Heavenly Father, you are awesome and holy!  Break through into our lives and our church with your presence and power.  May it be, O God!  Fill us with your Holy Spirit to discern your will.  May it be, O God!  Strengthen us to live with courageous faith.  Break through our lives and our church with new opportunities, new life, and new power to do far more than we could ever imagine.  May it be, O God!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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Sundays We Would Love to Meet You!

Thank you for visiting our website. Center United Methodist Church is communicating God’s word in a creative and compelling way. Within these web pages, you will find information about our church and the different ministries that make up our community of faith. Center UMC is a place where many people have found new life. We believe that through God’s grace, forgiveness and healing can be found. We have seen lives changed, marriages restored, and hearts mended by Christ. We are a community of faith, hope, and love believing God’s grace is available to anyone! The great thing about Center is the culture of acceptance and compassion that is so evident in this place. Whether you grew up going to church, haven’t been to church in years, or have never been to church, you will find people with similar experiences who have made Center UMC their home. Ultimately, Center UMC is a community of people seeking to love God as we lead others into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. So, please enjoy our website as you learn more about us. We believe you will feel welcome and at home on your first visit. You’re invited to a place to belong!
Our prayer is that you would be blessed and strengthened by the power of Jesus Christ and that you will live a life of abundance in fellowship, joy, and service for His Kingdom. Center United Methodist Church is here for you. It is not just a church. It is a fellowship of believers coming together to declare the glory of the Lord and celebrate Jesus as King. We study the Word, practice what learn and in the process grow together. Worship is at the heart of all we do at Center UMC. Our primary reason for gathering is to worship God, but the work of the church does not stop there! We make and share lasting friendships. We learn the needs of others and find compassion to help meet those needs. We are served during special times of need by those who have knelt with us at Holy Communion, participated with us in Baptisms, joined with us in congregational prayer, and sung with us the great hymns of the church. Since 1858, Center United Methodist Church has been a vibrant, loving and mission-oriented community in service to the people of Center, the surrounding communities and the entire world. All we are and all we do flows from our common worship and love of God. We are able to reach out and love others because God first loved us. I want to invite you personally to come and worship with us Sunday mornings at 9:00am.
May God richly bless you! Pastor Matt Wilson



If you are new what to expect.

First off, we’re honored that you’d decide to spend time with us, whether it’s just a visit to this page, or if you’ve been attending Sunday mornings for a few weeks. We’re thankful for you and you have a place to belong at Center United Methodist Church. Our worship service begins at 9:00am and generally lasts one hour but we allow the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us as we worship. For our families we have a nursery available and a children’s church during our worship service.

Making Your First Visit

We are so glad you’ve decided to visit us. You’ll find a list of commonly asked questions below. We figured you may have questions and we would like to help you answer them.

We are interested but where are you located?

Center United Methodist Church is located about 5 miles outside of Cambridge Ohio. Cambridge is located in southeastern Ohio and is convenient to interstate 77 and 70. Center is on State Route 22 off of interstate 77. As a matter of fact if you are heading to Salt Fork State Park you will pass our church if you are exiting off on interstate 77. We are six minutes from Salt Fork.

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         Sunday Morning Worship: 9:00am
                  Sunday School 10:00am

Where should I park?

There are plenty of parking spaces around the church. We have three different areas to enter the church. You can walk around and enter the main doors in front of the church and this will take you right into the sanctuary. If you park in the back of the church there is a back door that enters our kitchen and fellowship hall. Just go through the fellowship hall and stay straight and go up the steps or you can turn right down a hallway that will take you to our elevator and steps into the church annex. There is a separate entrance off the annex as well.
We have a Handicap entrance located the back of the church. With handicap parking very near the door. Our elevator access is located through the fellowship hall, turn right down the hallway it will be at the end of the hallway.

What should I wear?

Center United Methodist Church has a “come as you are” atmosphere. You will see some dressed up; some dressed casual. We have no expectations for attire. We would like you to know that we keep are building in great shape and offer an air conditioned sanctuary and fellowship hall.

What is a Sunday service like?

Our Sunday services offer powerful worship and Biblical teaching that is relevant to every day life. We’d love to meet you and your family, and answer any questions that you may have. We are so glad you decided to visit Center United Methodist Church.

Our Mission and Beliefs

Our mission and vision at Center United Methodist Church is to make and mature disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

In order to unleash servanthood our church exists to help prepare and equip you to become the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. Every class we offer, every worship service we plan, every committee that meets—everything we do has the same purpose: to prepare us to be unleashed to serve the needs of our world through the powerful love of God. You see, when the new life of Jesus lives inside you—when you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior—you join Jesus on mission to serve those around you.

The United Methodist Church is a 12.3-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today. We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage by visiting The United Methodist website. You can begin to learn more by clicking the links below.

Basics of Our Faith

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Social Principles and Creed

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Our Faith Journey

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Holy Communion

Communion is served on the first Sunday of the month, with additional opportunities offered at special times of the year. The congregation is invited to come forward to receive the sacrament via intinction.  Each person is given a piece of bread and then offered the cup to dip the bread in and eat. We also serve communion in the pews on occasion as our ushers will serve the bread and wine.

In the United Methodist Church, the communion table is “open to all Christians who wish to know the presence of Christ and share in the community of God’s people.” You need not be a member of our church or of any church to partake. We simply ask that you come seeking the new life and forgiveness that is being offered in the sacrament. Home or hospital communion is available upon request. Please contact the church office to arrange.

If you would like more information about communion at Center United Methodist Church, please contact the church office and ask to speak with the pastor.

The Lord’s Supper (Communion, Eucharist)

  • The Lord’s Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ.
  • The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family.
  • By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ’s sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.
  • We practice “open Communion,” welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.


What does Baptism signify?

The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Through baptism, a person is joined with the universal church, the body of Christ. In baptism, we experience the power of forgiveness, renewal of the spirit, and knowledge of the call to be God’s people always.

Baptism: A New Beginning

Baptism is for persons of all ages (infants, children and adults) who have never been baptized before.  Baptism marks acceptance into the care of Christ’s church, a sign and seal of God’s grace and forgiveness, and the beginning of a Christian faith and life.

The United Methodist Church recognizes the validity of all baptisms; therefore, there is no need for re-baptism. If one is unsure whether baptism was previously received, a conditional phrase may be added at the time of receiving the sacrament, such as “if you are not already baptized.”

When is Baptism celebrated?

Baptism is a personal celebration in the lives of individuals and their families. It is also a pledge and commitment of the local church family for one’s continued formation in the faith. For this reason, baptism at Center United Methodist Church takes place during and in the presence of the community gathered for worship on Sunday morning.

If you are interested in being baptized or having your child baptized, please contact the church office to speak with the pastor.


  • Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
  • Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God’s love and forgiveness of our sins.
  • Persons of any age can be baptized.
  • We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
  • A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.

The Church Year

The liturgical Church year revolves around and remembers the life of Jesus. Each “season” celebrates a specific part of Jesus’ life. During these seasons, the church displays certain colors and symbols to help us reflect on the meaning of the season.


The four week (four Sundays) period prior to Christmas spent in preparation for the return of Christ. The church will display colors of blue representing penitence and royalty. Some symbols on display would be an Advent wreath, an empty throne, and/or a rising sun. The Advent wreath candles represent 1-Hope, 2-Peace, 3-Joy, 4-Love, and the large central candle represents Christ.


The twelve days from December 25 until the Epiphany, January 6, which celebrate Jesus’ birth. The church colors will be white for purity, joy, and glory. Some of the church symbols displayed are a manger/crib, star, crook/candy cane, and Christmas trees.


The twelfth day of Christmas, January 6, celebrates the revealing of Jesus as the Christ to the Magi (Wise Men.) The season is many times grouped with the Christmas season. The church colors will be white for purity, joy, and glory. The symbols we may see are a five pointed star, three crowns, and three gifts.

Season after Epiphany

(Ordinary Time) During this first season of Ordinary Time, churches focus on mission outreach and the early days of Jesus’ ministry. This season lasts until Ash Wednesday. You will find the church in green colors representing life, growth and hope. The symbols about the church may be a descending dove, a seven fold flame, and/or seven lamps, all representing the Holy Spirit.


The forty days and six Sundays prior to Easter, it begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent is a time to reflect on Jesus’ great sacrifice and prepare for the celebration of his resurrection. The church will be decorated in purple for sorrow, penitence, and preparation.


This is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. The date is determined as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring equinox. It will fall between March 23 – April 22. The season lasts for 50 days. The church will be decorated in white for joy, purity, and glory. Symbols about the church might be an empty cross, lily, or a butterfly.


The fiftieth day after Easter is the celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church Universal. We celebrate the Holy Spirit descending upon the faithful and many persons converting to the Christian Faith. The church color will be red with symbols of flame, and/or tongues of fire representing the Holy Spirit.

Season after Pentecost

(Ordinary Time)

During this second season of Ordinary Time, we focus on the growth of the church as the Body of Christ – a community of faith. The season lasts until Advent. The church will be decorated in green for life, growth, and hope. The symbols we might see are of the Trinity and flames.

Our Pastor and Leadership

Pastor Matt Wilson has been appointed to Center United Methodist Church since July 1, 2016. He previously served in the Mid-Ohio District from 2012 – 2016 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. In addition, Pastor Matt has served in the Southern Hills District at Salesville & Quaker City United Methodist Church’s. He is married to Crystal and they have four beautiful children; Jasmine, Katelynn, Tyler, and Sarah. Pastor Matt is pursuing his Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton Ohio.  


Administrative Council

Mandy McGlumphy (Chairperson) Gail Applebee (Secretary) Kathy Warhola (Lay Leader) Barry Browne (Lay Member to Annual Conference) Dennis Doutt (Treasurer) Kathy Warhola (Worship Chairperson) Andy Warhola (SPRC Chairperson) Gail Applebee (Records & History) Del George & Bob Smith (Co-Trustee Chairperson) Denny Patterson (Finance Chairperson) Pastor Matt Wilson

Staff & Pastor – Parish Relations

Joice Hupp (Class of 2021) Brooke Stratton (Class of 2021)Larry Taylor (Class of 2020) Sandy Hinson (Class of 2019) Andy Warhola (SPRC Chairperson) Kathy Warhola (Lay Leader) ex-officio Barry Browne (Lay Member to Annual Conference) ex-officio

At Center United Methodist Church we are reigniting our flame for serving and getting involved. Our new vision will be centered on connecting, growing and serving. We are in the process of looking at new ideas where we can do just that! There will be more areas as we team together with Birmingham United Methodist Church. Check back as we begin a new journey of connecting, growing and serving Jesus Christ in all that we do.

Serving & Getting Involved

Sunday School
We have Sunday School after church (10:30 am.) Please volunteer for different age groups.
Children’s Church
We provide Children’s Church during our worship services. Volunteer to help our children.
Child Care
We provide childcare during all services at the church. Feel free to volunteer! 
Grace Pantry
Food distribution on the 2nd Friday of every month at Center.
Musical? Good voice? Feeling called to be part of the worship team? Let’s do this!
We have a variety of mission work. Got more mission ideas? Get Involved!
Bible Study @ Birmingham UMC
Thursday Nights at 7:00pm is Bible Study night.
Vacation Bible School
Usually held during July. It doesn’t hurt to always seek ideas and volunteers.
Kids Club
(K-5th grade) Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 7:00pm
(Sept thru April)
Adult Choir
We are always looking for volunteers to sing in our Adult Choir.

Pastoral Care

Our pastor is available to meet with people about matters of personal concern. Please contact Pastor Matt if you would like to set aside a time to speak with him personally about any matter. All conversations are kept in the strictest confidence.  Please understand that he is not equipped for long-term clinical psychological care, but does have resources available in order to make proper referrals as necessary.

Pastoral Visitations and Appointments

Our pastor as well as members of the congregation make visits to homes, hospitals, and nursing homes. Please be aware, hospitals no longer notify churches when a member is admitted because of the patient’s right to privacy. Consequently, our pastor and church members often do not know when someone from the church is ill or confined to a hospital, nursing home, or private residence. Therefore, IF YOU ARE ILL OR CONFINED TO A HOSPITAL, NURSING HOME, OR HOME, PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE   at (740) 439-1978 or email us to let us know. We will then be able to plan a visitation and keep you in our prayers. In case of emergency you can contact the pastor at (419) 617-6840.

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Weddings and Funerals


Center United Methodist Church is honored to serve the community by providing ministry to couples who wish to celebrate their marriage covenant in a Christian church. However, we are much more than “a place to get married.” Weddings celebrated at Center United Methodist Church must reflect a deep understanding of marriage as a sacred covenant between two people who choose to share their journey with each other and with God. If you are interested in getting married at Center United Methodist Church, or in seeking per-marital counseling from a Christian pastor, please contact the church office (740) 439-1978.

Funeral and Memorial Services

Center United Methodist Church is ready to offer its facilities for the funeral or memorial service of its members. Under normal circumstances, our pastor will preside at services in the church, at a funeral home, or at a graveside service. A committal service at the graveside, other place of entombment, or during dispersal of cremated remains is offered as well and may take place following the funeral or as a separate service at another time. In all circumstances, the pastor will meet with the family to create a service of worship that is personal and appropriate to the needs of the bereaved.


If you wish to have music for either a memorial or funeral service, we may be available to make those arrangements. Selection of music is made with the church. Music selection may be limited if the service is not held at the church.

Worship Program

Ordinarily, printed programs are not prepared for a funeral or memorial service. However, if desired and time permits, the church will print and supply a suitable number of basic programs for the service. You may also contract with an outside printer to provide printed programs. If you need to make funeral arrangements with us, please contact the church office (740) 439-1978.

United Methodist Connection

Center United Methodist Church is part of the Southern Hills District in the East Ohio Annual Conference in the United Methodist Church.  Our connection with the larger church lends support to our church efforts and allows us to combine our resources with people around the world in such things as disaster relief.  Every local church is linked to an interconnected network of organizations that join together in mission and ministry, allowing us to accomplish far more than any one church or person could alone.Listed here are some links to United Methodist organizations.

Epworth Center Bethesda Ohio

The Epworth Center is a beacon of light and hope making disciples for Jesus Christ, offering a helping hand and walking alongside those we serve. Do you have questions? Want more information?

Phone: (740) 484-4705
Fax: (740) 484-0252
Email: epworthcenter@sbcglobal.net
Like our page – Sower Work Mission – facebook.com/sowermissionohio 
Blog: www.epworthcenter.wordpress.com

PO Box 538
301 North Main Street
Bethesda, OH 43719

Midwest Mission Distribution Center

Midwest Missions Distribution Center – PO Box 56 – Chatham, IL 62629  P: 217.483.7911  E: office@midwestmissiondc.org
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Kits

Center and Birmingham UMC

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Center United Methodist Church’s is located on US Route 22 2¼ miles east of the intersection of I-77 and US Route 22. It is just 5 miles from downtown Cambridge. There are two churches in Center; the United Methodist congregation meets at the one with the aluminum and glass air lock to the front entrance. Accessible parking is located behind the church with accessible entrances though the fellowship hall and an elevator to the sanctuary level. Our Church is air-conditioned and we welcome you to visit.

Church Location & Address: 11026 Cadiz Road (US 22) Cambridge Ohio 43725 

Telephone: (740) 995-8253 (Pastor Study), Church (740) 439-1978

Email: centerumcpastor@gmail.com

If the case of death or emergency please contact Pastor Matt Cell Phone: (419) 617-6840.


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