John R. Sittema, DMin
Interim Senior Pastor

Husband to Carol, Dad to 4, Papa to 12. A long-time pastor and preacher, John loves the Bride of Christ, and loves to help shepherd the people of God in times like these. Hiking, woodworking, and a lively terrier fill up what is left of John’s busy days.

Dave Kulp
Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care & Life Groups

The Kulp family became members of the Uptown Church Family in 2005 when they moved to Charlotte to begin seminary at RTS. After graduation in 2008 Dave had the joy of accepting the Pastor of Pastoral Care at Uptown. Dave and his wife Mary have 5 kids (Celia, Bennett, Camilla, Christian and Emmie). Dave loves the outdoors (especially fishing and gardening), being creative (making art, cooking, building things) and time with friends. Mary loves coffee, deep conversation, good questions, the banjo, podcasts and books. The Kulp family loves laughing, creating art, dogs, crabbing, fishing and family fun nights.

Jeremy Goodwyne
Worship Director

Jeremy is a musician and a liturgist at heart who is passionate about facilitating encounters between God and his people. He believes that at the core, humans are worshippers, and what we worship shapes us into the people we are becoming. With that in mind, he endeavors to craft liturgies that glorify God, narrate the total gospel, engage the whole person (body, mind and heart), and give voice to the full range of human experience and emotion. Jeremy moved to Charlotte with his wife, Julie in 2009 to be the Worship Director at Uptown Church. They have a 3 year old son named Abel (Abe) and an 11 year old dog, Chloe. They live in the Biddleville/Smallwood community and Jeremy also performs around town as the front man for local rock band Brother Watts and as a solo act doing more intimate folk and indie music.

Tyler LaCross
Production and Technical Director

Bio coming soon…

Lisa Marie Ferguson
Office Manager

Lisa Marie Ferguson joined the staff of Uptown in July 2018 and is a native North Carolinian. She was born and raised in Raleigh, attended UNC-Chapel Hill, lived in Durham for several years, and has made Charlotte her home since 2004. She and her husband have been married over 2 decades and have three children, two college-bound and one still at home. She loves serving the Lord by using her administrative gifts at Uptown; as well as hiking, gardening, drinking coffee, and spending time with family.

Anne Rogers
Bookkeeper

Anne has been a member of Uptown Church since 1997 and joined the Uptown staff during the summer of 2018. A NC native, Anne graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and holds an MBA from Wake Forest. She is married to Derek Rogers, and they have 3 boys, Emerson, Aiden and Noah. In addition to using her gifts in the Bookkeeper role, Anne is also involved with the Women’s Care Team, helping lead a life group, and spends many volunteer hours in her community. Anne enjoys running in her free time, and spending time friends old and new.

Cheryl Anne Butts
Communications Director

Cheryl Anne grew up in Charlotte and met her husband, David, when they worked together on staff at a summer camp. After serving full-time in camping ministry for eight years they moved back to Charlotte and joined Uptown in November of 2018. Shortly after, she began working for the church as Events & Volunteer Coordinator, where she gets to merge a life-long love for details and logistics with a passion for hospitality. Cheryl Anne has two daughters, Jane and Margaret, and counts it a joy to serve as full-time mama and part-time staff member at Uptown.

Bailey Greaves
Uptown Kids Director

Bailey grew up moving all over the country but claims Georgia as home. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a degree in Child and Family Development. While in college she met her husband, Jake, and following graduation, Bailey and Jake worked for Cru for several years at Georgia Southern University and Mississippi State University. They moved to Charlotte in July of 2018, where Jake works in the supply chain industry. They have a son, Asher, born in April 2019 and are expecting their second son in December 2020. Bailey looks forward to continuing to work with the children and families of Uptown.

Ashley Mink
Uptown Kids Assistant Director

Ashley Mink has worshipped at Uptown for more than 15 years. She serves in Uptown’s children’s ministry because she loves the church, loves young children, and loves young families. Married to Jay for 19+ years, they have three teenage children (Juliana, Phoebe, and Thomas). Ashley loves reading and her book club, learning about almost anything, and cooking. She also works part-time as a middle school history teacher at a Classical school.

Holly VanRoekel
Uptown Kids Education Coordinator

Holly VanRoekel & her family have been part of Uptown since 2013. She grew up in the midwest in St. Louis, and met her husband, Chris, while attending school at Calvin College in Michigan. They have four children: Simon, Henry, Asher & Anna Grace. Before children, Holly worked for several years as a social worker and manager in nonprofits that primarily served children & families. Holly works as the Education Coordinator for Uptown Kids and is thankful for the opportunity to work with children and families at Uptown Church.

Rebekah Vaughn
Youth & Family Intern

Rebekah was born and raised here in the beautiful Queen City. She is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing at Queens University. She is thankful that the Lord provided an opportunity for her to stay in Charlotte and continue to grow in community. Rebekah grew up at Uptown and is thrilled to have the privilege to serve as the Youth & Family Intern through her college years. After college she hopes to pursue working in ministry or the mission field. You can find her drinking coffee with a friend, in the kitchen, probably playing with kids, or exploring the newest place in Charlotte.

Joseph Tan
Adult Education Intern

Joseph is from Malaysia and moved to Charlotte in the summer of 2019 to pursue the M. Div. program at RTS. His wife, Debra and two college-aged daughters (Eliza and Eunice) are here with him as he pursues God’s calling for the ministry. For close to two decades, Joseph has run a leadership development and coaching business where he finds tremendous joy in investing in the leadership potential of both teams and individuals. During this “new season”, he looks forward to being equipped for greater ministry effectiveness before returning home to Malaysia.

Matt Arends
Youth Intern

Matt was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He graduated from Christopher Newport University where he met his wife Anna while attending Reformed University Fellowship. From there, Matt became an intern for RUF in Boise, Idaho working there for 2 years before moving back to Virginia to marry Anna and move to Charlotte to attend seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary in the fall of 2018. Matt loves the outdoors, hiking, biking, and backpacking as well as painting landscapes along with Bob Ross. He currently works as the Youth Intern here at Uptown Church.

ELDERS

Forde Britt
Elder

Forde is a Charlotte native and is married to Jessica. They have three boys: Braxton, Sullivan, and Knox and reside on the west side of Uptown. As a land broker, he is active in the Charlotte metropolitan area representing buyers and sellers in the negotiation and entitlement process. He enjoys spending time following Gamecock athletics, spending time with his family, and exploring all of Charlotte, and the world beyond.

Adam Dyer
Elder

Adam is married to Lindsay Dyer and they have 5 kids(!): Caleigh, Andrew, Caitlin, Hudson, and Mary Carson. Adam owns and operates a promotional marketing firm, Insight Branding. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing, coaching baseball, skiing, hiking and running. Lindsay and Adam love to travel and explore the world. They have been members of Uptown since October 2005.

Chad Kraska
Elder

Chad and his wife Stephanie have been married for 12 years and have three daughters in elementary school, ages 7, 7 and 9. They live right off of one of Charlotte’s greenways and you can usually find them running, biking, or walking as a family. Chad is a clinical psychologist (Psy.D.) with a speciality in psych/developmental assessments for all ages and he and his wife own/manage a new group practice, Genesis Clinical Services. Chad finds great enjoyment in getting to the root of the problems individuals are struggling with, be it spiritual in nature, medical, or psychological and directing them towards the proper remedy/intervention. The Kraska family has been at Uptown for approximately 10 years where they’ve enjoyed serving and growing with their church family.

Derek Rogers
Elder

Derek has been at Uptown Church since 1997. After a 23-year career at Bank of America managing large projects and enterprise strategic programs, he left there in 2017 and joined C12 Group, an advisory organization working with Christian CEOs and Owners as they grow their businesses. Derek became Deacon at Uptown in 2001, was Chairman of the Diaconate for many years, and in 2018 joined the Uptown Session as an elder. He is married to Anne, and they have 3 sons, Emerson, Aiden and Noah.

Jon Levy
Elder

Jon is originally from the St. Louis area where he grew up in a PCA church, went to college in Atlanta and has been in Charlotte since 2006. He is married to Ashley and they have 3 kids (David, Elle and Ben). Jon works in finance at Nucor Corp and enjoys reading, watching sports (on TV and in person when his kids are involved), and driving his Mini Cooper. He loves Uptown Church for the incredible sense of community, especially in Life Groups.

ELDERS (not pictured)

Grae Garrison, Tom Queen, Jeremy Carroll, Drew Harris, Jay Mink, Tim Shorey, and Jeffrey Wallis

 

 

DEACONS

John Ashworth
Deacon

John is a Charlotte native and is married to Shana. They have two daughters and a son. John and Shana originally met at an Uptown Retreat in 2000 and married five years later. John runs a property management company in Charlotte and enjoys pursuing entrepreneurial ventures. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family in the Charlotte area or adventuring in the mountains and beaches of the Carolinas.

Sumner Andrews
Deacon

Sumner is a husband, father of 4, and a native Charlottean. He’s attended Uptown since college, and has been blessed through friends, mentors, and gospel-focused worship while at Uptown.

Ron Branch
Deacon

Ron is from and grew up in Wilmington, NC. He graduated from UNC-Wilmington before attending the College of Architecture at UNC-Charlotte. He’s been at Uptown since its first anniversary (the year he was born). He currently works for The Wilson Group Architects and has been a deacon at Uptown for over a decade, currently serving on the property team.

David Chapman
Deacon

A native of Charlotte, David has been a member of Uptown Church for over twenty years. He joined the Diaconate in 2003, and has served in numerous capacities, specifically finance, mercy, and most recently, as chair. David and his wife Peggy have three children who attend Covenant Day school. On the professional side, David is a principal with Perficient, Inc., an IT and management consulting firm headquartered in St. Louis, running the change management practice. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, running, biking, travelling, and watching about any kind of sports.

Andrew Day
Deacon

Andrew is originally from Greenville, South Carolina and has been a member of Uptown Church since 2008. He is married to Carrie and has three girls that keep him on his toes. He works as a technical project manager at one of the big banks with a presence in Charlotte.

James DeBoer
Deacon

Born in Canada, James is married to Kelly, with whom he has a son named Jax. The DeBoers live in Concord, where James is a landscaper working in the Charlotte and surrounding areas. James and Kelly have been members of Uptown since 2016. In his free time, James enjoys golfing.

Brandon Davis
Deacon

Brandon grew up in small towns around the foothills of North Carolina — Newton, Conover, Shelby and Statesville. He moved to Charlotte after college and joined Uptown Church more than 20 years ago. He met his wonderful wife, Teresa, at a Lifegroup bible study through Uptown and they have two kids. By day he is the Executive Operations Director for National Christian Foundation Carolinas and in his spare time he enjoys tennis, golf, snow skiing and cheering for the Tar Heels.

Tommy Fuller
Deacon

A native of north Alabama and graduate of the University of Alabama, Tommy worked as a National Bank Examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for thirty years at five different duty posts ending his work career assigned to Bank of America in Charlotte in 2008. Tommy joined Uptown in 2002 and began serving on the Finance team before becoming a deacon approximately ten years ago and switching to a role of serving on the Deacon’s Mercy team. Tommy spends some of his time with three older siblings and seven nieces and nephews in Alabama and Oklahoma, and also gardens, travels, serves as the Treasurer of the Central Carolina Presbytery, and opens his home periodically to visiting missionaries.

Craig Lowder
Deacon

Bio coming soon…

Matt Taylor
Deacon

Matt grew up in Virginia Beach, VA and attended Virginia Tech University. He has lived in Charlotte since 2001 and has attended Uptown since 2013. Matt is married to his wife Jocelyn and they have a daughter named Hannah. He is currently working for Bank Of America. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and gardening.

Jim Vaughn
Deacon

Jim graduated from the University of Central Florida and is an avid Florida Gators fan. He’s been married to his wife Chris since 1993 and they have 4 children; Rachel (24), Nicole (23), Rebekah (21) and Payton (18). He’s worked in the Insurance industry for over 30 years as an agent, underwriter and manager of teams. He currently works for Hood Hargett & Associates and manages a large Independent Insurance agency.

Jim has been a deacon at Uptown since 2004 and has served primarily in the area of Mercy. He is currently the staff liaison for the Diaconate and serves on the new Personnel Committee.

DEACONS (not pictured)

Will Eubank
Chris Prevette
Michael Richter

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”

– 2 Corinthians 1:3

Where is Uptown?

926 Elizabeth Avenue, Suite 200

Charlotte, NC 28204