The Rev. J. Curtis Goforth

Senior Pastor

Curtis is originally from Statesville, NC.  He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion with a double minor in Ancient Hebrew and Archaeology from Berea College (’00) and a Master of Divinity from Duke University (’04).  He has been married to Jennifer Goforth for 16 years and they have two daughters, Cora (13) and Lylah (10).  In his spare time he enjoys hiking and woodworking.   

Sara Joines


Director of Children’s Ministries

Sara has worked at First Church for a year and a half. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in in Christian Education from Pfeiffer University and she has been in ministry for nine and a half years.  She lives in Kannapolis  with her husband, her son, and her dog, Wrangler.  She loves working with the children at First United Methodist  Church of China Grove.



Mack & Sarah king

Directors of Youth Ministries


Mack and Sarah are the youth and young adult leaders here at First UMC China Grove. They have been involved in youth ministry for 5 years. Mack attended UNCG and Sarah attended Pfeiffer University. They have been married for 4 years. They live in Salisbury with their two children, Bellagrace and MH.


Jessica Osborne

Church Administrator

A 2010 graduate of Western Carolina University, Jessica Osborne originally hails from Forest City in Rutherford County. She currently resides in Troutman with her husband, Kyle, of eight years, and their son, Owen. Jessica has a background in communications and was a former reporter for two area newspapers prior to becoming FUMC’s Church Administrator.
Lisa Troutman


Director of Music


Amy Brown

Director of The Early Learning Center

Amy graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with a degree in General Education. She holds a wide range of relevant childcare qualifications. She has worked in the childcare field as a director for the past 14 years.  Amy and her husband have five grown children and four grandchildren. They enjoy hiking and traveling. Amy also enjoys scrap-booking, card-making, and other papercrafts.


David Tilley & Gerri Glann

Facilities Manager and Janitors