West Charlotte Church is led by Elders and Deacons who have been elected by the congregation.
The Elders (both the Pastors and Ruling Elders) together are responsible for teaching and shepherding the church. The Deacons are responsible for caring for the material needs of the church.
Charles McKnight has a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary and a degree from UNC-Greensboro. He is married to Charlotte and has four children, McKenzie, Corinne, Kendall, and Charles IV. Ten years ago Charles sensed a call to plant and grow a church in an urban, primarily African-American, and under-served context. Before moving to the westside Charles and Charlotte served for five years as domestic missionaries with Apartment Life, a ministry to diverse apartment communities in Charlotte. Before planting West Charlotte Church, Charles served for seven years as an Intern and Assistant Pastor at Christ Central Church, a multi-ethnic church in east Charlotte.
Drew Martin has a PhD in Religion from Vanderbilt University and degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and UNC-Chapel Hill. He is married to Meg and has five children, Charli, Sam, Benjamin, Rosi, and Andrew. He senses a call to serve alongside people from different ethnic and economic backgrounds and especially to train pastors and elders for ministry in the church. He has served in youth, college, and pastoral ministry for 17 years and also has taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt Divinity School, and Sewanee School of Theology. His wife Meg worked for many years as a public school counselor and now works with Young Lives, a ministry to teen mothers.
In partnership with Freedom Presbyterian Church, WCC also has called Dave Yoran to serve as an Assistant Pastor for church planting.
Dave Yoran has a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is married to Celia and has six children: Isaac, Owen, Autumn, Eden, Asher Kai, and Upton. Dave has had the privilege of serving in two different churches with multi-ethnic congregations (Hispanic-Anglo) on the outskirts of Charlotte and recently has sensed a call to minister in the diverse contexts of West Charlotte. The Yorans are excited to partner with West Charlotte Church in a mission to start a new intercultural church ministry in the northwest Charlotte area
WCC also is a member of a regional group of churches, the Central Carolina Presbytery, which meets quarterly for fellowship, accountability, and partnership in ministry. Our Denomination also has a General Assembly that meets annually in June.