Jordan Olshefski
Senior Pastor

Jordan grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and met his wife, Evyn, while attending Elon University. After graduating from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2011, he helped plant and establish Cross Park Church in Charlotte, NC, serving there as Associate Pastor until October of 2021, when he accepted the call to be Senior Pastor at Uptown. Jordan & Evyn have been married for 18 years, during which time the Lord has blessed their family with four children (Walker, Eleanor, Knox, Evelyn), and the recent addition of an international student (Eseosa). Jordan enjoys planting things in the ground, playing golf, reading with his kids, and as a former Catholic, hopelessly cheering for Notre Dame football.

John Downs
Assistant Pastor, Youth & Families

John is from Ohio and came to Christ through the ministry of Young Life. He has been married to his wife Lindsay since 2012 and they have four children (Piper, Campbell, August, and Everett). If you come to their house, and you most definitely should, you will be met with much joy, food, and if you linger long enough a board game. They really want to share their lives and the gospel with you.

johnd@uptownchurch.org

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.

jeremy@uptownchurch.org

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.

anne@uptownchurch.org

Cheryl Anne Butts
Office Manager

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 and now as Office Manager. Cheryl Anne has two daughters, Jane and Margaret, and counts it a joy to serve on staff at Uptown.

cherylanne@uptownchurch.org

Ashley Mink
Uptown Kids Volunteer Coordinator

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.

ashley@uptownchurch.org

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.

holly@uptownchurch.org

Bethany Broesder
Worship Assistant

Bethany has been at Uptown since 2017. She spent her childhood in Florida, then moved with her family to North Carolina in high school. After high school she attended Cedarville University in Ohio, where she majored in music education. From Ohio, Bethany moved to China where she taught music for 6 years at an international school before returning to the US. She currently teaches elementary music in the Charlotte area. She dabbles in graphic design, loves painting and anything coffee, and spends most of her free time trying to keep up with her very energetic dog. At Uptown, Bethany assists Jeremy with various administrative jobs, as well as designing and printing the worship guides weekly. She also volunteers with the production team and the missions committee.

Kelli Ross
Coordinator for Women's Ministry

Kelli is a NC native recently returned to the Tarheel state after several years away, including a stint overseas. She’s a graduate of Grove City College and Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). She’s been married to Will since 2009 and is mom to four wonderful kids. Prior to joining the staff at Uptown Kelli has worked in the non-profit world and for the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) as well as for Biblical Counseling United Kingdom (BCUK). She enjoys homeschooling her kids, exploring God’s world through nature walks or travel adventures, cooking, and dabbling in the creative arts.

kelli@uptownchurch.org

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.

joseph@uptownchurch.org

Aaron Kees
Youth Intern

Aaron was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2011 he began a career in accounting with KPMG. He and his wife moved to Charlotte in 2019. Shortly afterward he began to take an interest in pursuing classes at Reformed Theological Seminary. In 2021 after ten years in the corporate world he changed jobs to more actively pursue an MDiv. Aaron loves reading, outdoor activities such as camping and off-road unicycling, gardening (i.e, planting flowers which the deer demolish), and spending time with his family and friends.

aaron@uptownchurch.org

Matthew Reichenberger
Pastoral Intern

Matthew moved from Bloomington, IN to Charlotte in August of 2020 to pursue a MDiv at RTS. In Bloomington, he spent the past four years completing his undergraduate degree in Piano Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and graduated in the spring of 2020. While at Indiana University, he was heavily involved in Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) as a student on the leadership team and also served on part-time staff with Hope Presbyterian Church, PCA as a worship leader. He has two wonderful parents and a younger brother who reside in Florida. On most days, you can find him reading, talking and laughing with a friend, and singing and playing a hymn on the piano. Matthew loves spending time with people, cultivating meaningful, Christ-centered relationships, and hopes he can do lots of that and more at Uptown.

matthew@uptownchurch.org

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 (on sabbatical)
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.

Jay Mink
Elder

Jay grew up in both L.A. and Toronto, then God brought him circuitously to Charlotte in 1997. He met his wife, Ashley, through Young Life and they were married in 2001. They have three amazing children who are now in college and high school. Jay and Ashley have been at Uptown since 2000, except for 6 wonderful years in the middle with an Uptown church plant, Cross Park Church. They returned to Uptown in 2016 and Jay joined the Uptown Session in 2020. Jay serves as Director of Outreach for the National Christian Foundation of the Carolinas where he delights to help people exercise Biblical generosity more effectively. He loves mountain biking, snowboarding, clay shooting, chopping wood, tending a fire, traveling with his family, fast cars, and good movies.

Tim Shorey
Elder

Tim was born and raised in NJ and met his wife, Brooke, at Bryan College. They were married in 2006 and have three kids, Timothy, Neph, and Carolyn. They moved to Charlotte in 2017 and have been members of Uptown Church ever since. As a family, the Shoreys enjoy golf (though Tim's game leaves a lot to be desired), food, and reading. Tim has been a slow-burn RTS student for a while and, as a pastor's kid, has had a life-long love of the church and of theology. When he's not working, studying, or spending time with the family, you'll probably find him planning his next elaborate cooking project.

Jeremy Carroll
Elder

Jeremy was born and raised in Zimbabwe. He met his wife Sarah, a Tennessee girl, while at college in South Africa — got married in Tennessee — and took Sarah back home to Zim a week after the wedding: a long story which they'd love to share with you over some tea and rusks. After four and half years soaking up the African sun, Sarah and Jeremy left his family behind and moved to Charlotte, partially to be closer to Sarah's family for a while but mostly because our God opens doors that no one can shut.

They have come to love the Queen City — part of the reason was finding Uptown Church and another was starting our family here (we have two boys, Oliver and Milo). They have made friends here at Uptown that they could not imagine living life without and have come to know and love this community. And so, as it pleases the Lord, they are happy to serve in this next chapter at Uptown.

Charles Beck
Elder

Charles became a Christian in college after trying and failing to find happiness and meaning in worldly things, and after seeing the transformational conversion of his mother. Charles met his wife, Elizabeth, at Wake Forest, and they lived in Birmingham, Atlanta, Beijing, and Chicago before arriving in Charlotte in 2018. They have been married for 12 years and have four boys: Charlie, Thomas, James, and Dotson. Charles works at Red Ventures, and Elizabeth is a PA at Novant Presbyterian. Uptown was among the first churches they visited in Charlotte and quickly became their home. They have enjoyed investing in relationships for the gospel through life groups, prayer triads, and informal neighborhood outreach.

David Butts
Elder

David grew up in Grand Haven, MI, and graduated from Western Michigan in 2003 with a degree in Recreation Management and a desire to pursue camping ministry. This took him first to Colorado and then to Lake Lure, NC, where he worked at Camp Lurecrest for 12 years. He met his wife, Cheryl Anne, at Camp Lurecrest, where they shared 8 married years on staff together and found great joy in watching the freedom of the gospel change lives (including theirs). In 2017 they moved to Charlotte where he is currently a general contractor and Cheryl Anne works on staff at Uptown. They have two daughters, Jane (8) and Margaret (6).

Jeffrey Wallis
Elder


ELDERS (not pictured)

Grae Garrison (On Sabbatical), Tom Queen, and Drew Harris

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.

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.

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 Emeritus

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.

Michael Richter
Deacon

Michael was born and raised in Appleton, WI prior to attending Clemson University, where he graduated with bachelor's degrees in Financial Management and Economics. He is the holder of a CFA charter and works in Corporate Treasury at Wells Fargo. Michael has been at Uptown since 2006 and has served as a finance deacon since 2014. He and his wife Elizabeth were married in 2010 and they have two children, Matthew (2013) and Tess (2015). Michael loves to golf, smoke meat on his big green egg, and root for the Clemson Tigers football team.

DEACONS (not pictured)

Will Eubank (on sabbatical)

“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