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Church at Charlotte exists to be an authentic community of Christ followers who are bringing gospel hope and renewal to our city and world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Every church does things a little differently and it can be hard to navigate when you don’t know how things work. Here are a few common questions, but don’t hesitate to email us if you have more.

Church at Charlotte’s “style” is fairly broad. Those who attend our Sunday services at either campus wear everything from dressy clothes to jeans and t-shirts. On Saturday evenings at SouthPark, dress tends to be a bit more casual overall.

At the Matthews campus, we have one worship venue and the music is led by a small group with guitars, keyboard, and drums. The sermon is sometimes live streamed via video from the SouthPark campus and sometimes there is live preaching at Matthews.

Our venues at SouthPark vary slightly from one another in terms of musical accompaniment. Sanctuary Live has a full band with piano, and sometimes orchestra and choir. Coffee is available in the East Entrance lobby and there are high-top tables and counters at the back as well as the theatre seats. Café Live and the Video Café have coffee and meet in our Café venue with rows of chairs. They generally have a full band lead the music. On Saturday evenings there is live preaching and on Sundays the sermon is live streamed via video from the Sanctuary. Colony Road serves coffee and has small tables toward the back of the room, as well as rows of chairs. The music is generally acoustic and the sermon is live streamed via video from the Sanctuary.

Our answer to the fundamental question of “why” is both practical and theological. We believe church multiplication is a biblical priority and multisite churches have a greater ability to reach new believers. We believe Church at Charlotte has a unique environment that is worth reproducing in specific geographic locations around our city. And the multisite church model offers the best of both worlds—a small church environment coupled with large church resources.

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Community Groups are for men, women, and couples and meet on different days, in many different homes and locations around the city. Most groups are between 8-14 people and gather together every week (or every other week) to discuss the Bible, share life, and engage in mission.

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Bringing gospel hope and renewal to our city and world begins with serving our closest neighbors, and that means serving the people we rub shoulders with here at church, too. If you’re interested in serving in a ministry area or in our Outreach ministry, you can learn more about the opportunities to serve here.
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If you call Church at Charlotte home and you’ve been attending on a regular basis for some time, we encourage you to consider becoming a member of the church.
We believe there are many benefits to church membership:
1. The process of becoming a member leads to a deeper connection with the church and its leadership.
2. Membership expands the number of ministry opportunities.
3. Membership cultivates a deeper alignment with Church at Charlotte’s mission and atmosphere.
4. Through membership, a person is given a voice concerning the direction of the church.

Becoming a Member

Want to join Church at Charlotte’s membership? Here are your responsibilities in the membership process.
1. Take time to explore and experience our church.
2. Attend Starting Point at either the Matthews or SouthPark campus. Starting Point occurs on the third Sunday of each month at 11:00 a.m.
3. Review our Constitution and Bylaws.
4. Fill out our membership application.
5. Meet with one of our pastors.
Once you’ve met with one of our pastors, your membership application will be passed to our Board of Elders for approval at their next monthly meeting. Upon approval, you will receive an official letter of acceptance.

Questions About Membership?
If you have any questions about anything you’ve read or about membership at Church at Charlotte in general, please call 704.364.5913.

The story of Church at Charlotte is nothing short of a story of God’s goodness. Church at Charlotte was founded in October of 1973 as a non-denominational church. Services were held in the Chapel, the same facility that now houses the Video Café. In 1976, a young man by the name of Jim Kallam joined the staff as the youth pastor. Six years later in 1982, Jim was called to be the Senior Pastor of Church at Charlotte—a position he holds to this day. Seeking to align more closely with a denomination, Church at Charlotte joined the Evangelical Free Church of America in 1987.
Throughout the years, Church at Charlotte has grown in numbers, moving out of the Chapel in 1984 and holding services in the gym for 14 years. In 1998, we opened the Worship Center on the SouthPark campus. In 2015, we launched our second campus in Matthews. Even with the launch of the Matthews Campus, we remain one church, with one message, in multiple venues on multiple campuses.
While many things have changed throughout the last 40+ years, the one constant has been God’s faithfulness to His people and His church. To God be the glory!
“Church at Charlotte exists to be an authentic community of Christ followers who are bringing gospel hope and renewal to our city and world.”
When we say that we’re an authentic community of Christ followers, we mean, in part, that this is a place you can be real with your struggles and that we stir up one another to love and good works (Heb. 10:24; 2 Cor. 1:8). When we say we are bringing gospel hope and renewal, we are talking about the readiness to bring good news that comes from the gospel of peace (Eph. 6:15; Is. 52:7). When we say we are bringing this hope and renewal to our city and world, we are talking about the kind of witness we see in the New Testament church, where cities were changed through the quiet and yet revolutionary lives of Christ’s followers (Acts 17; 1 Thess. 4:11).
The Church at Charlotte logo complements the church mission statement. In the logo, the words and the skyline interact with the word “church,” serving as the foundation, the “roots,” of the skyline above. This brings out the idea that we are rooted in this authentic community and that the gospel is the foundation of the hope and renewal we bring to the city and world around us. The bright green swatch represents the renewal, flourishing, and growth of life in Christ, the idea of movement out from our rootedness into the world, and it is also reminiscent of the piedmont area of North Carolina where Charlotte sits. The city skyline above the hill is deliberately abstract, representing the church as a city on a hill and the many places where we seek to bring gospel hope and renewal, both here in our own city and around the world.

Church at Charlotte’s facility is only available for biblical marriages to those regularly and actively attending Church at Charlotte, according to the guidelines set out in our Wedding Procedures.

Funerals at Church at Charlotte are limited to active voting members, active regular attendees and their immediate families.

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Our Shaping Values

Struggle Well

We are committed to struggling well with life. This is an integral part of being an authentic community of Christ followers. Life is tough. Jesus told us it would be and, like everything else He said, He was right. We just want to struggle well—to enjoy the highs, and never allow the lows to keep us from pointing toward Jesus.

Live Generously

You will never hear us use the word tithe at Church at Charlotte as a prescription for giving. The foundation for our giving is summed up in one word—generosity. It is not found in how little but how much. It is not seen in the minimum I can get by with but in the abundance that is possible. Generosity is a gift from the first and ultimate generous giver, God. Learn more about our perspective on giving and generosity.

Develop a Multiplying Mindset

From the very beginning of God’s story, His kingdom has come through multiplication. At Church at Charlotte, we want to employ God’s methodology and multiply all things that reflect His goodness. Therefore, we are about multiplying disciples, churches, leaders, justice, beauty, and everything else that reflects the heart of God for His creation. This is how His kingdom comes and that’s why it’s something we value so deeply.

Engage in Biblically Shaped Worship

Scripture tells the story of salvation and the majesty of God displayed in Jesus. When we gather together in worship, we continually retell that story of hope and renewal and engage with the Living God who is at work in our lives. Worship does not end when our weekend services are over. Rather, our corporate gatherings lead and fuel us to be sent out as worshippers in our world.

Lead with Winsome Engagement

As Christians, we want to be salt and light to our city and world. Bringing gospel hope and renewal means not being divisive or seeking conflict for its own sake. We hold to the truths of Scripture, and we do not waver from them. However, we approach our neighbors with an attitude that draws them closer to Christ, rather than pushing them away.

Invest in Intentional Relationships

We recognize that God has sovereignly placed us in our neighborhoods and workplaces to intentionally invest in those around us. Additionally, our church community is to be a place where peer, mentor, and intergenerational relationships can be sought out and where we can mutually disciple one another. When we intentionally invest in these relationships, our sense of belonging and purpose will flourish.

Meet Some of the Team

To learn more about our centralized staff and campus ministry staff, visit the staff page.



Jim Kallam

Senior Pastor

Jim joined the staff of Church at Charlotte in 1976. He has been Senior Pastor since February 1982, and is the primary teacher and visionary for the ministry. Email Jim.


R.J. Caswell

Senior Executive Pastor

R.J. joined the staff of Church of Charlotte in August 2009 and was named a senior pastor in 2014. Email RJ.


Tammy Medders

Outreach Director

Tammy joined the staff as Outreach Director in December 2014. She was the Director of Children’s Ministry before their family followed God’s call to Ethiopia for two years. Email Tammy.


Kristy Swartz

Finance and Operations Director

Kristy joined our staff in July 2012 after serving in churches for eight years both locally and in Tennessee. Email Kristy.


Brian Johnson

Campus Pastor – SouthPark

Brian and his wife Cheryl began attending Church at Charlotte in 2003. He served as an elder at Church at Charlotte and worked for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association before joining the Church at Charlotte staff in 2017. Email Brian.


Ryan Falls

Campus Pastor – Matthews

Ryan joined the staff in June 2011 as High School Pastor and transitioned to the role of Campus Pastor at Matthews in 2015. Email Ryan.


Ken Schmidt

Campus Pastor – Ballantyne

Ken joined Church at Charlotte in October 2011. He transitioned to the role of Ballantyne Campus Pastor in 2017. Email Ken.

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
The Church
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

What We Believe

Church at Charlotte is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America. The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions. To learn more about the EFCA, visit www.efca.org.

Get in Touch

We always love to hear from our community. Feel free to visit us this Sunday or contact us using the information below.



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Matthews Campus

Service TimesSunday – 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Address855 Sam Newell Rd. Suite 100
Matthews, NC 28105

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SouthPark Campus

Service TimesSaturday – 5:15 p.m. | Sunday – 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Address2500 Carmel Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28226

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