Executive Assistant to the Pastor
and Facilities Coordinator
Youth Ministry Director & Associate Youth Ministry Director
Youth Ministry Director & Associate Youth Ministry Director
Children’s Ministry Director
Director of Media
Director of Technical Services
Interim Administrative Director
I am a blessed man, surrounded by a great family and a great church. Helen and I have been married for 34 years, have seven kids (four of whom are now married), and four grandkids. God has been good to us. At the center of our life as a family has always been Jesus Christ. God’s Presence, incredibly, has taken up residence in the midst of our family life.
The same things could be said of St. Giles. I believe God’s call on our body centers around many things, beginning with worship but not ending there. I see a church filled to overflowing with vibrant faith, unconditional love, compassionate service, and dynamic community. Sharing a common walk with the people of St. Giles renews my own vision and hope on a daily basis. To shepherd a group of people who inspire you is an uncommon gift . . . but then St. Giles is no ordinary church.
Pastor, St. Giles
(To read Nate’s personal journey of faith, click here: “My Story” )
We believe that God has called us to be a “Presence-based” church.
While we value many things . . . loving community, servanthood, discipleship, missions, multi-generational ministry, prayer, worship, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, practical application of Scripture . . . we believe that the foundation of lasting ministry is the Presence of God. We identify with King David who wrote, “My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, LORD, I will seek” (Psalm 27:8). We believe that life and ministry are meant to find their source and origin in the Presence of God. Before we serve, we seek. Because we seek, we serve.
It is with this conviction that our guiding mission statement is:
St. Giles is committed to pursuing the heart of God together by moving…Upward, Inward, Outward
Upward – Lifting up Word & Spirit in a life of wholehearted worship
Inward – Discovering who we are in Christ and who Christ is in us
Outward – Recognizing our spiritual gifts and using them to reach our world for Jesus
What We Believe
All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these additional Essentials of our faith:
1. We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
2. Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
3. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
4. Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
5. The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
6. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth-personally, visibly, and bodily-to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)
7. The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)
History of St. Giles
St. Giles Presbyterian Church was organized on Palm Sunday, April 10, 1959 as a member of the PCUSA, and was named for St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Since its inception, St. Giles has had six pastors. During the 1970’s the church experienced a move of God, starting with the youth and overflowing into the congregation and affecting the city of Charlotte. The manifest presence of the Holy Spirit has been welcomed and has been an important part of St. Giles’ DNA ever since. We continue to see God’s Spirit poured out in our worship, lives, and ministries.
We have become a body of believers rich in service. The same Holy Spirit whom we welcome has birthed much in the way of ministry over the years. Citywide ministries such as Love INC, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, Brookstone School, and the Charlotte Leadership Forum have been formed, in part, out of St. Giles and her people. Aletheia Ministries extends inner healing and deliverance beyond our church and into the community as a whole. We regularly send and support missionaries who have been effective all over the world. In 1989, desiring a more intentionally Biblical denomination, St. Giles left the PCUSA and was received into the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. For more information about our denomination, go to www.epc.org.
Listen to our church’s history, told by retired St. Giles pastor, Percy Burns.