Staff

Pastoral Staff

Dr. Thomas D. Hawkes, Ph.D.

Senior Pastor
tomhawkes@uptownchurch.org

Tom Hawkes is the founding Senior Pastor of Uptown Church, PCA, which began in uptown Charlotte in 1994 and has since planted a number of churches locally and internationally. Recently, he was also named the founding Director for the Center for Church Planting, RTS- Charlotte. Tom is a graduate of Gordon College (1978) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1985). In 2006, he earned an MA from Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam and in 2014, he earned a Ph.D. from the London School of Theology (Middlesex University), writing on Calvin’s theology and practice of sanctification. Dr. Hawkes has provided leadership as the Founding Director of The Arrow Leadership Program at Leighton Ford Ministries (1991-1995), as U.S. Director of Church Growth for the Presbyterian Church in America, Atlanta, Georgia (1986-1990), and as the Director of Church Growth Services for the Evangelistic Association of New England, Boston, MA (1980-1985). During 1985-86 Dr. Hawkes served as Associate Program Director for Billy Graham’s Amsterdam ’86. Tom and his wife, Ann, have four grown sons, Collin, Taylor, Brandon, and Preston and one grandchild, a girl, Findlay Anne Hawkes.  In his spare time, Tom’s favorite pastimes include mountain biking, road biking, hiking, and windsurfing.

Dave Kulp

Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care & Life Groups
davekulp@uptownchurch.org

The Kulp family came to Uptown in 2005 when they moved to Charlotte for Dave to begin seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary. Dave has been a pastor at Uptown since graduating in 2008. Dave grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA, and graduated from Kutztown University (Go Golden Bears??) with a degree in Art Education. After graduating he moved to South Carolina where he met his beautiful wife Mary while working on summer camp staff together. Mary grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and studied Recreation Therapy at Clemson University (Go Tigers!). After getting married in January 2002, the Kulps lived in Georgetown, South Carolina where Dave served as a youth director for 4 years. Dave enjoys football, fishing, laughing and exercise (well…kinda love/hate) and Mary enjoys reading, Starbucks, and playing the Banjo.  Both of the Kulp’s enjoy family time with their five children Celia, Bennett, Camilla, Christian, and Emmie.

Wes Andrews

Associate Pastor of Youth & Families
wesandrews@uptownchurch.org

Wes Andrews grew up in a military family and lived in several states before his family returned to South Carolina. He is a graduate of Clemson University where he majored in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and minored in Fine Arts. He met his wife Sage at Clemson through their involvement in Campus Crusade for Christ. They have four children (Wyatt, Walker, Lalla and Waylon). He came to Charlotte from Florence, SC where he spent eight years working in youth ministry before the Lord called him to seminary. He has served at Uptown for the past three years as youth director. For fun, he enjoys: anything related to boating, cooking, family movie nights, camping, manual labor, coffee and Clemson football.

Mark Skylling

Assistant Pastor, Young Adult Ministry
gathering@uptownchurch.org

Mark grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with a degree in Accountancy and Theology. Afterwards, Mark moved to Chicago, where he worked in public accounting and corporate finance. In 2013, Mark married his best friend Maria, whom he met while they were both students at Notre Dame. They now have a daughter, Faith, a second daughter due later this year. In 2014 they moved to Charlotte, where Mark began working as a Financial Analyst at Bank of America while also following a call to begin seminary. Mark completed his MDiv at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the Spring of 2018. During his free time, Mark enjoys hiking in the mountains, running, reading theology books, drinking coffee, and watching baseball (Go Cubs!). He has a heart for church planting, and his desire is to see God’s glory spread across the nations as people’s lives are transformed by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ministry Staff

Ashley Mink

Nursery Co-Coordinator
nurserycoordinator@uptownchurch.org

Ashley Mink has been part of the Uptown family since 1999. She and her husband Jason have been married for 18 years in April and have three great kids, Juliana, Phoebe, and Thomas. Ashley has spent the last several years as a teacher at Greyfriars Classical Tutorials and homeschooling her children. She is very honored and excited to be joining the staff of Uptown Church where she can use her gifts and her love for covenant children and their families in the nursery coordinator role.

Morgan Herrington

Youth Intern
youthintern@uptownchurch.org

Welcome to Morgan Herrington who joins us as the new Youth Intern this week. She grew up in southern Georgia and graduated from Georgia Southern University. Before moving to Charlotte, Morgan was on staff with Campus Outreach ministering to women at Georgia College and State University. This past summer she moved to Charlotte to pursue her masters in biblical counseling at RTS. She looks forward to spending time with the youth and getting to know the families at Uptown!

Lindsey Harding

Women's Ministry Intern
womensministryintern@uptownchurch.org

Lindsey is from St. Petersburg, FL and graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. She spent the past two years serving as an intern with RUF at Auburn University. Lindsey moved to Charlotte in August and is pursuing an MDiv degree at RTS Charlotte. She loves spending time with friends and family, baking, and being outside. She is excited to be a part of and serve the Uptown staff and community!

Bailey Greaves

Children's Ministry Co-Director
childrensministry@uptownchurch.org

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, through their involvement in a campus ministry called Cru. 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 a dog named Georgia. Bailey looks forward to working with the children and families of Uptown.

 

 

Kat Powell

Children's Ministry Co-Director
childrensministry@uptownchurch.org

Kat, a native of Columbia, SC, moved to Charlotte and joined Uptown Church after marrying her husband, Daniel, in 2013. Kathryn received an undergraduate degree in special education from Clemson University and a master’s degree in early childhood special education from the University of South Carolina. She taught in the public school system for five years before staying home with their precious daughter, Harper Grace. Since joining Uptown, Kathryn has loved teaching Sunday School and volunteering at various children’s ministry events! Kathryn is passionate about equipping families and children to grow in their love for Christ and knowledge of the Bible.

Rebekah Vaughn

Children's Ministry Intern
cmintern@uptownchurch.org

Rebekah has grown up in Charlotte, NC and is excited to get to continue to call the Queen City her home.  She is currently attending Queens University of Charlotte, pursuing a degree in nursing. She has been raised at Uptown, serving in both the Youth and Children’s Ministries. Because of her love for working with children, Rebekah is looking forward to further involvement in this area of the church. In her free time, Rebekah enjoys watching The Office, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.

Lisa Ellis

Nursery Co-Coordinator
nurserycoordinator@uptownchurch.org

Lisa is officially an Uptown old-timer. She and her husband Tom attended services on Uptown’s second Sunday, way back in October 1994. She holds a BBA and MBA from the College of William and Mary, and worked for IBM in finance and project management for almost a decade before leaving to raise her three children, Claire, Lindsay and Emery Jane. Lisa has both southern and northern roots, having been born in New Orleans, raised in New Jersey, and schooled in Virginia, with a little time in Venezuela and the Chicago suburbs as well. When she’s not in the church nursery, you can probably find Lisa within a mile of her house…volunteering at school, on the soccer field with her girls, running, walking her dog, or dreaming up another home improvement project.

Stephanie Kraska

Women's Ministry Assistant
womensministry@uptownchurch.org

Stephanie started attending Uptown Church in the Fall of 2010.  A native of Long Island, NY she honed her southern accent and administrative skills in the world of land development project management.  She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from NYU Polytechnic Institute, but what she is really passionate about is growing closer to Jesus in her spiritual walk and helping others to do the same.  Stephanie is married to Chad and they have three sweet girls: Clara Jane, Evie and Abby.  In her spare time she loves long walks, jigsaw puzzles, DIY work around the house, and making bold substitutions in recipes (it’s really just a guideline right?).

Ginni Larkins

Interim Women's Ministry Coordinator
wmcoordinator@uptownchurch.org

Ginni Fischer is a Memphis, TN native who moved to Charlotte to complete a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary.  Ginni completed her undergraduate studies at Elon University, and earned a M.A. from Lipscomb University in Nashville.  Ginni has previously worked as an elementary school teacher in a variety of grades and school settings. Ginni enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her little nephew and niece, and reading beside the beach!

Jeremy Goodwyne

Worship Director
jeremygoodwyne@uptownchurch.org

Jeremy and his lovely wife Julie came to Charlotte from Greenville, SC in December of 2009. They met while students at Anderson University (Anderson, SC) and were married in 2007. Jeremy earned a BA in Music Performance from Anderson and a Masters of Church Music from Erskine Theological Seminary (Due West, SC) before accepting the call to direct the worship ministry at Uptown. He and Julie welcomed to the world their long-awaited firstborn son, Abel Watts Goodwyne, in December of 2016.

A multi-instrumentalist and stylistically ranged singer, Jeremy loves to identify and develop artistic ability in others, and Uptown has proved fertile ground for just that. His desire is to direct worship that honors God, encourages his people, and facilitates divine encounter. He believes that the Creator and originator of art and beauty made creative people in his image to create beautiful art. Helping people live out the Imago Dei in their musical and artistic creativity is a passion of his.

Administrative Staff

Anne Rogers

Bookkeeper
bookkeeper@uptownchurch.org

Anne has been a member of Uptown Church since 1996 and joined our staff during the summer of 2018.  She is married to Derek Rogers, and they have 3 boys, Emerson, Aiden and Noah.  After many years of staying home to raise her children, Anne is excited to work as the bookkeeper at Uptown Church.

Cheryl Anne Butts

Event & Volunteer Coordinator
events@uptownchurch.org

Cheryl Anne grew up in Charlotte and attended Furman University for college. She returned to the Charlotte area after graduation in 2007 and taught elementary PE for three years. David and Cheryl Anne married in 2009 and shortly after moved to Lake Lure, NC to work for Camp Lurecrest Ministries. They returned to Charlotte this past summer when David took a new job as a commercial property manager. They have two daughters, Jane and Margaret, and have enjoyed settling back in Charlotte and putting down roots in the Uptown Church community. Cheryl Anne is looking forward to serving on staff at Uptown and joining in the task of bringing the gospel to bear on church fellowship and events.

Lisa Marie Ferguson

Office Manager
uptownchurch@uptownchurch.org

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 21 years and have three children, one in college (Haywood) and two still at home (Hallsey & Hamilton).  She loves serving the Lord by using her administrative gifts at Uptown; as well as hiking, gardening, and spending time with family.

Pastoral Interns

Austin McCann

Adult Education Intern
adultedintern@uptownchurch.org

Austin was born and raised in Memphis, TN and graduated from Mississippi State University (Go Dawgs!). After graduation, Austin worked for two years with RUF as an intern at Auburn University. During that time, he married his best friend, Alexandra Kwasny McCann. Austin and Alex moved to Charlotte in May and will be joining the church in December. Austin is a student at RTS Charlotte pursuing his MDIV degree and Alex works as a nurse on the Labor/Delivery floor at Novant Hospital. They have felt so welcomed at Uptown and are excited to get to know more members!

Joseph Tan

Mercy Intern
mercy@uptownchurch.org

Joseph joins us all the way from Malaysia! After running his leadership development company (goodmonday.com) for 16 years, Joseph has taken the first step towards a season of being equipped for future ministry back home by pursuing his MDiv degree at RTS Charlotte. He is a ruling elder with City Discipleship Presbyterian Church (CDPC) in Malaysia and together with his wife Debra, they led the community library ministry and conducted various parenting workshops. They have two daughters – Eliza who is in her senior year at Asbury University, Kentucky while Eunice is in her senior year with The Potter’s School (an online high school academy). Joseph loves to talk to people about their strengths – how they can best invest their talents to live a life of clarity and purpose.

Matt Arends

Youth Intern
youth@uptownchurch.org

Matt grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and later attended Christopher Newport University where he studied Communications. While at CNU Matt met his wife Anna. They got married in June of 2018 and then moved to Charlotte in August of 2018 for Matt to attend seminary at RTS Charlotte. After seminary Matt hopes to do ministry in the local church wherever he is called.