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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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Collin Denton

Worship Arts Director & Student Director


Collin serves as Worship Arts Director and Student Director. Collin directs our worship, production, and creative arts team.  In addition, Collin leads our EKO ministry that serves our middle and high school students. With the help of his team, he leads students each Wednesday in large and small groups to support the growth of their faith and community. He also spends a great deal of his time pouring into the leaders of our Collide ministry, serving college and young adults. A graduate of Catawba College with a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Worship Arts, Collin has been part of our staff since 2015, serving in different roles.

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Brittney Wagner

Connections Director


Brittney serves as Connections Director. Brittney has served in many different ways including interim Children’s Director, LifeKids Disciple Maker, worship team vocalist, and life group leader, and she has lead our women’s ministry, Coffee Break, for several years. Brittney and her husband, Josh, have two daughters. She deeply loves and believes in the power of community and in sharing life and serving others together.

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Katie Efird

Director of Children's Ministry


Katie serves as the Director of Children's Ministry. Katie has spent the last 10 years as an elementary school teacher. She has served in various areas of ministry at Life Church including Coffee Break, LifeKids, and Life groups. Katie loves being a wife and mom, and she is passionate about teaching children about the love of Jesus.

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Kristine Miller

Assistant Director of Children's Ministry


Kristine Miller serves as Assistant Director of Children's Ministry overseeing  our Nursery and Preschool program, (Ages 0-4). She also serves as our Event Coordinator. 

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Kevin Jones

Administrative Director


Kevin serves as the Administrative Director. Kevin has served in many different roles, as a member of the Transition Team, Life Group Coordinator and as an Elder.  Kevin and his wife, Cybil, have five children. They love community, being good neighbors, and eating great food.

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Carol Miller

Administrative Assistant


Carol serves as the Administrative Assistant. Carol is involved in a Life Group and Coffee Break. Since retiring, Carol has enjoyed time in volunteer work that serves to build God's Kingdom, in addition to spending time with her family, friends and three cats.  


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