ABOUT US

We enter the stream of life here at SMPC at different points, carrying with us a variety of faith stories and life experiences. 

From these entry points we embark on a journey together, irresistibly drawn to the God who made us and claims us. 

 

Regardless of your faith journey or age, there should be a point where every person may step into the flow

at SMPC and join us in journeying toward maturity in Christ. - Dr. Matthew S. Brown, Pastor

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

 

OUR STORY

A look back

In the last 27 years, we have grown from a new church development to a dynamic community of more than 1,000 members. We come from east and west, north and south, to form a community of faith in this place: from California to Ohio to New York and New Jersey to Florida, as well as South Africa, Finland, Great Britain and Jamaica. 

 

Children are everywhere—more than 70 percent of our 450+ families have children under 18 years old.

 

What a blessing to be a part of what the Lord has done and continues to do for us! Together we look forward with great joy and anticipation to our future in this corner of God’s kingdom.

 

SMPC’s first worship service was held February 24, 1991 at McAlpine Elementary School, with Dr. Stephen Caddell as founding pastor. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, a collection of individuals with varied faith experiences was transformed into a community of faith, believers in the sustaining power of God’s grace.

 

Only two years after its first worship service, SMPC had grown to 180 members and moved into a new multi-purpose church building at its present site. Steady growth continued and in the year 2000 we began construction of the present Christian education building and fellowship hall. By the year 2002 it was necessary to alleviate crowding once again, and we added a mobile “classroom cottage” which is used for Christian education space.

In August of 2004, we welcomed Dr. Matthew S. Brown as our new pastor. A life-long Presbyterian, Matt is originally from Missouri and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA and has held pastorates in Charlotte, Hickory and Morganton, NC.

 

In September of 2006 we completed construction of an 8,200 square foot administrative building, which includes offices, additional Christian education space, a 50-seat Chapel and a choir wing, and in September 2008 we broke ground on a 675-seat permanent Sanctuary, with fellowship and gathering space, three classrooms and a parlor.

 

Our first worship service in our new Sanctuary was held on Sunday, November 8, 2009. Our journey has provided amazing blessings, and we are excited to move into the future with God's guidance!

 
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OUR PASTORS

DR. MATT BROWN

Pastor

EMAIL MATT

REV. WHITNEY BAYER

Associate Pastor

EMAIL WHITNEY

REV. JESSICA TIDWELL

Director of Youth Ministry

EMAIL JESSICA

 

OUR STAFF

Director of Music & Organist

EMAIL ZACH

ZACH BOWYER
MARY LYNN RAWLS

SMPC Preschool
Financial Administrator

EMAIL MARY LYNN

REBECCA GUZMAN

Director of Spiritual Formation

EMAIL REBECCA

Director of Communications

EMAIL DONNA

DONNA ROGERS

Director of Hospitality & Connection

EMAIL NANCY

NANCY METZLER
FREDA SMITH

Church Administrator

EMAIL FREDA

CAROL
WATKINS

SMPC Preschool Director

EMAIL CAROL

MARY KATHERYNE ZAGORA

Financial Administrator

EMAIL MARY KATHERYNE

 

OUR LEADERSHIP

SESSION


Class of 2019
Maria Davis
Kim Dracon
Jerry Hawver
Gary Rawls

 

Class of 2020
Mary Elledge
Guy Gosnell
Greg Hobby
Melissa White 

 

Class of 2021
Meghan Bartholomew
Jack Fuller (Youth Elder)
Curtis Guy
Nancy Parrish
Doug Rhodes

 

Moderator:  Matt Brown
Clerk of Session:  Mary Elledge
Recording Clerk:  Gary Rawls

BOARD OF DEACONS

Class of 2019
Kay Dano
Dick Engle
Joyce Highsmith
Jeana Lee
Jim Loftus

Lori Schellin
 

Class of 2020
Brad Alford

Kathy Gahagen

Tricia Gosnell

Brenton Hartman

Curtis Ireland

Carol Palmgren 
 

Class of 2021
Donna Brown

Jennifer Hurlburt

Judy Jameson

Bill Ramsey

Ron Stephany

Moderator:

Moderator:  Tricia Gosnell

Secretary:  Donna Brown

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South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church
8601 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, North Carolina  28277
704.544.0404 / smpcoffice@smpchome.org
 
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