Who We are

Take a deeper look into what makes us unique. Read our vision, meet our staff.


We want to help those around us live life to the full.
We are currently building a development for the new home of SouthPark Church, launching the ‘Love SouthPark’ initiative, a project to create a place where the church and community intersect. SouthPark Church believes that love transforms, and we want to be present in our SouthPark community in big ways.

Jesus inspires us, especially when He says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).  We are a group of imperfect people seeking to live abundant, full lives.  Full life is all about loving relationships with God and each other.

If you'd like to know more about what God is doing through SouthPark Church, check out our 2019 Impact Report.

a perfect time to join us

We're Just Getting Started
If you're in for an adventure and to change your community, SouthPark Church is the place to be. As we take on the big challenge of building a mixed-use development for our new campus, our priority is to love our community of SouthPark in new and bold ways. We believe God has called us to help those around us live life to the full. We'd love to help you find out what that could mean in your life. Checking out a worship service on Sunday morning is a great place to start.

what to expect

SouthPark Church is a community of friendly people who are learning to have healthy relationships with God and one another. We're a group of imperfect people seeking to live abundant, full lives. We gather together once a week to worship God, find encouragement and hope, and grow closer to Jesus.

We'd love for you to join us at Phillip's Place Regal Theater on Sundays at 9:00am for Traditional Worship or 10:30am for Modern Worship. We've created two unique styles of worship that you can read about on our worship page. There's no dress code, so come as you are. All are welcome! We can't wait to meet you.

learn about our worship styles
Pastor Kyle Thompson
Senior Pastor

My main responsibilities at SouthPark Church include casting vision for the direction of the church, teaching at the weekend worship services, and leading the staff. I am a graduate of High Point University and Harvard University. I am married to Lora and we have two sons.

Pastor Lindsay Rich
Pastor of Care & Faith Development

My main responsibilities are congregational care, adult faith development and helping lead our worship services. I am a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. I am ordained through the Friends of St. Mary's based in London and was raised in Charlotte. I am married to Ryan and have three children who keep my house noisy, my fridge empty, and my heart full.

Kevin Ache
Director of Creative

I get to help work with several ministries including communications, production, hospitality and modern worship. My wife Claire and I moved to CLT in 2015 when I joined the staff, and we have a little girl. We love our church and we love our city!

Denise Spittle
Office Manager

I manage the SouthPark Church office, and I also oversee the administration of the church’s finances. I was blessed to have been raised in the church by Christian parents and grandparents. I realized recently what a gift that was when I was chairing the Children’s Ministry team at my own church. It has become a passion of mine to do all I can within my personal life (sharing with my children and grandchildren) and through my church to be sure this word becomes written on the hearts of our youth!

Sara Terrell
Administrative Assistant

My primary responsibility is to support our staff and ministry leaders in their needs, which means that I do a little bit of everything. My educational background is in music; I received my bachelor’s degree in composition from Florida State and my master’s in choral conducting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. I enjoy using my musical gifts as another means to serve. I sing in the choir and serve as a lay musician. I also sing choirs in the community.

Dr. Joan McGill
Director of Senior Adult Ministry

In my role at SouthPark Church, I serve our older congregation. I visit and/or call older adults who are or have been hospitalized and/or are homebound. I serve as staff liaison for Congregational Care and the Adults Plus ministry. I received my BSN from Case Western Reserve University, my MSN from the University of Kentucky, and my PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where my research was in gerontology.

Dr. Katie Ann McCarty
Director of Traditional Music & Organist

I lead and direct the music & worship in the Traditional Service. I graduated from Arizona State University with my doctorate and master's in music and organ performance, and was a Fulbright Scholar in music and organ performance at the Bordeaux Conservatoire in Bordeaux, France. I love the vision of SouthPark Church and my two daughters and I love being a part of this family!

Cole Bryant
Director of Modern Worship

My role at SouthPark Church is to help create a worship environment so that everyone can connect with God, and to help welcome others who may be worshiping for the first time. I am married to my wife, Savannah.

Jenni McKeown
Director of Children's Ministry

My primary responsibility is to take care of our youngest members and guests (0 - 5th grade). We create an atmosphere that will bring these little ones closer to Jesus and give them a strong foundation for the future. I am a graduate of Florida State University and worked for Marriott for 18 years as an Event Manager. I am also a life-long United Methodist and have served God in the Church since I was 10 years old. I’m married to Shawn and we have 2.5 boys (one due in May).

Chris & Nikki Bidell
Directors of Student Ministry

We lead the Student Ministry and help provide spaces for students to meet, know and follow Jesus! We both an extensive experience with Young Life, and we hope to continue building community and support for students at SouthPark. Chris is a teacher at Ardrey Kell High School and Nikki is an experienced MOntessori educator. They love traveling, hiking, history, reading and taking their two rescued Cocker Spaniels to the dog park.

Les Lingle
Director of Weekend Production

I oversee Sunday morning production and have served as audio engineer since 2016. I work with a great team of volunteers every Sunday morning to help to create an atmosphere for worship. I also handle our church’s audio podcast which has a world outreach.