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.
Pastor 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.
Pastor 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 Welcome! ministries, evangelism, and the 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 Connect ministries at CLC, which include adult learning, small groups, common interest groups, and discipleship. 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 Simpkins –Associate 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.