Leigh Ann Maynard
Associate Pastor for Bridge Ministries
office: (502) 882-9680
Bridge Ministries are means by which we become living proof of God’s love in the places and neighborhoods where people are. Bridge Ministries are a means to build relationships between people groups and between the church and the neighborhood/the neighborhood and the church.
At our baptisms, we renounce wickedness, reject evil, and repent of our sin. We accept the freedom and power God gives us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. Finally, we confess Jesus Christ as our Savior, put our whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as our Lord in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races. Those vows call us to presence and participation with Christ as his love and care transforms us, our neighbors and our neighborhoods.
We are looking for people willing to create bridges across the places that have divided us (physically, spiritually, financially, racially and politically) because we all belong to each other. Eugene Peterson says of Jesus, “The word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.” We are looking for flesh and blood people who are willing to be present among people Jesus loves.
Part of our vision at Christ Church United Methodist is to plant faith communities by carrying the Good News of Jesus to where people are. The two current faith communities we have planted serve congregations who are in recovery for drug or alcohol abuse and are involved in treatment programs. The Bridge is a gathering where everyone is welcome and where two goals are constantly emphasized:
Share in the reading of Scripture, discussion and time of prayer followed by a brief fellowship with home-baked cookies from our "cookie brigade."
Share in a meal, time of prayer, lesson and devotion.
Got an idea for a community in need of love and forgiveness who are largely unchurched? Maybe the next faith community to be planted will be the one you help us identify…or maybe even the one you help start.
Contact Rev. Leigh Ann Maynard, Associate Pastor of Bridge Ministries to learn more at
The community at Christ Church United Methodist is heavily involved in several area ministries/organizations offering financial support as well as the service of individuals and groups. CCUM is fortunate to have a number of members on the Outreach & Justice Committee who assist in identifying the needs within these entities as well as ways in which we can be part of their efforts. Committee Chair: Dr. Dennis Gray
Founded in 2020, the Christ Church United Methodist Racial Justice Team has taken an active role in helping to educate our congregation on matters of race and cultural competency. In accordance with the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church, the Christ Church Racial Justice Team affirms all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God and seeks ways to rejoice in the gifts that particular ethnic histories and cultures bring to the totality of our life together. The Team is constantly seeking opportunities for collaboration and participation among people as we work together toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion and relationship.
The Bridge Communities at Christ Church are a place where people are loved and accepted and can explore their faith in a safe and supportive way. They are more than community. They are family.
Three unique and powerful ministries sprouted from a tiny acorn, boldly demonstrating how God uses every calling for a higher purpose.