Dr. Charles (Chuck) W. Wilson II was appointed as Senior Pastor at Matthews UMC July 1, 2016. Our congregation enthusiastically welcomed Chuck and his wife Karen, along with their four grown children and their spouses, Chase, Ryan (Gina), Molly (Ben) and MacKenzie. Please read and subscribe to Pastor Chuck’s weekly Just These Lines, My Friends updates.
Pastor Chuck Wilson was previously appointed as Senior Pastor at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Located at Lake Junaluska, one of the largest United Methodist Retreat and Conference Centers in the world, the congregation has over fifty retired clergy and three retired bishops that call Long’s Chapel their church home.
Dr. Wilson was ordained in ministry in 1984 in the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He completed his seminary work at Perkins School of Theology and Fuller Theological Seminary, and received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Emory University, Candler School of Theology.
Upon completion of his seminary work, Chuck was appointed to a church in Waco Texas and later moved to the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was grateful for an appointment at Matthews UMC from 1987-1992 that relocated him closer to his family who had retired to the mountains of North Carolina. In July of 1992, Chuck was appointed the Director of Congregational Development for the Western North Carolina Conference.
Chuck later served as Pastor of University City UMC and subsequently at Wesley Memorial UMC in High Point. During his years of service, Dr. Wilson studied Clinical Pastoral Education at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, authored several writing projects that reflect his love for the local church and his desire for congregational vitality, and was presented with the Harry Denman Award in the Western North Carolina Conference. This award is given by the Foundation for Evangelism for outstanding leadership in evangelism ministry.
Since his appointment to Long’s Chapel in April 2008, Chuck has been very active in the larger church and community. Some achievements in his current position include developing a new community of faith as an extension of Long’s Chapel and launching Haywood Pathways Center, which houses the Haywood Homeless Shelter as well as a second site for the Open Door, a ministry to the poor and marginalized in the community.
Chuck is very involved in the greater Matthews community, sharing that Matthews is a church not only in the community, but a church for the community. He is a leader in racial bridge building, partnering Matthews UMC with Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church to lead Community Forums, Peace Meals and the annual Martin Luther King events in Matthews. Please watch the “We Are Matthews” welcome video below from Pastor Chuck. We hope to see you on Sunday…where everyone is welcome, no one is perfect and you just never know what might happen.