John McGill, Pastor

Pastor John has a passion for worship, preaching and teaching in creative and relevant ways that speak to people regardless of whether they have been to church for 2 weeks or 20 years. He began his ministry as a youth pastor for 15 years and has spent the past 5 years serving as the pastor of a local church. He began his tenure at Waxhaw UMC in July, 2014. John and his wife, Anita, have three children: Rachel, Jaya and Isaac.

Christian Pann, Director of Worship Experience

Christian works closely with the rest of the staff to bring energy and life to worship services and special events. He has a passion for all types of music which is evidenced through his unique ability to lead a praise band for our 9am service and a traditional choir at the 11 o’clock service. He is always looking for people who have a passion for music regardless of their skill level. If you have an interest in using your musical talent as an offering to our ministries, please contact Christian.

John Kalis, Accompanist

John is a third-generation “Preacher’s Kid” who has been involved in ministries for over 28 years, in Youth, Music, Assistant, and Senior Pastorates, having earned his Masters degree from Alliance Theological Seminary.  His latest tenure was as the Senior Pastor in Morristown, NJ for 18 years with The Christian and Missionary Alliance.
He began playing in church at the age of eight and studied piano diligently until earning his Bachelors degree in Piano Performance at the King’s College in New York.  During those years, he studied with top instructors from Julliard School of Music, Curtis Institute and New York University.  He also spent a few years on the faculty as a Staff accompanist at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.
He is the father of three grown children, grandfather to two, has a passion for Apologetics and enjoys playing golf regularly.

Amy Howie, Administrator

Amy is in our church office from 9am to 2pm Monday through Friday supporting our day to day operations. She is our point of contact for communications, oversees daily church operating business, and assists in various functions that enhance the ministry of Waxhaw UMC. Amy is a member of the church, married to Jim, and has 2 sons and 3 adult stepchildren. Give her a call and introduce yourself!


Kate Stahlman, Director of Discipleship and Outreach

  Kate coordinates our outreach efforts as a church.  She has a huge heart for missions – local, regional, and international.  She also works to develop team leaders within our church who lead ministries and small groups.  Kate and her team are key in helping to shepherd and care for others in our congregation and our community.


Christie Plyler, Facilities Manager

Christie keeps our church facilities and grounds in tip-top shape.  She is leading our renovation efforts and is instrumental in keeping our church operating as it should.  Christie is a long-time member of our church, is married to Carter, and has two adult children.

Director of Children’s Ministries

Lane works with the youngest members of our congregation – newborn to age 12.  She focuses on creating a fun and safe environment for the children to grow in their faith.  Lane and her team coordinate the Sunday morning children’s church, nursery, and small groups.  She has been a member of the congregation for 5 years along with her 3 children – Kaylin, Alaina, and Everton.

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