Our Story

How it all started...

The first Methodist Church in this area, the Page Meetinghouse located on what is now Hickman Cemetery Road, was opened in 1781.

In February 1894, Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was established at the corner of Third and Wirt Street in the West Ward of the city of Radford. 

Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South in 1913, and suggested that it be relocated in a more suitable place in the city.  On February 12, 1913 Trustees purchased lots on the corner of Second and Wadsworth. The building was erected and dedicated as the Radford Methodist Church. 

One of the disasters of the 1929 Depression was the closing of Radford Methodist Church and the transfer of its membership to Grove Avenue Methodist Church. One account says that in 1936 the church was re-opened as the Radford Mission by a few loyal Methodists of Central Radford. Yet another account states that some loyal Methodists broke the padlock, swept the church, and started a Sunday School. During this time, students from Emory & Henry College served the congregation, named the Radford Mission, as supply preachers. Payment was a home-cooked Sunday lunch with kind families of the congregation! New people moved to Radford and the church grew steadily. In 1942 the official name of the church was changed to Central Methodist Church.

In 1953, the official board voted to relocate the church because the facilities on the corner of Wadsworth and Second Street could not be expanded. In 1955, the present site, on the corner of Wadsworth and Eighth Street was optioned, purchased. The first of three phases of the building of the new church facility was completed in 1955. This main educational building would be used for Sunday School and Worship.
In 1965 it was decided to build the second phase of the church facilities, the sanctuary. On October 22, 1967, Bishop H. Ellis Finger stood in the pulpit and consecrated the new sanctuary to the glory of God. This date also marked the 75th anniversary of Central United Methodist Church.

The third phase of the building program, the educational wing/Fellowship Hall was added in May, 1976.
 On Sunday, May 9, 1976 a Consecration Service was held at the Central United Methodist Church in Radford, Virginia to formally open the new educational wing. 

On May 15, 2016, the Administrative Board voted to erect a family life center to be connected to the rear of the current church building. On November 6, 2016, an official groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Family Life Center. It is the wish of the people of Central that this building will serve as an outreach facility to the community. On December 3, 2017, two milestones were celebrated: Re-dedication of the 50 year old sanctuary, and consecration of the new Family Life Center.

Possible disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church became an issue during 2022. On March 2, 2023 District Superintendent Kim Goddard held a Church Conference for the purpose of voting. On May 27 Conference held a special session in Knoxville,TN to approve churches wishing to disaffiliate. 

In mid May of 2023 Doug Levy was asked to be the church consultant to help move Central Church Radford forward in their non-denominational status. He was also asked to be the interim preacher until a pastor was found. On May 5th of 2024, Doug Levy was voted on to become the inaugural pastor of Central Church Radford. 

We are so excited to have you here and hope that you will continue to make history with us!

(For details of our history complete with pictures, please visit our parlor.) 

Expanding the vision...

We hope to reach the New River Valley for Jesus and help all to know how much they are loved by their heavenly father. We would love for you to join our family and reach our neighbors and visitors with the love of God. If you don't have a church family, please consider visiting this one and let us help you to feel welcome here!

Where we are headed...

We are first a family of believers in Jesus Christ and we hope to spread His love to our neighbors. We have many missions locally and hope to reach the New River Valley with the hope of the gospel. We have several events throughout the year enjoying fellowship with each other and invite the community to join in the fun! Please consider coming for a visit if you don't have a church home and let us make you feel welcome here in ours. All are welcome. 

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship.