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Welcome to Buncombe Street United Methodist Church. One church member refers to BSUMC as “a large church (2,400 members) that feels like a small family.” As you look at our website, we hope you feel that same sense of warmth, caring and welcome.

What should you expect when you arrive at our church? Smiles, genuine handshakes, and a sense of “We’re glad you are here.” Beyond that, look for great Christian education, hundreds of children, excellent youth programs, challenging study courses, and three distinct worship services each Sunday.

Since its beginning in 1834, this faith family has been committed to scriptural holiness and wonderful programs of mission and outreach.

Our Vision and Core Values – Buncombe Street United Methodist Church has developed our mission and vision statements on Jesus’ mission statement as noted in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost”, and on the United Methodist Church mission statement, “The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” >>read more.

What We Believe – The United Methodist Church is an 12.5-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. >>read more

The Church – 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. The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs. >>read more

A History Brief – In 1832, Vardry McBee, a large landowner and prominent citizen of Greenville, deeded to the Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church a lot of land located at the Southwest corner of East Coffee Street with a frontage on Coffee Street of 100 feet “for the promotion of religious worship and in order that a suitable church may be erected for the Methodist denomination in the village of Greenville.” The vision and gift of a non-Methodist spurred the Greenville Methodists to action and two years later, in 1834, five women and one man gathered at the home of Miss Mariah Turpin for the organizational meeting of Greenville’s first Methodist congregation. Vardry McBee also made generous donations to Christ Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church. >>read more