Our History

Resurrection Church was established in 1948 as a mission congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Meeting at Chantilly School, the congregation grew and moved to its current location in 1958.

 

Pastor Herb Mirly’s arrival in 1968 brought a change of direction and much growth as the congregation embraced the charismatic renewal of the 1970’s and a contemporary style of worship. Resurrection soon became a key place in Charlotte for young people to meet Jesus and experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The influx of young people led to many marriages and many, many children. A clear mandate came from the Lord to provide training for the children of the congregation, and a Christian day school was birthed in 1978.

 

In the eighties, Pastor Herb Mirly was succeeded as senior pastor of Resurrection Church by Pastor Bill Gittner. During this era an opportunity arose for the church to change locations, but the Lord gave us a clear mandate to stay put. Believing God had called us to be a lighthouse in the Commonwealth Avenue corridor of Charlotte, we began to invest in properties adjoining the church with a view toward increasing our visibility in and our ministry to our surrounding neighborhood.

 

Pastor Rollo Leimer, who had served many years as an associate pastor of Resurrection Church, came out of retirement in 2004 to guide the congregation through the vacancy left by Pastor Gittner’s retirement. A lengthy period of soul searching and seeking God brought the witness that former head of school Billy Miller was to lead the congregation through the next phase of its journey.

 

Pastor Billy became senior pastor of Resurrection Church in March of 2007 and was joined by associate pastor Matt Duddleston in January of 2009. The leadership and encouragement of both Pastor Billy and Pastor Matt have brought growth and change. Today we are pressing forward with a fresh vision to honor and exalt the Lord Jesus Christ and to reach our community with His love and gospel. At Resurrection Church you will often hear us say our goal is Jesus – to know Him, to love Him, to serve Him, and to become more like Him; and we are committed to reach this goal as we bow down, grow up, and reach out in His name.

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