MEET THE STAFF

NATHAN ELMS

LEAD PASTOR

Pastor Nathan was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. His dad (Bishop David Elms) pastored what is now First Church from 1975  to 2008, when he retired. Since then, First Church has continued to experience strong growth under Pastor Nathan's leadership as we intensified our focus on our immediate community. Pastor Nathan is the author of Influence: Leading like Jesus, the father to two lovely children, Durant and Ellery, and husband to Charla. In his free time, Pastor Nathan can frequently be found reading or on the mat at his local gym in south Charlotte.

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DON DIXON

EXECUTIVE PASTOR

Pastor Don, comes to First Church from the New York Metro district nearly 15 years ago. Originally from the Island of Jamaica, Don has worked in Corporate America for the last 30+ years where he served as a business executive at Hewlett Packard, Xerox and Axway Software among others.  In addition, Don served as a ministry leader in NY Metro for over 15 years. In this latest role, as the “Chief of Staff”at First Church, Pastor Don is focused on leadership development, events, church systems, processes and best practices so as to enable and sustain the growth at First Church. Pastor Don is married to Venice, and has two college-age children, Bethanie and Caleb. When not examining our organizational methods and processes, Pastor Don enjoys mentoring, history, travelling and meeting new people.

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NATHAN MELLIX

WORSHIP PASTOR

Nathan Mellix comes to First Church from Charleston, SC where he began leading Worship at 16 years old. He has served in music ministry for over 20 years and in a directors role for almost 10. Nathan has mentored several talented musicians that have went on to pursue their calling in music. Watching God's message touch hearts through song is what brings Nathan so much joy. Nathan and his wife Holly have two boys. Nathan enjoys coaching his sons' sports teams and developing young singers and musicians to use their gifts for God's Kingdom. Nathan is also an incredible songwriter and recordinging artist (Spotify).

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LISA EPPINETTE

ASSISTANT PASTOR

Pastor Lisa Eppinette began her career as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. Air Force. She served as a Second Lieutenant in the Persian Gulf War. After fulfilling her commitment in the Air Force she and her husband Jeff moved to North Carolina to assist his parents in establishing a church in Forest City. They served in ministerial roles while raising their twins, Jaydon and Jessica. Lisa has always had a passion for teaching. Throughout her career she has taught CNAs, LPNs on the vocational level and RNs on the college level. She remains passionate about teaching the Word of God and focuses on pastoral care. 

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ED HODGE

ASSISTANT PASTOR

Pastor Ed was raised in Charlotte,NC. Graduated from Independence High School and then going on to UNCC.After attending for 2 yrs, he decided to enlist in the Army. Pastor Ed was first introduced to Pentecost while in the army, stationed in Ft. Bragg, NC. Raised with a Methodist background, being introduced to Pentecost was an experience! Loving the worship and people, he was baptized in water in Jesus' name then received the Holy Ghost in 1978. Pastor Ed has always had a love for working with youth, and helped the local church in Fayetteville establish a youth ministry. Pastor Ed moved back to Charlotte to advance his EMS certification and continued working with the youth under Bishop David Elms. During that time, Pastor Ed also became a police officer. He also held many positions in the church, helping with bus ministery, sunday school, ushering, pastoring the youth, door greeter, and even playing the drums occasionally. Pastor Ed became a licenced minister with the UPCI while under Bishop Elms. Pastor Ed remained assistant-to-the-pastor for many years and is now serving as Assistant Pastor under Pastor Nathan Elms.

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JONAS KUETE

​​​​​​​ASSISTANT PASTOR

Jonas Kuete was raised in a Christian family and served as an Assistant Pastor in Democratic Republic of Congo for almost 17 years. He also worked as a lawyer in Democratic Republic of Congo for over 20 years. He became leader of the French African Ministry under the leadership of Pastor Nathan Elms. Jonas is married to Brigitte and has five children, Sharon, Rachel, Esther, Claudia, and Jonathan. Jonas’ family members are passionate about serving the Almighty God. During his spare time, he enjoys reading and travelling.

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DA'WAUN MCCALL

STUDENT PASTOR

Pastor Da’Waun was born in Sunny Southern California, but was raised in Charlotte, NC. He is an alumnus of UNCC where he studied Actuarial Science and Mathematics. After a brief stint consulting, Da’Waun founded McCall Wealth Holdings, a private investment firm that acquires local businesses and real estate. Da’Waun’s side-hustle is the students at First Church. He is passionate about developing future leaders, and helping them find a place to shine. Pastor Da’Waun is married to the ever classy Giselle McCall, and hopes to start a family soon. When not finding new deals for his investment company, Pastor Da’Waun can be found producing quality content for his social media platforms, sneaker shopping, and stunting with his shades on. 

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ANTHONY YANNEY

ASSISTANT PASTOR

Anthony Yanney was born in Boulder, Colorado, but has lived in North Carolina for over 20 years. In his
professional life, Anthony works as a Project Manager installing Building Automation Systems (BAS) in commercial buildings, and has done so for 14 years. He and his wife Miranda were filled with the Holy Ghost at First Church in 2007. Since that time, they have dedicated their lives to the First Church mission statement, “Love God, Love People!” Anthony has a passion to see other people succeed and to experience God! In 2011, the Yanneys began teaching bible studies hoping to make a positive impact on their community. As an Assistant Pastor at First Church, Anthony is focused on bible studies, mobile church, evangelism, and encouragement. His goal is to join his talents with others to see the Will of God fulfilled in Charlotte. He has two beautiful children, Victoria and Samuel. In his spare time he enjoys reading, and anything football related.

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