Buncombe Street Methodist Church is developing followers of Jesus who are engaged in community, equipped to serve, and empowered to lead.

Our Values


Rooted in the Word, Fed by the Truth
We surrender to the eternal authority of God as presented in the Bible.
Isaiah 40:8

Committed to Fellowship, Devoted to One Another
We pray, break bread, and serve as a spiritual family in Christ.
Acts 2: 42-47

Following Jesus, Journeying Together
We encourage each other as we intentionally seek God’s direction for our lives.
Hebrews 10:24-25

Honoring God’s Gifts, Responding Generously
We worship God by using our gifts to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace.
1 Peter 4:10

Raising Up Leaders, Nurturing Servant Hearts
We share the privilege of leadership by developing humble hearts that serve like Jesus.
Ephesians 4: 11-12

Reaching Outward, Growing God’s Kingdom
We venture boldly to share the love of Christ with the world.
Acts 1:8

Our History

Buncombe Street Methodist Church was founded in 1834.The congregation was initially established as Greenville Methodist Episcopal Church in a frame building on Coffee Street. Land was deeded by Vardry McBee to be used to establish a church, a heritage we share with other downtown congregations: Christ Church, First Presbyterian, First Baptist. In 1873 a new building was dedicated on property at the corner of Buncombe Street and Richardson Street and the name changed to Buncombe Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South. It is in this location that we continue to join together in worship, service and fellowship. The name of the church was changed in 1939 to Buncombe Street Methodist, and finally in 1968 to Buncombe Street Methodist Church.

Throughout our history, we have responded to the needs of our growing and thriving congregation with evolutions in our ministries and at least seven significant expansions and renovations to the facilities at 200 Buncombe Street. In 2017, we expanded in a new way when we adopted the former Trinity United Methodist Church at 2703 Augusta Street and made it a campus of Buncombe Street. In 2023, we separated from the United Methodist Church denomination and became an independent Methodist church. We returned to our roots of one campus in Downtown Greenville.

We have provided the nucleus for establishment of several suburban congregations. We have also provided leadership in the genesis and growth of agencies that serve our community. A commitment to growth, outreach, inclusion and stepping out with leaps of faith is evident throughout our history at Buncombe Street. That commitment to following where God leads us lives on today.

The center of our life is Worship, which feeds a steadfast commitment to faith formation for every age and a need to be in mission both around the corner and around the world. We invite you to join us on our journey of Christian Discipleship. Our hope is that the information on this site will allow you to catch a glimpse of who we are, and we would love to greet you personally.

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