These six churches, located in the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina, share a rich history of overcoming racial barriers and working together to achieve the goals to which God has called them.
Over a hundred years ago, Mennonite missionaries came from the north to work with the African American community in Elk Park North Carolina. These missionaries had a heart for God and a desire to partner with a struggling community. A school and an orphanage eventually gave way to church planting.
Every endeavor involved "Blacks & Whites" working together to build God's Kingdom. That spirit of unity amidst diversity was ahead of it's time and the NC district faced opposition on a regular basis. The district today is a result of the perseverance of the leaders who overcame the odds and developed multi-racial congregations. Today the churches are a unique blend of cultures that have vibrancy and depth and are growing in fresh new ways.
We are so thankful for the support of the entire district and the USMB for the recent completion of The Life Center. This 10,144 sq. ft. multi-purpose building is the gathering place for the TLC church as well as the district office. The gym/rec room will be used heavily by our youth and for social gatherings. Located on 15.7 acres there is a lot of room to grow!