We are the Open Door Adult Sunday School Class, of

Central United Methodist Church in Monroe, NC

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We are an eclectic class with members of all ages and varied backgrounds and experiences. We find that this variety adds a lot of sparkle and insight to our discussions. Also, we most often use curriculum with a short video element that boosts conversation and discovery.

The motto of the United Methodist Church, “Open Hearts, Open Doors” could easily be that of the Open Door Sunday School Class. We encourage you to join us any time.

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Mary Ann Burns

"This is by far the best Sunday School Class that I have ever been a part of.  Everyone is friendly, and accepting of different points of view.  The teachers are wonderful  I would highly recommend it to anyone!"


Joan Miles is known for her ability to weave scripture, humor, and moving stories of faith to inspire others to grow in their relationship with Christ. After graduating from Greensboro College with an BA degree in Religion and Philosophy, Joan served as a Christian educator in North Carolina churches for over thirty years. She has served in Hickory and Charlotte’s First United Methodist Churches, and in Monroe’s Central United Methodist and First Presbyterian Churches.
Joan has led countless retreats for youth and adults of all ages. Writing is one of her favorite pastimes and she has had curriculum published by The United Methodist Publishing House.
Joan and her husband David have three grown daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren. And this vibrant, growing family has given her a host of stories to share!


John Burns is a local attorney who has been a part of Central UMC since 1989. He grew up attending Wadesboro UMC. John attended UNC-Chapel Hill as an undergraduate, and then went to Campbell University for his law degree. Today he enjoys living and working in historic downtown Monroe. John and his wife Mary Ann have four grown children, and two beautiful grandchildren that they enjoy doting over.