been in the local church ministry for 30 plus years and can’t imagine any other vocation she would love more.  Before coming to Dilworth Church she served at Central UMC here in Charlotte as Senior Pastor. Michelle received a Bachelor of Music from Appalachian State University (Go Mountaineers!) and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Southeastern BTS in Wake Forest in 1990. She started her work in ministry in the area of music and slowly switched to pastoral duties until becoming a solo pastor in 2001. She shares her home with a crazy, loving rescued German Shepherd, Luna Bella. Though she has no children, she is aunt, grandmother and all things to her two nephews and one niece. Any time you are at Dilworth Church just pop your head in her office. She would love to chat with you.


Cade Barefoot
Associate Pastor of Adult Nuture and Engagement

Cade Barefoot was assigned to Dilworth Church in July 2019. Born and raised in the Bull City of Durham, North Carolina, Cade is a proud Tarheel fan. He has a Bachelor in Philosophy and a Bachelor in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina. He also has a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School.   Cade is married to his wife, Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot. Taylor and Cade are trying to visit all 100 counties in North Carolina. Stop by to say hey to Cade or to play fetch with his church puppy, Sydney.


Sallie Anna Barton

Sallie Anna has served at Dilworth Church since January 2016. She is from Clinton, South Carolina. She attended Clemson University with a Bachelor in Communication Studies. She has been known to sport orange and tiger stripe clothing after Clemson wins. She received her Masters of Arts in Practical Theology from Pfeifer University. She hopes to see all of the man-made wonders of the world. Pop in her office to socialize or grab a piece of candy.


Ashton Sherrin
Director of Children's Ministry and Media Outreach

Ashton has served at Dilworth since February of 2019. She has served in youth and children’s ministry at Lake Junaluska, Central UMC in Knoxville TN, and Maylo UMC in Ranlo NC. Ashton received a Bachelor in English and a Bachelor in International Studies from Western Carolina University. She is married to Seth Sherrin and has a lovely daughter, Selah Grace. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and standup comedy.


Carol Biddy
Office Manager

Carol has served the people of Dilworth Church for 33 years.  She and her husband, Don, both attended UNC Charlotte and you can often find them cheering on the 49ers at a game.  Carol is our resident plant whisperer and has an uncanny ability for nurturing plants of all kinds and bringing them back to life, even when hope seems lost.  You’ll probably find Carol outside in her garden or sipping unsweet tea on the deck if she’s not at the beach or visiting her son in Florida.


Gary Bost
Finance Manager

Gary is a CPA and CCM (Certified Cash Manager) with 45+ years of experience in accounting, finance, banking, budgeting, and regulatory compliance. Gary is married with three adult children and six grandchildren. He is a combat veteran of Vietnam.  He enjoys, biking, running, hiking, walking and just plain resting. Little known fact: In his earlier life, he owned horses and enjoyed participating in rodeo-style event. 


Mark Larson
Pastoral Counselor and Loft Musician

Mark serves as a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (with the Sanctuary Counseling Group) and Pastoral Counselor  since 2000. For more information on his counseling services check here . He also seves as a LOFT Worship Band co-director, with Jared Ginsburg.  This fun musical work brings together his joy  and experience of  singing & playing music and ministry. Mark has his Bachelor in education. He has his Master of Divinity and Doctorate in ministry.  Originally from Minneapolis Minnesota,  he has been a North Carolinian since 1982. He leads 2 commercial bands (the Mark Larson Combo and JasonplustheMLC, which you can google or check out on facebook).  Also, he can be found playing music regularly with his friend John Tosco of ToscoMusic.


Jared Stewart-Ginsburg
Loft Musician

Jared is a recovering Floridian who traded the beach for beautiful seasons, mountains, and a big city. He was a classroom teacher and family resource director, and is now hard at work on a PhD in special education at UNC Charlotte. Jared is an avid researcher, enthusiastic cook, and ardent coffee drinker who loves hiking with his wife, Amy. He has a master’s degree in Child and Family Studies from UNC Charlotte, with a concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health.


Roxanne Holt-Watson
Choir Director/ Organist

Roxanne has served at Dilworth since October 2015. She has her Bachelors of Music from the SUNY at Potsdam (Crane School of Music), and  Master in Music from Indiana University, – Bloomington and her Doctorate from UNC-Greensboro. She grew up in New York State and moved to Charlotte in 1980.  She has a very spoiled, but beautiful cat who has her trained very well.


Kelly Roney
Director of Dilworth Child Development Center

Kelly has been at Dilworth since September 2010. She received her Bachelor from  UNC-Chapel Hill in Psychology and her Master of Education in Child and Family Studies at UNC Charlotte. She is originally from Connecticut and is often known to break out into song, frequently throughout the day!


Anita Burris
Assistant Director of Dilworth Child Development Center

Anita has served at the Dilworth Child Development center since November 1978. She started as a teacher and has moved her way to Assistant Director. Anita attended Central Piedmont Community College and has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood education. She is married to Cyrus and has 3 lovely daughters Jayln, Shanita, and Jayla. In her spare time, she enjoys quiet time and watching Lifetime movies. Anita is a Dallas Cowboys fan and loves to play softball. She is quick to share movies and life advice.


Lee Anna Clark
Dilworth Weekday School Director

Lee Anna has worked for both DWS and DUMC and has been with Dilworth since 2009. Her daughter Riley attended DWS for 4 years and is now at Myers Park high school. They also have 3 cats and a Black Labrador named River. Lee Anna is a native of Charlotte and graduated from Elon College with a BA in Human Services and a Minor in Child Psychology.