Bishop Claude Alexander is Senior Pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, NC. Under his leadership, The Park has grown from one local congregation of 600 members to a global ministry of thousands with three locations and weekly international reach. A leader among both Christian and civic organizations, Bishop Alexander has worked with government and community officials to address the community’s most critical issues. Over the years, he has served as a board member of the Urban League of Central Carolinas, United Way, the Arts and Science Council, the N.A.A.C.P. Educational Committee, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, and The Community Building Initiative. In addition, Bishop Alexander is the immediate past president of the Hampton University Ministers Conference. He currently serves on the board of the Charlotte Center City Partners, Christianity Today, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Mission America Coalition Facilitation Committee, the For Charlotte Mission Network and as Vice-Chair of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Co-Chair of Gordon-Conwell Charlotte Board of Advisors, and Vice-Presiding Bishop of the Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors.
Bishop Alexander has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Morehouse College (1985), a Master of Divinity Degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (1988), and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2004). In 2013, Bishop Alexander extended his many roles to include that of author. He published his first book, Necessary Christianity, through which he examines the ‘must’ statements of and about Jesus Christ within the Gospels.
Bishop Alexander is committed to his family above all else. He is married to Dr. Kimberly Nash Alexander and is the proud father of two daughters, Camryn Rene and Carsyn Richelle.
Casey Crawford, a former NFL Super Bowl champion, co-founded Movement Mortgage amid the 2008 financial crisis. Taking note of the glaring inadequacies in mortgage lending, Casey aimed to build a company that glorified God and emphasized His command to love our neighbors. Under Casey’s leadership as CEO, the company is one of the nation’s 10 largest retail mortgage lenders. Movement is also a 5-time member of the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies, has been certified as a national Great Place to Work and one of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers. Chief among Casey’s priorities is the work of the Movement Foundation, which uses the mortgage company’s profits to bring life, light and hope to the underserved. Since its founding in 2012, Movement Foundation has invested more than $25 million in causes that include opening the Movement Center, a coworking space for ministries and nonprofits, and the Movement School, a tuition-free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through second grade. Casey worships at Transformation Church and lives in Charlotte with his wife Michelle and their two daughters.
John has served as Outreach Director for Forest Hill Church in Charlotte since 2004. In his role, he directs all local and global outreach, including partner development, city engagement, and global missions. He oversees the stewardship of the church’s Outreach budget, which involves the administration of 18% of the church’s annual operating budget. John also engages in shaping the church’s important strategic initiatives as part of the Vision Team.
Prior to joining staff at Forest Hill, John served as Director of Leadership Development with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte from 2002-2004, where he initiated the Servant Leadership Academy. Previously, he operated an organizational development consultancy focused on small-to-mid sized businesses and non-profits. He spent the first 15 years of his career in the financial services industry. From 1988-2001, he held various leadership positions with First Union Corporation, specializing in key strategic business units and corporate initiatives during a period of rapid expansion through merger and acquisitions.
Over the past 13 years, John has served on numerous Boards, including Urban Promise Charlotte, YMCA of Greater Charlotte, African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries, and South America Mission.
John and his wife, Babbs live in the Charlotte area and have three grown children: Davis (23), Raleigh (21), and McKenzie (19). He enjoys golf, snow skiing, reading, and volunteering.
Reverend Doctor Nicole Martin was born and educated in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a triple major in Human and Organizational Development, Educational Studies, and French.
Dr. Martin received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary where she was the recipient of the Jones Prize in Music and the Swink Prize in Preaching. During her time in seminary, she served as the Director of Evangelism at St. James AME Church in Newark, New Jersey and spent a summer in ministry at Mandalay Baptist Church in Cape Town, South Africa. She earned a Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with an emphasis on African American Redemptive Leadership.
Dr. Martin is currently the Assistant Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development at Gordon-Conwell in Charlotte. She is also a consultant with American Bible Society where she serves churches in the city to equip them for greater engagement in God’s Word. She is a minister at The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina under the direction of Bishop Claude Richard Alexander, Jr, where she formerly served as the Executive Minister.
She has been inducted into the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. Dr. Martin is a gifted writer and author of the book, Made to Lead: Empowering Women for Ministry. She is a regular columnist for the Faith and Values section of The Charlotte Observer, is a contributor for Christianity Today, and was also named one of the “Top Seven to Watch in 2011” by The Charlotte Observer. Most recently, she was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40 for 2017” by the Charlotte Business Journal.
Dr. Martin has been selected to participate in ministries locally and globally, including the Lausanne Younger Leaders Conference in Indonesia, the Evangelical thought leaders gathering in Israel and being appointed by the Mayor to serve as the faith-based representative on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Advisory Board. Dr. Martin is also the founder of The Clergywomen of Charlotte and Executive Director of SoulFire International Ministries, which focuses on empowering others to reach their fullest potential in Christ.
Dr. Martin is married to her best friend, Minister Mark Martin, and they have two beautiful daughters, Addison and Josephine. Above all, she has a passion for God, a contagious excitement for the Gospel, and an insatiable desire that God be glorified in her life and in the world.
Rob Kelly serves as the founding President & CEO of For Charlotte. In this role, Rob is the primary directional leader of Movement Day Charlotte, the lead author of the Charlotte State of the City Report and architect of the For Charlotte network platform. Prior to this, Rob served 13 years as a pastor, along with numerous other leadership positions, including co-founding CHARLOTTE/ONE and lecturing at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Rob is a graduate of the University of Washington and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte. Rob is married to Ani, and they are the proud parents of Addison and RJ.