About Us

Our History, Our Future

We are a diverse congregation with a rich history. The church began as an Evangelical Brethren congregation who built our current building in 1900. Today, as part of the United Methodist Church, our members have a strong faith in Jesus Christ and we live it out in the missions of mercy which we engage in within our own building, in the local community, and in other parts of the world. We are working toward a 2020 vision, when the building built by those servants who came before us will serve our community as a mission center well into the future.


We offer two different worship services.

Saturday evenings at 5:15 pm we offer contemporary worship with a band and one of our clergy preaching. (This will end at the end of Nov., 2018)

Sunday mornings at 10:30 am we offer a "traditional" worship service with choir, hymns, and preaching by one of our clergy.

We also occasionally offer services of healing, when special prayers and anointing are offered.

Mission Meets Mercy

We host Centennial Community of Hope and other ministries which offer meals twice a week as well as tents and other supplies for our homeless and low income neighbors. You can support these efforts through AmazonSmile.

Our congregation values living out our faith by engaging in a variety of other local missions as well.

In addition, we participate in mission trips around the United States and around the Western Hemisphere on an annual basis.


Upcoming events at Centennial 

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December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve Worship

4:00 pm

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December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve Worship

Celebrate Christmas Eve with your Centennial family. Jesus Christ is born today, alleluiah!

4:00 pm

December 26, 2018

Tour of Historic Houses of Worship

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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December 26, 2018

Tour of Historic Houses of Worship

We are one of many stops along Frederick's annual Tour of Historic Houses of Worship. Come in to admire our architecture. Have a seat and enjoy the music.

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Contact Us

Drop us a line

Better yet, see us in person!

Stop by for dinner on Wednesday or Saturday or join us for worship on Saturday or Sunday.

If you'd like to tour the church just give us a call or send us an email and we'll be happy to show you around.

Or, find us on Facebook.

Centennial Memorial United Methodist Church

8 W 2nd St, Frederick, Maryland 21701, United States

(301) 663-5273


Sundays: Worship at 10:30 am

Wednesdays: Bible Study at 3:30, Dinner at 5 pm

Saturdays: Bible Study at 2:30 pm, Dinner at 4 pm, Worship at 5:15 pm

Other days and times by appointment

Meet Our Clergy

Pastor Deb Linton

Pastor Deb Linton comes to Centennial after serving for eight years as the Senior Pastor at Araby UMC in Frederick. A graduate of Wesley Seminary, she received her M. Div. in 2010. Prior to ministry Pastor Deb’s career was in Social Work with a BSW from Radford University and Counseling with a Masters of Education from West Virginia University. Passions for our lead pastor include Social Justice, advocacy for the poor and the homeless community in Frederick as well as seeking to connect existing agencies to better serve the needs within our church community.  

Pastor Deb’s recent position as the Associate Pastor at Brooklane Mental Health Facility in Hagerstown offers a special vision to help identity critical needs within our Second Street and Hope community. 

While attending Seminary, Pastor Deb earned four credits of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) including CPE Level I and II. She worked as a chaplain under the supervision of Rev. Dr. Jim Browning at Bethany Village in Mechanicsburg, PA.. 

Our pastor maintains that her greatest and most significant job has been as mother to her three grown children, Ali, Joe and David. Her daughter graduated Hood and is a Social Worker in Frederick. Son Joe graduated from Towson and is working in Baltimore. Son David is nearby and works in management for TCC Verizon.  

 “This position at Centennial Memorial UMC in cooperative parish with Calvary UMC is a dream come true. All of my passion and past work experience has funneled into this one place  8 West Second St., where Mission and Mercy meet. I hope you will come to see what great things the Lord hath provided as we open our doors every Wednesday and Saturday to serve meals to members, celebrate worship and become the living gospel, serving generous portions of peace, mercy encouragement and HOPE.”      

Pastor Mark Claiborne, Sr.

Pastor Mark Claiborne, Sr. was born and raised in Frederick, MD. He is married to Kerry Claiborne and they currently live in Hagerstown, MD. They are blessed to have three lovely children, Mark Claiborne, Jr. who works in Washington, DC, Makayla Claiborne who is a student at Howard University in Washington, DC, and Makiya Claiborne who is a student at North Hagerstown High School. Mark is excited about the opportunity of serving alongside the amazing Ministerial Staff at Centennial Memorial UMC and the 2nd Street and Hope Ministry. Mark is a humble servant that has a desire to bring forth a message of love and hope, to also build powerful relationships, to spread the gospel, and to share the gift of God’s amazing grace to the world. Mark is ecstatic to be at Centennial Memorial and is looking forward to helping grow the ministry of both the contemporary and traditional worship services to inspire and impact the lives of God’s people.     

Deacon Julie Wilson

Rev. Julie Wilson began her career as a high school biology teacher who occasionally helped with her church youth group in Vermont. After a difficult bout with Lyme disease and a lot of wrestling with her call, she and her husband, Heath, moved with their son, Jeffrey, to southern Maryland so that they could attend Wesley Theological Seminary. They liked the area, the people, and the possibilities for ministry, so they decided to stay. 

After graduating from Wesley with certification in Urban Ministry and a Master of Divinity degree in 2011 she was commissioned as a Provisional Deacon by Bishop John Schol. After serving at the global church level with the General Board of Church and Society, as well as serving at the local church level in areas of outreach and mission, Deacon Julie moved again, this time to Emmitsburg, MD. She then began working for the Calvary-Centennial Cooperative Parish in 2014 as the Deacon of Outreach and Advocacy. 

Rev. Wilson was ordained a full member of the Order of Deacons of the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference in the spring of 2016 by Bishop Marcus Matthews.    

Her husband, Rev. Heath Wilson, and their 17 year old son, Jeffrey spend most of their time with their Tom's Creek UMC family, but you may see them around Centennial on occasion.

What's Happening?

Weekly Bible Study

Come to Church at 2:30 pm on Saturday or 3:30 pm on Wednesday and join our informal, come as you are, Bible Study. We often (but not always) cover the same scripture that the message will be on during worship Saturday evening. We also spend time in prayer lifting one another up and sharing our concerns and joys for the world. 

All are welcome!

We also offer adult Sunday School at 9 am.

Weekly meals

Join us Wednesdays at 5 pm or Saturdays at 4 pm for a meal.  We also offer assistance to our homeless and low income neighbors during this time in partnership with  our own Centennial Community of Hope.

If you are interested in preparing and serving a meal, you can sign up to do that here.

Donate to our ministries

Community Resource Network

Occasionally we have agencies and nonprofits from around the Frederick community visit at dinner time and talk about the services they offer. 

If your agency is interested in connecting, contact   Deacon Julie  to arrange a Wednesday or Saturday to visit.