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Chris Shelton

Lead Pastor

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Twitter: @chriseshelton

Ministry Role & Responsibilities 
Chris has been part of the Life Church family since 2013.  As Lead Pastor, Chris is primarily responsible for the oversight of our preaching/teaching ministry, vision-casting, strategic planning, leading and development of leaders, community-engagement and the building and nurturing of collaborative partnerships in our community and abroad that serve to advance God’s Kingdom and bring glory to the name of Jesus through the work of the Gospel.   Chris serves alongside the Elders as an ex officio member of our Elder Team.

Chris’s heart is to see the church be the church by being missionally active as agents of grace, healing and reconciliation.  Much of his passion is driven by the centrality of discipleship and seeing people redeemed and developed into their full, God-given potential.   

About Chris:
Chris was licensed and ordained into ministry in 2001, having served on staff with several different churches across North Carolina as a church-planter, associate pastor and youth and college pastor.  Prior to Life Church,  Chris served as the Carolinas Regional Manager for Operation Christmas Child - a project of the international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse.    He is a graduate of Appalachian State University (1999) and has studied at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  

Chris and his wife Molly were married in 2002, and are the proud parents of four children - Julia, Elisha, Ezekiel (Zeke) and Jonas.  The Shelton’s love their faith family.    “It is so great to be part of a church that I would choose to attend if I weren’t on staff,” says Chris.  The Shelton’s are also proud to call Salisbury home, where they are active in the local community.

Favorite Scripture:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

Interesting Fact:
As a native North Carolinian, Chris takes pride in the state he calls home.  He’s always more than happy to share random trivia and may even recite the North Carolina State Toast if you ask him nicely!

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Gary Blabon



Gary, originally from Ft. Lauderdale, came to Salisbury to attend Catawba College and played football. He graduated with a degree in Sports Medicine also met his wife, Deirdre. They recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters, who are both great students and enjoy athletics. Gary serves on the Board of Directors for Rowan County United Way. Both Gary and his wife serve on the steering committee for Young Life of Rowan County.

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Michael Board


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Michael and and his wife, Jennifer, met in high school and live in Salisbury.  Michael earned his Master's Degree UNC Charlotte and manages the day-to-day operations at James River and directs the company's marketing efforts. Since coming to Life Church, being connected to his Life Group has been spiritually challenging and at the same time rewarding. 

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Jimmy Denton



Jimmy and his wife, Sheila, have lived in Salisbury for 24 years and have 4 adult children and 2 son-in-laws. Growing up as pastor's child has been an honor and challenge.  Jimmy is thankful for that upbringing that helped show God's love for him.  Jimmy is a sales agent for NC Farm Bureau Insurance.  

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Randy Meeks



Randy and his wife, Sandi, have bee married for more than 30 years and have 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren.  Randy and his wife moved to Rowan County 11 years ago following Randy's retirement from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Since then he has been a college instructor (RCCC), consultant for prisons/jails, a leader of management seminars, construction consultant, actor, and even a substitute teacher in Rowan-Salisbury schools. Randy also serves as a Life Group leader and the Safety Team. 

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Ken Mowery



Ken is a native of Salisbury.  Ken and his wife, Carolyn, have three adult children.  Ken has degree in business from Catawba College and works for Novant Health Rowan Medical Center as the Manager of Plant Engineering.  Ken is actively involved in the Worship Arts Team, playing keys and attending Friday morning Forge Men's Group.  

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Rick Perry



Rick and his wife, Robin, have lived in Salisbury for the past thirty-six years. They have three adult children and a granddaughter. Rick has a degree in Business from Iowa Wesleyan College, and currently works as a sales representative for SolarTyme.  It was through the influence of his parents, who were always the best examples of a Christ-honoring life, that he ultimately surrendered his life to Christ. 


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