Staff

Pastoral Staff

Dr. Thomas D. Hawkes, Ph.D.

Senior Pastor
tomhawkes@uptownchurch.org
(704) 564-8180

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.

Dr. Michael J. Kruger, Ph.D.

Associate Pastor of Teaching
mkruger@rts.edu

Mike has served as a part-time pastor at Uptown Church since 2002 and he is responsible for Discipleship Training and Adult Education. He oversees the variety of ways that church members receive theological and biblical training, including Sunday School, men’s discipleship, and the Uptown Resource Center. In addition to his Uptown responsibilities, Mike also serves full-time as President and Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary here in Charlotte. He is the author of numerous books, most recently The Question of Canon (IVP Academic, 2013). Mike and his wife Melissa have three children: Emma, John, and Kate. You can follow his blog at www.michaeljkruger.com or on Twitter @michaeljkruger.

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.

Dave Latham

Assistant Pastor, Men's Ministry
dlatham@rts.edu

Rev. Dave Latham was born in Charleston, SC but was raised in Greenwood, SC. He graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC with a business management degree in 2003. After college, he married his Camp Greystone sweetheart and worked at Greystone full time until 2007. After serving as an RUF intern at Furman University, he completed his MDiv from RTS Charlotte in 2010. After seminary, he planted RUF at Christopher Newport University and was a campus minister from 2010-2015. He is married to Rebecca and has 2 children. Dave is a former intern at Uptown Church and also serves as the Director of Admissions at RTS Charlotte.

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

Sage Andrews

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

Sage grew up in Greenville, SC and attended Clemson University where she met her husband Wes through their involvement in Campus Crusade for Christ. Sage is still, and always will be, a die hard Clemson fan and always wears orange on game days! Sage and Wes moved to Charlotte several years ago from Florence, SC so that Wes could attend RTS.  The Andrews have four kids, Wyatt, Walker, Lalla and Waylon. Sage enjoys teaching, eating anything sweet and spending time with her family.

Kat Powell

Co-Children's Ministry 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.

Brook Harding

Events Coordinator
events@uptownchurch.org

Brook grew up in Raleigh, NC and graduated from Kentucky Christian University where she studied Music and Bible. After college, she married her high school sweetheart, Aaron and they have 2 children, Everett and Adele. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to plan exciting events and retreats for Uptown Church. She also enjoys homeschooling her children, cooking with Aaron, and exploring new cities.

Lisa Ellis

Co-Nursery Coordinator
nurserycoordinator@uptownchurch.org
(704) 591-5381

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.

Rebecca Latham

Co-Nursery Coordinator
nurserycoordinator@uptownchurch.org
(828) 674-5169

Rebecca Latham is a native of Memphis, TN but has lived in several places since leaving for college. She holds two degrees in geological engineering: one from the University of Mississippi and one from the Colorado School of Mines.  While that might not naturally transfer into working with children, she has spent many years serving in various children’s ministries: long-time camp counselor, children’s church coordinator at a previous church, and preschool aid.  Rebecca and her husband Dave lived in Charlotte from 2007-2010 while Dave attended RTS, and returned to Charlotte in 2015 when Dave took a job at RTS. The Lathams have 2 kids: Stokes and Ellie Grace. Rebecca loves college football (Go Rebels!), hiking, fishing, cooking, trying to keep up with her kids, and pretending to be a runner.

Melissa Kruger

Women's Ministry Coordinator
melissakruger@uptownchurch.org
(704) 996-6271

In 2009 Melissa joined Uptown’s staff for a second time. After serving for a year as our Children’s Ministry Director, she spent a few busy years raising her growing family full time. Melissa is a North Carolina native and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where she studied math and education, as well as met her husband, Mike. She currently works part-time as our women’s ministry coordinator, acting as a liaison between the women’s prayer team, program team and staff team. She enjoys meeting with women, studying the Bible, running with friends, reading, and spending her days raising her three children, Emma, John, and Kate.

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 Fisher

Women's Ministry Intern
womensministryintern@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
(704) 564-8181

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
(704) 906 9641

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.

Lisa Marie Ferguson

Office Manager
uptownchurch@uptownchurch.org

Lisa Marie Ferguson comes to us from Reformed Theological Seminary-Charlotte, where she managed the office there for two and a half years. Lisa Marie and her husband Chris have been married 20 years, and have three children and two dogs. The Ferguson family is excited to be back at Uptown Church to longtime friends, as well as making new ones.

Pastoral Interns

Braden Benson

Adult Education
adultedintern@uptownchurch.org

Braden grew up in Madison, Mississippi.  He graduated from Mississippi State University in 2015 where he studied Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy and minored in Religion.  He married his wife, Victoria (who is also a MSU graduate) June of 2015 and then they moved to Charlotte so he could pursue a MDiv and MACC at RTS.  After seminary Braden hopes to go into the Biblical counseling ministries in the local church. He enjoys hunting and fishing, as well as art and music, and will talk to anyone anywhere about the great sport of Hockey.

Aaron Harding

Mercy Ministry
mercy@uptownchurch.org

Aaron grew up just outside of Raleigh, NC and attended North Carolina State University where he studied Philosophy. He graduated with an MDiv from Westminster Seminary California in 2013, and he and his family moved to Charlotte this Spring so that he could start the Masters of Christian Counseling program at RTS. Aaron and his wife, Brook, have two children, Everett and Adele. After seminary, he hopes to serve on a pastoral staff in with a focus on biblical counseling.

Connor Fredrickson

Worship
worshipintern@uptownchurch.org

Connor grew up in sunny San Diego, CA. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO) in 2015 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After realizing he enjoyed building bridges with people more than physically building bridges, he became heavily involved with campus ministry. After a couple of years overseas, Connor moved to Charlotte to pursue an MDiv. from RTS. In his free time, Connor enjoys running, playing guitar, drinking coffee, eating burgers, and surfing (all the San Diego things). After graduation, Connor hopes to resume doing ministry with university students somewhere out west.

Nathanael Miller

Outreach
outreach@uptownchurch.org

Nathanael is from Asheville, North Carolina. He attended Appalachian State University, graduating with a degree in History in 2015. After spending some time in Houston, Texas working in college ministry, he moved to Charlotte to pursue a MDiv at Reformed Theological Seminary. After completing his degree, Nathanael hopes to return to work in college ministry. He enjoys hiking, reading, and drinking coffee.