SouthLake Church is blessed to be led by Harrison Spitler & Peter Scheidt,

both of whom love Jesus and love people.

Ordained by the Presbyterian Church in America,

they are not only passionate about teaching God’s Word,

but also about reaching the Lake Norman community

and being the hands and feet of Christ to those with a need.

Harrison Spitler - Senior Pastor

Dr. Harrison Spitler has a deep passion to know Christ Jesus and to see others know Him intimately to the point that the love and joy of Christ becomes infectious.

Harrison was born in Montgomery, Alabama and grew up on Lake Martin in the eastern part of the state. He did not grow up in a home where Christ was celebrated nor was church attendance allowed. Soon after he began attending Auburn University, he surrendered to Christ. Harrison graduated with a degree in Organizational Management and spent 13 years in business, the last six of those while earning his Master of Divinity at Birmingham Theological Seminary. Harrison completed his Doctor of Ministry from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2008 with an emphasis on Church Planting and Revitalization.

The Spitler’s served in France with Mission to The World as part of a church planting team. Following their return from France, Harrison served at First Presbyterian Church of Montgomery as the Senior Pastor. In 2002, the Spitler’s moved to South Charlotte to plant Grace Community Church.  After 16 years serving at Grace Community, Harrison accepted the call to SouthLake Church. In addition to his ministry within Southlake Church, Harrison spends time promoting adoption and church planting.

Harrison has been married to the love of his life, Sandy, for 30 wonderful years. They have seven children and one granddaughter.

Peter Scheidt (Left) and Harrison Spitler (RigHT)

Peter Scheidt (Left) and Harrison Spitler (RigHT)

In Harrison’s spare time, you might find him hanging out with his dogs, pruning roses, or spending quality time with his family.


Did you Know…

1) Harrison’s favorite books (not counting the Bible) are…

  • Anything by C.S. Lewis, Tim Keller, or Tolkien

  • Jason Bourne series by Robert Ludlum

2) Harrison’s favorite movies are…

  • Les Miserables

  • Greatest Showman

  • Princess Bride

  • Remember the Titans

  • We Were Soldiers

3) Harrison’s favorite hobbies are…

  • Camping & Hiking

  • Woodworking

  • Snorkeling

4) Harrison’s dream vehicle is…

  • a F250 Diesel 4 door Pick up Truck

In Peter’s spare time you might find him spending time with his bride, reading good books, doing anything he possibly can outside, or working as a raft guide at the US National Whitewater Center.

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Peter Scheidt-Leading Whitewater Rafting Image.jpg

Did you Know…

1) Peter’s 3 favorite books (not counting the Bible) are…

  • The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Anything by C.S. Lewis

  • Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

2) Peter’s 3 favorite movies are… (picking just 3 is super hard for Peter)…

  • The Martian

  • The Magnificent Seven (old version)

  • Casablanca

Peter Scheidt - Assistant Pastor

Rev. Peter Scheidt grew up in Athens, Georgia.  He was blessed to be raised in a Christian home and became a believer in Jesus at a very early age...but it wasn’t until high school that he understood what it meant to be broken and truly found out what God’s grace is like.  He went to college at Georgia Tech, earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering, and spent nearly 5 years working for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in Savannah, Georgia, before God called him to ministry.

After spending a summer doing deep wilderness ministry in the Rockies, Peter moved to Charlotte in 2014 to study at Reformed Theological Seminary.  During this time he met Bekah, the love of his life; they married in 2018. Peter received a Master of Divinity in 2018 and has been serving at SouthLake ever since.  He is enraptured by the beauty and goodness of Jesus and desperately desires for others to come to know Him too, because knowing Him changes everything.

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3) Peter’s favorite hobbies are…

  • Exploring and playing outside (especially backpacking and whitewater rafting)

  • Reading

  • Playing guitar

  • Anything to do with space

4) Peter’s dream car is a…

  • 1967 Ford Mustang fastback