charles mcknight has a master of divinity from reformed theological seminary charlotte, attended the us naval academy, and has degrees in english and african american diaspora studies from the university of north carolina at greensboro.
with 15 years of ministry and pastoral leadership under his belt, he co-planted west charlotte church (wcc) in the historic african american west charlotte community and served as an assistant pastor at christ central church before planting wcc, which is the first and only african american led pca church planted by another african american-led church (christ central church, rev. howard brown).
he currently serves in the following ministry leadership roles: coordinator of missions to north america (mna) african american ministries; executive director for the center for african american church planting; advisory committee member for the mna unity fund; advisory committee member for missions to the world; advisory committee member for covenant seminary; advisory committee member for historically black colleges and universities link conference; and co-host of the podcast, between the pew.
additional roles charles has served include being a founding member of the central carolina presbytery intercultural church planting committee, a member of the oversight commission for the revitalization of freedom church, and a consultant in their union with wcc. he has served as a board member of the mna unity fund and as an assessor with the mna church planting assessment center. In addition, he has mentored and coached numerous church planters.
charles is a former public school teacher and basketball coach who taught cultural apologetics at gordon-conwell seminary, and his father is an ame zion pastor. charles and his wife, charlotte, have four children: mckenzie grace ’08, corinne justice ’11, kendall joy ’13, and charles “cam” iv ’16.