We welcome you to Ebenezer United Methodist Church.
Our goal is to follow Jesus, make disciples, and transform the world. We hope that you will find what you are looking for, and we look forward to serving you.
We invite you to come visit us soon.
About Our Name
Ebenezer means "stone of the help." The word is found in the book of 1 Samuel in the story of how the Ark of the Covenant of the Israelites was captured by the Philistines and then returned to them (see Chapters 4-6). Some twenty years later, the Philistines again gathered to attack Israel. This time the attack came after the prophet and judge, Samuel, had convinced the people to put away their foreign gods and return to the One True LORD. With the LORD's help, the Israelites routed the Philistines and Samuel set up a stone at the battle site:
Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah, and named it Ebenezer; for he said, "Thus far the LORD has helped us."
--1 Samuel 7:12 NRSV
There are many churches that use the name Ebenezer. The name reminds us that we need the help of the Lord at all times. It also helps us to remember the "rock of our salvation," Jesus Christ.
About Rev. Tom Hunter
Education: Old Fort HS; UNC-Asheville; Emory University (Master of Divinity)
Military: US Navy, 1970-1976; Hospital Corpsman
United Methodist Churches Served: St. Marks/Cross Mill -- Marion (3 Years); Snow Hill -- Candler (8 years); Maple Grove/Elizabeth Chapel -- Waynesville (6 years); Granite Falls First -- Granite Falls (11 years); Pilot Mountain First -- (6 years)
Family: Married Patsy King Hunter -- October 7, 1969; Daughter: Heather Hunter Francis -- son-in-law, Jim; grand-daughters: Katelyn (12 years old); Kallie (8 years old); live in Waynesville; Son: Lucas Hunter and fiance Wendy; grand-daughter, Fiona (11 months); live in Asheville.
Patsy's Work: McDowell Public Library -- Marion, NC; Adminstrative Assistant to Manager of WFGW/WMIT (Blue Ridge Broadcasting--Billy Graham Radio) -- January 1977 until June 2001; Administrative Support Manager for Med/Surg Department at Catawba Valley Medical Center, Hickory -- 2001-present.
Hobbies/Interests: both Tom & Patsy are avid readers (especially mysteries); and enjoy time with the family.
Goal: to have active involvement in Ebenezer UMC and the community.
"Life is a series of jouneys. We are excited about this new 'Life Journey' God has led us to. We look forward to meeting and getting to know each of you, who will be an important of this next life journey." --Pastor Tom
Contact Information: 828.396.2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org