ESL: English as Second Language

ESL is a powerful ministry tool which allows our churches to connect with international communities around them. The nations are in our neighborhoods – this is a reality – not something to be afraid of, but a reality we must do something about. ESL provides an open door for relationship-building, evangelism, and disciple-making.

The Edge Institute has become our go-to partner for help with ESL training.

“In communities all across the United States and its territories and Canada, the number of people who want and need to learn to speak English is increasing rapidly.  East, west, north, and south—people who need and want to learn to speak English are our neighbors.  One of the best ways to demonstrate and share God’s love with our non-English speaking neighbors is through local church-based English as a Second Language Ministries.”

Kendale Moore
National Literacy Missionary for the North    American Mission Board

“In the Charlotte area, we continue to experience a dramatic increase in international residents, people moving here from around the world.  Recently, one of our middle schools had 26 different nationalities represented in the student body, speaking 21 different languages.  It’s true – the nations have come to our neighborhoods.  It’s not a reason to be afraid, it’s a time to decide what we’re going to do about it. Jesus said we are to make disciples of all nations.  Teaching ESL is a great way to accomplish that mission.”

Dr. Bob Lowman, Jr.
Director/Missionary, Metrolina Baptist Association

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Churches with English as a Second Language Classes

Calvary Church

5801 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC 28226

ESL Classes – Tuesday and Thursday
9:00am – 11:00am
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Cost $50 (includes books)

Pronunciation Class
Tuesday – 11:15 – 12:00 pm

Life Discussion Class
Thursday – 11:15 – 12:00 pm

Contact:  Vince Eaton
Phone: 704-341-5322
veaton@calvarychurch.com

Central United Methodist Church

6030 Albemarle Road
Charlotte, NC  28212

English Classes in 8 week sessions (Fall, Winter and Summer)
Friday mornings 10 am – 12 pm and Wednesday evenings 7-8:30 pm

Contact:  Pastor Susan Suarez Webster
Phone:  704-536-9157
susanswebster@gmail.com

Durham Memorial Baptist Church

1601 Toddville Road
Charlotte, NC 28214

Saturday Morning
9:30am & 10:30am

Contact:  Brenda Kendrick
Phone:  704-507-3460
khri10@bellsouth.net

Grace One Church at Southern Evangelical Seminary

3000 Tilley Morris Rd.
Matthews, NC 28105

ESL intermediate/ advanced – oral production: speaking & listening 
Sunday 1:15 – 3:15pm
3000 Tilley Morris Rd. in Matthews
Suggested donation to help with materials $15
Childcare is provided

Contact:  Shawn Odendhal
Phone: 919-330-2770
sosao619@gmail.com

Harrison United Methodist Church          

15008 Lancaster Hwy
Pineville, NC 28134

Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings
9:30am – 11:30am

Tuesday and Thursday Evenings
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Childcare available
Cost: $45.00 includes workbook                                                       

Contact: Leslie Little
Phone: 704-641-0238
littleLJLS@gmail.com

Harvest Community Church

13301 Eastfield Road
Huntersville, NC 28078

Friday Mornings
10:00am – 11:30am

Contact:  Tish Barber
Phone:  704-947-0848
tishbarber@bellsouth.net 

Hickory Grove Baptist Church

7200 E Harris Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28212

Wednesday Evenings
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Costs: $25.00

Contact:  Dawn Morton
Phone: 704-531-4028 
dawnmorton@hgbc.org

Huntersville, First Baptist Church

119 N Old Statesville Road
Huntersville, NC 28078

Sunday Evenings
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Contact:  Carol Presley
Cell:  704-907-8582
cpresley1@aol.com

Matthews Presbyterian Church

207 W John Street
Matthews, NC 28105

Monday & Wednesday Evenings
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost:  $10.00

Contact:  Brenda Messera
Phone: 704-814-6927
brendacm@windstream.net

Pineville United Methodist Church

110 South Polk Street
Pineville, NC 28134

Tuesday Morning
9:30am – 11:30am

Contact:  Suzanne Gold
Phone: 704-621-6438
suzanneg19@aol.com

University Hills Baptist Church

1500 Suther Road
Charlotte, NC 28213

Wednesday Evenings
6:00pm – 7:10pm

Contact:  Vernon Allen
Phone: 704-784-9698
vernon@shufflepool.net

University City United Methodist Church

3835 West W. T. Harris Blvd
Charlotte, NC  28269

Sunday evenings 5-6:30

Andrea Reed
704-458-0703
andireed01@gmail.com