All believers are given gifts to be used in furthering the Kingdom.

Our Leadership Team...



Center Grove’s current pastor is Rev. Donald F. Smith. Smith was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He matriculated at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work. Pastor Smith wen ton to receive a Master of Divinity Degree Degree with an emphasis in Christian Ethics and Biblical Studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Pastor Smith has held numerous offices and served in many capacities within the United Methodist Church.

Associate Pastor


Ruth Smith serves as one of the Associate Pastors at Center Grove. She attended J.F Drake Technical Trade School and graduated with an Executive Secretary Certificate, following her enlistment in the United States Army and served for over eight years. She is currently employed as a civilian for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Smith began preaching in 2000 as a laity minister at Lowe’s Chapel UMC and in 2004 was appointed Associate Pastor at Lowe’s Chapel in 2004. Since 2005, she has served in the role of Associate Pastor at Center Grove. While at Center Grove, Smith has developed a passion for youth ministry and lay speaking.

Admin Assistant


Tina Moore is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. She is an active member of Center Grove U.M.C. She currently serves as the Office Administrative Assistant and has served in this capacity for the past 12 years. She is the proud mother of three children and has four lovely grandchildren. Her favorite scripture is: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37.

Music Director

Janet Poles

Youth Director

Carmen Hale


In 1895, Cedar Grove & Fowler’s Chapel: 157 members; 11 probationers Centre Grove and Fuller’s Chapel: 144 members