Pastor Tim McKenzie Senior Pastor 704-375-9185 x232 Email Pastor Tim
les Les Ackerman Director of Music 704-375-9185 x000 Email Les
 100_2907  Alex English Director of Youth Ministry  704-375-9185 x224  Email Alex
crystal Crystal Alexander Parish Administrator 704-375-9185 x221 Email Crystal

Ministry & Support Staff Bios

Rev. Dr. Timothy McKenzie

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 was born in Charlotte and spent his childhood there and in Mooresville, N.C.  Prior to becoming the Director of Youth 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, work in his vegetable garden, and root for Duke’s basketball team.

Crystal Alexander

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.