At Chatham Church we believe in an all y'all approach to leadership.  Our church family is led by a group of men and women who subscribe to Jesus' model of servant leadership as they serve our congregation.  The Leadership Team is made up of leaders selected from all areas of the ministry - Elders, Deacons, and Pastoral Staff. This team meets week in and week out to provide strategic and organizational leadership; shepherding; and guidance for Chatham Church. They pray a lot, they meet a lot, they wade through a lot of details, and they care for people in hard times. Through all this, they help to work out God's purposes for our church and for our community.  Keep these leaders in your prayers as they seek to love and lead our church family.


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Joel Eisner

Joel is a pharmaceutical researcher and graduate of UW Madison. He's an avid cyclist and small group leader. He and his wife Stephanie have two adult sons.

Status: Active

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Chris Dekaney

Chris is a researcher and professor at NC State and is a proud graduate of Texas A&M. He and his wife Cynthia have 5 children.

Status: Active

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Alex Kirk

Alex is the Lead Pastor of Chatham Community Church and is a graduate of UNC and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is married to Kelly and together they have four children.

Status: Per our constitution, the lead pastor will be an elder without rotation

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Tim Hayes

Tim is an engineer and works for a civil engineering firm in Raleigh.  He is a graduate of the University Of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He is married to Beth and they have two children.

Status: Inactive

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Jaime Castañer Weiss

Jaime is the Campus Pastor for the Pittsboro campus and is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, and Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary. He lives in Pittsboro near the campus at Chatham Mills.

Status: Active

James Allen

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James is a senior sales engineer, marketing director, and project manager for a Boston-based software company. He is an Army veteran and graduate of Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. He and his wife Lisa have two sons and live in Chapel Hill.

Status: Active

Paul Kamen


Paul is a software developer at a non-profit in RTP. He and his wife Sonia are graduates of UNC, lead a small group in Briar Chapel, serve on the tech and worship teams at CCC's North Chatham campus, and have two children.

Status: Active

Michael Gaffigan

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Michael has lived in this area for most of the last 31 years. He and his wife, Cooley, have two adult children, Ian and Charlene, and are blessed with a kind, generous daughter-in-law, Dominique, and two grandchildren, 9-year-old twins, Autumn and Corey.

Status: Active

Ernie Lane

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Ernie and his wife Katie moved to Pittsboro in 2010 and have been a part of CCC since 2011. They have two daughters Riley and Kylee. Ernie serves on staff as our Director of Operations and works with our student ministry.

Status: Active


(For a complete list of our deacons, including those not on the Leadership Team, please see our Deacons Page)


Linda Sands 

Linda serves as the Treasurer and is the liaison between the Leadership Team and the Finance Team.  She often plays the keyboard on the Worship Team as well.   She is newly retired from being a veterinarian and owner of Dogwood Veterinary Hospital.  She and her husband, Steve, enjoy playing games, especially with their children and six grandchildren.

"I especially love seeing how God has moved and grown CCC over the past 10 years.  It may surprise you to know that He even shows up very specifically in the numbers!"

Rachel Matthews

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Rachel leads Special Operations for Chatham Church. She coordinates events through out the year including Connection Celebration, Chatham Serves, Leadership Training, and Volunteer Appreciation. Rachel attended the University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She provides software solutions and serves as a team lead for hosted analytics systems at SAS Institute. She is married to Mark and together they have two children.


Steve Sands

Steve and his wife Linda have been members of Chatham Community Church since 2012.  He is retired from pharmaceutical and compounding pharmacy sales and marketing management.  He enjoys supporting and counseling people in need in our community and leads the benevolence efforts within the church.

I am honored and challenged to support people in our community who are going through difficult seasons of life. Many who we assist are experiencing loss, insufficiency, heartache, physical pain, and inability to cope.  As a church, we can help support, guide, and comfort these children of God into His light of hope, solutions, and resolve.


Karen Foust

Karen leads the Focus Ministries providing support and guidance to the leaders of those ministries including Women’s and Men’s Ministry, Cancer Compassion, Financial Peace University, GriefShare, and DivorceCare. She also led our Frontline Worker support ministry at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Karen worked in IT providing software solutions to Research and Development at a large pharmaceutical company for 25 years. Since leaving the corporate work life in 2016, Karen has been serving the Chatham County community through her work on the Advisory Board of the Chatham YMCA, as an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and as a board member and officer of her HOA. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech and enjoys gardening, hiking, photography, and competing with her dogs.