Senior Minister

Rev. David Christy

David Christy was appointed Senior Minister of First United Methodist Church on July 1, 2012. David was born in Jefferson, NC, into a “parsonage family”, so he moved around Western North Carolina. His father (deceased) was a minister, and his sister and two brothers are all in ministry in Western NC, as are two nephews and his son. He considers Albemarle to be his hometown since he graduated from High School there. 


David is a graduate of Pfeiffer College (B.A., 1988) and Duke Divinity School (M.Div., 1991). He is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. 


David is married to Pam, an elementary school teacher. They have two children: Luke, a United Methodist minister in Anson County (married to Kelly); and Maggie, a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has served Franklinville-Rehobeth Charge (Randolph County), Fair View UMC (Mt. Mourne), Epworth UMC (Concord), and Central UMC (Canton). 


David has served on several boards and agencies in our conference and in communities where he has lived. Currently, he serves through: Gastonia Rotary Club member, Co-Chair of Gaston Citizens and Clergy Coalition, Gaston Together Board Member, Glenn Foundation Board Member, Greater Gaston Boys & Girls Club Board Member, Disciple Outreach Ministries Board Member, WNCC Board of Ordained Ministry Discernment Team Leader, Delegate to the 2019 called session of the United Methodist General Conference.