Our Staff

We would love to meet you in person, but this will have to do for now.


Our staff team is made up of normal people who are passionate about helping you go deeper in your relationship with God. They come from all different backgrounds but are committed to our common purpose: to help people connect with God, grow in their faith, and be released into their gifts.

Al Hardy

Al is the Lead Pastor at CityChurch. While pursuing a successful business career in London, he encountered God in a powerful way and quit his job! After a mission trip to Bolivia, he spent the next 6 years in drug rehab…working with homeless addicts in London. He then trained as an Anglican minister at Oxford University, where he and his wife Niki started their first church—in their kitchen. Since coming to the U.S. to start CityChurch in 2006 with Niki and their three kids, Al has developed an insatiable appetite for BBQ, become a passionate Panthers fan, and earned a reputation for using strange English phrases in his sermons!


Niki Hardy

Niki is a speaker and writer (check out her blog at www.nikihardy.com) who trained in business and then teaching before joining Al to plant a church in Charlotte (and raise three lively children!). As a wife, mother, church leader, dog lover and cancer survivor, Niki is passionate about encouraging us all to allow God into our messy lives in a deeper way so that He can bring us hope and peace and sustain us through difficult times. A self-confessed fresh-air junkie, Niki loves to run and hike trails with her dog Chester, followed by afternoon tea with friends.


Lynsey Berry

Lynsey is our Worship Director who we recruited to Charlotte from our sister church, St. Mary’s London, where she served for 11 years as one of the worship leaders. Her passion for music began at a young age when she began leading worship at her home church in northern England. With encouragement from her parents, also worship leaders, Lynsey soon grew in her awareness of and passion for the work of the Holy Spirit. Her desire is to see the church fully encounter Jesus and experience the complete freedom, healing, and transformation He offers as we meet him through corporate worship.


Brenda Allison

Brenda is our Director of Children and Family Ministries. She is passionate about healthy families and partnering with parents to show kids the extraordinary love Jesus has for them. She left her career in journalism to stay home with her three children, but then she felt God calling her to a vocation working with children. She’d tell you she has been on an amazing adventure ever since and loves the journey that God has been leading her on. To recharge, she enjoys taking long walks with her husband and their two dogs on the nature trails near their home.


Greg Payne

Greg is our Operations Manager and Outreach Leader. As Greg works to keep the ‘ship’ running operationally, he also plays a role in coordinating ministry areas such as retreats, socials, services, and the Welcome Team to help people engage with communities, both inside and outside the walls of our church building. He is also fired up to lead our Outreach Team, which aims to strategically grow our partnership with two local organizations: Merry Oaks School & Refugee Support Services. Greg is a proud native of the Queen City, and so you might find him around town relaxing outdoors, riding his bike, or playing cards with his grandparents.


Adam Allison

Adam is our Church Administrator and Facility Manager. Adam has a wealth of operational experience, from running his own business to studying abroad in France, and he is pumped to use his keen eye for details and organization in this role. He has been in the CityChurch family for quite some time now and is excited to pour into the life of the church. As a native Charlottean, Adam enjoys life in his hometown with his wife, two teenagers, and his two pups, Mason & Diego. And when he gets some relaxation time, you’d most likely see him tending to his reef aquarium or enjoying a local bite at a restaurant.


Carin Hanson

Carin is our CityKidz Coordinator, working closely with our Director of Children and Family Ministries to provide awesome programs and care for our CityKidz from birth through 5th grade. Carin has lots of experience working with and loving on kids, including as a child life specialist in a hospital setting, and she has a passion for sharing God’s love with young children. When she’s not hanging out with our kids or her awesome CityChurch life group, Carin loves spending time with her husband Brady and their toddler Henrik.


Lorelle Suriano

Lorelle is our Student Ministry Intern. She is a mechanical engineer by trade, but she has a huge passion for the student group at CityChurch! As well as being on the leadership team for the group, she is now interning across the ministry for both middle school and high school students. Lorelle is committed to walking alongside our students and helping them to engage in their own personal relationship with Jesus. You can find her with a smile that is almost always accompanied with a cup of coffee in her hand, and in her free time she enjoys hiking and soaking up some Vitamin D!


Open Positions

Excited about our vision? Interested in a career with CityChurch?

CityChurch is currently not hiring for any staff positions.


Our Staff
The CityChurch Council:

The role of the CityChurch Council is to establish guiding principles for the lead pastor’s oversight and to oversee the management of the church by providing accountability and support to the lead pastor. Council members may be nominated by anyone, are elected by then-serving members of the council, and may serve for up to three years.

Current Members

Wick VanWagenen (chair)
Al Hardy (lead pastor)
Rob Cafaro
Amy Rognstad
Tom Ouma
Karen Weber
Bethany Woody
Dre Fleury