Serve  in  our  world.

We recognize that God loves all people everywhere and we seek opportunities to serve our neighbors outside of Hickory, North Carolina, and even the United States. The people of St. Luke's have spent years building relationships with our neighbors in Nicaragua. Our college students and young adults have traveled to Los Angeles to share love to homeless LA residents. Our middle school and high school students have helped rebuild flood-ravaged communities in West Virginia. You can join us! For more information, contact our global missions coordinator, Pastor Bill Garrard.


    St. Luke's has been involved in mission with the Nicaraguan people through our covenant missionaries Ronnie and Angi Hopkins for many years. Through our prayers, presence through mission teams, and our financial support, we are able to connect God's message of love to our Nicaraguan friends. Through person to person, church to church, and community to community connections with these Christians of another way of living, we grow ourselves in learning of God's love for all people and in our own discipleship. Find out how you can become involved in the sections below or connect with any member of our Nicaraguan Mission Planning Team: Kevin Clark, Bill Garrard, Janice Garrard, Beth Osbahr, and Beth Steelmon. They have stories to tell of how God works through us and in us in our mission with the Nicaraguan people. 

    For more information about teams, trips, and newsleters, click here.

    Pastor Bill Garrard


    We believe in doing our part to help our neighbors coping with the aftermath of disasters and crises. Pastor Joe is leading a team in early 2018 to Florida/Georgia area to assist with rebuilding. Pastor Monica is leading a team at St. Luke's that coordinates our church response to emergencies and disaster relief. Contact them for more information and ways you can help.


    If you are looking for a way to donate toward disaster relief, visit the United Methodist Committee on Relief. They use 100% of the donations in the communities and for the people in need.

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Western North Carolina Conference Building Team

   United Methodist Volunteers in Mission

Ready to take the next step in your faith journey? Travel with a mission building team for 10 to 14 days, to transform lives in another part of the world. Countries served vary from one year to another, and span several continents throughout the Americas, the Caribbean, and in parts of Africa, Asia and Europe.


Talk with Pastor Joe who leads Building Teams to Costa Rica and Pastor Monica who leads them to Belize for what this faith experience is like. Also Charlie Jones and Dan Causey have been on a recent team to Costa Rica.. For more information on trips scheduled in the current year, check out the Building Teams website here.

United Methodist Volunteer in Mission Teams

Go to the Ends of the Earth

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, SEJ is the short-term mission sending agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. UMVIM exists to promote, encourage and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love in Action” through short-term mission service at home and abroad.

UMVIM provides opportunities for service by developing and nurturing relationships with domestic and international leaders. We continually nurture our contacts with these leaders to respond to the needs of local communities and provide comprehensive training resources for team leaders to help them prepare their teams for the mission field

Below are just a few of the examples of the current opportunities; for a full list, please check out UMVIM Team Openings and Mission Opportunities.


May 7-18, 2017. The University of South Carolina's United Methodist Campus Ministry in partnership with the AME Church in South Carolina is in need of a dentist and an optometrist to participate on a team traveling to Malawi. The mission team will be mostly college students and young adults and will be offering health, dental, and vision clinics. Cost will be travel to Malawi, approximately $1400. For more information, please contact Tom Wall, Campus Minister, at


June 28-July 6, 2017. Heart of the Cross Ministries is looking for team members to serve with GBI Crossroads, an established ministry serving Haitian and Dominican communities. Cost is $1750 includin airfare. For more information, please contact Jessica Tripp at


August 9-15, 2017. Additional team members needed to serve with AHMEN group at Casa Cielo Orphange in La Ceiba, Honduras. The approximate cost is $1400. For more information, please contact Montana Holyfield