Staff

Pastoral Staff

John R. Sittema, DMin

Interim Senior Pastor

John was born and raised in Chicago by godly parents, the oldest of 4 boys. They taught him theology and worldview; college and seminary refined it. He studied at Westminster CA at the doctoral level on healthy/unhealthy “authority practices” in pastoral ministry. His first wife died of leukemia in 1998 while he was receiving chemo for the same disease. God redeemed the pain by renewing his missional vision, and in 2000 by gifting him Carol, his new bride for his new life. He has served 45 years in pastoral ministry and mission leadership, including a stint at Christ Covenant Matthews from 2002-05, followed by a 10-year ministry in Jacksonville FL. He is married to Carol Beckham Sittema, world-class Mimi, and former IT exec. They have 4 children and 12 grandchildren. He loves terriers, woodworking, hiking, traveling, and playing rumpet.

Dave Kulp

Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care & Life Groups

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.

Ministry Staff

Jeremy Goodwyne

Worship Director

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.

Bailey Greaves

Children's Ministry Director

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.

Ashley Mink

Nursery Coordinator

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.

Holly VanRoekel

Nursery Assistant

Holly & 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. She is excited to be joining the staff at Uptown, and thankful for an opportunity to continue working with children and families in a different capacity as part of the Nursery Ministry.

Rebekah Vaughn

Children's Ministry Intern

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.

Administrative Staff

Lisa Marie Ferguson

Office Manager

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.

Anne Rogers

Bookkeeper

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

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.

Pastoral Interns

Joseph Tan

Mercy Intern

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

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.