ESL: English as Second Language

The Edge Institute has become our go-to partner for help with ESL training. It promotes cross cultural exchange between the Americas and international locations by teaching English and instructing professionals in Western business methods.  The Edge currently administers several exchange programs in various regions of the world – China,  Haiti, Kazakhstan and elsewhere in the world.

“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

ESL Teacher Training Workshop

August 24-25, 2018

Cost: $40.00
Training Location: MBA’s Great Commission Center, 1324 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205
Workshop Leader: Cheryl Tarr


Please contact The Edge Institute for more information on these classes: (704) 598-6200 or

Churches with English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes


Calvary Baptist Church
100 Barron Blvd.

Lancaster, SC

Wednesday 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Melba Ramsey, Director


Calvary Church
5801 Pineville-Matthews Road

Charlotte, NC 28226

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

Cost $30 (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 


Camino de Salvacion
7410 Nations Ford Road

Charlotte, NC

Thursday 7 PM – 8:45 PM

Doug Hooker, Director


Central United Methodist Church
6030 Albemarle Road

Charlotte, NC  28212

English Classes in 8 week sessions
Friday mornings 10 am – 12 pm

Contact:  Pastor Susan Suarez Webster
Phone:  704-536-9157


Covenant Presbyterian Church
1830 Celanese Road

Rock Hill, SC 29715

Tuesday 7 PM – 8:45 PM

Contact: Bill Ragan, Director
Phone: 803-579-1511


Durham Memorial Baptist Church
1601 Toddville Road

Charlotte, NC 28214

Saturday Morning

Contact:  Brenda Kendrick
Phone:  704-507-3460


Family Resource Center
37 Pinckney Street

York, SC

Tuesday & Thursday 9 AM – Noon

Lori Grant, Director
Phone: 803-810-8440


First Baptist Church Fort Mill
121 Monroe White Street

Fort Mill, SC 29715

Tuesday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Childcare offered with prior reservations

Heidi McGill, Director


Flint Hill Baptist Church
ESL Class and Citizenship Class

269 Flint Hill Road
Fort Mill SC 29715

7:00 – 8:45 Tuesday nights
Free Child care and homework help for grades 1-5

Contact:  Barbara Garrison
Phone:  803-548-4611


Forest Hill Church | South Blvd.
6210 Old Pineville Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28217

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

9:30-12:30 Forest Hill South Boulevard (6210 Old Pineville Rd)
6-8:30pm Starmount Academy (1600 Brookedale Ave)

Contact:  Adrienne Laniak
Cell: 704-425-1252


Grace Community UMC
1190 Gold Hill Rd.

Fort Mill, SC
Phone: 803-548-4078

Monday morning, 9:30 to 11:30am.
Child Care – No cost

Contact Person: Nancy Morrison


Grace UMC
737 E. Woodlawn Rd

Charlotte, NC 28209

Monday Evenings
Classes Free

Contact:  Betsy Woog
Phone:  704-523-5052


Harrison United Methodist Church   
15008 Lancaster Hwy                                    
Pineville, NC 28134

Classes September – May
Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings

9:30am – 11:30am

Tuesday and Thursday Evenings
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Childcare available
Cost: $45.00                                                   

Contact: Leslie Little                         
Phone: 704-641-0238


Harvest Community Church
13301 Eastfield Road

Huntersville, NC 28078

Friday Mornings
10:00am – 11:30am

Contact:  Tish Barber
Phone:  704-947-0848


Hickory Grove Baptist Church
7200 E WT Harris Blvd

Charlotte, NC 28212

Wednesday Evenings
6:15pm – 7:30pm
Costs: $25.00

Contact: Michelle Jones
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
Cell:  704-907-8582   


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


Oakland Baptist Church
1067 Oakland Avenue

Rock Hill, SC

Wednesday 6:15 PM-7:30 PM

Diana North, Director
Phone: 803-328-3864


Pineville United Methodist Church
110 South Polk Street

Pineville, NC 28134

Tuesday Morning
9:30am – 11:30am

Contact:  Suzanne Gold
Phone: 704-621-6438


University Hills Baptist Church
1500 Suther Road

Charlotte, NC 28213

Wednesday Evenings
6:00pm – 7:10pm

Contact:  Vernon Allen
Phone: 704-784-9698


West Cabarrus Church
7655 Bruton Smith Blvd.

Concord, NC 28027

Wednesday Evenings
6:30pm – 8:00 pm

Contact:  David Bogran
Phone: 704-455-2590