Christ Lutheran Staff

Below are members of the Christ Lutheran Church staff and their areas of responsibility. Click on their name to send an email, or call the church office at 704-366-1595 and use the extension number listed below.


SUSKOVIC, SCOTT; (Staff)216Pastor Scott Suskovic – Senior Pastor    ext. 109
Pastor Scott has served as senior pastor of Christ Lutheran since 1998.  His primary role is preaching, teaching, visioning, and overseeing the staff.  Scott grew up in Minnesota where he earned his Master’s degree at Luther Seminary.  He completed his Doctorate at Boston University. Outside of Christ Lutheran, Scott has served as Chair for the Senior Pastors’ Conference of the ELCA and currently is on the board for The Smiles Foundation doing work in Romania and Augsburg/Fortress Publishing House. Pastor Scott is married to Gretchen and they have two adult children, Hannah and Nathan.  He enjoys golf, sailing, travel and sitting out by the bonfire with good friends late into the night.

SHIFLEY, TENNYSON; (Staff)161Pastor Tennyson Shifley – Associate Pastor, Welcome!  ext 107
Pastor Tenny has served as a member of the music ministry team since 2000. In addition to working in music ministry, he oversees our Caring Ministries at CLC. Tenny spent the first part of his life in Ohio, before moving to Charlotte in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and earned his Master of Divinity degree at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. Camping, cooking, and hanging out with friends are favorite pastimes of his. Tenny and his wife, Sherry, have an adult son, Colin.

Pastor Drew Goodson – Associate Pastor, Connect! ext 132
Pastor Drew oversees the Welcome and Connect ministries at CLC. Connect includes adult learning, small groups, common interest groups, and discipleship. Welcome ministries oversee visitor and newcomer assimilation.  He also shares leadership for Sunday morning worship services and is a coordinator for large congregational events. Drew is a native Charlottean graduating from South Mecklenburg High School and UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Business Administration with a minor in history. He graduated from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA and had his first call in Greenville, NC before joining our staff. Drew and his wife, Megan, have two young sons, Zachariah and Caleb.

Pastor Melody SimpkinsAssociate Pastor, Equip! ext. 129
Pastor Melody is Director of Family Ministry and works directly with senior high. Melody grew up in Franklin, TN and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Human Ecology. She earned Master of Arts in Religion from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary. Before joining CLC, Melody served as an Associate in Ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Knoxville, TN and Pastor for Faith Formation at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, GA. Melody enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, Matt and two school age sons, Ashton and Gabe.


Pastor Matt Simpkins-Associate Pastor, Christ-South ext. 110
Pastor Matt was born in Franklin, TN  and graduated from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a BA in Speech Communications and Organizational Development. After a stint in the corporate world, he began seminary at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. He has served in Knoxville, TN at Faith Lutheran Church and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta. He also served Lutheran Campus Ministry of Atlanta as pastor and lead developer. Through Redeemer, he launched House of the Rock, an alternative worshiping community. Pastor Matt plays in Starboarders which has released 2 albums and has a forthcoming album release. Pastor Matt has 2 sons, and lives in Charlotte, NC. His wife, Pastor Melody Simpkins, is Director of Family Ministries at Christ Lutheran Church in Charlotte.


Mark Glaeser Minister of Music ext.126
Mark Glaeser
Minister of Music
Amy Daniels Service & Outreach ext. 113
Amy Daniels
Service & Outreach
ext. 113
Gregg Huether Property & Finance ext. 111
Gregg Huether
Property & Finance
ext. 111


Gretchen Suskovic New Member Coord. ext.112
Laurie Carter Communications Director ext. 111
Kim Walder   Pastors’ Assistant ext. 108
David Platts Associate Minister of Music ext. 105
David Platts
Associate Minister
of Music   ext. 105
Dennis Contreras Music Associate ext. 143
Dennis Contreras
Music Associate
ext. 143
Jeff Taylor
Middle School Youth Director



Ryan Carter
High School Youth Director   ext. 114
Jane Satterfield Family Ministry Asso. ext. 124
Angela Davis Outreach Associate ext. 149
Angela Davis
Outreach Associate
ext. 149
Kelley Fluharty Outreach Associate ext. 147
Kelley Fluharty
Outreach Associate
ext. 147
Sue Castelloe Accountant & Finance ext. 104
Sue Castelloe
ext. 104
Ron Cox Worship Visuals Director
Ron Cox
Worship Visuals Director
Connie Kramer Office Manager ext. 127
Connie Kramer
Office Manager
ext. 127
Marcie Kelliher Graphic Designer ext. 191
Marcie Kelliher
Graphic Designer
ext. 191
Matt Stegall
Media Director
ext. 141
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Sharhonda Morgan Transportation Coord. ext.146
Tom Kramer Manager  Cornerstone Gifts ext. 170


Linda Sidway Christ Lutheran Children’s Center Director ext.150


Vicky Henderson Drama Coordinator


Jonathan Stephens
Media Director
Darlene Oswalt Pre-School Ministry ext. 120
Darlene Oswalt
ext. 120
Kristen Rank Elementary School ext. 131
Kristen Rank
ext. 131
Barbara West Custodian
Sandy Summer Custodian
Marsha Voorhees Nursery Coordinator