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Say hello to the leadership team at Greater Life Church.

MEET OUR LEADERSHIP

Say hello to the leadership team at Greater Life Church. Got questions for the lead team at GLC? Contact us by clicking here.

Andrew Byrd - Lead Pastor

Andrew Byrd grew up here in the Charlotte area while his father pastored at Garr Memorial Church. After High School, Pastor Andrew went into the Marines and spent 3 months at boot camp in Paris Island, being active for a total of 8 years. After coming home from boot camp he married his wife Kelly and moved to Springfield, Missouri to attend Central Bible College. Andrew and Kelly have spent their lives being in ministry together and have faithfully answered God's call at every corner, while raising their three kids Grace, Garrett, and Abigail. Andrew leads with passion and excitement, yet maintains a graceful presence. We are blessed to have him and his family as leaders of our community!



Moises Zayas - Associate Pastor

"Leading others through only correction can be counterproductive, our best leadership comes from how we can influence others." -Pastor Moises

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Moises Zayas served as our youth and young adult pastor for a number of years. In 2021 he became the Associate Pastor. Moises is a gifted speaker and brings relevance and practicality to God's word, empowering those listening to apply it in their lives. Moises, with his wife Rosie and son Sebastian, are passionate about their call in ministry and work tirelessly to expand the Kingdom of God throughout our community. Their relational skills create a welcoming atmosphere here at GLC and we are thankful to have them as part of our team.

Daniel Haskett - Campus Pastor

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”   -Edmund Burke

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Pastor Daniel Haskett is a graduate of Southeastern University in Lakeland Florida and has been an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God since 2006. He and his wife Jinjer have 3 children: Julia, Josephine, and Jack. They joined the staff of Greater Life Church at the beginning of 2021 to help launch the GLC Locust Campus and they currently serve there as the Campus Pastors. 

Angel Escudero - Youth Pastor

"Teenagers don’t rebel against authority. They rebel against a lack of relationship."  -Greg C. Gunn

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Angel Escudero started to develop everything media for the past seven years, from video film making to social media and all things creative within the church. With his background of twelve years leading worship and eight years in youth ministry, it has allowed him to reach the upcoming generation using all tools available to spread the gospel. Angel and his wife Jenice serve together in ministry while raising their sons Lucas and Levi. Having two boys, both Angel and Jenice concentrate on leaving a mark in their kids' lives by the action they are taking today. 

Hannah Peña - Kids Pastor

"We do our best to be an example of Christ-like patience and love to all the children." -Pastor Hannah

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Hannah Peña has been serving GLC since our start! Working alongside her father and other Children's Pastors all her life and took up the role of Lead Children’s Pastor in 2020. Hannah has a passion for bringing kids The Word in creative and fun ways that they can connect with.

Wes Byrd - Worship Pastor

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. - Zephaniah 3:17

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Wes Byrd has been leading worship since 2018 and continues to always make worship such a special part of service. With a great worship team, every Sunday you can expect to be refreshed and experience God's presence. Wes, his wife Kelly, and two daughters Audrey and Elliana love all things worship and we are happy to have them here at GLC.

Donna Gordon - Administrator

Donna Gordon has been working in ministry with Pastor Andrew since 2007 in various positions including Children’s & Women’s Assistant, Executive Assistant, and currently as Women’s Ministry Director & Events Coordinator. She also heads up Hospitality and is the School of Ministry Director. Donna is married to Tony and has two adult children, Sabryna and Isiah. Donna enjoys reading, drinking Matcha (it’s green tea, you should try it), riding her Segway, telling everyone about her mini dachshund Kya (she has lots of pictures, just ask), and making sure her office stays a balmy 78 degrees in every season.

Mike Teeter - Team Pastor: Missions and Outreach

”Showing and sharing God’s LOVE!”. -Pastor Mike

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Mike Teeter grew up in Orlando, Florida, where he actively attended and was actively involved in ministry with an Assembly of God church. Following high school, Pastor Mike followed God’s leading and attended Southeastern University. After graduating from Southeastern, the door opened for a missions assignment to El Salvador. Since that time, there is a deeper passion for missions and outreach in his life. Mike and his wife Melissa serve together in ministry while raising their son Caleb and daughter Katelyn. Both Mike and Melissa have been on many short-term mission trips, prison outreaches and enjoy connecting with missionaries! Pastor Mike has been our Missions Pastor since August 2018. 

Grace Rankin - Young Adults Ministry Coordinator

We started the Bridge ministry in 2018 when we noticed a ministry gap in churches for the young adult age group. Our mission is to bridge the gap between high school seniors & young adulthood, young adults & a church family, and ultimately, young adults & an all-in relationship with Jesus Christ. I believe young adult ministry is so impactful and strategic because this is the time that individuals are searching for purpose and trying to figure out who they are going to be and what they are going to be about in life, aside from their parents. It is also the time that most people make major life decisions that will impact them for the rest of their lives. 

At The Bridge, we have weekly services, discipleship groups, monthly fun events, and we do monthly outreach together to the homeless population of Charlotte. 

Victor and Linda Rakowski - Counselors

Pastors Victor & Linda Rakowski are ordained ministers with the Assembly of God.

Areas of ministry include Certified Life Coaches, Couples & Individual Counseling, and Intercessory Prayer Ministry.

Greater Life Counseling Ministries include Pure Desire - Those struggling with Pornography: Victorious Overcomers - Individuals addicted to drugs, depression, anxiety, codependency; Divorce Care - Individuals going through a divorce; Grief Share - Individuals experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Randy Briscoe - Team Pastor: Greater Years Ministry

Pastor Randy leads our Greater Years ministry to seniors with weekly Bible Studies (Wednesdays, 11:00 am), monthly game days, and special events and trips throughout the year.

Mark Twain is quoted as saying, ”I’ve met people who died at the age of 40, but just hung around until they were 70 or 80.” Not so with our GLC seniors! At Greater Years we believe as long as there is breath in our bodies God has a purpose for our lives. And many of our seniors are in a season of life with fewer obligations and greater opportunities to experience GREATER YEARS of life and ministry!

Landon Abbuhl - Worship Associate

Landon Abbuhl has been leading worship in Kids and Youth ministries since he was a teenager. He now helps Wes, leading worship on Wednesday nights, as well as playing, singing, and sometimes leading worship on Sunday mornings and special events. In addition to that, Landon is the lead graphic designer for all of our ministry teams here at GLC and the key contact for our School of Worship where members of our worship team offer music lessons to train up the next generation of worship leaders. Landon, and his wife Rebekah, love to worship God through all aspects of the arts; music, drama, dance, graphics, and more.