Due to Corona Virus Restrictions designed to keep us safe, this ministry is not currently taking place.

Central is now a participating church in the Stephen Ministry program.
Stephan Ministers; Ellen, Jim, Jeanne, Janice, Marie, Brian, Carol, Beverly, Ruth, Donna, Sandra, and George – pictured with prayer warrior Marilyn; Stephen Leaders Rev. Greg Kennedy, Rev. Dr. Kelly Jackson Brooks, and Judy.

If you or anyone you know of could benefit from this caring, confidential, ongoing compassionate and caring ministry, please contact one of the Stephen Leaders – Judy, Kelly or Greg – and you will get the help you are asking for! An email sent to can be accessed only by one of the Stephan Leaders, assuring total confidentiality.


Stephen Ministry Leaders

Rev. Greg Kennedy, Rev. Dr. Kelly Jackson Brooks, Judy Williams


The Purpose of UMW:
The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is:

  • To know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ.
  • To develop a creative supportive fellowship.
  • To expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Who Can Join?
United Methodist Women welcomes all women who commit themselves to our Purpose.

  • You don’t have to be a member of The United Methodist Church to join.
  • Our membership is diverse: women of many races, cultures, languages, young and old.
  • There is no minimum age requirement and no cost to join.

Why Join?
You become part of a national membership organization that offers:
A community of women

  • Spiritual growth
  • A creative & supportive community
  • Education & transformation through programs

What Members Do

  • Raise millions of dollars for programs aiding and empowering women, children and youth.
  • Advocate for the needs of women, children and youth.
  • Become equipped for service and action through education.
  • Train to be leaders through events and workshops.

Learn more about this organization here:


Zena Kinne

United Methodist Women President


The men of Central United Methodist Church meet for breakfast the third Saturday of each month. Proceeds from their fundraising projects benefit various ministries and mission projects.


Ed Vigil

United Methodist Men President


“As part of being the church and following Jesus, we assist people who walk in, seeking help, to meet their immediate short term needs.”

The Helping Hands Ministry of Central United Methodist Church demonstrates God’s love and presence by providing compassion, personal contact, and assistance to homeless people in need. Everyone who seeks help has the opportunity to talk to the volunteers about their problems and needs. All people are welcomed in the name of Jesus Christ.

We supply a bus pus, snack crackers, coffee, water, a bible, phone access for local telephone calls, restrooms, a place to sit and rest in a safe environment, prayer, and a helping hand.

The Helping Hand can range from directions to their next meal or to the nearest shelter or a ride to a treatment facility. Referral sheets are available that list information on the programs in Albuquerque. We have a referral file and provide handouts on locations and phone numbers for job placement assistance, Native American services, legal assistance, healthcare, shelters, etc.

We distribute anything that the congregation and community donate to include rescued milk and food, clothing, toiletries, socks, backpacks, sleeping bags, blankets, coats, etc.

All of these services provide the volunteers an opportunity to get to know street people and speak with them about Jesus Christ. We maintain a prayer list and pray with our friends (clients) weekly.

Come join our team. The front office will get you in contact with our program lead.


The Central United Methodist Church Foundation was established in the 1960s, incorporated in 1965, with revised and amended bylaws May 18, 2003, for exclusively benevolent, religious, charitable, educational, eleemosynary (charity support), health, literary and scientific purposes. These purposes benefit Central United Methodist Church of Albuquerque, Inc., the New Mexico Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church throughout the world.

To achieve these purposes, the Foundation relies on its Board of Trustees and members. They provide the business and financial expertise to create a steady and growing stream of income to help finance the many programs and missions of Central and the denomination.


Lowell Elementary School

Central United Methodist Church works with Lowell Elementary to provide school uniforms, winter jackets, food distribution in partnership with Roadrunner Food Bank, and other services to families in need in the Lowell Elementary neighborhood.


Central Family YMCA Childcare provides a curriculum based on the belief that children develop physically, mentally, and emotionally by actively participating through play. Enrolls infants to 5 years old’s.

Contact the YMCA for more information: (505) 595-1515.


The mission of Pathways Academy is to provide a loving, nurturing, and learning environment for children with learning differences and emotional challenges that maximizes each child’s opportunities to succeed both academically and socially.

Contact Jim Hering at (505) 341-0555.


Saranam is a 2-year housing and education program for homeless families in Albuquerque, NM.  Saranam offers a comprehensive range of services to assist families in transitioning beyond homelessness.

Click Here to learn more about Saranam.


The Thrift Shop began operations in 1980 with a small group of church members who saw an opportunity to help the Church with facility needs that were not funded. The number of volunteers has increased since our beginning and now we have about 25 members. The Thrift Shop operates with a Board of Directors elected by Thrift Shop members once a year.

The current board includes:
President: Dee Lawson
Vice President: Peggy Murtagh
Secretary: Julianne McAchran
Treasurer: Roger Roberts

Donations from Church members and the community are the mainstay that enable the Thrift Shop to function. Donations are received downstairs and stored for weekly sorting, pricing and then onto display in the Thrift Shop, Room 304. Over the past 37 years proceeds have enabled the Thrift Shop to return over 86% of the income to Church projects with the remaining 14% used for establishment of a future endowment. Thrift Shop funding in the last years has averaged $10,000-$14,000 annually providing funds for many needed items such as:

  • new HVAC units for the YMCA child care area
  • new microphones for the Sanctuary
  • new, larger trash dumpster
  • partial funding for the ADA bathroom
  • carpeting on the main floor, Sunday School rooms and office digital sign on University Blvd
  • many more projects over the years

Volunteers serve in two ways: sales staff and weekly workers who sort, price and stock the Shop. Some donations received do not meet Thrift Shop standards and are passed onto other non-profit organizations, so nothing is lost in the donation process.

Thrift Shop Hours

Due to Corona Virus Restrictions designed to keep us safe, this ministry is not currently taking place.

The Thrift Shop is located on the upper level in room 304.