Rural Chapel UMC represents an over 200-year history of people growing in faith in God, right here in Delaware county. This work began with horseback riding preachers coming to the area to gather people for faith development in the early 1800’s.  This work led to the forming of two different churches in the historical villages of Cheshire and Berkshire. These two churches came together to form Rural Chapel in 1971 when one of the original churches lost their land to the Alum Creek Reservoir.


We are striving to build on this legacy of faith in our area and apply it to the fast-paced and ever changing world in which we now live. Our mission is Making Time to Grow in Faith Together because we believe that faith in God gives us the kind of hope which will allow us to thrive, regardless of what we face in this life.  

Senior Pastor

Craig Moock

Pastor Craig Moock and his family have been part of the Rural Chapel family since 2012 and they are blessed to be part of God’s work at Rural Chapel. Pastor Craig and his wife Stacy have been married for over fourteen years and love raising their daughter Eleanor who is in 3nd grade at Johnnycake Corners Elementary School.

Pastor Craig’s favorite Bible verse is John 13:34-35 which speaks of the love that Christians are called to have for one another. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family, drink coffee, run and mountain bike.


Church Administrator

Jackie Shipley

Jackie joined the Rural Chapel team in the summer of 2022. She works part-time handling various administrative tasks for the Rural Chapel. Jackie enjoys reading, photography, music, and visiting North Carolina.

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