About Us

To know Christ and make him known.


We exist to know Christ and to make him known, to worship God

Core Values:

Because we hold a high view of Scripture, we will make every consideration in view of its faithfulness to the word of God.

Because we believe in having intentional Loving Relationships, we will encourage biblical opportunies for fellowship, the faithful practice of mercy within the body, active conflict resolution and faithful church discipline.

Our church style will be characterized by: the unifying value of character, the pastoral role as a coach, and the Ephesians 4 practice of helping people become equipped for their ministry.  Our desired result is for Christians who are discipled and for discipling that leads to changed lives in our church and community.  We want to see our members grow in their witness and their faith.  We want to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in our fellowship.

Our Staff
Interim Pastor: Reverend Charles Evans

Reverend Evans is a graduate of Erskine College and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur,



About Chuck:

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. 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 piece of the worship service. Music should be used to encourage congregational singing and support the other elements of the worship service. It is our hope that our offerings are to the glory and honor of God. We hope to encourage a true heart of worship, where 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


About Lori: