SouthLake Presbyterian Church was founded in 1991, when ten people gathered in a church member’s living room with little more than big ideas of reaching the Lake Norman area for Christ. A former church had recently shut down, and the property they had acquired on Highway 73 in Huntersville was given to this small mission church.
The vision for this church plant came from Rev. Bob Wilcox, one of the main visionaries in the newly-formed Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). From our humble beginnings of worshiping in a living room, SouthLake moved to several different locations in the Lake Norman area to accommodate growth. In 1994, SouthLake Church was able to build its first building on the original 5-acre piece of property in its current location. This location allowed great access to all areas on the south side of Lake Norman.
That same year, SouthLake started a Christian academy with only 23 students. God has continually provided for SouthLake Church as both the church and school grew quickly. Piece by piece, additional land purchases and donations have allowed the 5 acres to grow to 30 acres.
In addition to the Christian school ministry, SouthLake has continued its focus on missions in our local community, in the U.S. and internationally. We support over 20 missionaries, and have sent short-term mission teams to Merida, Mexico; Yunguy, Peru; and Serbia, where our members have been a part of building orphanages, schools and churches. Locally, SouthLake Church has helped plant Brookstone Schools in uptown Charlotte, and has been vitally involved in the Lake Norman Community Pregnancy Center and Room in the Inn.
SouthLake Church is looking to the future as the Lord continues to provide for his people. Dr. Harrison Spitler will begin his ministry as Senior Pastor in July of 2017.