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


Churches with English as a Second Language Classes

Calvary Church
5802 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC 28226

Tuesday and Thursday
9:00am – 11:00am
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Wednesday Morning
9:00am – 10:30am

Contact:  Sue Rimer
Phone: 704-341-5322

Carmel Baptist Church
ESL for Japanese
1145 Pineville-Matthews Road

Matthews, NC 28105

2nd and 4th Wednesdays
11:00am – 12:30pm
Contact:  Yoshiko Takami
Phone:  704-847-8575

Durham Memorial Baptist Church
1601 Toddville Road

Charlotte, NC 28214

Monday Mornings

Monday and Tuesday Night

Saturday Morning

Contact:  Doni-Raye Kendrick

Harrison United Methodist Church
15008 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC 28134

Tuesday and Thursday Evenings
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $40.00

Contact: Andrea Crowell
Phone: 704-541-4842 or 704-905-7877

Hickory Grove Baptist Church
6050 Hickory Grove Road

Charlotte, NC 28215

Wednesday Evenings
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Costs: $40.00 (Book & Materials)

Contact:  Dawn Morton
Phone: 704-531-4028

Huntersville, First Baptist Church
119 N Old Statesville Road

Huntersville, NC 28078

Sunday Evenings
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Contact:  Carol Presley
Phone: 704-875-7015

Matthews Help Center
119 N. Ames Street

Matthews, NC 28105

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

Contact:  Brenda Messera
Phone: 704-814-6927

Pineville United Methodist Church
110 South Polk Street

Pineville, NC 28134

Tuesday Morning
9:30am – 11:30am

Cost: $30.00 (Book Only)

Contact:  Suzanne Gold
Phone: 704-889-2022

University Hills Baptist Church
1500 Suther Road

Charlotte, NC 28213

Classes will begin after Jan. 1st, 2016

Wednesday Evenings-6:00pm

Contact:  Vernon Allen
Phone: 704-619-9906

Wesley United Methodist Church
3715 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC 28226

Monday & Wednesday Mornings
10:00am – 11:15am

Contact:  Jeannette Hickman
Phone: 704-726-0300