Meet Our Staff
High School - Brentwood Academy in Nashville, TN
B.A. in History from Clemson University
M.Div w/Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Married to Shelle Lynn Rice. Three children - Greyson, Hudson and Harper.
1993-94 Minister of Youth at First Baptist Church of Red Springs, NC
1994-96 Assistant Minister of Youth/Activities - Bay Leaf Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC
1998-2002 Senior Pastor of Hebron Baptist Church, Statesville, NC
2002-Now Senior Pastor - Sharon Baptist Church
James 1:2-3 "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
Joe grew up in a small town in northern Virginia where he went to high school at Loudoun Valley in Purcellville VA. He received his undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies from Virginia Tech and a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. He and his wife Kristen have lived in Charlotte since 2006. They have been blessed with one son; Fin. Before moving to Charlotte Joe worked for the Southwestern Company in sales and management for 7 years. Joe and Kristen enjoy an active lifestyle, the outdoors, as well as traveling. They have recently been fortunate enough to visit Paris, Normandy, and Israel on their latest excursions. They are passionate about coaching and mentoring leaders and students.
Joshua 1:5-9 - "Just as I was with Moses I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous for you will lead these people into the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous: be careful to obey all the law which Moses commanded you... "
Favorite thing about Sharon?
The loving family atmosphere. There's no place like home!
Gardner-Webb university 1996-2000
BA in Sociology
Minor in Communications
South Meck Graduate 1993-1996
Early Childhood Educator-preschool Teacher. 2004-2009 Fort Mill School district
Interim Children's Director @ SBC
Son: Greyson 16
Son: Hudson 4
Daughter: Harper 2
Matthew 22:37 - "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
After years of working in the business world for companies large and small, Bryan accepted his dream job when he joined the staff at Sharon Baptist Church in March 2015. His job as youth director allows him to combine his skills of leading and training with his passion for helping youth and their families grow closer to Jesus. Bryan and his wife Carol are native Charlotteans. They have three children: Kendall, Kirby and Hank. Bryan loves to coach basketball, hike, hang out with his family, follow University of South Carolina sports, volunteer with The Abandon Project and travel to Russia on short term missionary trips.
West Charlotte High School
Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Minister of Music
I graduated from Carson Newman College in Jefferson City Tennessee with a degree in Music and a minor in church recreation. My area of focus was in vocal music with an emphasis in voice. I worked in insurance for over 20 years. After my recent motorcycle accident I found that God was calling me back into the ministry and I soon was led here to Sharon.
I have been married for 17 years to my amazing and loving wife RaLinda. Together we have three wonderful children - Hayden, Haley and Hannah (do you see a pattern?). I am so excited to be at Sharon and look forward to seeing what God has in store for me and my family.
Philippians 4:4-6 - “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice! Let you gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
Favorite thing about Sharon
The loving people. Sharon is our new family and we love it.