Randy Forrester - Rector/Sr. Pastor
I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and later attended Georgia Tech and I still cheer for the Yellow Jackets! One might mistake me for an engineer, but I was one of the few that escaped with a liberal arts degree (International Affairs). After college, I spent three wonderful years in Washington, DC working for a U.S. Congressman. There I met my wife Paisley at a coffee shop in the shadow of the Capitol dome. My aunt and her mom were friends and conspired to get us together... it worked! We soon married and were ready for a new adventure. I had tasted politics and felt it was time to move on to my favorite subject – theology. We moved to Vancouver, BC where I studied at Regent College for a Masters of Divinity. I met Jesus (or he met me) at a very young age. I can’t remember a time not relating to him. But, along the way, Jesus has led me through several “conversion-like” experiences, showing me more about himself and what following him looks like. Most of my life I have felt called to spend my time and energy serving Jesus in his Church. I used to daydream about preaching sermons to an imaginary congregation. I deeply enjoy learning about God through the scriptures and reading theology. But nothing compares to the joy of having some of that head-knowledge penetrate your heart and transform your life. Paisley and I have four children. They bring us many smiles and hours of free entertainment! I have a soft spot in my heart (or stomach) for cheeses of all kinds and chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. My ears are most happy when they hear choral music, jazz, or acoustic folk. Email Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eric Speece - Pastor of Worship
My family moved to Charlotte when I was young and to the Lake Norman area when I was in middle school. After graduation, I moved to Nashville, TN to study music and audio engineering at Belmont University. I spent ten years in Nashville. During that time I was very privileged to tour, write, and record with multiple Grammy and Dove award winning artists, songwriters, and producers. Eventually I felt God calling me to seminary, which led me to finish a degree in philosophy at Middle Tennessee State followed by a move to Chicago to attend Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary where I earned a Master of Theological Studies degree in Theology and Ethics. During my freshman year at Belmont, I met my wife, Laura, who was also studying music. We married in August 2000 and now have 5 kids. Ever since we've known each other, we have been playing music and leading worship together and been heavily involved in foreign missions. For one year we lived in Budapest, Hungary working with Campus Crusade for Christ, and have made multiple short-term trips throughout Eastern Europe and Russia. Apart from playing music and leading worship, I'm an avid reader, love to teach, travel the world, play billiards and chess. Email Eric at email@example.com.
Tami Allee - Community Coordinator
Growing up in Salinas, CA (birthplace of John Steinbeck and lettuce capitol of the world!), I was fortunate to be raised in a Christian home where I came to know Christ at an early age. My college years were spent in Southern California where I attended Biola University and majored in Sociology. Biola’s commitment to have students actively involved with community service efforts opened numerous opportunities. From working with inner city children one summer in Philadelphia, PA to counseling at a group home for troubled teen girls the following summer in San Jose, CA, I experienced life and community in a variety of settings. I also had the opportunity to lead a community Bible club for children in the inner city of Watts, CA and establish relationships with women at a homeless shelter program run by the Los Angeles Mission.After college, I relocated to London, England where I worked at Harrods for a year and then back packed through Europe for three months visiting eight countries. It was during these travels that God began calling me into ministry giving me a heart for the Europeans. In 1997, I moved to Brussels, Belgium serving as a missionary with Greater Europe Mission (GEM) for five years where I helped plant an international English-speaking church. It was during my time in Brussels that I met my husband Jeff who often visited from the States with short-term mission’s teams. We were engaged in Paris, France, married in Monterey, CA and then moved to Charlotte, NC where Jeff was working. We have a fun-loving son Nathan who is truly a blessing and gift to us.Traveling in Europe, spending quality time with my husband and son, visiting my family in California, having afternoon tea at a fancy hotel, enjoying a good meal with family and friends and eating Belgium chocolates...these are a few of my favorite things. Email Tami at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fred Pinkston - Assisting Priest
I was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Salisbury, NC. There at age fifteen I was confronted by an elderly woman named Miss Ola Brown. She put her hand on my shoulder and said, “One day you will be a priest of the Church.” For the next fifteen years I ran from Ola Brown, and I ran from God. In those years I graduated from NC State University, served as a Naval Officer during Viet Nam, and married Carolyn from Kansas. When the first of our three sons was born mentally handicapped Carolyn and I sought strength and solace in the Church. What we found was a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and the fullness of the Holy Spirit. That was September 1972; I was 30 years old. I was working in sales and management for a construction company in Columbia, SC. In 1975 I was elected president of the local chapter of Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship. In 1978 we moved to a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA, and I entered Trinity School for Ministry. Three years later I became the pastor of Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church, Montgomery, AL. I was ordained a priest July 14, 1982, 25 years after Miss Ola Brown’s prophetic words. In 1985 I returned to business, moving to Charlotte, NC. During the years since I have been a bi-vocational priest. For two and a half years I served an intercity, predominantly African American, mission called The Chapel of Hope. Then I assisted at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church until 1998, when I left the Episcopal Church for other Anglican work. Carolyn, our oldest son, Frederick (in whom we have seen many miracles) and I are charter members of King of Kings, where we all still serve with great joy. Our second son is a university professor. He and his wife have given us a granddaughter. Our youngest son and his wife are in business in Charlotte. Email Fred at email@example.com.
JEAN ROACH - Children's Ministry
As a young child in Rock Hill, S.C., I asked Jesus into my heart to be my Savior. After the death of my 35-year-old brother, I walked the aisle of my church to the congregational singing of “Amazing Grace.” I was the wayward child coming home, and then and there, I surrendered my life and asked Jesus to be my Lord. After giving Jesus the wheel, He has taken me on quite an adventure. At the age of 33, I returned to college and was graduated with honors by Winthrop University in 1991 with a B.S. in Education and certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I now have over 30 graduate hours in Adult Education and teach GED fulltime for the Lancaster County Adult Education program through the Lancaster County School District. After graduation, while volunteering with Kairos Prison Ministry, I met and later married my husband, Doyle, and we moved to Lancaster, S.C. After the death of Doyle’s single sister, we raised her son, Aaron Melton, who is now married to Lorrin DeHart Melton. We have been members of the King of Kings family since 2004, where we have served the Lord and His church in various positions. At this time, I am pursing ordination as a Vocational Deacon and serve as the volunteer Children’s Ministry Coordinator. Doyle is Vice-President of Operations for Carmel Contractors of Charlotte. We enjoy our pets, traveling, movies, reading and the Carolina Panther and the University of South Carolina football. Doyle and I invite you to join us at King of Kings, where Scripture, Liturgy and Spirit lead us into a deeply meaningful, balanced worship experience. Email Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Leadership Council is composed of servant leaders from within the congregation who help advance the mission and ministry of King of Kings. The 2017 Council is composed of Neil Moree, Dana Hurka, Ted Wolfe, Eric Speece, Don Ward, Pam Shuford, Lawrence Moore, and Randy Forrester.