INDIAN TRAIL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Indian Trail Methodist-Episcopal South was established in 1902. There were many obstacles, but the determined pioneers pushed ahead with their plans and construction started on a classic white country church. Indian Trail MEC-South was attached to the Matthews Charge and the first pastor was Rev. J. J. Havner.
Our current building was competed in 1944 and dedicated on June 24, 1945. Much of the money for the new building was raised from the Lord’s Acre Program – a program through which church members raised funds through the selling of pigs, hens and baby chicks. In 1997, 14 new stain glass windows were purchased through donations and installed in the sanctuary. They now grace our sanctuary with depictions of many different Biblical stories. This brings a wonderful array of colored light into our sanctuary and makes it a warm and welcoming place to worship.
Today this country church is now in the center of the fastest growing town in North Carolina and the largest town/city in Union County. As the town of Indian Trail reinvents itself as a suburb of Charlotte, ITUMC is also looking for God’s guidance to move us into the future.
Our future is only known to God but we here at ITUMC are determined to do what it takes to live into our mission to live, love, reach and teach God's Word, here in Indian Trail and around the world.
Rev. Greg Hamilton - Pastor
Dr. Larissa Davis is an American pianist and a Ukraine native of Finnish and Ukrainian descent. She holds the Doctoral Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she studied with Mark Clinton (the student of John Perry) and the Master’s Degree from the Central Michigan University.
Dr. Davis received her first Diploma in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at V. Lysenko Musical College in Poltava, Ukraine and later completed the Bachelor’s Degree in piano and choral conducting. Her musical career has balanced both performing and managerial skills: for several years, Larissa served as Musical Director and Assistant Conductor of the Ukrainian Folk Choir Kalyna, an eighty member group that toured Europe. Dr. Davis debuted in NYC at Yamaha Concert Hall in 2009 as a part of the Perrenoud Foundation International Competition, where she was given a special judges' appreciation for musicality. In December 2012, Dr. Davis performed at Carnegie Hall, NYC as a second place winner for the American Protégé International Competition in Romantic Music 2012. She is a winner of numerous competitions, awards and grants, including the 2010 grant for the Brahms International Competition in Pörtschach, Austria. Dr. Davis served as a piano faculty at Pfeiffer University, Texas A&M International University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Central Michigan University. She has traveled to more than thirty countries, speaks four languages, and has performed in the USA, Austria, Japan, Turkey, and the Ukraine.
Faith is an important aspect of Dr. Davis’ life. She is knowledgeable in Orthodox and Catholic liturgies and the Protestant worship. She is a skilled church musician and continuously utilizes the traditional and contemporary musical support at church. Larissa has a great passion to the Visual Arts and Fashion. She is married to Michael Edwin Davis and they have a cat, Mexie.
Larissa Davis - Music Director
Adult Sunday School
Greg was born in Memphis, TN, but moved to Nashville TN at age 6 where he spent the remainder of his childhood. Greg was baptized and raised in the United Methodist Church and considers Crievewood UMC as his home church where his faith was developed and nurtured. Greg was active in Boy Scouts, UMYF, choir, track, tennis and played the baritone in concert and marching band through his freshman year in College. Greg remains an avid music fan and enjoys music of every genre.
Greg attended Middle TN State University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and was very active in the Wesley Foundation where he enjoyed
The Wesley Singers, outreach ministries, bible study, and worship. It was at the Wesley Foundation that Greg both experienced his call into the ministry and met his wife Cheryl. This June they will be experiencing their 34th wedding anniversary.
Greg graduated with his Master of Divinity from Emory University. Greg has served churches in both the TN conference and the WNC conference. He has 15 years of experience in ministry and 20 years of experience in the corporate world. Before re-entering the ministry almost 4 years ago, Greg spent the last 17 years as a Service and Quality Assurance manager for Liberty Mutual Insurance group.
Greg has a passion for preaching, teaching, discipleship and Christian community. His wife Cheryl is a Speech Therapist at Sandy Ridge elementary in Waxhaw. Cheryl also has experience as a Registered Nurse. Cheryl has a passion for children, reading, crafts, Estate sales and contra dancing. Greg, in his free time, also enjoys reading, the arts, Hiking, estate sales, contra dancing and of course good food and fellowship!
Youth Group is open to 6th-12th graders. We meet from 4pm-5:30pm on Sundays. This is a time to have some fun with games and grow in the youth's relationship with God.
We have Sunday School classes and a nursery for all ages on Sunday morning. We have a class for High School, Middle School, and Elementary School-aged children and youth.
Youth and Children
We are proud to be a Safe Sanctuaries Congregation. We take the safety of our children and youth seriously. All of our volunteers who work in
the nursery, or with
children and youth
have gone through
background checks. We follow and implement Safe Sanctuaries guidelines as well.
We have three different Adult Sunday School Classes. Each class has it's own unique personality and style of learning and growing in their relationships with God.
BASIC (Brothers and SistersIn Christ) is open to couples and singles in all stages of life. Our class ranges in age from 20's through 50's. The teaching is informal and we use a variety of teaching resources. We take turns leading the class and offer plenty of opportunity for honest, open and respectful discussion on a wide range of issues important to Christians. We are working to be involved in various mission projects in the church and community. We invite you to join us!
Spares and Pairs a large group of newly retired adults who gather for plenty of fun and fellowship. They have been doing short term video studies along with Bible Studies. This is a very social class that does get togethers to play and eat a few times a year. They also reach out and adopt families during Christmas and look for opportunities to help the church and community.
Wesley Class is a group of mature (with a few younger ones mixed in) and extremely caring adults. Their class the Adult Sunday School material to which focuses on a certain topic and piece of scripture each week. They have great discussions on these topics. They also reach out to the older members of our congregation to make sure they are cared for and loved too. This is a very spiritually uplifting group of adults.
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