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Chris Shelton

Lead Pastor

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Describe Your Role: I am 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.

Favorite Companions: My wife, Molly, who is not only my best friend, but my absolute favorite person in the world.

Favorite Adventures: The time I spent two weeks in northern Iraq worshiping with underground churches, encouraging people who had committed to follow Jesus at the risk of their lives, and to distribute gift-filled shoeboxes in a small, Muslim village on the Iraq/Iran boarder.

Favorite Verse and Quote: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline,”  2 Timothy 1:7; "The glory of God is man fully alive," - Augustine of Hippo.

Favorite Reads: The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen, The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus, Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A’Kepmis, Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer.

3 Words That Describe You: Thorough, Reflective, Change-Agent

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Kevin Jones

Administrative Director

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Describe Your Role: I oversee the day-to-day operations of the church.  I manage the finances, budget, facility, and staff.  I enjoy doing the behind the scenes work that keeps the church moving.

Favorite Companions: My wife and five kids, anyone I am running with, my life group, or anyone I am sharing a meal with.

Favorite Adventures: I love to travel and eat good food with friends.  Everyday with my family is my dream adventure!

Favorite Verse: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light,” Matthew 11:28-30.

Favorite Reads: Relevant Magazine, Radical by David Platt, Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller, Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell.

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Collin Denton

Worship Arts Director & Student Director

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Describe Your Role: I have the privilege to lead awesome teams of people including college and young adult life group leaders, worship leaders, and youth leaders. Coffee is part of my leadership style.

Favorite Companions: My wife, Beth, our dog, Jane, and all the crazy people that make up our community!

Favorite Adventures: Weekends in Boone with my wife, camping trips with the bros, and random rock climbing trips to Mooresville.

Favorite Verse: “Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God but our lives as well,” 1 Thessalonians 2:8.

Favorite Reads: Poets and Saints and Love Well by Jamie George, Tattoos on the Heart by Greg Boyle, Wild at Heart by John Eldredge, My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, Messy Spirituality by Mike Yaconelli, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and The Chronicles of Narnia.

3 Words That Describe You: Outgoing, Enthusiastic, Weird

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Brittney Wagner

Connections Director

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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 two daughters, Caroline and Kate, 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 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

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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 the three boys in my life: my husband, Caleb, our son, Beau, and our dog, Chase.

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 and 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

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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

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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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