Michael Lanny Lancaster

Senior Pastor –

I am honored to serve Jesus with the great folks at Central UMC as we CONNECT WITH GOD, EACH OTHER, AND THE COMMUNITY! My passion as a follower of Jesus Christ is going deeper and deeper into the heart of God’s Love.

I am a native of Greensboro, NC, graduate of High Point University (B.A. Psychology), Duke Divinity School (M.Div.), and Centerquest School of Spiritual Direction. I am an ordained Elder in the Western NC Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and have served in pastoral ministry for 22 years.

My special interests in ministry are preaching, spiritual formation, and direction, helping God’s people go deeper in God’s Grace-filled Presence and living out of that. I have served as a mentor, spiritual director, and retreat leader for pastors and others. I enjoy writing poems, prayers, and music to express the spiritual journey.

Blessed to be married to Janet (my college sweetheart), a gifted and award-winning high school history teacher, and proud to be the father of Noah and Jacob. I find the joy of God’s Creation on hiking trails, riding waves, and kayaking down lonely rivers.