Pastor Tim McKenzie Senior Pastor 704-375-9185 x5 Email Pastor Tim
les Les Ackerman Director of Music 704-375-9185 x2 Email Les
 100_2907  Alex English Director of Youth and Family Ministry  704-375-9185 x1  Email Alex

Ministry & Support Staff Bios

Rev. Dr. Timothy McKenzie

Pastor Tim McKenzie was born and raised in the Midwest in the home of a Lutheran pastor. He graduated from Augustana College, and went to seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. After ordination, Pastor Tim served as a Lutheran missionary pastor in Japan for over 20 years. During that time, Pastor Tim served as a parish pastor as well as serving in several administrative roles in the American and Japanese Lutheran churches. He holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology and for 14 years was a professor at Japan Lutheran College and Japan Lutheran Theological Seminary in Tokyo, where he taught in the area of Church History.

Before coming to St. Mark’s, Pastor Tim served as an interim pastor in Evanston, Illinois involved in ministry toward the hungry and homeless through a weekly Soup Kitchen; warming and overnight shelters; racial justice ministry; and a green theology ministry.

Pastor Tim enjoys biblical and theological study and believes that the Christian tradition of prayer is a powerful resource for thriving in the contemporary world. Pastor Tim is happy to be a part of the body of Christ at St. Mark’s, where all people are welcome. Please visit us at St. Mark’s! We look forward to seeing you at Sunday worship. Grace and peace be with you!

Les Ackerman

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 English

Alex English spent his childhood in Charlotte and in Mooresville, N.C.  Prior to becoming the Director of Youth and Family Ministry at St. Mark’s in 2011, he served for four years in a similar position at Goldston United Methodist Church in Goldston, N.C.

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 and to root for Duke’s basketball team.