West Charlotte Church (WCC) is a Mission Church of Central Carolina Presbytery (CCP) and a church “plant” of Christ Central Church (CCC) in east Charlotte. As a mission church, its temporary leadership is made up of its pastors (Charles McKnight and Drew Martin), as well as a group of six elders from CCP & CCC (Brent Andersen, Howard Brown, Bill Marquardt, Jim Moore, Brad Snyder, and Michael Whitham).
Charles 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. Nine years ago Charles sensed a strong call to plant and grow a church in an urban, primarily African-American, and under-served context. Before moving to our present target area 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 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 four children, Charli, Sam, Benjamin, and Rosi. The Lord has given him a strong sense of call to be a part of a church in a transitional urban neighborhood, 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 16 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 more recently as the coordinator of Young Lives, a ministry to teen mothers, first in Nashville and now in Charlotte.
WCC is in the process of prayerfully seeking to identify elders and deacons. Once the congregation is ready, we will have the opportunity to nominate, train, elect, and ordain these officers. We invite all members of our congregation to prayerfully consider candidates for elder and deacon. These officers should possess the following qualities and carry out the following duties:
The biblical office of Elder or Overseer is an office of leadership.
Qualifications of Elders: The qualifications of elders are listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 (as well as in Titus 1:5-9).
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (1 Timothy 3:1-7, ESV)
Roles of Elders: The roles of elders are described in 1 Peter 5:1-4 as well as in the PCA Book of Church Order:
So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (1 Peter 5:1-4, ESV)
It belongs to those in the office of elder, both severally and jointly, to watch diligently over the flock committed to his charge, that no corruption of doctrine or of morals enter therein. They must exercise government and discipline, and take oversight not only of the spiritual interests of the particular church, but also the Church generally when called thereunto. They should visit the people at their homes, especially the sick. They should instruct the ignorant, comfort the mourner, nourish and guard the children of the Church. They should set a worthy example to the flock entrusted to their care by their zeal to evangelize the unconverted and make disciples. All those duties which private Christians are bound to discharge by the law of love are especially incumbent upon them by divine vocation, and are to be discharged as official duties. They should pray with and for the people, being careful and diligent in seeking the fruit of the preached Word among the flock. (PCA BCO, 8.3)
The biblical office of Deacon is an office of service.
Qualifications of Deacons: The qualifications of Deacons are listed in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 3:8-13, ESV)
Roles of Deacons: The roles of Deacons are described in Acts 6:1-6 as well as in the PCA Book of Church Order.
Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. (Acts 6:1-6, ESV)
It is the duty of the deacons to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress. It is their duty also to develop the grace of liberality in the members of the church, to devise effective methods of collecting the gifts of the people, and to distribute these gifts among the objects to which they are contributed. They shall have the care of the property of the congregation, both real and personal, and shall keep in proper repair the church edifice and other buildings belonging to the congregation. In matters of special importance affecting the property of the church, they cannot take final action without the approval of the Session and consent of the congregation. (PCA BCO, 9.2)