To know Christ and make him known
We exist to know Christ and to make him known, to worship God
What will you find at First ARP?
When you come to First ARP you will find a church family that is warm, welcoming, and ready to support you in your journey, no matter where you are in your walk.
It is our goal that each worship service is an experience that creates oneness as a community of faith while glorifying God, and that we provide ample opportunities to fellowship together outside of worship. We are a growing congregation with a strong emphasis in worship and music.
Interim Pastor: Reverend Charles Evans
Reverend Evans is a graduate of Erskine College and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur,
Please call me Chuck!
Chuck Evans is a native of Abbeville, SC, about 90 miles west of Columbia. He has served as pastor at Crowders Creek ARP Church in Gastonia and the Pinecrest Church in Hendersonville. He met his wife, Carolyn, at Erskine College and together they raised two daughters, Holly Moore and Christy Whitehurst. He has also been blessed with three grandchildren, two who are serving at Camp Pendeleton in California. His wife went home to be with the Lord in 2017. In his retirement he has continued to preach and served as regular pulpit supply for Crowders Creek.
Director of Music Ministries: Leslie Overcash
Leslie is a life-long member of First ARP, and was baptized and grew up in this congregation. He holds bachelors degrees in Vocal Performance and Sacred Music with a focus in Choral Conducting, as well as a masters degree in Music Education. Leslie joined the staff at First ARP in July of 2021, and has previously served in Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Methodist churches.
Organist: Amanda Overcash
Amanda holds a bachelors degree in Sacred Music with a focus in Organ. While she is a member of First ARP, she grew up in the Baptist tradition. She has served in Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Methodist churches. She joined the staff at First ARP in August of 2021.
About Leslie and Amanda:
We met at Lenoir-Rhyne University and were friends for five years before we started dating. We have two sons: Henry and William. Amanda's family owns a hardware store, Shields of Lenoir, and you will often find her there during the week. Leslie is also the Director of Choral, Orchestral, and Theater-Arts at South Iredell High School. We have three "fur-babies", Bailey, Molly, and Pippa, and enjoy traveling and crafting! We say: "Our door is always open" and hope you will drop in and see us!
Philosophy of Church Music:
We believe that music is a divine gift from God, and that the music of the church should be a cohesive element of the worship service that encourages congregational singing as well as supports the other components of the worship. It is our hope that our offerings are to the glory and honor of God. Our goal is to inspire a true heart of worship, where all music is accepted as a gift by all who hear it. We hope you will take time to come and join choir or handbells. These are wonderful groups where fellowship abounds!
Secretary: Lori Overcash
Lori has previously served the church in the capacity of Director of Children and Youth, and is happy to be back serving in this capacity. Lori has a heart for people and has previous experience as the after school director for American Renaissance School.
Lori lives in Statesville with her husband Kelly, and grew up at First ARP. She has four Children and three grandchildren. She is always ready for a road trip, and is an avid journal-er and enthusiast of all things positive!