A new initiative called Pathways to Discipleship begins on Kickoff Sunday, September 13. The format will guide us to live as disciples of Jesus Christ and make the Christian faith a way of life. Aimed at deepening inward faith and inspiring outward service, Pathways combines virtual gatherings and online “playlists” of content for personal study. Children, Youth and Adults will have control over what, when and where they participate.
May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love; may you have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17-19
Live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Make the Christian faith a way of life.
Pathways to Discipleship, our Formation initiative, shapes how we learn and serve by shifting the focus from classes and programs to a focus on goals for maturing in faith. Aimed at deepening inward faith and inspiring outward service, Pathways combines virtual gatherings and online “playlists” of content for personal study. Children, Youth and Adults will have control over what, when and where they participate.
The decade since I graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in History was not a direct path to the ministry or to First Presbyterian Church. Studying the history of Presbyterianism led to a deeper search to understand my call from God. I moved to Washington, D.C., where I worked on Capitol Hill and in healthcare consulting. When it became clear that politics was not my call, I moved to Charlotte to work in a nonprofit. While there, I became a member at First Presbyterian Church. My experiences here helped me understand that my true call was the ministry. I received my Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2017. Since then, I served as a Pastoral Resident at White Memorial Church in Raleigh.
As a multi-decade member at First Presbyterian Church, I joined the staff in July 2013. I didn’t expect being a math major at Wake Forest to lead me to a church, but I have found a home here twice—first as the Membership Coordinator in the late ’90s and now as Director of Adult Formation. I brought to my current job a devotion to the church, 25 years of studying the Bible with many insightful and supportive women, and experience in catering and event planning.
In addition to my husband Lee, and children Andrew (25) and A.C. (19), my loves include yoga, cooking and wine study.
Executive Director of Children, Youth and their Families
Executive Director of Children, Youth and their Families
My deep commitment to Youth Ministry began as a young person growing up in the Presbyterian Church, and over the years it has found many forms of expression. I graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, with a B.A. in Religion/Christian Education. Following graduation, I joined the staff of White Memorial Presbyterian Church to serve and direct Youth Ministry.
In 2013, I relocated to Charlotte with my husband, Kyle, to serve in youth ministry here and begin my masters of Divinity at Union Presbyterian Seminary. My call in serving is to join youth, families and adults through their faith journey and the joys and challenges that accompany adolescence. I’ve also had the opportunity to spend several summers planning and co-directing Montreat Youth Conferences.
Kyle and I have a son, Landon, and two cats, Kailey and Riley. When I’m not on retreats and hanging out with youth, I like to read, relax, run, spend time outside and watch college football (Go Pack & War Eagle!) with friends and family.
Pathways to Discipleship provides a guide for living as disciples of Jesus Christ and making the Christian faith a way of life. The Pathways framework gives Children, Youth and Adults control over what, when and where they participate.
The first Sunday of each month features a virtual class that expands on the theme of the month. The Pathways website provides resources for the following two weeks for personal study to equip and inspire us as disciples who share Christ’s love in the world. Another virtual class closes out the month.
Join the journey to create new habits of discipleship that will nurture you personally and empower you to pour out the love of Christ to all.
Other paths to discipleship include Bible Studies (meeting virtually for now) and special events including the Willard Lecture, March 14, 2021, with David Brooks.
Whatever your background, faith journey, career or lifestyle, young adults in their 20s and 30s welcome you into First Presbyterian’s vibrant center-city faith community. As we gather, we grow spiritually, have fun, worship and meet great people at First Presbyterian.
The Good Samaritan Sunday Class is wonderful place to meet people, study the Bible and learn how our faith applies to our everyday lives in a world that is in the midst of great change and growth. The class meets from 10-10:45 a.m. in the Fresco Lobby.
This group also meets on a social basis. Most are in their 20s and 30s, but all are welcome.
Want to know more or to receive emails? Contact Robert Galloway, Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Young Adults, for information.
The youth ministry of FPC Charlotte exists to engage faith in community, to nurture belonging, and empower discipleship, so that youth and their families live the Christian life.
Opportunities for youth to gather and deepen their faith journey include:
Middle School (grades 6-8) Formation meets every Sunday morning, P301, 10-10:45 a.m.
High School (grades 9-12) Formation meets every Sunday morning, P321, 10-10:45 a.m.
Presbyterian Youth Connection (PYC) is time for youth to gather for food, fellowship and discipleship. PYC meets most Sundays during the school year from 6-7:45 p.m. For a complete schedule of the school year, visit the Resources page at the bottom of this page.
Additional programs for youth include:
assisting in worship
and being in relationship with others as we practice walking in faith together.
David Brooks, New York Times columnist and cultural commentator will deliver the Willard Lecture on March 14, 2021, from 5-6:30 p.m. Due to COVID-19, the vent will be held via a live webinar. Register for the event here.
Mr. Brooks is the author of several books including The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (2019), The Road to Character (2015), and The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement (2011).
Mr. Brooks brings a message of hope to a country that is divided and mired in individualism. He helped found Weave: The Social Fabric Project, a cultural movement renewing America’s social fabric. In describing it, he says:
“When we stereotype, abuse, impugn motives and lie about each other, we’ve ripped the social fabric and encouraged more ugliness. When we love across boundaries, listen patiently, see deeply and make someone feel known, we’ve woven it and reinforced generosity.”
His mission is to call each of us to compassionate relationships. He applauds and uplifts those “Weavers [who] share an ethos that puts relationship over self.” He affirms that, “We are born into relationships, and the measure of our life is in
the quality of our relationships. We precedes me.” A Nation of Weavers
Other special programs include special class series, guest speakers and book discussions. Many of these emanate from First Presbyterian’s Care and Outreach Ministries. Keep your eyes on Now at FPC, which updates weekly with details about special programs designed to be relevant and thought-provoking.
Welcome to Faith Unfiltered: Seeking God in the 21st Century, a weekly podcast produced by a team from Christian Formation and Communications here at First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte. In our podcasts, we explore the many expressions of faith in the 21st Century. A new episode is released every Friday morning. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify, or you can listen here. You can find the complete menu of previous episodes at FaithUnfilteredthePodcast.com.