“Ghent UMC employs innovative ways to serve in and alongside the Ghent community, focusing our efforts on reaching individuals and families through inspiring worship, transformative small group experiences, life-changing mission work, and bridge-building fellowship opportunities; all offered with a welcoming and loving spirit.”


jesus is for everyone – no exceptions.

A word of Welcome from Ghent UMC

Ghent United Methodist Church is called to the affirmation of the sacred worth of all people. We embrace as a gift the diversity of our neighborhood and the world. We acknowledge our human family’s diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, language, age, faith history, theological orientation, economic status, education, marital status, abilities, and any other defining feature, real or perceived. We further affirm that all people are created in the image of God and are beloved children of God.

Jesus is for everyone. No exceptions. 

For years, we have looked forward to the day of full inclusion of all people in the life and ministries of The United Methodist Church and have sought to embody God’s radical hospitality as we journey towards reconciliation through Christ. In May 2024, The United Methodist Church General Conference voted to end decades-old bans on the ordination of “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy and the officiation of same-sex weddings.    


We recognize we do not, and will not, always agree with each other, but strive to love each other through our disagreement. We know that everyone’s participation in our ministries enriches us. We proclaim this statement of welcome to all and especially to those who have known the pain of exclusion and discrimination in the church or in society, and we invite all people to join us in our faith journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.

~ based on a statement by Green Street UMC, Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Beliefs of the UMC