Clay is a native Georgia boy, studied Architecture at Georgia Tech and has a degree in Church Leadership from Southeastern University. In addition to his executive career in business as an an Information Systems expert, he has been involved in church ministry for over twenty years and has served as a student pastor, worship pastor, young adult pastor, executive pastor as well as lead pastor for two churches that he planted in Georgia. He has been married to his wife, Jody, for twenty three years and they have three children ages 14 to 18. Clay brings a passion for seeing people experience freedom and true life-change; and for the last 18 years, has been involved in creating churches that unchurched people love to attend.
Executive & Family Ministries Pastor
Matt was born and raised in the beautiful country of South Africa. He came over the States to go to college at Liberty University where he graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies. Matt is married to Rachel (a Virginia native) and they have a beautiful little girl, Hope, and two wonderful sons, Ian and Asher. Matt loves music, soccer, good books, good tea and coffee. He is currently pursuing a MA in Old Testament and a MA in New Testament at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Matt is passionate about helping people discover what God wants to do in and through them.
Children's Ministries Director
Cassie is a Union County native and graduated from Piedmont High School. She went on to receive her B.A. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and before becoming the Director of Children's Ministries at Next Level, she was a teacher at Porter Ridge Elementary. In addition to serving as the Director of our Sunday Morning children's departments, she also currently serves as the Director of our weekday Next Level Church Preschool. She has a passion to see children and their families following Jesus! Cassie is married to Phil (one of Next Level's Overseers) and they have 2 children.
Liz is responsible for keeping all the facilities clean and "Sunday Ready". On Sunday mornings, she is a large and small group leader with the Awaken Kids preschoolers.
In 2006 Liz moved from New Hampshire with her husband Darrell. She has been a hairstylist for over 30 years and 10 years owner-operator of her own salon before moving to North Carolina. Liz enjoys spending time with family which includes 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren plus the newest to arrive September 2016!