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Barbara Strider

Chancel Choir Director

Asheboro native, Barbara Strider, is a third generation Central Church member. Her parents and grandparents attended Central where Barbara was nurtured, encouraged and loved by the saints that also attended the church. She sang in the children's choirs, attended Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) and sang in the Chancel Choir as a young adult. The Chancel Choir leader recognized her talent and took her to audition at UNCG. Barbara studied and received 3 music and teaching related degrees. She continued to sing in Central's choir, assuming the role of Director in January of 1989. Rounding out her musical career, she also taught others to sing as a 30 years plus teacher in Randolph County Schools. Barbara lives in Asheboro with her husband Gary.


  • To be involved in the music ministry in this church.
  • To sing in the choir
  • An interest in videoing services
  • Play an instrument
  • Be an advocate for the success of the music ministries in our church by prayer or encouragement of talent
  • Singers to help praise Jesus on Sunday mornings. Choir is presently is meeting at 3:30pm on Wednesdays.
  • People willing to pray that our work is Spirit filled and heart felt
  • People to help with recording and streaming our 11:00 service.
  • People who can learn to work slides and technology for displaying titles and lyrics during the 11:00 service.

Barbara Says:

I have loved singing since I was a child. I sang in CUMC's choirs since a girl. At the age of 20, I personally accepted Jesus as my one and only Lord and Savior. I sing for His Kingdom and to witness to others how wonderful He is. I studied music and learned how to teach others to develop their singing ability. This is how God has directed my life to walk with Him and serve Him


"Barbara has innovated and coordinates and produces our excellent weekly 11 am traditional worship services with safety measures in place for singers, musicians, and worship participants Hope you will enjoy however works best for you."

Staff and Parrish Relations Committee Chairman

"Barbara has worked extremely hard in 2020 adapting a traditional music ministry for the digital era. She has learned new technology skills for recording, editing, and producing music pieces and worship services to put online for the people who are unable to attend our traditional services. Not only has Barbara learned new skills, but she has continued to keep the traditional music ministry performing at a high level of excellence, even with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Well done, Barbara!"

Senior Pastor - Central Church