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What will I experience when I come?

When you arrive at CtK on Sunday, we want to give you an idea of what you can expect. Our goal is to make sure you are as comfortable as possible and if there is anything we can do to make that possible, please let us know! You can reach out to us at

What will I experience when I come…

Lots of friendly people, great music, a fun and friendly kid’s ministry, a cool and amazing youth ministry, and a Sunday morning experience that will leave you encouraged and inspired.

What are your services like?

The 8:30am service is a traditional service and is held in the Multipurpose Room for social distancing. Please know, there are no classes for children at the 8:30am service. Children are always welcome to join their parents at this service.

The 9:30am and 11am services are contemporary services and they are held in the main Worship Center. There are classes available for children from birth through 5th grade only during the 11am service. Youth services are held Sundays at 6:30-8pm in the MPR.

Where are you located?

We are located at 13501 South Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28278

What if I have children?

We recommend you park in the side parking lot and enter through the side doors when you arrive. Volunteers from our Guest Experience Team will be at the doors to greet you and can direct you to the Check-In Stations to get your kids checked into their CtK Kids classroom with one of our helpful Check-In Volunteers. They will then show you to your child’s classroom and then show you to the Worship Center.

What if I don’t have children?

After parking in any available spot, our helpful volunteers on the Guest Experience Team will help guide you to the Worship Center no matter which entrance you come to. Let them know you are here for the first time and they will bring you right to the Information Table in the Worship Center Foyer.

What time should I arrive?

You should plan to arrive about 10-15 minutes before service begins. That will allow you to get your children checked in to their classrooms and you to grab a cup of coffee from the CtK Coffee Bar, stop by the information table to fill out a connection card and pick up the really cool gift we have for you there.

Wait! I have more questions!

We are more than happy to answer any of your questions! Email us at

Our Values


CtK Church values helping each person reach their God-given potential, purpose and full identity in Christ.


CtK Church values having relationships with each other and with God that are authentic, real and bring joy and blessing in life.


CtK Church values honoring the people God puts in our lives and the positions and places He has called us to serve.

His Presence

CtK Church values the presence of God as our source for everything that we have and all that we are.  We live in His presence with gratitude and awe.

Sharing Jesus

CtK Church values sharing Jesus as the one who loves us like no other and propels us to love like no other.

Our Mission

Our mission is to connect ALL people to the life-giving message of Jesus as we experience Godfind freedomdiscover purpose, and make a difference in our world.

The vision of CtK rests on three pillars that God gave this church when it was developed.

  1. Multiethnic… That this church would look like heaven in its ethnic and socioeconomic diversity and in its deeds of love in the world.
  2. Transformative… That people would experience Jesus in such a way that their lives are changed like those in the Bible.
  3. Life Giving… That people far from God may come to know God’s great love for them.

Watch this video to hear the Vision and Mission of CtK Church!

What We Believe

  • We believe in the Trinity, as the Bible teaches, there is one God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Genesis 1:1-2, 1 Peter 1:1-2 
  • We believe that God the Father created the universe by intentional design.  It was not an accident or fluke.  God is all knowing, all powerful and is loving, compassionate, just and kind.  He created humans to have fellowship with Him and wants them to be with him in heaven through eternity.  Genesis 1:1-5. Nehemiah 9:6, Isaiah 45:7, Revelation 4:11
  • We believe that Jesus is God’s answer to our sin problem.  God came to earth through Jesus to show us how much God loves us. Jesus was both fully man and fully God, and was blameless and sinless.  He offered Himself to pay the price of our sin and restore us to a right relationship with God.  He died, was buried, and rose again to show God’s power in conquering death and sin.  He ascended to Heaven and will return again. Through Jesus, forgiveness is possible.  It is that forgiveness that restores fallen humanity’s worth and connection back to God.  Romans 3:23, Isaiah 64:6, 1 John 1:7-9, 1 Corinthians 15:57, Romans 8:, John 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is the presence of Jesus among us. The Holy Spirit guides us to a relationship with God, convicts us, and comforts us as we grow in Christ.   We believe in all the gifts of the Spirit and encourage their use for the building up of the Church.  John 3:5-8, John 15:2, 1 Corinthians 2:11-12, John 14:26, John 14:16-18, John 16:13
  • We believe that sin is a very real part of our human choice.  Our sin separates us from God and keeps us from experiencing God’s true joy for us.  Left to us we would be eternally separated from God because we cannot break our cycle of sin. We need the forgiveness from God in Jesus Christ.  We need the cross of Christ that pays the penalty of death for our sin.  We need the freedom that gives us to be in a relationship with God forever no based on our goodness or badness, but rather on our belief in his love and sacrifice to cover our sin and reconnect our separation.
  • We believe that the Bible is the Authoritative Word of God and the norm and practice for the Christian life.  It was written by human authors under the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit.  In it, God reveals Himself to us and provides us with the perfect guide to life, relationships and eternity with him. 2 Timothy 3:16-1, Joshua 23:6, Isaiah 40:8, Matthew 5:17-19, 1 Thessalonians 2:3
  • We believe that Salvation is God’s adoption plan for an orphaned humanity.  We removed ourselves from a relationship with Him through our sin, yet He gives the gift of salvation freely to us.  We cannot earn salvation through our works or by good deeds.  We must trust God’s grace through His son Jesus and the forgiveness He offers to restore us as sons and daughters of His kingdom. Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 8:31-39, Romans 3:23-28, Romans 5:1,8, Revelation 12:10, Galatians 4:5

  • We believe that The Church is not a building, a denomination, or a cultural gathering.  The Church is the fellowship of believers and the Body of Christ in the world.  God’s design for the Church is the same as it was at its very inception.  We are to be the hands, feet and voice of Jesus to reach out to a broken and dying world, connecting people to Jesus and His Body – the Church, and together change the world around us.  1 Peter 2:9, Ephesians 4:11-13
  • We believe that Baptism is a sacrament (commanded by Christ) with promises through His word as his adopted children.    Through the waters of baptism, God establishes a relationship that establishes a way of forgiveness, new life, and salvation through his son Jesus.  The Holy Spirit of God brings us to the fullness of this relationship as we accept God’s claim on our lives and His grace to save us through Jesus.  This is when we become followers of Jesus.   In baptism, it is like we go into the water and die with Christ so that we also live with Christ.  We are a new creation.  We affirm baptism at any age as God’s movement and claim on our lives as was the practice in the New Testament. We also affirm the need of the baptized to grow in the care of the Christian community so that he/she will live as a follower of Jesus and affirm the covenant relationship God has established. Matthew 28:19-20, Galatians 3:26-27, Titus 3:4-7, Mark 16:16, Acts 22:16, Mark 10:13-16, Acts 2:38-39
  • We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a sacrament and commanded by God to do. Through the Lord’s Supper, God comes to love us and forgive us.  It is a meal of renewal.  Jesus comes to us through these physical elements of bread & wine. 1 Corinthians 11:23-32, Matthew 26:26-29
  • We believe in the worth and value of the human being.  Created in God’s image, humans have dignity.  Their worth is dependent not on accomplishments, but on God’s love.  Because God sees humanity as worth dying for, we affirm and acknowledge the dignity of humans. Genesis 1:26, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Hebrews 2:6-7, Ephesians 3:17-18, Psalm 139:13-14
  • We believe eternity is not a fairy tale. It is the continuance of our life after this life.  Heaven and Hell are very real eternal places of existence.  We were created to spend eternity with God in heaven.  God wants nothing to separate you from him.  He loves you.  He sent Jesus to die for your sins.  Simply believe and follow Jesus and receive eternity in heaven with Him. John 3:16, Matthew 25:46, Luke 16:22-23, John 5:24-25, John 11:25, John 6:47-50, John 20:31, John 1:12
  • We believe in and anticipate the return of Jesus Christ.  Though we do not know the day or hour, we joyfully proclaim His return soon to inspire all people to make the most of life today by drawing people into a relationship with Jesus and living in His way. James 5:8, Matthew 24:3739, Luke 21:34-36, Matthew 25:1-12, John 14:1-3

Meet Our Team

Lead Pastor

Craig Bollinger

Lead Pastor
Weekday Preschool Director

Tracie Zielinski

Weekday Preschool Director
Assistant PastorCare, Prayer, Discipleship

Bill McKinley

Assistant Pastor
Care, Prayer, Discipleship
Worship Pastor

Jason Bolden

Worship Pastor
Director of Outreach & Children’s Ministry

Sarah Green

Director of Outreach & Children’s Ministry
Youth Ministry & Outreach

Kyle Hearn

Youth Ministry & Outreach
Admin Assistant

Lee Davidson

Admin Assistant

Damaris Chajon

Director of Community Relations & Partnerships

Birgitta Kruzan

Director of Community Relations & Partnerships
Program Administrative Assistant

Suzi Keaton

Program Administrative Assistant
Facilities Manager

Sarah Yost

Facilities Manager

Meet Our Council

Kevin Armstrong

Kevin Armstrong

Karen Clark

Karen Clark

Karen Rodgers

Karen Rodgers

Kathy Collins

Kathy Collins

Peter Kruzan

Peter Kruzan

 The Congregation Council has general oversight of the life and activities of this congregation, its vision, direction, and practices of faith to the end that everything be done in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). The duties of the Congregation Council includes:

  • To lead this congregation in stating its mission, to do long-range planning, to set goals and priorities, and to evaluate its activities in light of its mission and goals.
  • To seek to involve all members of this congregation in worship, learning, witness, service, and support.
  • To oversee and provide for the administration of this congregation to enable it to fulfill its functions and perform its mission. 
  • To maintain supportive relationships with the lead pastor and hold him/her accountable to his/her role of vision, leadership, and moral integrity.
  • To be examples individually and corporately of the style of life and ministry expected of all baptized persons and to uphold the standards of elders as stated in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.
  • To promote a congregational climate of peace and goodwill and, as differences and conflicts arise, to endeavor to foster mutual understanding.
  • To emphasize partnership with the LCMC as well as cooperation with other congregations, both Lutheran and non-Lutheran.
  • To seek out and encourage qualified persons to prepare for the ministry of the Gospel. 
If you have questions or concerns to submit to your Council, please email them at