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Matt Oakley "MO" - Lead Pastor

The greatest moment is when you see the click happen! Someone realizes Jesus loves them unconditionally, no matter their mistakes or circumstances and their life changes forever because Jesus enters into their heart! That's what it is all about! - Matt Oakley "MO"

Matt or "MO" (as you may hear him called) is married to his wife Joanna; between them have 6 children. Phoenix, Josiah, Zion, Josie, Anna, and Sunnie. Matt graduated from college with a Doctorate in Theology(ThD) and has been in ministry since he was 19 years old. He is charismatic and has an infectious excitement that overflows from his heart, his love for people and the joy he has from following Jesus! Matt and Joanna's life mission is to help people have a real authentic relationship with Christ. Pastor "MO" oversees our Lake Students Ministry. You can find him on several videos on the Lake Students youtube page.

Ronnie Pinyan - Connections Pastor

"To become the church God has called us to be requires a personal connection with God through Jesus, believers growing together in community, and sharing God's love with others by living out what we believe." - Ronnie Pinyan

Ronnie and his wife Karen have two children, Kristen and Joshua. Kristen, their daughter, is married to Marshall Beadnell. Joshua, their son, and his wife Maleah have two children, James and Joanna.


Ronnie graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Art and Education. He received a Master of Divinity from Rockbridge Seminary in 2014. Ronnie has served in many ministry roles over the years, including worship, student ministry, Lead Pastor of Lake Community Church and is now serving in his current role as Connections Pastor.

Jeremiah Chambers- Student Pastor

Matthew Whitley - Worship Pastor

"There's nothing better than that moment when the Worship Leader can step back and just let the congregation sing out their lives, their struggles, and their victories to God. We just play the music, haha." - Matthew Whitley

Matthew and his wife Mackenzie, together, have four boys: Brock, Daxter, Milo, and Lincoln.


Matthew graduated from Catawba College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business. He has served in worship ministry for over ten years, and during that time has also served in student ministry. Matthew was hired as Worship Pastor at Lake Community Church in the summer of 2019 and loves helping people engage with our loving God through Worship.

Ashley Huggins - Kids Director

Ashley and her husband Cory have two children, Khloe, and Adam. Ashley has 15 years in retail management between Sears and Food Lion. She has also served as Vice President of the PTA board for 3 years at a local elementary school. Ashley has been serving as the Outreach Coordinator for the Lake Women’s Ministry, Student Ministry, Kids Ministry and is a youth leader for our Lake students. Ashley is passionate about helping our “tiny humans” to grow in their love and knowledge of Christ.

Sue Waller - Administrator

Sue and her husband Jeff Waller, together, have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.


Sue is a graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and has 27 years of experience in a manufacturing office in Salisbury. She has served for several years in office management, and has been Administrative Assistant at Lake Community Church since 2014. Sue is a great supporter and volunteer for the ministry of Teen Challenge and Capstone Ministry.