- About Us
- Spiritual Growth
Our members serve the church in a variety of ways, based on individual interest, talents and past experience. Specifically, we have nine ministries — each with its own servant leadership groups (SLGs) — that are designed to meet the needs of the church and the community beyond our doors.
The following are ways in which this ministry serves our congregation:
Every Sunday during the church year our greeters welcome guests and others in the foyer of Heaton Hall. They answer questions, stimulate conversation and provide directions around our campus.
At 8:30 each Sunday morning in June and July we gather for a time of community and good food. Church members volunteer to provide an amazing array of fruit, baked goods and breakfast casseroles. These summer Sunday mornings are a wonderful casual time for us to get to know one another better. The donated proceeds benefit a local organization.
A series of weekly sessions several times a year are provided to introduce MPBC to newcomers. The sessions include a variety of topics from the history of the Baptist church to our core beliefs at MPBC. Those who attend Orientation, and wish to make a commitment to join our church, are introduced to the congregation on Joining Sunday. Following the service the new members have a welcome reception and reception line in Heaton Hall. Details are provided under Church Membership.
LGBT Fellowship fosters a spirit of community and belonging as we welcome and integrate LGBT guests and members into the life of Myers Park Baptist (MPBC). Our group meets periodically, in both small and large group settings, through quarterly coffee hours, annual social and RAIN fundraising events. We also participate in the annual Charlotte PRIDE Festival, where MPBC hosts a vendor booth. To learn more about LGBT Fellowship, visit our group page.
Church-wide events that are aimed at bringing us together as a church family are held throughout the year and include:
Creating a variety of events where church members can spend more time together keeps our wonderful community fresh, relevant and alive. None of this would be possible without the commitment and talent provided by the Community Life volunteers.
For more information about Community Life at Myers Park Baptist Church contact:
Lalla Dabbs, Chair
Ministry of Community Life
Lucy Chapman, Chair
Ministry of Communications and Technology
The Ministry of Congregational Care provides care, support and encouragement to all members in times of joy, bereavement, illness and crisis. This lay ministry relies on the talents of members who enjoy preparing meals, making visits, praying for each other, serving as hosts at memorial receptions, delivering flowers or contacting other members on special days.
The following are ways in which this ministry serves our congregation:
Individuals who meet monthly to prepare meals for delivery to families following the loss of loved ones, members returning home from a hospital stay, or to members experiencing other difficult situations.
Visitation and Food Delivery
Team contacts families to offer food prepared by Kitchen Connections; coordinates the deliveries and visits with these families.
Individuals act as hosts for receptions following a member’s memorial service.
Group of volunteers contacts members at various times throughout the year.
Delivery of poinsettias at Christmas to homebound members and lilies at Easter to members who have lost loved ones.
Thursday Prayer Group
Group dedicated to offering prayer for those in need as well as writing notes to members who have been hospitalized
Retirement Communities Outreach
Plans and conducts special outreach events for members living in retirement communities.
Special Interest Groups such as Grief Support Group and Well Spouse Listening Group are offered as the needs of the congregation dictate.
For more information about Congregational Care at Myers Park Baptist Church contact:
Elaine Johnson, Chair
Ministry of Congregational Care
The Ministry of Faith Formation at Myers Park Baptist Church cultivates creative and innovative opportunities that challenge and equip children, youth, and adults for the life-long journey of faith. In so doing, we strive to promote connection to this community and connection to God. This ministry encourages our church intentionally wrestle with the paradoxes and promises of faith in order to foster an environment of exploration, contemplation, discovery, curiosity, stewardship of God’s creation and growth toward spiritual maturity.
The following are just a few of the ways in which this ministry serves our congregation:
Chrissy Tatum Williamson
Minister of Faith Formation
(704) 334-7232 x 123
Congregational generosity is an important aspect of our spiritual walk at Myers Park Baptist Church. The Ministry of Financial Resources (MFR) is a lay led group tasked with overseeing the financial resources of the church. This includes fostering and promoting a culture of life long giving. Additionally, the Ministry of Financial Resources works directly with the staff ensuring that financial goals are met allowing the congregation to effectively share the Word. The Ministry coordinates and oversees the duties and responsibilities of all Servant Leadership Groups (SLGs) involved in financial matters at the Church. These groups include, but are not limited to:
Budget and Finance
– Regularly monitor cash inflow/outflow
– Preparing the annual budget
– Effectively manage the Church’s Endowment Funds
– Distribute income generated from the Endowment to the various Ministries of the Church
Annual Operating Campaign
– Create and implement the annual stewardship campaign
– Educate congregants on bequests and other gifts outside of the annual stewardship campaign
– From time to time, the Church will have capital campaigns primarily focused on facilities preservation
For more information about Financial Resources at Myers Park Baptist Church contact:
Richard Harris, Chair
Ministry of Financial Resources
The Ministry of Human Resources is responsible for providing expertise and guidance to enhance the image and value of our most valuable resources, our employees at Myers Park Baptist Church.
The following are some key areas of responsibilities:
The Ministry of Human Resources works in collaboration with the Church Administrator, the Executive Minister and the Ministry of Financial Resources to ensure that Human Resources systems are created and maintained that maximize the performance of our personnel and the utilization of our financial resources to meet the strategic plan of Myers Park Baptist Church.
For more information about the Ministry of Human Resources at Myers Park Baptist Church contact:
Coury O’Donoghue, Chair
Ministry of Human Resources
The Ministry of Leadership oversees both church leadership and member involvement opportunities. We are charged to:
In February of each year the Ministry conducts the Deacon Nomination and Election Process.
This Ministry is also responsible for nominating the Deacon Chair-Elect in March and for assisting other Ministries with staffing when needed.
Leadership Training is developed and conducted through this Ministry to help equip all persons prior to entering leadership roles.
Want to become more involved in the life of the church? Any member of MPBC who wants to be involved in the life of the church should contact the Ministry of Leadership. A special sub-group will work with you in finding your areas of interest and match you with opportunities.
Servant Leadership Groups (SLG)
SLGs are sub-groups within each Ministry and play a vital role. The groups may be permanent or temporary depending on their purpose. If you are part of a group of MPBC members and have an idea you want to pursue, contact the Ministry of Leadership for guidance and help. The Ministry of Leadership facilitates establishment of SLGs by providing organization tips and aligning the group with the appropriate Ministry.
For more information about Leadership and Member Involvement at Myers Park Baptist Church contact:
Janet Miller, Chair
Ministry of Leadership
Cathryn Rivers, Richard and Carol Pearsall
Member Involvement SLG
Outreach is a natural part of the tapestry of ministry at Myers Park Baptist Church. As a community, we are drawn to service and to live out our commission, to be the hands and feet of God. Recognizing the importance of both giving and receiving, we pour back into our community the gifts we have received. We serve our community in the areas of Hunger, Shelter/Homelessness, School Partnerships, Health and Wellness, and Community Investment.
Shelter and Homelessness
Room In The Inn or Family Promise
Host our homeless neighbors for a meal and night of shelter. Become involved with a partner community agency. Find out how you can become involved »
We support many Charlotte agencies that serve our neighbors who are in need of food. Join the team that provides lunch at St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen or dinner at the Men’s Shelter. Our monthly Rice Bowl Offering supports hunger ministries in our community through Loaves and Fishes and internationally through Church World Service Hunger Relief. Find out how you can become involved »
Children and Families
We believe in investing and supporting education in our community. Ttutor a student, staff a book fair or provide teacher support at Sedgefield Middle School, our CMS partner school serving many low-income families. Become involved in the Lakewood Community by becoming a mentor, working with the Cooperative Preschool or going on Saturday morning bike ride with Charlotte Trips for Kids. Find out how you can become involved »
Health and Wellness
Over 40,000 people in Mecklenburg County have no access to medical care. One in four residents are uninsured. Find out how you can become involved »
MPBC invests in our community by being involved in annual events within and outside the walls of our church. Join us in one of the local awareness walks, or by participating in our annual Saturday or Service.
Advocacy & Education
Join EarthKeepers or Missionary Round Table.
Joe Aldrich, Associate Minister
Koren Cranford and Karen Taylor, Co-Chairs
Ministry of Outreach
The Ministry of Facilities Management manages the buildings, facilities, landscaping, and physical assets of Myers Park Baptist Church. We’re involved with the following:
The Ministry of Facilities Management is charged with managing and maintaining our Church facilities; and preserving the historical heritage of its buildings and grounds as desired by the original founders. Anyone with expertise and experience in the following areas is a candidate to join this ministry: engineering, architecture, building construction, landscaping, facility management, HVAC, interior decorating, public safety, etc.
For more information about Facilities Management at Myers Park Baptist Church contact:
Gene Doar, Chair
Ministry of Facilities Management
The Ministry of Worship and Music collaborates and assists the Staff in creating worship services that reflect the Church’s tradition as an ecumenical church in the Baptist tradition with an excellent program of church music. The Ministry works to encourage and support all aspects of worship, including music, communion, baptism, ushering, acolytes and other worship components. In carrying out its work, The Ministry of Worship and Music commits to:
Cherrie Shoemaker, Chair
Ministry of Worship and Music