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


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 29721
ESL Classes – Wednesday
6:30 PM – 8 PM
Contact:  Kathryn Hutchens

Calvary Church
5801 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
ESL Classes – Tuesday and Thursday
9:00am – 11:00am
Cost $40 (includes books)
Pronunciation Class
Tuesday – 11:15 – 12:00 pm
Life Discussion Class
Thursday – 11:15 – 12:00 pm
Contact:  Vince Eaton
Phone: 704-562-4197 

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
Wednesday Evenings 6:00-7:30pm
Friday mornings 10 am – 12 pm
Contact:  Pastor Susan Suarez Webster
Phone:  704-536-9157

Cornerstone Baptist Church
8947 Albemarle Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
Sunday Evenings 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Tuesday Mornings 10:00am-Noon
Cost: $25.00
Contact: Sussan Weber
Phone: 540-424-7317

Covenant Presbyterian Church
1830 Celanese Road
Rock Hill, SC 29715
Tuesday 7 PM – 8:45 PM
Contact: Bill Ragan, Director
Phone: 803-579-1511

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 Childcare 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 am
Contact:  Adrienne Mauney
Cell: 704-425-1252

Grace Community UMC
1190 Gold Hill Rd.
Fort Mill, SC
Phone: 803-548-4078
Monday morning, 9:00 to 12:00am
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
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:  980-254-2755

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 & Thursday Evenings
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost:  $10.00
Childcare available
Contact:  Brenda Messera
Phone: 704-814-6927

Oakhurst Baptist Church
5037 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC
English Conversation Cafe
Second Saturday of each month
Contact: Vera Hern
Phone:  704-533-0133

Oakland Baptist Church
1067 Oakland Avenue
Rock Hill, SC
Wednesday 5:30 PM-7:15 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