|Pastor Michael Frye||Interim Pastor||704-375-9185 x232||Email Pastor Michael|
|Les Ackerman||Director of Music||704-375-9185 x000||Email Les|
|Alex English||Director of Youth Ministry||704-375-9185 x224||Email Alex|
|Crystal Alexander||Parish Administrator||704-375-9185 x221||Email Crystal|
Ministry & Support Staff Bios
Rev. Dr. Michael Frye
The Reverend Dr. Michael W. Frye began his ministry at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church as Interim Senior Pastor on April 2, 2017. He will serve until such time that a new Senior Pastor is called.
Pastor Frye officially retired on March 31, 2017. He served as pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC for sixteen years. Prior to that time he served as pastor of Lutheran Chapel Church in Gastonia, NC; Christ Lutheran Church in Dallas, TX; pastor developer, then as pastor at Living Saviour Lutheran Church in Charlotte; and, as pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Salisbury as he began his ordained ministry in 1973.
A native of Kannapolis, NC, pastor Frye graduated from A. L. Brown High School in Kannapolis in 1965; Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory with a BA degree in History in 1969; Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia, SC with an M. Div. degree in 1973; and Eastern Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA with a D. Min. degree in Marriage and Family in 1987. He has served in various roles within the LCA and ELCA including: Voting member to the 1972 LCA Convention, and to the ELCA Assembly in 1991; Board of Trustees of Lutheran Family Services of North Carolina; Board of Trustees of Lenoir-Rhyne University; the North Carolina Synod Council; the Consultation Committee of the NC Synod; and as elections chair of the NC Synod assembly for a number of years.
Pastor Frye and Judy V. Sloop, also from Kannapolis, married in August of 1969. They have two adult children: Elizabeth Anne and Jennifer Leigh.
Les Ackerman has served as an organist, pianist and conductor in the Charlotte area for more than 15 years. He started his ministry at St. Mark’s Lutheran in September of 2010. Les holds degrees in Church Music and Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., and both a Masters of Sacred Music in Conducting from Perkins School of Theology, and a Master of Music in Organ Performance from Meadows School of the Arts, both at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Les has served churches as a full-time director of music/organist in California, Texas and North Carolina. Though born in Tacoma, Washington, he was raised in the Amish country of Pennsylvania.
Alex graduated from Emory & Henry College in 2007 with a degree in religion, and he attended Duke Divinity School from 2009-2011 to earn a Masters of Theological Studies degree. One of his focuses at St. Mark’s is putting youth into contact with caring Christian adults and helping to facilitate positive mentoring relationships. Alex also focuses on encouraging our church’s youth to serve God and neighbor through various service opportunities throughout the year and on yearly mission trips.
Alex likes to spend as much time as possible with his wife, Erin, and their two daughters. He also likes to read, work in his vegetable garden, and root for Duke’s basketball team.
Crystal Alexander joined the St. Mark’s team in June of 2013. A native of Fayetteville, N.C., she studied Business Administration at Fayetteville Technical Community College and earned a diploma in religious studies from the University of the South. She has worked extensively in the administration field. She loves spending time with her family, reading, singing, and fishing. She has an amazing daughter, Aayla, who also lives in Charlotte.