In November, 2005 Lee Park Church called a local TV News Anchor to be the pastor. At the time, Chris Justice was known in the community as the 6 & 11 News Anchor for WCNC in Charlotte. To the congregation of 50 faithful attendees, he became Pastor Chris. From 2005 to 2008 he continued to work in TV while also serving as the pastor at Lee Park. Then, in March, 2008, with the church growing at a rapid pace, he walked away from his 17 year TV career and became the full-time pastor at Lee Park. The Lord has continued to bless. In 2011, Lee Park was recognized by Outreach Magazine as one of the Fastest Growing Churches in America. From the beginning, Pastor Chris has followed a simple strategy that remains the mission statement of the church today, Preach the Word and Love People.
Shane has been in full time ministry/evangelism for 24 years. Over that time he has had the privilege of traveling the world extensively sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in song. He has recorded over 30 records and worked with many of the great artist and producers of the day, such as Lari Goss and Bill Gaither. He also has 12 recordings that he has served as producer to his credit. Now serving at Lee Park, his main focus is to lead worship and oversee the vocal ensemble “The Lee Park Voices” . He says, “As a worship staff, our main goal should always be to strive for excellence in all that we do for the Lord”.
Pastor Sam has been leading worship in the local church for over 30 years. His great depth of experience in corporate worship and ability to excel in many different musical styles, makes him a perfect fit for the wide range of musical selections that make up a typical Sunday with Lee Park Worship. Lee Park still believes in a powerful Worship Choir and Pastor Sam leads a dynamic Choir that is prominently featured. Additionally, Lee Park excels at large scale events like Lee Park Alive, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. Pastor Sam takes the lead in preparing these church-wide events with the same level of excellence he delivers on Sunday morning. “I believe worship is the believer’s response to what God is, what He says and what He does”
Pastor Andrew was called to ministry at the age of 13 and served several great churches and organizations over the years. He serves Lee Park as the Music Director as well as the Arranger and Composer for the Instrumental Ministries. Pastor Andrew has been gifted with an amazing capacity for maintaining Lee Park’s great stylistic diversity in music and is able to adapt with his talented musicians to provide a rich blend of musical styles. He says, “I collaborate in planning with my colleagues in Lee Park Worship to deliver worship experiences that edify the church and are guided by our vision to Preach the Word and Love People.”
Stephen serves in a wide range of activities that focus around various aspects of worship. As a vocalist, Stephen assists in leading corporate worship at Lee Park. As a musician, he can also serve the worship ministry in the band. As a director, Stephen can also lead the choir when necessary. This multi-talented young man is also overseeing the music ministry of the Lee Park Church Network and leading, developing, and administering a student-driven Worship Arts team for Lee Park Youth. He says, “It is my desire to impact our multi-generational congregation through praise and to see a continuation of emerging authentic worshipers.”