A MESSAGE FROM

OUR PASTOR

"Welcome to our site! I am so glad that you are here. Take a look around to learn more about who we are as a church, our mission and vision for Christ, as well as information about how you can get involved in any of our events and minstries. We welcome you to come visit our church! If you have any questions at all, I would love to connect with you!"



WE ARE THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE HERE.

COME VISIT, OR GIVE US A CALL! WE WOULD LOVE TO GET TO KNOW YOU.



FIRST CHURCH

CORE VALUES


01

We believe that Jesus extends grace to everyone and that we should follow in his steps. Who are we to pass judgment and not extend grace, when we ourselves have sinned. We believe we should love the sinner, not banish them.


02

We believe that Jesus is central to everything. We believe that prayer is a direct line to God, and that we should speak to Him every chance we get. Worship is our chance to praise God and we take joy in doing so.


03

We are called to join in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We believe that reaching out to the lost and engaging with them will strengthen our bond with each other through God.


04

Jesus called us to go out and spread the word of God. We believe that this is not done enough. We make it a priority to go outside of the church walls to reach the lost and broken. We hope that you will join us in doing so.



FIRST CHURCH

OUR HISTORY

First Church Charlotte was started in 1956 by James Brock.  He purchased the first church property and built the original building on Howie Circle, off Eastway Drive. In 1960, James Brock left the church and the pastorate was assumed by Roy Raymond Hall. He stayed for one year. In 1961, the church was leaderless and seeking direction. William J Padgett, a member of the congregation, became the pastor and began leading the church. In 1966, after 5 years of effort, W.J. Padgett resigned. W.W. Gilmore was elected pastor in 1966, and served for one year. William Sechrist was elected pastor in 1967 and served two years. O.G.Stanton served as pastor for one year, 1969-1970. In 1970, Johnny Garrison was elected pastor and served until 1975. He resigned to become a missionary to the nation of Nigeria.

In 1975, David T Elms became the pastor. The church had had seven pastors in nineteen years. Pastor D.T. Elms didn’t leave.  He served as senior pastor until his retirement in 2008, thirty-three years of servant-leadership. During those years the congregation grew in size and strength. The church location moved from Howie Circle to Sharon-Amity Rd. A larger sanctuary was built. The church prospered.

In the fall of 1999, the youngest son of David T Elms, Nathan Elms, returned to the church after being away for twelve years of education and ministerial experience. He began serving as an associate pastor under the leadership of his father, David T Elms. In 2008, Nathan Elms was elected senior pastor of First Church Charlotte. Like his father before him, he has no plans to leave.

With God’s help, we will pursue the mission of The Great Commission in our city.