Welcome to Church at Charlotte.

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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.

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.

Chris Payne

Senior Pastor

Chris joined the staff of Church at Charlotte in September 2018. He is the primary teacher and visionary for the ministry. Email Chris.


Jim Kallam

Teaching Pastor

Jim joined the staff of Church at Charlotte in 1976. He was Senior Pastor from February 1982 to August 2018, when he transitioned to the role of teaching pastor.


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.


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.

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.



Prayer Requestsprayer@churchatcharlotte.org

Matthews Campus

Service TimesSunday – 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.


Address855 Sam Newell Rd. Suite 100
Matthews, NC 28105

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SouthPark Campus

Service TimesSaturday – 5:15 p.m. | Sunday – 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Address2500 Carmel Rd. Charlotte, NC 28226

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