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


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

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


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


Durham Memorial Baptist Church

1601 Toddville Road
Charlotte, NC 28214

Saturday Morning


Contact:  Brenda Kendrick

Phone:  704-507-3460


Grace UMC

737 E. Woodlawn Rd
Charlotte, NC 28209

Monday Evenings


Classes Free

Child Care available (minimal fee)

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 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


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