Nurturing the Children in Our Community through Tutoring, 
Physical Education Programs, and Avenues for Spiritual Expression

About The Centenary

The Centenary is an outreach ministry of First-Centenary United Methodist Church that has been nurturing the children in our community since 1967 through academic tutoring, physical education, life skills development, and avenues for spiritual expression. We offer an after-school program for
students in kindergarten to 12th grade and a summer day camp.

Have questions? Contact us.

(423)266-3345

mgmoses@fcumc.org

Register

Please fill out the following form if you are interested in registering your child for The Centenary and we will contact you.

Volunteer

Homework Tutor

Work with the age group of your choice from 3:40- 5:40pm. Choose either K-6th grade students, 7th & 8th grade students, or 9th-12th grade students.

Reading Tutor

Work with K-5th grade students under the direction of our Reading Specialist from 3:40- 5:40pm.

Friday Volunteers

Share your skill or talent with two to four students on Friday afternoon from 4-5pm! Past Friday classes include painting, sewing, drawing, chess, baton, dance, nature studies, knitting, chemistry experiments, guitar lessons, and math games.

Click the right hand arrow to fill out the volunteer signup form

Interested in volunteering? 

Please fill out and submit the following form.


Donate

We are currently transitioning to a new giving platform , but for a limited time our old giving platform (e-giving) will be available. 

Centenary
Discretionary Fund

Goes to the greatest need.

Student Need Fund

Provides needed items such as clothes, shoes, and books directly to students.

Student Launch Fund

Preparing students for college and life after graduation.

Summer Program Fund

Scholarships to Camp Lookout ($390.00 average cost) and helps the seven-week summer program which includes daily academic enrichment, physical education, field trips, and summer reading.

Meet the team.

Mary Grey Moses

Director

Monique Strickland

Assistant Director

Maddie Curtis

Teen Director

Ian Goodman

Athletic Director

Carolyn Chapman

Recreation Specialist

Mary Grey Moses

Director

Mary Grey has been a member of First-Centenary since 1993. Mary Grey holds an A.B. from Davidson College and a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law.  She and her husband Ansley live on Lookout Mountain and have two adult children, Ann Tyler and Thatcher.

Monique Strickland

Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Monique Strickland and I have been with The Centenary (formerly known as Inner City Ministry) for 17 years.  I have worked as a Group Leader, Teen Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Tutorial Director and currently as Assistant Director.  I was born, raised and educated here in Chattanooga and attended college at Austin Peay State University.  I am a wife and mother of two.  My family and I have one fur baby named “Bear”.

My job has become my ministry as I love that I am able to contribute to lives of the children we serve in a positive, encouraging, and loving way.  I count it a blessing to be in a position where children’s lives can be impacted educationally, outside of the classroom.  Over the years, I have thoroughly enjoyed connecting volunteers with kids in an effort to foster meaningful, supportive relationships.  Working alongside staff and our committed volunteers, we assist students with homework and offer one on one attention in tutoring and reading.

Maddie Curtis

Teen Director

Hi! My name is Madison Noel Curtis, and I was raised in a WICKED small town located in Maine. Though, I loved the -20 degree weather and constant bug bites, I figured I should move down south to see more sunshine. I attended Covenant College, and after changing my major four times I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. I currently work as the Teen Director at the Centenary. When I’m not hanging out with high schoolers, I find myself taking long walks to coffee shops, hanging out with my grown up friends, stress cleaning, and watching an endless amount of Netflix.

Ian Goodman

Athletic Director

Ian is from Smyrna, TN and lived there until he came to Chattanooga to attend UTC earning a BA in Health and Physical Education. He began his work with The Centenary as a volunteer aiding the teen program, and then adopted a part-time role with the middle school for the 2017-2018 school and summer year. He took on the role of Athletic Director beginning August of 2018. In his free time Ian enjoys being with friends, playing guitar, or exercising.  

Carolyn Chapman

Recreation Specialist

I am a Chattanooga native who has worked with children, ages 0 - 18, for 42 years. I have served as the Head Bible Camp Counselor in Spring City, TN; Assistant Children’s Program Director in Washington, DC; a Sunday School teacher, Coach of Champion Bible Quiz teams, Before / After School Program Director, and Child Care Director in Chattanooga, TN. 
For the past 11 years, I have been employed by the City of Chattanooga Youth & Family Development Department. I was assigned to The Centenary in October of 2014. In the Create Room we do Arts & Crafts, Critical Thinking Skill-Building Games, and puzzles for Cognitive Skill-Building.