Our staff bring a passion to Chatham Church for sharing the gospel of Jesus, caring for our congregation, and interacting with our community. Please pray for and encourage these men and women as they use their gifts and talents to serve our church family and those around us. 



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Alex Kirk 
Lead Pastor

Alex came to Chatham Church in 2012 to serve as lead pastor after 16 years of campus ministry experience with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He loves great conversations around great coffee, cheering on all things Tar Heels, and building Christ-centered communities that leave life in their wake.  

"Chatham Community Church has been a great place not only for me to serve but for my whole family to be a part of a warm community. Our kids love it here! And my wife and I have been incredibly blessed to do life with such a gifted, welcoming, and fun group of people. Come and see."    alex@chathamchurch.org  

Standard Headshot JaimeJaime Castañer Weiss
Campus Teaching Pastor - Pittsboro

Jaime was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He met Lidia while studying engineering and they have been married since 2006. After living in New York for 10 years, they moved to Chatham in 2018. Before that, Jaime worked as a mechanical engineer, served in college ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and was an Associate Pastor at Living Christ Church in Nyack, NY.  Jaime is passionate about seeing people thrive through a life centered on Jesus. He loves good food, good conversation, good games, and good coffee.    jaime@chathamchurch.org  

Standard Headshot Michelle Michelle Stith
Director of Creative Arts

Michelle grew up in the mountains of NC, but came to the piedmont to attend UNC where she met her husband and co-worship leader, Mark. Michelle loves worship and music and is passionate about the communal artistic expression of our faith.

She and Mark have 5 much-beloved kids (and now a son-in-law, three daughters-in-law and grandchildren! ) who love to eat, laugh, read, and make music together on their farm in rural Chatham County. She also enjoys having the grandchildren over for sleepovers.    michelle@chathamchurch.org                 

Standard Headshot CynthiaCynthia Dekaney
Director of Children's Ministries

Cynthia is most comfortable when surrounded by small children and has consequently spent most of her life working and serving in schools and ministries involving kids and youth.  She and Chris met while attending Texas A&M and married shortly after graduation.  They relocated to Chatham County from Houston, Texas, in 2007 and have loved raising 5 kids here. 

 "I can't imagine anything more special than getting to share the story of God's love with children. I enjoy watching parents raise their children to love the Lord and walk beside them in the process. Chatham Church has been an incredible extended family for us here and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work in this program and ensure that it continues to bless other families the way it did ours."        cynthia@chathamchurch.org


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NCH Chatham Kids Director 

Carol is a native North Carolinian, having grown up in Burlington, NC. She loves the Tar Heels and enjoys watching basketball games with her family.  Together with her husband, Jamey, she has 3 kids and 2 dogs. Carol has been an adult volunteer in children's ministries for over 20 years. Carol's love for working with children started in the basement of her childhood church where she helped put on puppet shows as a teenager. She is also passionate about worship music and loves to see kids worshipping God.       carol.terrell@chathamchurch.org                                                                                                      


CCC staff Pic Mary Jo MaryJo Williams                
Financial Assistant

MaryJo was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA where she married her high school sweetheart, Rick.  Along with their 2 children they moved around the country, living in the Silicon Valley of CA for 12 years. In 2001 they moved back east to help take care of their elderly parents. Three years later they settled in North Carolina and are greatly blessed that their children decided to relocate here. They are both married and between them have 7 children, 3 of which are adopted from China. MaryJo loves studying the Bible and enjoys gardening, baking and spending time with the grandchildren.       maryjo@chathamchurch.org  



 Standard Headshot ErnieErnie Lane                                           Facilities Director

Ernie was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. A graduate from East Carolina University in Athletic Training, he has worked a handful of jobs with a majority being with college athletic operations. Married to the love of his life Katie since 2008, they have two wonderful little girls Riley and Kylee.  He enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He likes listening to music, watching sports and enjoys a great craft beer. 

 “Since attending Chatham Community Church in the spring of 2011, my faith has grown exponentially. The community and leaders here past and present have really helped me understand the Bible and who Jesus really is!”         ernie@chathamchurch.org 


 standard-headshot-jessicaJessica Waldstein
Administrative Assistant

Jessica grew up in the Ozarks of Missouri and has degrees in Secondary Education and Education Administration. She and her husband, Dan, are parents to three kids, and they came to North Carolina and Chatham Church in 2015 by way of Missouri, North Dakota, California, and South Dakota. Jessica loves living in the South, testing her fitness at CrossFit, and creating order out of chaos. She’s never met a spreadsheet she didn’t like, and Jessica is happy to be putting her best nerd skills to use as administrative assistant for Chatham Church!        jessica.waldstein@chathamchurch.org 


 standard-headshot-kaitlinKaitlin Newell
Music Director

Kaitlin grew up in Durham. She was homeschooled through high-school and, after graduation, recieved her Associate of Arts from Durham Tech. From there, she transfered to Catawba College and recently recieved her Bachelor of Arts in Music with concentrations in Worship Arts and Vocal Pedagogy, Class of 2021. She has pursued music since high-school and has solidified her passion through multiple church internships and teaching music at School of Rock Chapel Hill. She and Peter met in high school and got married in May of 2021. They now live in the Southpoint area with their beautiful plants and ever growing collection of instruments.         kaitlin@chathamchurch.org