1050 DEVORE LN, MATTHEWS, NC 28105

Justin Sawyer

College Resident

Justin Sawyer

Justin Sawyer

College Resident

justin@mercycharlotte.com

Justin’s Story

By God’s grace and mercy, He took hold of my life from a very early age.  I don’t remember a distinct point of salvation; the Lord captivated my heart through seasons of my life as He developed in me a sincere faith and an earnest yearning for His presence.  I grew up in the Presbyterian denomination where I went to Church every Sunday and was really involved in “church things”.  As a young child I remember believing that there was a God and because I had been raised in the Church, I identified with the Christian worldview of how to relate to God.  However, my belief had merely been information that I had accepted as true because it had been told to me.  For me this resulted in knowledge of God, without truly knowing God.

In the eighth grade I realized that if Jesus was who He claimed to be and that He really did live the life I could never live, die the death I deserved – in my place, and He really did raise from the dead – reconciling me to God, then this extravagant news (which is true!) and its implications on how I relate to God must cause my life to look different.  This revolutionized the way I approached life and my relationship with God.  As a result, I got baptized.  Through middle school and high school the Lord blessed me with friends that walked through life with me as we tried to point each other to the example of Christ the best that we knew how.  My high school youth pastor was pivotal in the early stages of me figuring out what discipleship looked like and in solidifying my foundation in Christ.

When I went to NC State, God continued to impress His truths into my life through my fraternity brothers in Beta Upsilon Chi, my church family at The Summit Church, and the woman that I deeply love – my wife, Lindsay.  I grew in my relationship with God, was poured into through discipleship from older Christian men, developed as a leader, and really established my worldview through a gospel-lens.  Faith became more than intellectual assent, it became honest conviction.  When I graduated from NC State I worked as an engineer.  God began to place an “expiration date” for engineering on my heart.  While praying through what that meant for my life, I was convicted that God was calling me into ministry.

Lindsay and I believe that engaging the college student in the mission of God is one of the most effective ways of spreading the good news of Christ.  We are passionate about authentically experiencing God in our everyday lives and connecting people to the reality of a God that loves them more than they could ever imagine!  I grew up on the west side of Charlotte and Lindsay grew up in Monroe, so we are excited to be serving the Charlotte community with the family of believers that God has blessed us with at Mercy Church as we partake in what we feel like is truly a Gospel awakening in our city!