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Our Team

We are connected by Christ and to Christ

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Lead Pastor
Joel R. Settle

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!  

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Worship Pastor
Greg Parsons

Greg joined the Watermark Worship Team in 2022. He is ordained, has a degree in worship leadership and has served in vocational ministry in worship and youth ministry roles for the past several years.  His wife, Amy, is a wonderful ministry partner to Greg and has a beautiful voice - she will be a vital part of our worship team too.  We are truly blessed to have Greg on our staff team. 


Family Life Ministry Director
Lori Settle

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.

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Youth Ministry Team
Katie & Lucas Jones

Katie and Lucas have recently joined the Watermark staff as our Youth Ministry Team. They have been serving in the youth ministry for a while now, bringing their strong Christian values and beliefs and cheerful personalities.  Both have a formal Christian education and a heart for mentoring our next generation.

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Production Director
Jeff Doubleday


Community Life Ministry Director
Leslie Kusek

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.


ReNew Ministry Leader
 Mark Cole

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), has a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Counseling and is a certified Chaplain through Billy Graham Evangelical Association. Mark leads ReNew Ministry, helping those facing hard times, tough decisions, or stressful circumstances in life, providing counseling and spiritual mentorship/discipleship to Watermarkers.   


Financial Administrator
Linda DiTrolio


Facilities Manager
Ed Spicer

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