About Us

Black Mountain United Methodist Church seeks to follow Jesus, make disciples, and transform the world.

Located right in the heart of downtown Black Mountain, NC, our congregation believes in loving our neighbors, strengthening our community, and welcoming anybody we meet. We do our best to embody the United Methodist spirit of having open hearts, open minds, and open doors, so we hope you will join us as we worship and serve our God, together.


A Glimpse Back in Time

Black Mountain UMC has been a pillar of our community for over 130 years!

Our original church was built in 1890 in the same location we are in today. After serving as our home for 72 years, we finished construction on our new, and current, building in 1962.

Use the slider on the picture to the right to see where we started and where we’ve come.

Meet the Staff at Black Mountain United Methodist

Pastor Chandler Ragland

Pastor Chandler Ragland


Pastor Chandler is originally from Yazoo City, MS. He received his Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Mississippi State University in 2010, and his Masters of Divinity from Duke University in 2013.

Chandler has served United Methodist churches in the Central Texas and Western North Carolina Conferences.

His wife, Chelsea, is a pediatrician in Asheville. Chandler and Chelsea, along with their children, Lindley and Ellis, love to rock climb, hike, and camp, so they spend most of their free time exploring the many outdoor opportunities that the mountains of western North Carolina have to offer.

Lida Sparer

Lida Sparer

Office Manager

Lida Sparer became BMUMC office manager in April 2023, after six years living in Black Mountain.

Lida oversees the administrative and financial operations of the church. She enjoys supporting the church community by keeping all the gears turning smoothly in the background.

In her leisure hours she enjoys hiking, puzzles, and crafts (especially knitting, weaving, and crochet).

Gregg Tomlinson

Gregg Tomlinson

Director of Music Ministry

In his role as Director of Music Ministry, Gregg directs our chancel choir and handbell choir, and he plays the organ during worship. He grew up in Travelers Rest, SC and holds a Bachelor of Music (BM) degree from Furman University in Greenville, SC.

Gregg has been involved in church music since early childhood.  He became the Pianist in his home church while in the 7th Grade and has served church music programs ever since.

Gregg has served as Music Director, Organist or Pianist for churches in Greenville, SC, Spartanburg, SC, and in the Metro Atlanta area.  In addition to the music positions, Gregg also worked in Banking and Finance during his career.  He retired from Genuine Parts Company in Atlanta, GA as a Senior Business Analyst in April 2020.

Jennifer Greene

Jennifer Greene

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Jennifer Greene is a native of Black Mountain with over 15 years of teaching experience in elementary education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education as a NC Teaching Fellow at Elon University and a master’s degree in special education from Western Carolina University. She currently serves as a Title 1 teacher in Buncombe County Schools.

Jennifer and her husband, Chris, have 4 sons. She uses her background in elementary education to create a safe and fun learning environment for our children during Sunday school and children’s church.

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Black Mountain

United Methodist Church

101 Church St
Black Mountain, NC 28711

(828) 669-8248