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James Sharp

Teaching & Vision Pastor


Describe Your Role: I have my dream job. Alongside the elders, I get to preach and teach God’s Word and provide spiritual direction and leadership for the staff and people of Life Church.

Favorite Companions: My wife and best friend, Kristen, as well as our four kids: Hudson, Isaac, Elliot, and Carson.

Favorite Adventures: I love quiet places, the mountains, and anywhere I can spend time with my wife and kids. Almost every year we make a trip to watch the Red Sox play in person. Bookstores and coffee shops are my favorite places.

Favorite Verse: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

Favorite Reads: Knowing God by J. I. Packer; This Momentary Marriage by John Piper; The Gospel Comes With a House Key by Rosario Butterfield; The Church: The Gospel Made Visible by Mark Dever; All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; Gilead by Marilynne Robinson; The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein

3 Words That Describe You: Quiet, Thoughtful, Determined

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Matt Perez

Care & Equipping Pastor


Describe Your Role: I have the joy of providing pastoral care for the body of Life Church while also helping ministry development that equips the body of Christ to serve, grow and multiple mature disciples of Christ.

Favorite Companions: My wife, Beth, and our 3 children.

Favorite Adventures: Exploring this world with my wife and kids; any day on the water or beach; spending time on my bicycle; spending time serving and working with pastors and Christians in Brazil, Thailand, and SE Asia. It is a joyful and humbling experience to meet believers from around the world and hear how God is working in their lives.

Favorite Verse: "For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel." Ezra 7:10

Favorite Quotes: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” - John Piper; “The more Godly habits you develop in life the less choices you have to make because you have already made them.” - Dr. William Thrasher

Favorite ReadsThe Prodigal God by Timothy Keller, Knowing God by J.I. Packer, Dangerous Calling by Paul David Tripp, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

3 Words That Describe You: Lover of Jesus, Family, and all things sports (per my wife)

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Brittney Wagner

Connections Director


Describe Your Role: I spend my days working to find ways for individuals to get involved in Gospel-centered community and/or service. I love leading worship on the weekends, and I find joy in leading our women’s ministry, Coffee Break.

Favorite Companions: My husband, Josh, our three daughters, Caroline, Kate, and Grace, and our tribe of friends and family.

Favorite Adventures: I love intentional time with friends, drinking coffee on a porch or beach, watching Carolina basketball, walking around Target or Marshalls by myself, and traveling somewhere with my people.

Favorite Verse and Quote: "Perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this,” Esther 4:14;  “God didn't give you influence so you lead people better; He gave it to you so you could love people more," - Bob Goff.

Favorite Reads: Love Does and Everybody Always by Bob Goff, Nobody's Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle, Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist.

3 Words That Describe You: Outgoing, Warm, Excitable

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Katie Efird

Director of Children's Ministry


Describe Your Role: I have the privilege of overseeing the Children's Ministry at Life Church. Most of my time is spent communicating with Disciple Makers and families, scheduling volunteers, and preparing the Clubhouse for Sunday mornings. I love what I do, and I am constantly looking for ways to make LifeKids better. 

Favorite Companions: My favorite companions are my husband, Caleb, our son, Beau, and our daughter, Annabelle.

Favorite Adventures: A few years ago, my husband and I traveled to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. One day I'd love to travel to all the National Parks in the U.S. 

Favorite Quotes: "Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter,” Francis Chan; "If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God," Dwight L. Moody.

Favorite Reads: Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch.

3 Words That Describe You: Organized, Compassionate, Determined 

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Kristine Miller

Assistant Director of Children's Ministry; Events Coordinator


Describe Your Role: I primarily oversee our Newborn to Pre-k LifeKids classrooms, and plan and prepare curriculum and teaching supplies throughout the week for Sunday mornings. I especially love to coordinate events that happen within the church and events partnering with our community. 

Favorite Companions: My family and friends. I love hosting and just hanging out with loved ones. 

Favorite Adventures: I love any day spent at Disney World. I would love to travel Europe one day and explore as many places as possible.

Favorite Verse and Quote: “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,” Titus 3:5; “Today is a good day for a good day,” - Joanna Gaines.

Favorite Reads: The Harry Potter Series,  The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst.

3 Words That Describe You: Fun, Energetic, Caring

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Carol Miller

Administrative Assistant


Describe Your Role: I schedule and manage facility usage requests, the church calendar, benevolence requests, business purchases, and weekly data. I enjoy updating our Prayer Team and supporting the rest of our staff. I’m also the first face and voice that you experience when walking in our office during the week. 

Favorite Companions: My sisters, my friend, Rita, my life group, the Firepit Misfits, and, of course, my three cats.

Favorite Adventures: Vacations to Galapagos Islands, Machu Pichu, and Scotland/Ireland. My dream vacation is to travel to Australia/New Zealand.

Favorite Verses: "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,'” Jeremiah 29:11; “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,”  Philippians 4:6-7.

Favorite Reads: Anything by Sheila Walsh, Patsy Claremont, and Beth Moore; Mysteries.

3 Words That Describe You: Christian, Servant, Caring

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Claire Crabb

Operations Director


Describe Your Role: I provide administrative and operational support to the pastor and other staff members here at Life Church. I help with general scheduling, counseling and care requests, and offer clerical support as needed. 

Favorite Companions: My best friend and husband, Blake, and our girls: Maddie, Hyler, and Hayleigh

Favorite Adventures: I love being outside, sharing a meal and laughter with family and friends, traveling to the NC beaches and mountains, and the moments that I catch a beautiful sunrise or sunset.

Favorite Verse and Quote: "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies proclaim the work of His hands." Psalm 19:1; "The Son is the image of the invisible God...He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together." Colossians 1:15,17; "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thoughts I was the only one." - C.S. Lewis

Favorite Reads: Anything written by C.S. Lewis, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Reason for God by Tim Keller, The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning, and Eve in Exile: The Restoration of Feminity by Rebekah Merkle

3 Words That Describe You: Encouraging, Friendly, Thoughtful

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Emory McNeely

Student Ministry Director


Describe Your Role: I am honored to serve Life Church by leading the student ministries for middle school through college. By working with teams of leaders, I get to help students understand and live the Gospel of Christ in their lives.

Favorite Companions: My fiancée, Hannah; my family; my friends

Favorite Adventures: Random drives and day trips with Hannah, hiking with friends, and fruitful conversations with my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Favorite Verse: “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12

Favorite Reads: Anything from C.S. Lewis, Fathered by God by John Eldredge, and The Reason for God by Tim Keller.

3 Words That Describe You: Trusting, Honest, Caring

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Chris Gratton

Interim Worship Ministry Director


Describe Your Role: Interim Worship Leader on and off stage until December 27, 2020; Professional hype-man and lover of people - both known and unknown!

Favorite Companions: CORE Friend Group, my father, and my future bride

Favorite Adventures: Anything related to high-intensity interval training,  international travel, gatherings over exquisite cups of tropical shrub, and of course time with dear friends in song around a campfire.

Favorite Verse: In this season: "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed DAY BY DAY. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is UNSEEN, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is ETERNAL.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Favorite Reads: Gospel by J.D. Greear; Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp; Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders; Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle; The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy & Kathy Keller; Love Does by Bob Goff; Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis; Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes; The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

3 Words That Describe You: Animated, Intentional, Passionate


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