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Our staff team is passionate about helping you go deeper in your relationship with God. They come from lots of 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 IS THE FOUNDING PASTOR of CityChurch. While pursuing a successful business career in London, he encountered God in a powerful way and eventually God led him to quit his job. After a mission trip to Bolivia, he spent the next 6 years in drug rehab, working with homeless people struggling with addiction 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 Charlotte 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 quite a reputation for using strange British phrases in his sermons!
MATT IS OUR ONLINE PASTOR and a member of the Interim Pastoral Team. He grew up in London in a non-religious household and didn’t come to faith until the age of 32. Finding faith in Jesus transformed his life, and after working as a video producer for some years, he and his wife Kim joined Al and Niki Hardy to help establish CityChurch Charlotte. Over a decade of ministry later, besides watching Arsenal soccer club, following Formula 1 racing and trying to keep up with his 3 daughters, Matt still sees following Jesus as the greatest adventure in life.
LYNSEY IS OUR WORSHIP DIRECTOR and a member of the Interim Pastoral Team. Lynsey joined us from our sister church, St. Mary’s London, where she was one of the worship leaders. During her time in London, Lynsey grew in her awareness of and passion for the work of the Holy Spirit. Her desire is to see the church fully encounter Jesus as we meet him through corporate worship. Lynsey is also passionate about sharing the gospel and leads our Outreach Team. Her vision is to connect with our neighborhood through fun events to build relationships and share the love of Jesus! She also runs our yearly Alpha Course. Lynsey is known for gathering people for the most fabulous parties, from cocktail master classes to racing inflatable animals at your local pool.
BRENDA IS OUR DIRECTOR of Children and Family Ministries and also oversees CityChurch communications. She is also a member of the Interim Pastoral Team. 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 later felt God calling her to a vocation working with children and students. She’d tell you she has been on an amazing adventure ever since and loves the journey that God has been leading her on. She was thrilled to be given the opportunity to serve also as the Director of Communications, which allowed her to happily dust off and put to use her journalism degree. To recharge, she enjoys swimming, taking long walks with her husband and their two dogs and playing tennis.
MARISSA IS OUR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT. Here’s what she has to say: Hiiiiiii, I am Marissa Adams, married to Jack Adams. I was born and raised in Arizona. I made the transition to be in North Carolina because I fell in love with this beautiful state ever since I visited frequently here as a child. My family lives here, and I also wanted to be closer to them. I have a knack for assisting people on my team, taking tasks to ease their workload, and getting creative. I have a passion for all things dance because it makes me feel at ease, forget all of my problems, and lose myself in the music, as it is healing. I hope to make many more connections and get to know everyone more.
WINN IS OUR BOOKKEEPER/FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR. She transitioned from being a volunteer in the office to staff member in 2014. She manages the church bank accounts, payroll and spending and serves on the finance committee. Winn and her husband were among the original CityChurch partners in 2007 and have loved seeing God move and being part of the church’s growth and evolution. When not spending time with her husband, four children and two dogs she enjoys running, yoga, reading and puzzles.
We are a friendly bunch who can’t wait to greet you with a warm welcome and assist you in any way we can.