MOUNT HOLLY – Mike Carr joined Mount Holly First United Methodist Church as senior pastor a year and half ago. This is the third church for the Chambersburg, Pa., native who completed divinity school at Duke University.
The church holds both traditional worship services and contemporary services, known as Impact, Sundays. Some of its ministries include participating in Carolina Cross Connections, providing blankets to families expecting babies and feeding children during the weekend through the Backpack Weekend Food Program.
MIM: What are the other churches you have served?
Mike Carr: Troutman First United Methodist Church, Hawthorne Lane UMC (Charlotte), Lea’s Chapel UMC (Roxboro).
MIM: The church’s website says you have ministries to meet the spiritual needs of every age in the community. Why is it important to do so?
MC: We are all God’s children no matter what our age.
MIM: Since schools just started back, how does Blessing of the Backpacks work?
MC: We ask the students to bring their backpacks to church, and we pray over them and the students.
MIM: What do you believe is the best part of your job?
MC: Making disciples of Jesus Christ and seeing them grow spiritually from the cradle to the grave and into glory with Jesus.
MIM: What is the most difficult part of your job?
MC: Sharing the love of Jesus with people who don’t want to be loved because they don’t love themselves.
MIM: What are some memories involving your church that stick out to you?
MC: Last summer we baptized a family at the river – father, mother and son.
MIM: What are some new things going on in the church?
MC: Community Wednesday Night meals start the Wednesday after Labor Day, Sept. 5 at 5:45 p.m. We have children, youth and adult singing and Kid’s Club. Also, Adult Bible Study.
MIM: What are some major, annual events at your church?
MC: Homecoming service on Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m.