Up describes our church’s worship of Jesus. We want to constantly move in an upward direction seeing the glory of God as our highest aim. While everything we do should reflect this core direction, the primary place we grow upward is in our weekend worship service.
In describes our intention to form gospel community and growth into Christ-likeness. We accomplish this part of our mission through membership, smaller Bible studies (Sunday School and off campus groups), and one-on-one discipleship.
We don’t exist for ourselves. We don’t want to just have a great church. God has called us to be here for every person in the Steele Creek neighborhood, in Charlotte, and the world. Through mission efforts, ministries of mercy and cultural engagement, and intentional evangelism, we want to bring about a gospel and church movement in Charlotte. To see more about our giving to missions as well as ways you can personally get involved check out our mission page here.
Jonathan Homesley serves as our Senior Pastor. Jonathan and his wife Chelsea were married in 2008 and have two children, Olivia and Lincoln. Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s degree from the College at Southeastern Seminary double majoring in Biblical Studies and The History of Ideas. He is currently finishing a Masters degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jonathan’s hobbies include roasting and drinking coffee, music and reading. He also loves the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Braves, and collecting fountain pens.
Nathan Smith serves as our Pastor of Worship and Families. Nathan graduated from Piedmont International University in May 2012. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry and a double minor in Pastoral Studies and Worship Leadership. Nathan and his wife, Erica, met in college. They were married in December of 2011 and have a baby girl. As the church pianist, Erica is “instrumental” to the music leadership of the church. She started playing piano at age 6 and now has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Piedmont International University. She has taught students ranging in age from 5 years old all the way through adulthood. Currently, she gives piano lessons at the LWBC campus and at Songbird Studios in Gastonia, NC. Nathan and Erica love to play with their one-year-old baby girl, go on dates, and visit family whenever they can.
Jim Hughes, Brian Campbell, and Brian Roy currently serve as deacons in our church. These faithful men act as an extension of the pastoral office in caring for the needs of the membership at Lake Wylie Baptist.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
This is an edited version of our full statement of faith. For more information on what we believe check out our New Members Seminar.
God–That there is one God: eternally existent in three persons of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus–We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, his virgin birth, his sinless life, his miracles, his substitutionary and atoning death through his shed blood and in his bodily resurrection.
Christ’s Return–We believe that Jesus Christ will literally return to the earth.
Holy Spirit— We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
Bible–We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible and that it is the sole authority for life and faith.
Man— We believe that man is a special creation of God, made in His image, but that through the sin of the first man, Adam, mankind fell so that all men are sinners and need salvation.
Salvation–We believe that salvation is a free gift of God received through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Assurance–We believe that every person who is truly saved is forever secure in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eternity–We believe that those persons who die in their sins without Christ spend eternity in Hell and those persons who die with their sins forgiven through Christ spend eternity in Heaven.
Baptism–We believe that baptism by immersion is an act of obedience unto the command of Christ.
Church–We believe that the church is a local body of baptized believers with the Lord Jesus Christ as the head.
Prayer–We believe that every believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
In October of 1983 a group of believers living in Steele Creek and Lake Wylie felt called by God to establish a church for his glory in their neighborhood. From the beginning, our church has been and will always be committed to God’s Word as our source of truth, and the gospel as our only hope. The church first met in local homes and then formed a relationship with O’Zion AME Zion Church. This allowed Lake Wylie to worship in their sanctuary on Sunday mornings during their Sunday school time.
In June 1988, the original church was built at our current location on seven acres. Through God’s grace we were able to acquire our current 11 acres. In October of 2004, Lake Wylie Baptist Church dedicated the new sanctuary. The existing facility has been updated and converted into a family activity center.
In March of 2014 Lake Wylie called Nathan Smith as our Worship Pastor. Following the retirement of Pastor Alan Smith Lake Wylie experienced a renewed desire to revision the church as they searched for their next Senior Pastor. Led by the Word of God as well as Pastor Nathan and the Deacons, the church committed to adopting a mission to live Up in worship, Inward in discipleship and community, and Out in evangelism towards the communities of Lake Wylie and Steele Creek. Under this new vision we expect God to use our church greatly to expand his Kingdom in our lives and our city for his glory and our good. On April 17th 2016 Lake Wylie called Jonathan Homesley to serve as Senior Pastor.