who we are
MEET OUR PASTORS
Dr. Matthew S. Brown
Born in Indiana in 1960, Matt was raised in the “vacation wonderland” of Missouri. Seriously, though, it was a wonderful place to grow up. Following high school, Matt enrolled in the University of Missouri where he would earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
A Presbyterian since birth and grateful for the faithful witness of pastors, parents and friends, Matt entered Union Theological Seminary in Virginia and received his Doctor of Ministry degree in 1987.
Matt has served South Mecklenburg Presbyterian since 2004. He has lived in North Carolina for 28 years and now considers himself to be a true North Carolinian but still is an endorphine addict. He loves reading, movies, being with his family, and has a weakness for mint M & M’s (a rare delicacy that appears in select places at Christmas time), a love surpassed only by his disdain for all things coconut.
Dr. Matt Brown's first novel, Parish, was published in 2014.
NEW! Odd Moon Over Ballantyne is now available on Amazon and in the church office.
Rev. Cynthia Williams
Cynthia is a child of the tea colored waters and Spanish moss laden trees of the Northeast Cape Fear in Eastern North Carolina. She came of age in Sarecta, the birthplace of Duplin County, where she played hide and seek in the cornrows with her cousins and handed tobacco at her grand father’s barn. She was baptized and nurtured in the faith at Hallsville Presbyterian Church. Those were the ‘good ole’ days where Covenant Life Curriculum shaped the content of Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Those were the days when snack time at VBS was a flat crate of “Co-Colas and Sundrops and nabs served on the tailgate of someone’s pick up and soft ball or roll the bat were recreation time. Nabs and Sundrops can be sacramental
She earned a BA in Literature at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. The lure toward church vocation was cast by her time as a counselor at old Wilmington Presbytery’s Camp Kirkwood. She learned not only how to build a good campfire and do a J stoke in the canoe but how to tend the fires of the Holy Spirit that burn in our hearts. The small group camping experience was meant to be a lived reality of what it means to be The Body of Christ. There she learned how to lead, how to teach, how to listen and pay attention and work in partnership with others. And she learned how to get in a canoe without tipping it over. Balance is a requisite skill in faith and life.
Her formal training for ministry was acquired at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA and San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, Ca. In the ensuing years she has served as an educator and pastor in multiple church settings.
Cynthia is a hard core “book-a-holic” who also loves movies (especially Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. She also likes Rocky and Bullwinkle - but don’t tell anyone.) She plays guitar, and relishes hikes in the mountains. She is accompanied by her faithful canine companion, Murphy, a Wheaten Terrier rescue, who has “issues.”