Dr. Harrison Spitler – Senior Pastor

Dr Harrison SpitlerDr. Harrison Spitler has a deep passion to know Christ Jesus and to see others know Him intimately to the point that the love and joy of Christ becomes infectious.

Harrison was born in Montgomery, Alabama and grew up on Lake Martin in the eastern part of the state. He did not grow up in a home where Christ was celebrated or church attendance allowed. But soon after he began attending Auburn University, he surrendered to Christ. After graduating with a degree in Organizational Management, Harrison spent 13 years in business, the last six of those while earning his Master of Divinity at Birmingham Theological Seminary. Harrison completed his Doctor of Ministry from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2008 with an emphasis on Church Planting and Revitalization.

The Spitlers have served in France with Mission to The World as part of a church planting team,  First Presbyterian Church of Montgomery as the Senior Pastor and in 2002 the Spitlers moved to South Charlotte to plant Grace Community Church. In addition to his ministry within Southlake Church, Harrison spends time promoting adoption and church planting.

He has been married to the love of his life, Sandy for 29 wonderful years. They have 7 children and a granddaughter.

Mike Wallace – Minister of MusicWallace

Mike Wallace is originally from Denver, NC. He came to faith in Jesus Christ when he was a child. He attended Brevard College and the Manhattan School of Music. For more than 20 years he was involved in cross-cultural ministries in Newark, New Jersey and Cambridge, MA working with English speaking and Portuguese speaking churches.

For SouthLake Church, Mike organizes and leads all of our music. Included in this is his organization of our Praise Team, which includes the instruments of guitars, bass, drums and piano.  The music is a blend of traditional hymns, contemporary hymns, and contemporary music.

Mike also teaches Music classes for the elementary school and pottery class for the high school of SouthLake Christian Academy. Mike married a lovely woman, Iris in 1995. They have five children: Leah, Alexa, Zelalem, Jason, and Austin.

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Eric Reel – Youth Director

Eric Reel is a native of the Lake Norman area and a life long resident of Lincoln County. Eric was called into ministry in the mid 90’s, receiving his Masters of Divinity in 1999. Eric then served as Pastor and Youth Pastor in Lancaster, SC and in Lincoln County, NC. Eric came on staff at SLCA in 2014 serving in support staff and then teaching Middle School Bible. Eric has always had a heart and a love for Youth and Student Ministry. Serving as Youth Director at SouthLake Church will be a perfect fit for Eric.

Eric has two sons, River & August who both attend SLCA.

Holly Stone

Holly Stone – Children’s Director

Holly Stone (pictured, third from left) was born and raised in Huntersville, NC.  She was raised in a Christian home and received Christ as her Savior at the age of nine.  She graduated from Montreat-Anderson College and attended UNC-Charlotte.

Holly and her husband, Dale, have attended SouthLake Church since 1992, soon after SouthLake began.  They have four children:  Seth, Abby, Alyssa and Nesro, and a daughter-in law, Jenna, son in-law Foster Carney, and son-in-law Timothy Beal.

As Director of SouthLake’s Children’s Ministry, Holly is responsible for children through the sixth grade.  She oversees Children’s Sunday School, Wednesday night Pioneer Clubs and Summer VBS/Bible Camps.  Her favorite part of the job is talking to children and making them feel special and loved while at Church.

Holly also teaches Spanish at Grace Covenant Academy, teaches music at Masterworks School of the Arts, and teaches Nesro at their homeschool.

SmithJamesLauren Smith-Nursery Coordinator

Lauren grew up in Durham, NC, graduated from Wake Forest University, and received her Master’s Degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College.

Lauren came to faith in Jesus Christ as an adult.  She and her husband, James, have attended SouthLake Church since 2007.  They have three children: Sarah Kathryn, Laura, and Matthew.

As Nursery Coordinator, Lauren schedules volunteers to serve in our nursery during Sunday School, Worship, and special events.  She loves working with babies and young children, helping them to feel welcome, comfortable, and loved while they are in the nursery.

ABartelAmy Bartel – Administrative Assistant

Amy was raised in Lombard, IL as the youngest of 5 children in a nominally Christian home. She attended Southern Illinois University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. It wasn’t until after she met her husband Eric that God intervened in a mighty way and brought them both into His kingdom in 1999. They were both radically changed by accepting Jesus and felt a strong call to full time ministry.

In 2004, Eric quit his job in IT in San Francisco, CA and the family moved to Hamilton, MA for Eric to attend Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.  Amy received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and worked in the Foster Care System. After following God’s call to North Carolina, Amy has served her church as Nursery Coordinator, VBS director, and Sunday School teacher. She currently serves her church as Youth Director; teaching weekly bible studies, hosting monthly Dinner & Devotions, planning monthly community service days and coordinating yearly mission trips for the youth group. Amy has been married to Eric for 20 years, they have been blessed with 4 children: Stephanie, Ben, Rachel and Zoe.