Katie Perkins Sloan
ASSOCIATE PASTOR, CP
Katie grew up in Massachusetts, in the historic city of Newburyport, where the mouth of the Merrimac River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. She learned how to walk on the sandy beaches of Plum Island, so it’s no wonder she feels most at home near the water. Katie's family roots run deep in the Presbyterian church having been raised in one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in New England –the Old South Presbyterian. She has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina for more than 28 years, but she will always be a New Englander at heart. Here at PPC, Katie focuses on connectional relationships and communication and how we live that out inside and outside the walls of the church as faithful disciples of Christ. She believes in reaching people right where they are in life. Katie is passionate about walking along side members and those in the community during the joys and hurts in their life. She believes one of the greatest gifts you can give someone is to listen with the heart of Jesus – because everyone is worthy and everyone has something they can teach us. One of the highlights of her week is chapel with the preschool. Katie has three grown stepchildren. She loves a good cup of coffee, all genres of music, New England sports teams (sorry Carolina fans), and on her day off she can be found fishing, reading, or experimenting in the kitchen.
MINISTER OF YOUTH & FAMILIES
Shane grew up in southwest Virginia in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains where he lived until 2015 when he and his wife Emily relocated to Charlotte to continue working in student ministry. Here at PPC Shane works to create safe and meaningful relationships with our youth and their families, while helping each student develop their own deep connection with Jesus Christ. Shane thrives when he spends time outside the church walls with families and students, getting to know them on a more personal level. Shane’s creativity and leadership skills have helped our basketball ministry grow into much more than basketball. Young men are mentored and challenged. He is a huge Washington Nationals baseball fan. Shane and Emily are on a mission to visit every national baseball park in the US. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports, playing video games, and working out in the gym. Shane and Emily have a daughter, Rayna and two dogs and a cat.
Helen grew up in England, in a Royal Air Force family. She moved to the United States in 1999 and became a US citizen in 2016. Here at PPC Helen ensures that our financial records are complete and accurate. She keeps an accurate record of all our financial reports and manages accounts receivables and accounts payable. One of her favorite parts of being an accountant is finding ways to improve processes to ensure that an entity is operating efficiently. Helen has two young daughters who keep her very busy. Helen and her girls, have all recently earned their black belts! In her spare time, she likes to be outside, exploring new places, and playing with the family’s chocolate Labrador, Scout.
Tricia has lived most of her life in North Carolina. In May of 2022 Tricia married her college sweetheart Roger, reconnecting years after college. They have a blended family of 2 sons and a daughter. She is the front line for our day-to-day needs here at PPC. She collaborates with staff and volunteers regarding everything from building usage, scheduling, and communication, as well as working together with the pastors to keep things running smoothly. Her favorite part of her ministry at PPC is helping members of the church find solutions to their needs. Tricia loves to spend time with family and friends and weekend trips to the mountains. She also enjoys gardening and walking the family dogs, a Maltipoo and an Australian Shepherd, that keep them busy.
Music Ministry Staff
Jane grew up Bolivar, New York. While performing in Europe, she met the love of her life, her late husband of 45 years (Gerhard) who worked for IBM and they moved to the Mint Hill area in 1983. Here at PPC she conducts the sanctuary choir and Philabells handbell choir. She loves to recruit new singers, fostering their growth with passion and love. Jane’s favorite part of her ministry is working alongside the dedicated people in the choir and Dr. Anderson who inspire her every day. She is an avid swimmer and skier and enjoys reading and anything musical. Jane has two sons and a daughter, and 6 grandchildren.
CHILDREN'S CHOIR DIRECTOR
Melinda is a proud native of Hickory, North Carolina and has lived in Charlotte ever since attending UNCC. Here at PPC Melinda fosters a spirit of joy with children preschool- 8th grade, guiding them to discover the power and the beauty and the holiness of music. One of the favorite parts of her ministry is having students ask to sing their favorite song just “one more time” for the twentieth time. Melinda enjoys running, reading, and writing. She and her husband Bill have three grown children, four grandchildren with another on the way. They also have three dogs and an ancient leopard gecko.
YOUTH CHOIR DIRECTOR
Marnie was born in Mount Holly, NC, but she has called Mint Hill home for the last 38 years. As youth choir director, she provides the youth the opportunity to explore their faith more deeply through music and to share their musical gifts in meaningful ways. Marnie also enjoys leading worship with the praise team during the Journey service. Seeing others praise the Lord through song is one of Marnie’s greatest joys. Marnie has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years and they have 2 children – Jake and Ella. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and spending time with family.
Leslie is a native of Mint Hill, North Carolina and has been the organist at PPC for over 20 years. He plays a pivotal role in the musical life of the church, providing organ and piano accompaniment for worship services and other activities in support of the worship and music ministry. He enjoys sharing his musical gifts with the congregation and community for the glory of God. Together with his wife Joan, they have two grown sons. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his four grandchildren.
Christian Education Ministry Staff & Volunteers
KINGDOM KIDS COORDINATOR
Susan grew up in Stanly County near Oakboro and has been a Mint Hill resident for 32 years. Susan focuses on the children of PPC by creating our Kingdom Kids ministry and helping to organize exciting programs throughout the year. This includes our popular MDWK Kids program and VBS. Susan loves to see the excitement of the kids when they learn something new or when they realize they already knew that! Susan and her husband Scott are parents to two grown children. While Susan has many passions – at the top of the list is her grandsons, Hayes and Reese. In her spare time Susan enjoys doing arts and crafts, songwriting, and volunteering in the community.
PRESCHOOL & TK DIRECTOR
Becky was born and raised in Mint Hill. She is responsible for all aspects of PPC’s preschool, including making sure the teachers have everything they need to be successful, and the children have a loving, safe, and inspiring environment. The favorite part of her ministry here at our preschool is talking with the children, reading a book to them, and she especially enjoys joining in when they are using Play Doh. Becky has been married to her husband Tim for 42 years. Tim is the organist for Bethel Church in Midland. Together they have three sons, three grandchildren and fourth on the way! During her time off she loves to garden. She has a special gift for growing hydrangeas and she enjoys sharing them with others.
Brenda is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She moved to the Charlotte area in 2021. She plays a key role behind the scenes keeping the education and administration wings looking their best. Brenda ensures that we have the things we need and that everything is in good working order. Her favorite part of her ministry here at PPC is taking care of the preschool because she loves the kids area to be clean. During her time off she enjoys watching a good movie and travelling to Mississippi and Ohio to visit family. Brenda is the mother of four children, eleven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Volunteer Audio Visual Ministry
VOLUNTEER A/V TECH
Bill is a Charlotte native and has lived in Mint Hill all his adult life. Bill provides technical expertise and team leadership for the church's sound, media, and video. He ensures that our online worship services are high quality. Bill has a gift for paying attention to the smallest details to create an amazing finished product. His work behind the scenes enables our online presence to look seamless. Bill enjoys problem solving – and there are always technological issues to resolve. He also likes to learn new things, he is an avid mountain biker and likes walks in the woods. Bill and his wife Melinda have three grown children, four grandchildren with another on the way.
VOLUNTEER A/V TECH
Matt is originally from Duluth, Georgia. He and his wife Hilary have lived in the Mint Hill area for 8 years. Matt has a background in television production and brings that expertise to PPC by providing leadership for the church's sound, media, and video efforts. He ensures that our online worship services are high quality. Matt is a problem solver. His favorite part of the ministry at PPC is our outreach programs; from Bulb/Backpacks to Basketball to Scouting – those places where we are working to make an impact in our community. Matt is the Scouts Master for our church. He enjoys camping, hiking fishing, and all things sports – especially the Georgia Bulldogs. Matt and Hilary have two young sons.
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