Lydia Garza Olmsted

Lydia became the Weekday School Director in 2007 and is responsible for six classrooms serving infants through TK children. Lydia manages 9 WDS teachers and believes in promoting educational and professional development opportunities for them. She has striven to maintain a high teacher and family retention rate. One of her...

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Derek Henson

Derek Henson joined the administrative staff of St. John’s in February of 2020. Prior to coming to St. John’s he served as an associate pastor of administration in New England. He received his Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry from Brite Divinity School in 2018 and a Bachelor of...

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Rev. Nate Dove

Nate is the newbie on staff at St. John’s where he serves the congregation as the Minister with Youth and Young Adults. He considers both ministries to be paramount to the future of the church and strives to create experiences where young folks can engage with spirituality in non-intimidating ways....

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Jacquelyn McAbee

Jacquelyn McAbee became our Church Administrator in 2018 after three years as the Administrative assistant. Jacquelyn coordinates matters related to finance, facilities, contracts, and calendar items, relating to the ministry team and all resource teams serving through the Administrative Deacon Panel. Contact Jacquelyn if you have requests to use the...

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Mallory Brown

Mallory began her work here at St. John’s in September of 2018 and is a graduate of School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University. She handles many administrative tasks at the church as well as media-related items such as the church newsletter, all social media platforms, and the website.

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J Noel Lance

Noel is a Native of Florence, SC and became a Charlotte resident in 2003. In 1999, Noel received his Bachelor of Music Education from Anderson University in Anderson, SC. Shortly after, he attended Converse College in Spartanburg, SC to begin graduate work in Music Education. While at Converse, he held...

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James Kevin Gray

Kevin Gray became Minister for Worship and Arts at St. John’s in September of 2014. Prior to serving St. John’s, he has served in this same role with St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Lancaster, South Carolina; Trinity United Methodist Church of York, South Carolina; and River Hills Community Church...

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Rev. Allison Benfield

Allison Benfield serves as the Minister for Spiritual Growth. She previously served St. John’s as Minister to Children and Their Families from June 2013-October 2019. In her ministry at St. John’s, she assures we offer the best possible opportunities for all to grow spiritually through things like Sunday School Ministry,...

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Rev. Dennis Foust, Ph.D.

Dennis Foust became Senior Minister of St. John’s in August, 2011. He has served congregations in Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Chattanooga, TN; San Antonio, TX; and Louisville, KY. Dennis’ pastoral calling is especially focused on equipping the people of God for ministries in daily life Dennis’ family lineage traces through...

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Rev. Lee Gray

Lee is a native Charlottean and grew up in Providence Baptist Church. In 1993, he received his BA in Religion & Philosophy at Campbell University. In 1998, he received his Masters of Divinity from the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. During seminary, Lee served as summer intern at both...

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