Pleasantville Neighbors

Vineville believes we are called to grow a Christ-like world, with a specific focus on the community surrounding the church (Pleasant Hill). We call this emphasis PleasantVille Neighbors, drawing on Jesus’ words from Matthew 22:39, “love your neighbor as yourself.”  Join us as we strive to be good neighbors.
If you have questions, please contact Gina Greenwood at ggreenwood@bakersonelson.com or Grant Greenwood at ggreenwood@jbpslaw.com) or see the contact people for each ministry listed below. For upcoming projects, please see the calendar below.  You can print a volunteer form off by clicking here:  PleasantVille Volunteer Form

• Sponsor a Campus Clubs Kid’s Trip to Camp Grace

VUMC PleasantVille Committee is thankful to YOU to report that last year VUMC sponsored and sent  36 underprivileged Campus Clubs (Bibb County) children to Camp Grace, a weeklong Christian summer camp.  This was a once in a lifetime experience for these children, many of whom had never left the city limits of Macon, GA.  Fifteen (15) kids accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior as a result of their experience at Camp Grace.

VUMC PleasantVille Steering Committee has voted to raise money to send yet another group of Campus Clubs children to the 2013 Camp Grace in June.   The cost this year is $ 180 per child.   We would like to send as many children as funds allow.  Please consider this worthwhile project for your class, group and personal giving initiatives.   Tax deductible contributions should be made to VUMC (Camp Grace).  For more information, contact Julia Baldwin at jgbcab@yahoo.com or 478-477-1278 (PVN Steering Committee and Campus Clubs Board Member).   See below in italics for more info on Campus Clubs and Camp Grace.

o   What Is Campus Clubs?

Campus Clubs began in 1996 as an urban youth ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Macon, GA.   Campus Clubs primarily reaches out to the “at risk” children of the Pleasant Hill Community with the goal of “loving kids and families into God’s Kingdom.”  Presently, CC is concentrating on educational and spiritual development on over 100 kids while also ministering to the families connected to these kids. On a typical day, the children are picked up from school, supplied a nutritious snack, assisted with homework, provided with tutoring, taught the Bible, engaged in physical education, and encouraged through love and discipline. CC also reaches out to the parents with its new GED class accredited through Central Georgia Technical College.  CC staff are often invited by children and parents to school programs, to read or speak to their classes, judge programs, and even visit them at home. CC partners with schools to help assess student progress and discuss educational remediation plans. CC’s daily interaction with the children and parents builds a climate of trust and respect, opening the doors to impact the spiritual and educational life of the children.    For more information on Campus Clubs, seehttp://www.campusclubsmacon.org/ or contact CC Exec Director Robin Crosby at 478-747-4293 or rcrosbycc@gmail.com, and please let Robin know you are a member of VUMC.

o   What is Camp Grace?

Camp Grace is a nonprofit camp located in Roberta, GA.  Camp Grace partners with inner-city ministries with the goal of transforming the lives of impoverished youth. Camp Grace strengthens what its ministry partners do by providing a high capacity, high quality overnight camp experience coupled with three additional follow-up camp events throughout the year.  In 2011, the camp served over 2100 children. Here is a brief glimpse of a typical Camp Grace day:   The camp day begins and ends with the Word of God and prayer through morning devotion and evening team time.  Campers learn and memorize a theme verse that can give them hope and assurance in the year to come. In addition, camper engage in lots of classic camp-style physical activities and each game or activity inspires them to overcome fears, try something new, be a good team member or citizen or discover a new interest.  Swimming is a highlight of most days at camp.  Meals are served family style at camp to encourage conversation and good manners.  Breakfast is surrounded with laughter and cabin cheers.  Each cabin strives to get the most spirit points to win the overall award for the week.  Cleaning the cabin, working together, winning games, shooting a bulls eye, reaching the top of the climbing wall, reciting the verse, and making good choices are some of the ways that campers earn points throughout the day.  On the morning of departure, everyone is getting one more picture and one more hug before tears and goodbyes start –  a true realization of the life change that happens during the week.  For more information, see http://www.thecampgrace.com/.

VUMC Pleasantville Neighbors Committee (“PVN”) is proud to work with Campus Clubs and Camp Grace to support the Pleasant Hill community.   PNC would like to encourage VUMC members to support these and other important Pleasant Hill community service activities/events.    Visit the PVN calendar for more upcoming events at    https://vinevillemethodist.com/missions/pleasantville-neighbors/

Again, tax deductible contributions to CC can be made to VUMC (Camp Grace).

THANK YOU for your continued support of PVN  and for loving your neighbors so graciously.    Please keep this ministry in your prayers in 2013.

 Grant and Gina Greenwood

VUMC Pleasantville Neighbors Committee Co-Chair

There are Four Areas of Involvement in Pleasant Hill

Faith: Contact:  Richard and Allison Young at 478-972-3278

    • Pleasant Hill Thanksgiving Service was held at Vineville United Methodist church jointly sponsored with Greater Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church on Sunday, November 18, 2012 ; Bishop James King  preached.  Click on the link to see the photos of the service.
    • Assist with Push to Start Children’s Program, a special day of games, activities, and turoring on the 1st and 3rd  Saturdays of each month from 10:30am-1:00pm.  Male & Female Volunteers are needed to help with this.  Push to Start is held at Strong Tower Fellowship (STF).
    • STF needs donations of books to sell online.  Books can be taken to STF or call 478-978-7191 for pick-up service. Also need volunteers to work from home or at STF to help sell donated books online.  The proceeds of these sales benefit STF outreach ministry.  Requirements: basic computer skills, attend a 30-minute training program, computer and internet service if working from home.
    • STF is also collecting clothes and shoes of all sizes for residents of Pleasant Hill.  Clothes can be taken to STF or call 478-978-7191 for pick-up service.
    • Attend Women’s Bible Study at STF with Connie Carey, leader, on Tuesdays from Noon-1:00pm, including lunch and opportunity to meet Pleasant Hill neighbors.
    • Attend Men’s Bible Study at STF with Rev. Tom Anderson, leader, on Thursdays from Noon-1:00pm, including lunch and opportunity to meet Pleasant Hill neighbors.
    • Individually, or in small groups, occasionally attend worship services at STF to meet and offer encouragement to Pleasant Hill neighbors – Sundays 11:00am-12:30pm with a lunch following in the Fellowship Hall.  Evening Service at 6:30pm.


    • Volunteers to review assignments and assist GED students attending computer labs at Campus Clubs.  Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-Noon.  Special Need: Language, Reading, & Math.  Contact Phyllis Dorn at Central Georgia Technical College for information and to schedule orientation and training as needed: pdorn@centralgatech.edu or (478) 757-2568.
    • “Morningstar” program at L.H. Williams Elementary School:  Volunteers needed to work with teachers and media specialist by reading to students and assist as otherwise needed.  Contact person: Paula Newman at pnewman8@cox.net or 743-4048.
    • Allen Academy Summer Reading Program. In 2012, Vineville partnered with Greater Allen Chapel AME and LH Williams Elementary School to work with children who have low reading levels. This was accomplished through activities, creating original stories, using the arts, and (of course) reading.  We look forward to next year.


    • Backpack Buddies Program:  Volunteers needed to help purchase, store, pack, and deliver non-perishable food items for 40 students at L.H. Williams Elementary School.  Monetary donations also needed to purchase food given to students each Friday during the school year for their week-end meals.  Contact persons:  Mimi Brown at mimibsn@bellsouth.net or 478-994-5275; Mary Catherine Leigh at mcleighrx@yahoo.com or 912-604-3114
    • Pleasant Hill Community Garden – Working in the Pleasant Hill Community Garden provides two avenues of health: exercise and healthy fruits and vegetables for the community.  Ongoing maintenance of the garden throughout the growing season is needed.  Contact Wimberly Treadwell at wtdesign@bellsouth.net or 478-808-0391.
    • “Power to Prevent” Health Fairs – Help set up, run, and clean up afterwards. These health fairs are sponsored by Community Partnerships and Pleasant Hill’s “Shalom Zone” several times throughout the year.  Contact Gina Greenwood at ggreenwood@bakerdonelson.com or 478-909-0665.


    • Rebuilding Macon (go here for more detailed information) – Our church is partnering with Rebuilding Macon to come alongside our neighbors in the Pleasant Hill Community to do home repair and painting.  Contact Person: Nathan Watson (nathan@inglesidedata.com or ntwatson@yahoo.com or 478-319-1978).

The Vineville Mission

The mission of Vineville United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Our Vision

We have a vision of Vineville as a prayerful community, functioning as an essential presence in the lives of its members and neighbors that leads to critical transformation in the areas of benevolence, evangelism, spiritual formation, poverty alleviation, and diversity, as we announce the reign of God through Christ-like nurture, outreach, witness, and prayer.

Vineville offers its facilities

to members and non-members alike for use in weddings, meetings, social activities, sports, and a variety of other events.  For more information on wedding reservations, please contact Reese McCurry For more information or to reserve one of our meeting spaces, please contact the main office.

The United Methodist Church

is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world.

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities.

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  • We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it.
  • We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.
  • We believe that God is loving. We can experience God’s love and grace.

Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 13.

Read more about our belief in God (you will be taken to the United Methodist Church Website)

The Holy Spirit

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.

Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 14.

Read more about our belief in the Holy Spirit

The Church

  • We believe that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.
  • We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that the church is “the communion of saints,” a community made up of all past, present, and future disciples of Christ.
  • We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.

Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology
(Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 14.

The Bible

  • We believe that the Bible is God’s Word.
  • We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
  • We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).

Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology
(Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 15.

Read more about our belief in the Bible


With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.


  • Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
  • Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God’s love and forgiveness of our sins.
  • Persons of any age can be baptized.
  • We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
  • A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.

The Lord’s Supper (Communion, Eucharist)

  • The Lord’s Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ.
  • The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family.
  • By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ’s sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.
  • We practice “open Communion,” welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.


  • We believe that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified.
  • We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God.
  • We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. (Christ and messiah mean the same thing—God’s anointed.)
  • We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.
  • We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.

Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology
(Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 13-14.

Read more about our belief in Jesus Christ

Read more about our beliefs about salvation

Human Beings

  • We believe that God created human beings in God’s image.
  • We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God.
  • We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human.

Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology
(Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 14.

Read more about confessions of sin

Read more about our beliefs about salvation

The Reign of God

  • We believe that the kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.
  • We believe that wherever God’s will is done, the kingdom or reign of God is present. It was present in Jesus’ ministry, and it is also present in our world whenever persons and communities experience reconciliation, restoration, and healing.
  • We believe that although the fulfillment of God’s kingdom–the complete restoration of creation–is still to come.
  • We believe that the church is called to be both witness to the vision of what God’s kingdom will be like and a participant in helping to bring it to completion.
  • We believe that the reign of God is both personal and social. Personally, we display the kingdom of God as our hearts and minds are transformed and we become more Christ-like. Socially, God’s vision for the kingdom includes the restoration and transformation of all of creation.

Adapted from Who Are We? Leader’s Guide, p. 28.

Read more about our belief and trust in the Lord of the future

Who We Are

Our Pastors & Staff

Dr. Jimmy Asbell

Dr. Jimmy Asbell

Senior Pastor

Rev. Grace Guyton

Rev. Grace Guyton

Associate Pastor

Rev. Jon Brown

Rev. Jon Brown

Associate Pastor

Reese McCurry

Reese McCurry

Children's Minister

Mike Kinnebrew

Mike Kinnebrew

Youth Minister

Cannon McClain

Cannon McClain

Director of Music

Elizabeth Morgan

Elizabeth Morgan


Ann Smith

Ann Smith

Spiritual Director

Jody Thompson

Jody Thompson

Student Ministries

Who We Are


Rev. Cass DuCharme

Rev. Cass DuCharme

Associate Pastor for Administration

Sally McCorkle

Sally McCorkle

Financial Secretary

Anna Powell

Anna Powell


Rohn Ussery

Rohn Ussery

Facilities Director

Ashlee Haynie

Ashlee Haynie


How We Got Here

Vineville History

Vineville United Methodist Church, the oldest daughter of Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, was begun in 1846 to serve wealthy planters of the village of Vineville, just outside Macon. It has been located on this site since 1897. The current sanctuary was completed in 1926, and additional structures have been erected since then. Construction of the current sanctuary was completed in 1926, and it was completely renovated in 1950. Devoted to evangelism, Vineville has been instrumental in the establishment of numerous other United Methodist churches in the city. Home to three former bishops of the church, Vineville is actively engaged in home and foreign missions and is an integral part of the Macon community. The church’s, humble prayer is to continue to serve the Lord with gladness and boundless energy.

Vineville built its first church building in 1848, and later that year it began holding class at Lake Academy, which became Bass United Methodist, Vineville’s first daughter church. Vineville moved into its second sanctuary in 1897, and the original building was sold to another congregation. The structure was re-erected near the Ocmulgee River and was washed away by a flood in 1902.

At the end of its first year, Vineville reported a membership of 99. It now has more than 1,200 members.

HHC_2988In 1873, the South Georgia Orphan’s Home (now the Methodist Home for Children and Youth) was chartered and built on land near Vineville. Through the years, many of the children and staff from the home have attended the church. Vineville also has been church home for many Wesleyan College students. A building project in 1998 doubled the size of our church facility, adding a Christian Life Center, which includes a gym. An archives room and vault was also opened in 2006. The effort to manage and preserve historical records actually led church officials to initiate the steps toward becoming a historic site. The archives room stores items such as old Bibles, songbooks, documents, and other church memorabilia. Vineville has supported missionaries in China, Korea, Japan, and Africa since 1892. It has also sent mission teams to Russia, Costa Rica, Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas, and Ghana.
One of the church’s outreach efforts in the neighboring Pleasant Hill community is called PleasantVille Neighbors. Click to learn more about this flourishing local mission.

We invite you to worship with Vineville and become a part of our rich history.

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