Mercy and Mission
We find it easy to hide the very real need for mercy existing all around us. We partner with local outreach organizations for effective ministry in our own backyard. Check the calendar for our next service opportunity and jump right in!
From our beginning in 1992, SouthLake Church has been involved in mercy and mission locally, nationally and internationally. From Charlotte to Minnesota, Thailand to England, Chile to Mexico, we have had the privilege of proclaiming the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. We have involved in planting churches, starting schools and caring for widows and orphans. WE want to do more just build a building. We believe church planting includes much more than building a physical structure. As a part of planting, we seek to build up ministries of mercy, medicine, discipleship, evangelism, literacy, job-training and education.
Keep your eyes and ears open to discover how you can be more involved in Mission and Mercy through SouthLake!
Current Missions SouthLake Supports:
Brookstone Schools offers an opportunity for parents who want a choice in how they educate their children but are unable to afford a private Christian education. Our students learn not only facts, but how to use this knowledge in all aspects of their lives. They are learning to be polite, mature, disciplined scholars, and leaders who live in accordance with Judeo-Christian values.
Bill and Susan Carr are serving MTW in the most challenging ministry of their careers. They are working with Native Americans in Minnesota. One of the greatest needs of the Native American church is spiritual leadership. The Carrs are helping to train leaders through the Mokahum Ministry Center (MMC).
MMC requires a high degree of personal mentorship and training in Biblical subjects, life skills, and ministry skills for its students. Bill serves MMC as the educational director and teaches several modules. Susan teaches study skills. Both personally mentor students, a key component of the program.
Sid Druen was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina. While at Davidson, Sid became a Christian and met Tere, whom he later married. After three years teaching and coaching at a private school near Washington D.C., he moved to Orlando to attend Reformed Theological Seminary. During his time at R.T.S., he worked in a local Presbyterian church, interned with Reformed University Fellowship (R.U.F.) at University of Central Florida, and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree. He was the Campus Minister at New Mexico State University (2009-2013) before beginning as the Campus Minister at Davidson in Fall 2013. Sid and Tere have 3 children: Carol, William, and Millie.
The Community Pregnancy Center of Lake Norman is a Christ-centered ministry committed to upholding the SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE by demonstrating the love of Christ to women facing crisis pregnancies through the provision of spiritual, physical, and emotional support
The center was founded in 1985 by two women who saw the need to help women in crisis pregnancies. The center was incorporated and the first board of directors established in 1986. The center is supported by churches, individuals, businesses, and fundraisers. We have 4 part-time staff members and a team of 12 volunteers.
Robbie & Lydia Sweet serve in St. Andrews, Scotland as part of MTW's - NEXT. Reaching this next generation is a critical priority for the global Church. And this is the focus of our Next Team. They’re working to develop youth ministry movements by equipping missionaries, national leaders, and indigenous churches to reach the youth in their communities. They also provide resources, training, and care for Third Culture Kids (TCKs) and their parents.
Rev. Ondrej and Milina Franka were born and raised in Christian family in the former Yugoslavia or nowadays Serbia. In his teenage years Ondrej accepted the Lord as his personal Savior, through the ministry of Billy Graham. In 1973 they were married and being discipled by American missionary, Ondrej was challenged to become himself a missionary to his own people.
In 2008 Ondrej has been elected to be the President of the Union of Baptist Churches (UBC) in Serbia. Thus leading over 70 churches in the country where the evangelical Church is not even officially recognized. In the year 2010 Ondrej re-established the Baptist Theological School in Novi Sad, Serbia, where he is currently serving as its director.
Michael Whitham was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. While in college, Michael was involved with RUF and spent his summers in camp ministry. He met his wife Anna while studying at OU. Anna enjoys taking care of their daughter Eleanor (2014). Michael graduated with his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC in May 2013. Following graduation Michael took the call to be the Campus Minister at Johnson & Wales University with RUF.
Heath McLaughen is the Campus Minister with Reformed University Fellowship at UNC-Charlotte. Heath is originally from Chattanooga TN where he graduated from the McCallie school. He attended Furman University where he met his lovely wife Jane. Heath served at Downtown Presbyterian Church in Greenville South Carolina while completing his M.Div. at RTS Charlotte. Heath and Jane's daughter, Mary Ladson and son Henry are both full of energy and keep them constantly on their toes. Baby number three is due at the beginning of the new semester.
In 2015 Rob & Jenny Ilderton were called to serve with Mission to the World in England. The Ilderton's help the International Presbyterian Church plant gospel-proclaiming churches. In May of 2016 they helped start Immanuel Church in the revitalizing community of Brentford, West London. Working with national partner, Stuart Cashman, Rob and Jenny are involved in outreach to the Brentford community through building relationships with people from all over the world who make Brentford their home. Rob is a pastor and elder in the church and assists in the preaching and care of the congregation. Jenny is a musician involved in the music and women’s ministry of the church. The family loves living in England and hope to plant more churches in the coming years.
Mary Randolph serves with MTW-Thailand. The opportunity to share her work experience as a second-career missionary inspired her to serve with the Mission to the World team in Bangkok, Thailand. During her five years in Thailand, she assisted the church-planting team by serving in accounting, administration, and building relationships with Thai people. The Lord inspired and guided her to help form a business, Napada, to support Thai women while speaking the truths of God’s word into their lives. Although Mary is now stateside, she continues to
support the MTW-Thailand team and Napada (NapadaThailand.com).