Lee Canipe - Senior Pastor

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Lee grew up in Greensboro and, before coming to Providence, served on church staffs in Durham and Savannah, as a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship missionary in Russia, and as the pastor of Murfreesboro Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, North Carolina.

He is a leader, pastor, teacher, visionary, scholar, and servant of Christ. He likes to run, write, travel, read history, listen to Bruce Springsteen and the Beatles, and follow Carolina basketball. Lee is a dynamic speaker and a warm, compassionate pastor. He understands the importance of calling people by name and he takes the time to listen to others, reaching out to old and young alike, both within our church and in the broader Charlotte community.

Lee and his wife, Hilary, were married in 1998 and are the parents of a daughter, Helen, and two sons, Watt and Peter.

Education
Doctor of Philosophy – Baylor University
Master of Divinity (summa cum laude) – Duke University
Master of Arts in Education, Counseling – Wake Forest University
Master or Arts, History – University of Virginia
Bachelor of Arts, History (Honors) – Davidson College

Staff

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Dyanna Blackwell
Church Secretary

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Hunter Ealey
Maintenance Technician

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Jimmy Fortos
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Kimberly Gray
Assistant Director Weekday Education Ministry

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Rev. Martha Haigler
Director of Pastoral Care

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Kristen Hendrix
Children’s Ministry Administrative Assistant

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Caitie Jackson
Music Ministry Associate

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Adam Lawlor
Director of Church Operations

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Shelia Mitchell-Sasser
Weekday Financial Associate

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Jeff Motsinger
Custodian

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Debra Motsinger
Church Chef

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Stephanie Nivens
Custodian

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Tresor Sala
Maintenance Technician

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Amy Shoemaker
Accounting Manager

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Crystal Williams
Assistant Director Weekday Education Ministry

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LAY LEADERS

Coordinating Council
The Coordinating Council is comprised of each Providence committee’s chair and chair elect, as well as the senior pastor, teaching pastor, and church administrator. The Council is led by the Church Moderator and meets once a quarter, or as needed. The Council coordinates all programs of the church.

Diaconate
Simply, the Diaconate cares for the Providence family. From visiting the homebound to greeting our members and guests, the Diaconate is constantly serving our church. There are roughly 48 deacons at any given time. Each deacon, having been nominated, affirmed and ordained, serves a three-year term. Both men and women serve as deacons at Providence.

Current Deacon Initiatives