1050 DEVORE LN, MATTHEWS, NC 28105

John Hellams

Pastor of Operations

John Hellams

John Hellams

Pastor of Operations

john@mercycharlotte.com

John’s Story

I was born in Greenville, SC and raised in Louisville, KY in the home of parents who loved the Lord and His church. Though my earliest memories involve crawling underneath pews, attending potlucks, and being at church every time the doors were open, much of my childhood was marked by knowing who God was but not surrendering to His Lordship. I desperately desired to make my name great with little understanding of my own sin and how it separated me from God. Despite this, God continued to run after me even though I was running away from him.

At the young age of eight, I slowly began to realize that, no matter how well I performed, there was absolutely nothing I could do to save myself or earn God’s favor. After months of asking questions and “fighting” with the Lord, I finally surrendered my life to Christ as an eight-year-old. Though young at the time, the Lord immediately began producing fruit in my life.

Around the age of middle school, I began sensing the Lord’s calling to vocational ministry. Though I rationalized this calling away by believing it was the general calling all believers receive to serve Christ, I was once again running away from God. I continued to worship a pursuit of greatness. I continued to desire man’s approval above God’s. So, despite years of struggling with where to go to college and what to study, I made the decision to attend Clemson University and study Civil Engineering, a school and degree I was sure would lead to the greatness I longed for. As I stepped into my Intro to Engineering class on my first day of college, I immediately knew engineering was not for me. That evening at an FCA gathering, I finally surrendered to the Lord’s calling to vocational ministry.

After transferring to and graduating from Western Kentucky University, I moved to North Carolina to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Shortly after arriving at SEBTS, I became a member at The Summit Church. While at Summit and SEBTS, the Lord radically transformed and developed my understanding and passion for His Word, gospel, church, and mission, and clarified my calling to pastoral ministry and church planting.

In 2013, I married my sweet bride Jessica. When we heard Summit was planting a church in Charlotte, we immediately sensed the Lord was calling us to be a part of His mission here. I have had the honor of serving as Pastor of Operations since 2015. My wife and I welcomed our first child, a daughter named Claire, in January 2017. We long to see how the Lord continues to run after us and our church in the years to come.