About Us

Haywood Street Congregation is a United Methodist mission congregation and faith-based nonprofit founded in 2009 by Rev. Brian Combs.

Our core programs include weekly worship, a clothing closet, community garden, a free community lunch known as the Downtown Welcome Table, and the Haywood Street Respite, which offers a safe place for homeless adults to stay on a short term basis after being discharged from a hospital. Those who eat and worship together at Haywood Street are individuals carrying all their worldly possessions in ragged backpacks as well as privileged professionals, stay-at-home moms, students and the working poor.

The core programs provide a platform for the ministry of relationship, which can be defined simply as the act of “being with” and speaks to our deepest identity. It contrasts with “doing for” and requires spending time together, talking and listening, serving and being served, giving and receiving. It forms the basis for our unique and transformative companion ministry.