Elder Nominees

Michale Sides

“I have been going to Mission since I was five yrs old. I was blessed to have parents who were great Christian examples who had me at church every Sunday even when I was a so called adult. Despite the foundation they provided I did not make a commitment to Christ until I was 25 yrs old, then the person who influenced me the most was a guy I worked with who spent the time to share his personal story. It has been amazing to be a part of all the things I have been blessed to witness during my time at Mission.”

Mike Carlin

“I was living a life where the God I knew was a practice and tradition passed down by my family. This God sat on a shelf and was only spoken of during difficult or desperate times. He was thanked during thanksgiving, mentioned at Christmas, and adored for dying at Easter. The God beyond these predictable times was a foreign concept to me. Until my college years, when I met a preacher who was so humble, genuine and good-natured that I was willing to believe and hear what he had to say about his savior. This guy was human like me and that made me want to learn more. His approach- from his heart to my heart- and I heard the call of Christ himself to save me- a sinner. I took heed, I humbled myself, and asked Jesus to save my soul and make me whole. I got baptized and have never looked back. My family and I seek out ways to be transformed into what Christ wants us to be. We want to have a dedicated, intimate walk with God as we grow in grace, faith, and love. God directed my family and me to Mission Church and we use our time to be servants and participants in God’s work. Rather than practicing God like a religion we aim to live God- we want Him to be like the air we breathe and cannot do without. When I look back over my life I can see that the hand of God was guiding me in so many ways. I believe that our lives are truly “predestined” by God. God brought us to Mission Church, no doubt about it. I am humbled at the consideration to serve as an elder at Mission Church. I am willing to serve in this capacity because it is my “reasonable service to God”. As a parent I teach my children to work at mastering a skill or talent. I encourage them to give back and serve others. I cheer them on to be the best that God made them to be. The commitment to serve Mission in this role would allow me to set an example for my children, family, and friends. The opportunity to serve as elder would provide me with a spiritual growth opportunity. It would allow me to continue my journey of being a servant leader, as was Christ. Lastly, it would allow me to serve God and his people, a commitment that I take seriously.”

Dougs Story

Steven Lucas


Growing up in church I developed a really strong “head knowledge” of Christianity, knew all the right “Sunday School” answers, and accepted Christ around 11 years old.  Not to discredit that awesome life experience or the decision I made, I can’t say I really understood the significance of the choice I made. I resorted to the idea that as long as I was a “good or nice kid” I was ok in God’s book.  However, as life became more complicated experiences like being a newly wed joining the military, moving out of state, and starting residency (All at the same time!!!) helped me to learn what it really meant to trust God with my life.  As life’s demands became more difficult if became harder for me to maintain the image that I had all the answers and always followed all the rules.  I was able to come to the realization that the “head knowledge” from my childhood was not enough and experienced a heart where I was able to allow God to change my thoughts and my motivations.  I remember one particular Sunday morning realizing God was not looking for perfection in my life, but a willingness to set aside my selfishness and pride and serve him by serving others.  It didn’t come easy and I didn’t always get it right, but I began the process of learning to put God and others ahead of myself.  I am so thankful God as allowed me the privilege of serving in many different roles:  as a husband, a father, teacher, and medical doctor to name a few. I’m sure my wife and kids would all be very quick to point out I am not perfect, and even if you haven’t been a part of Mission for long you have probably seen that for yourself as well.   However, I pray that what can be seen is a love for Jesus and a willingness to serve even if it means setting aside personal comforts and desires.  I have been proud to call Mission my family’s church home since moving to Locust 10 years ago. My desire is for Mission to be a church that serves our community and world by showing the love of Christ.  I will be happy to do whatever I can to help advance that cause whether that be serving as an elder or in any other area of need.

Tommy Smith

My wife, Debbie, and I have been married for 43 years. We have two sons, Chad and Christ, and three grand children. We have lived in Mt. Pleasant for 39 years and attended Mission for 38 years. I have my own company Cabinet Creation, where I have worked for 29 years. I became a Christian many years ago at Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Concord Nc, during vacation bible school where I was also baptized and started my journey with Jesus Christ. This journey has taken me through a lot of paths, some good, some hard. Through it He has taught me a lot of lessons, the most important lesson to me is that no matter what I face Jesus Christ will be right by my side and give me peace if He is the center of my life. Mission Church has been my home church for 38 years. While I have seen a lot of change at Mission over the years, the one thing that remains is that the people of Mission Church continue to serve Jesus Christ and the community. I want to support and lead people to see that Mission Church is a place where everyone can begin a relationship with Jesus Christ and experience the peace that only comes through knowing that Jesus Christ is the center of your life.

Mission Kids

We believe Mission Kids exists to provide a safe, fun-filled, and interactive environment. Our goal is that every child will embrace the love of Jesus and begin a relationship with him. We want every child to understand they are made by God, loved by God, and a friend of Jesus.

Missions Emphasis

We believe that a church should be active outside of its walls. The goal of the Missions Emphasis is to plan, promote, support and encourage engagement in domestic and foreign missions opportunities.

Community Health

We believe that physical health is an important as spiritual health. The goal of the community health team is to plan, promote, support, and encourage the health of the whole person through health related information, events, and education.

Buildings & Grounds

We believe how our buildings function is imperative to Mission reaching its vision. The goal of the Building and Grounds team is to promote functional, clean, and updated facilities for optimum use by teams and groups.

I Love My Church

We believe that a space should reflect ownership and care. The goal of I Love My Church Team is promote a “house” that is ready for guests. We will continually be looking at how to facilitate a welcoming and caring environment in every room in every building!

Security Team

We believe that church should be a safe place to explore a relationship with Christ. The goal of the security team is to leverage knowledge and practice of public safety to insure that every event at Mission and its campuses is as safe as possible. Children and students will be the first priority of safety.

Care Team

We believe that a church should care for its own whenever needed. The goal of the Care Team is provide food when needed to an individual and/or family in the event of crisis, death, surgery, birth, or tragedy. Food is a practical and simple way to share care and concern for each other by eliminating the need to worry about 1 key need when help and support are needed.

Senior Care

We believe that every generation matters and is important in the body of Christ. The goal of the Senior Care Team is to provide support and encouragement whenever and however needed to show our aging members that they are important and have a supportive spiritual family available to them.

Tech Team

We believe that technology is too important to ignore in our worship environment. The goal of the Tech Team is to mix audio, use presentation software, adjust stage lighting, record Sunday messages, and search for new technology that enhances the modern worship environment. 

First Impact Team

We believe that we are to show the love of Christ to all our guests. The goal of the First Impact Team is that guests will feel welcomed in such a way that they would become friends instead of strangers.


We believe that Mission can and should be a great place to work. The goal of the personnel team is promote a healthy and responsible work environment where every staff member finds support, encouragement and, when needed, accountability so they can work to his/her fullest potential.


We believe the financial resources that have been given to Mission are to be used wisely. The goal of the finance team is to utilize prayerful and prudent stewardship to insure that the vision, mission, and values of Mission church are funded at their fullest potential.

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