GraceLife Church of Pineville

Grace alone. Faith alone. Christ alone.

About Us

The people of GraceLife eagerly receive and regularly engage the word of God.

GraceLife Church is located in Pineville, NC, and serves the surrounding communities of the Charlotte Metro area and South Carolina. We emphasize a salvation that is received by simply believing in Christ for His free gift. This salvation empowers us to love God and others.
We encourage you to visit us for a fuller sense of who we are. Come have breakfast. Join us for the worship service. Stay for Bible Fellowship. If you’d like to know more about our vision tied to our identity in Christ, consider the following sermons.

The Light of the Cross

Our pastor shares a message of permanent and pervading light with a vision of our identity in Christ as members of GraceLife Church

The Unfading Light of the Cross

Wisdom or boldness? Learn how, when, and why the Apostle Paul engaged believers and nonbelievers as we explore further this thought: “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

A Window of Opportunity

An exhortation to the people of GraceLife to understand the light of God in the light of Christ in the light of His church.

A Last Lesson in Light: Staring at the Invisible, Shunning the Imposter

A look at unexpected sources of light as we close out a series on the light of the cross and enter into Advent.


We believe that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” by which we understand that men “were directed by the Holy Spirit” to write the very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings as appeared in the original text. We believe that the whole Bible in the original text is therefore without error and that all Scriptures were designed for our instruction to lead us into every good work. As the sure word of God, the Bible is therefore our supreme and final authority in matters of faith and life.


We believe that God has existed eternally as one essence and three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Within the Trinity there exists unity, diversity, and community. We believe the second person of the Trinity took on human nature to deliver man from the curse of sin and to bring man into fellowship with God.

Creation and Fall

We believe that God created two groups of personal beings, angels and humans, both of which in their initial states were innocent and sinless until their respective falls through which by their own free choice and disobedience became separated from God. Angels who remained obedient continue their role in serving God and serving humans.

We believe that humans—male and female—are the special creation of God, made in the image of and after the likeness of God. Human sin results in death—separation from the life and fellowship found only in God. Through humanity’s fall, the created world was subjected to the curse of sin.

God’s Work in History

We believe that in each stage of history God has given humanity opportunities to believe in Him resulting in life. God’s plan for faith has included the nation of Israel; the Church (known as the body of Christ); and all other peoples, nations, and groups, preserving for each of these groups the promises guaranteed to them. We believe that according to the “eternal purpose” of God salvation has been always “by grace through faith.”


Salvation is made possible through Jesus Christ, who took on human nature, existing as both fully God and fully man for the purpose of reconciling man to God. Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person and is granted to all who receive the free gift of eternal life. Jesus Christ gives this free gift to all who believe in Him for it. Though this gift is free for man, it was purchased by Jesus Christ through His atoning sacrifice on the cross. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, complete and total physical and spiritual salvation has been made possible for humans. This salvation is made possible by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.

Aspects of Salvation:

Justification means having been declared righteous by God. Justification occurs when one believes in Jesus Christ for eternal life. Having been declared righteous through the work of Christ, the believer is free from the penalty of sin, is eternally reconciled to God, and is guaranteed the privilege of spending eternity with God.

Sanctification is the responsibility of every believer to live free from the power of sin in this earthly life through the empowerment of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Through yielding to the Holy Spirit, the believer may grow in grace to fulfill the role of being a disciple of Christ throughout one’s life on earth.

This spiritual growth is distinct from justification. While it is God’s expectation for every believer, this growth is not necessarily manifested uniformly in every believer. This growth is made possible by our new creation in Jesus through which we can abide in good works. The believer’s life should be characterized by gratitude and obedience to God in response to the grace He has freely shown us. We receive our justification through the gracious work of Christ and are encouraged to live graciously toward others in our sanctification.

Glorification begins at the end of a believer’s life when the believer enters the presence of God. It culminates at the resurrection and is characterized by the ultimate state of sharing and enjoying life with God free from the presence of sin. An individual who is justified is guaranteed to be glorified.

We believe that gospel presentations should reflect the clear message of eternal life presented in Scripture—that one receives the free gift of grace upon believing in Jesus Christ. There are no works we must do to obtain God’s grace or to maintain God’s grace—it is freely given by God to those who believe Him for it.

Eternal Security

The one who believes in Jesus Christ for eternal life is guaranteed to spend eternity with God, being sealed by the Holy Spirit. Our justification is free, received solely on the work of Jesus Christ; it is not earned or lost through one’s works, nor do works add to or nullify the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and His subsequent raising from the dead.

Disobedient believers, though they are eternally secure based on their justification in Christ, forfeit the grace of Christ in their earthly lives and face the potential loss of both earthly blessings and heavenly rewards.

End Time Events

We believe Jesus will one day return to gather believers, which will be followed by a time of great trouble on the earth, which will ultimately give way to Jesus establishing God’s Kingdom. There will be a final judgment of all creation, including both men and angels.

Eternal State

We believe that upon death the spirit of every believer enters the presence of God, while the spirit of every unbeliever dwells separated from God. In the final state a believer’s spirit is reunited with his glorified, resurrected body in like fashion as the resurrected Christ. An unbeliever is reunited with his body to be cast away from the presence of God and from the glory of His power.

Matt Barclay

Associate Pastor

Jerome Bell

Minister of Prayer and Encouragement

Darren Gann

Interim Church Administrator

Cori Howell

Kids' Ministry Director

Tim Ruddell

Youth Ministries Director

Anna Smith

Communications Director

Elizabeth Stewart

Worship Director

Michael Stewart

Lead Pastor

Angela Synan

Videography Director

Ed Taylor

Band/Audio Leader

John Watson

Minister of Missions

Bobbi Whitehead

Director of Ascend Interim Director of GraceLife Academy

Karri Williams

Business Manager