Joel has been the Lead Pastor at Watermark since its inception in 2007. He graduated from Southeastern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest with a Master of Divinity in 1994 after earning a B.S. in Business Administration from The UNC at Charlotte in 1990. He was born and raised in Rowan County, NC and has served in various vocational ministry roles for over 30 years in five local churches including the role of church planter and lead pastor for nearly 20 of those years. He has a passion for reaching lost people and leading them to discover the life-changing difference Jesus Christ will make in their lives today, and forever!
Daniel joined the Watermark Worship Team in 2016. Having led and served in various worship groups since his high school days, Daniel has recently filled the role of Worship Ministry Director to continue following God’s lead on his life and pursuit of ministry work.
Lori, along with her husband Pastor Joel, has had a long history of serving in the local church. After graduating from UNCC with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Secondary Education, she wanted to further her education in theology and attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lori has served in youth and children's vocational ministry positions in four local churches over the years. She started the children's ministry at Watermark when the church launched in 2008 and began serving in a part-time vocational role in 2016.
Recent additions to the Watermark staff, Brad and Kaylee began their ministry journey in college where they both led on campus. Both of them have a passion for creating a love for Jesus in the next generation. Their balance of goofiness and authenticity makes them a great fit to lead our tweens and teens into a deeper relationship with Christ.
Leslie joined the Watermark staff in early 2017. After earning a Master's Degree in Family Life Science from Concordia University in May 2016, Leslie mothballed the marketing firm she founded in 1994 and moved to North Carolina from Michigan with her husband. Leslie brings over 20 years of experience leading and serving in ministry - children's, youth, young adult, and small groups. Here at Watermark, Leslie helps to coordinate ministries that connect the Watermark community to one another and to the world.
Mark was born and raised in upstate New York and migrated to North Carolina almost 30 years ago. He is a trained Stephen Minister (focus on peer care) and has a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Counseling. Mark leads ReNew Ministry, helping those facing hard times, tough decisions, or stressful circumstances in life, providing counseling and spiritual mentorship/discipleship to Watermarkers.