Jeff Paschal, a native North Carolinian, received a B.A. in music education from Limestone University. Upon graduation, he taught band and music appreciation in the S.C. public schools for two years and later served as a member of the U.S. Army Band of New York City.
In 1990, he received the Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA.
He completed a Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2006.
Jeff contributed essays to Feasting on the Gospels: Luke, Volume 2 and Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (Year A, Vol. 2; Year B, Vol. 2; Year C, Vol. 3) published (hardcover) by Westminster John Knox Press.
2012--2020 he wrote a monthly column for the Greensboro News & Record newspaper.
His sermon “God of the Underdog” was awarded first place in the 2017 Hosanna Preaching Seminar.
Jeff has served congregations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and North Carolina. He and his wife, Beth, have five children, nine grandchildren, and enjoy long-distance running, reading, dining out, spending time with family and friends, and playing with their deeply-disturbed cat, Shelley.
Alexandra Sims is the Director of Music for MSPC. She is the Choral Director at Parkwood High School, and previously was the Middle School Choral Director for the Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte. She also is the Director of theCharlotte Music Academy Glee Club. Alexandra lives in Indian Trail with her husband Winston, who teaches theater at Marvin Ridge High School, their daughter, their new son, and their two cats.
Barbara Smith is our faithful and capable Administrative Assistant. She does not want her photo here so we will use this instead.
Each year, members of the congregation elect Elders to a three-year term on the Session, the ruling body of the church. The Session meets on a monthly basis to manage the business of the church.
The Reformed tradition includes what is called, "The priesthood of all believers." This is a statement that means God uses all people, not just ordained ministers, to do His work. God can use any of us to discern His will, perform His work, and minister to His flock. Just by interacting with other people in our daily lives and tasks, God can use us as tools to minister to those people with whom we connect.
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13000 Idlewild Rd, Matthews NC 28105
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