Gospel Renewal


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Church at Charlotte and New Charlotte Church are coming together to further extend the kingdom of God, both in the Charlotte metro area and around the world. Through this unification process, which will begin this fall, the churches will together form a single new church with multiple campuses under the leadership of Senior Pastor Chris Payne.

A Note from the Elders

Thank you for your continual prayers. When the Elders started this process several years ago we knew we were in for a challenge. We asked then, as we have all along the way, that God would clearly show us His will for this ministry now and in the future. The answer He provided was both stunning and beyond expectations.

It began with a relationship and moved to a recommendation from Jimmy to consider Chris Payne as Senior Pastor. From there, the idea moved through a vigorous and extensive process including church transition consultants, a Transition Team, a Search Committee, the staff, and then again through the Elder Board.

As we have gotten to know Chris Payne, his ministry, his family, and his heart we are confident that his gifts, talents, passions, and experiences have prepared him well for the position of Senior Pastor.

In addition, we embrace the opportunity to combine our ministry at Church at Charlotte with New Charlotte Church, which Chris founded and has led for eight years. Our two churches already are aligned in gospel purpose and mission, and together we have an opportunity to accelerate the reach and impact of our combined ministries in our city and world.

We are privileged and honored to recommend Chris Payne for Senior Pastor.

Informational Meetings

We are hosting identical Informational Meetings during August to provide insight into the history and process of the combined ministry. 

Sunday, August 12 – at the SouthPark campus at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary 
Sunday, August 19 – at the Matthews campus at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Elders Available

Elders will be available after services in the coming weeks to answer questions about these changes and about the 2018-2019 proposed budget. Below is a schedule of where and when they will be.

August 11 – At SouthPark after Café Live service in the Finance Office
August 12 – At SouthPark between services (10:30-11:00 a.m.) and after 11:00 a.m. service in W-3
At Matthews between services (10:30-11:00 a.m.) and after 11:00 a.m. service at the We’re Dancin’ Studio

August 18 – At SouthPark after Café Live service in the Finance Office
August 19 – At SouthPark between services (10:30-11:00 a.m.) and after 11:00 a.m. service in W-3
At Matthews between services (10:30-11:00 a.m.) and after 11:00 a.m. service at the We’re Dancin’ Studio

Visit GospelRenewal.info for the most up-to-date information for both congregations.

Get to Know Chris Payne

Chris Payne grew up in Charlotte, and Jen, his wife of 17 years, grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They met in biology class at Liberty University (ask them about this “Only God” story).

Chris and Jen have three children, Jackson (13), Maryn (11), and Faith (9), plus Dugg the Dog (3). Their family purpose is to love God and others through the work of the local church.

Chris holds degrees from Liberty University (Religion), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Liberty School of Divinity in 2015. He also competed a Managerial-Leadership certificate at The University of Georgia. Chris is a Captain in the United States Air Force and serves as a chaplain with the 78th Air Base Wing at Robins AFB, GA. He has served in local church ministry for 20 years.

Pray with Us

As we go through this time of transition, please pray with our Elder Boards and the staff leading each congregation for the decisions to be made and the entire process.

Q & A from the Elders

Church at Charlotte’s elders answer some of the questions you may have about this transition and what it means for the future of our ministry.