Our Story


Center Grove began in the spring of 1914, with a group of cotton and tobacco farmers gathering under a brush arbor in a place known as Snow Hill, located behind a farm on what is now known as Center Grove Church Road.

They were the practical “get it done” kind of people. With land donated from one family, and lumber from another, they built their first worship center, a chapel, by hand.

This small group of rural folk was noteworthy in a few ways. They loved Christ, the Bible and people, and they were willing to sacrifice themselves for all of the above.

For many years, the church was not unlike many thousands of small churches in North Carolina. But over the past 25 years, the church has seen some unusual works of God.


In the early 1990s, the church was catapulted from a small rural congregation of 50 attenders to a very large one of over 800 in this small rural setting, at the end of a road going nowhere. During that period of growth the church expanded its capacity as a new, larger building was constructed down the road to what is our present Clemmons campus.


During a time of transition, Center Grove found herself without a Senior Pastor. It was in this season that Dr. Steve Corts came on board as a consultant for the struggling church, and was then offered the opportunity to lead the church as Senior Pastor.

With new leadership, 2006 became a critical year for the church. A year in which we deliberately set out to become a different kind of church and a different kind of people – the kind of people we knew that Christ deserves.

We wanted to become a church that the community could not ignore and could not imagine being without because we made such a positive difference in the lives of people in the name of Jesus.

We set out to define and describe in the clearest terms what God wanted of us as a church. We clarified the basics of who we are and what we do—and it became, quite simply, the way we do church.

As we look back at our hundred-year-old church, we see clearly the God of the impossible doing what only HE could do among us.