South CLT Pres is a church in Charlotte, NC that welcomes skeptics, the curious, and believers alike in their search for truth and life. We believe that Biblical Christianity offers the best answers to the biggest and hardest questions we wonder about.


We highly value our relationships with one another. We look to grow through fellowship, and ultimately growing closer to God. We value the word of God, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We look to extend grace to all of the lost and broken, and lead those with no hope to the hope of Jesus Christ.



South CLT Pres seeks to make followers of Christ who honor him in all things, love people well, and impact the community and the world with the gospel so that Christ’s joy may be in us and our joy may be full. (John 15:11)


We envision the communities around south Charlotte being impacted by the gospel of Jesus Christ through followers of Christ at South CLT Pres who connect in meaningful relationships, grow as leaders in the marketplace and neighborhoods, engage mercy and mission initiatives in the city, and who care for each other in real-life struggles. (Matt 28:18-20; Rev 5:8-14; Matt 22:36-40; Acts 1:8)


We highly value relationships with one another and look to grow through healthy spirituality and meaningful community. We first listen to God and his Word, then we work to build Christ’s kingdom together as a body, and with an eternal end in mind so that others may enter into the joy of Christ.



  1. Started in 2017 as a church plant from Uptown Church in Charlotte, NC
  2. Gathered first in Hope Community Church on Rea Road led by Dean Faulkner as lead pastor and Josh Creason as assistant pastor
  3. By 2018 the church moved to Ballantyne Elementary School
  4. In mid-2020, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) became the new building home for South CLT Pres
  5. At the end of 2020, South CLT Pres moved to a bigger, longterm facility on the SES site allowing for future growth
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Dean Faulkner Lead Pastor

Dean Faulkner

Lead Pastor

Dean is an experienced senior pastor and church planter, having served in several churches. He is also a "second career" pastor who started seminary after working as an electrical engineer in a large computer company. Dean is a native of Charlotte and is married to Elizabeth, an artist and teacher. He graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Ministry at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. Dean also serves part-time as the Associate Director and Visiting Professor at the RTS Charlotte Center for Church Planting. Dean and Elizabeth have two grown children, Bethany and Mitchell. Dean enjoys playing golf, fishing, and watching football and soccer with friends.

Josh Creason Assistant Pastor

Josh Creason

Assistant Pastor

Josh received his seminary degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte and has been in pastoral ministry since 2009. Prior to seminary Josh worked in the life insurance industry and continued to do so after going into ministry. Josh has enjoyed serving and caring for the church of Christ throughout his ministry, and is grateful to be traveling this road with his wife and best friend, Stephanie. They have three daughters (Elena, Emily, and Lily) who are each a joy and a delight. Josh enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and spending time with his family.


Bobby Girard Worship Leader

Bobby Girard

Worship Director

Bobby and his wife found our church years ago. He has a true heart for the lost of this city and this area. He wants to see true change in this area and will not stop until that dream is fulfilled.

Lauren Nowak Communications Director

Lauren Nowak

Communications Director

Lauren is our communictions director. She and her husband Ben have been members of South CLT Pres since 2018. She loves rooting for the Crimson Tide.

Laurie Hays


Laurie and her husband Jeff have been with South CLT Pres since it first started in 2017; they have five children. Laurie is the bookkeeper and also works for a local EMS agency. She enjoys knitting when she has some free time.

Sarah Groelsema

Children's Ministry Director

Bio coming soon!

Stephanie Creason

Assistant Children's Ministry Director

Stephanie is married to Associate Pastor Josh Creason. Stephanie enjoys walking with friends, reading mysteries and baking sweets.  

Tammy Musgrove

Administrative Director

Tammy and her husband Kyle have been with South CLT Pres since it was first planted in 2017. Tammy enjoys baking, UNC basketball, and her Harley Davidson motorcyle.


Nate Groelsema Pastoral Intern

Nate Groelsema

Pastoral Intern

Nate and his wife Sarah have been with South CLT Pres since it was first planted in 2017. Nate is a pastoral intern but serves full-time as the Director of Admissions and Recruitment at RTS Charlotte. Fun facts aren't quite his specialty.

Pancho Contesse Pastoral Intern

Pancho Contesse

Pastoral Intern & Interim Children's Director

Pancho is our interim children's director and pastoral intern. He is from Santiago, Chile and also serves on the Setup Team. Pancho is pursuing his MDiv at RTS Charlotte. He is a big fan of the football where foot and ball meet (soccer).

Kurt Witters Pastoral Intern

Kurt Witters

Pastoral & Worship Intern

Originally from West Virginia, Kurt moved to Charlotte in 2019 with his wife, Allison. He serves as the Worship and Pastoral Intern at South CLT Pres, and he is pursuing his mDiv at RTS and working for an apartment ministry. Kurt enjoys playing, watching, and talking about sports. 



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