Officers & Staff

Rev. Tyler Dirks

Senior Pastor

Tyler was born in The Wild Wild West (Dodge City KS). After graduating from Kansas State University in Manhattan KS (The Little Apple), Tyler voyaged to the East Coast to marry his beautiful bride (Carrie …whom he met in 2002 while working at Crooked Creek Young Life Camp in Fraser Valley Colorado). Tyler obtained his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte NC in 2007, and then took a call to shepherd students and faculty members at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte as the RUF Campus Minister from 2007-2013. Tyler then took a call to plant a church in Central Carolina Presbytery on the East Side of Charlotte in June of 2013. Tyler & Carrie have 5 lovely and rambunctious children – – – > Maggie, Henry, Haven, Phinehas, and Winston (and a dog named Bella, and a cat named Rainbow).

Tyler loves Flannery O’ Connor & “Till We Have Faces.” Also, mountain biking. Also Pure Pizza, Lowland Hum, The Princess Bride, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Rev. Jason Piteo

Associate Pastor

Jason was born and raised in suburban Cleveland, Ohio near the shores of Lake Erie. He ventured to West Lafayette, Indiana where he met his lovely wife and earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University with a focus on Computer Information Systems. Jason & Jill were married six days after Jason’s graduation and subsequently moved to Connecticut so that he could begin his job at IBM. He was in the secular (non-ministry) workforce for 10 years as an IT manager and was eventually an owner of a small business in the IT industry. After Jason & Jill sensed and processed a call to ministry, the Piteo family eventually moved to Charlotte in 2010 to attend Reformed Theological Seminary and to begin the pursuit of a seminary education in preparation for pastoral ministry. Jason graduated with a M.Div. in May 2013 and was ordained as a PCA pastor in September 2013. Jason and his family were members at Uptown Church where he served on staff for four years until the birth of the East Charlotte church plant in Summer 2014.

His hobbies and interests include astronomy, soccer, disc golf, and most things Star Wars. He is also a sports enthusiast with an undying loyalty (read: long-suffering) to the Cleveland sports franchises, especially the Indians and Browns. He has been married to Jill for 18 years and they have five children: Anthony, Abby, Lucy, Kara, and Zoe. Ask Jason about this fun fact: their daughter Lucy was born on their kitchen floor (thus her nickname: “Linoleum Lucy”)! Having learned their lesson, they made it to the hospital for the next two births with hours to spare!

Justin Clark

Ruling Elder

Justin is a native Charlottean, a rare breed in Charlotte. He attended Covenant Day School through 9th grade and graduated from United Faith Christian Academy.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Justin met his wife Kelly (at church) when she moved to Charlotte in 2005 to teach for the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System and they were married in 2006.  Kelly is originally from Hershey, PA – the chocolate capital of the world.  Justin is the VP of a local industrial distribution company and system integration company.   They live in Mint will with their 4 children (Izzy, Clara, Jack and Walker).  It is always an adventure at their house with two dogs, 1 cat, 60,000 honey bees and 15 chickens!  He enjoys reading, sports, outdoor adventures, attempting to play golf, camping, etc –  all of which he does with Kelly and the kids when time allows.

Eric Hampton

Ruling Elder

Eric is a Georgia boy, born in Macon and raised in Dahlonega – in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  He attended Lumpkin County High before moving to Atlanta where he studied and graduated from Georgia Tech in Civil Engineering.  He currently leads the Charlotte office for BGE, a civil engineering consultant firm based in Houston, TX.  Eric met his wonderful wife Rachel (native Charlottean), while in college and dated long distance until their were married in 2005.  Other than the initial stint in Raleigh, Eric and Rachel have been in the Charlotte area since 2007.  Rachel is a registered nurse who is now raising and homeschooling their three gorgeous daughters, Claire, Cate, and Caroline.  Eric and his family have been attending ECPC since the fall of 2014, shortly after the church was planted.

Eric loves hunting, raising chickens, and tending his bees and certainly anything with the four ladies of his life.  Princess Bride, Seinfeld or Friends, Shawshank Redemption, camping and gardening, cards or board games, and good bourbon or craft beer are always fair game.  Have fun storming the castle!

Jon Wilkinson

Ruling Elder

Jon was raised in St. Louis.  He attended Covenant College where he met his wife, Linda, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business.  After graduating in 2008, he kept moving east and attended graduate school at North Carolina State University.  After obtaining his master of accountancy degree in 2009, he and Linda married and settled down in Charlotte.  Jon is currently a manager with PwC in the Assurance practice where he started his career in 2009.  Jon and Linda have two children, Charlie and Juliette.

Jon is a huge St. Louis Blues fan and enjoys playing golf.  Other interests include working out with F3, playing table tennis, and watching reruns of Seinfeld, The Office or Arrested Development (only seasons 1-3).  Lastly, Jon is also becoming a lover of the writings of Thomas Watson and always enjoys a Tom Clancy novel.

Jim Michalenko

Deacon

Jim was born in upstate New York and was raised in the small village of Owego.  He is married to his lovely High School sweetheart Peggy. Jim studied Aircraft Mechanics and earned a B.S. degree in Aviation Technology. He currently is employed with American Airlines in the Aircraft Engineering department.


Jim and Peggy came to know Jesus together when two faithful Christians shared how Jesus died for our sins and that we can have fellowship with Him here now and in eternity. 
They have lived in Miami Fl., Philadelphia and Pittsburgh PA (home of the Terrible Towel and “Stiller” Fans). They moved to Charlotte in 2015 and love it. They have three wonderful children and two grandchildren. 06


In his spare time, Jim loves to ride bikes with his wife.  He also likes to hunt, fish, woodwork and attend to his honey bees as time permits.

Alex Parman

Deacon

Mike Schnee

Deacon

Michael Schnee was born and raised in Kent, Ohio. He met the Lord at the age of 12 at a Billy Graham Crusade in Cleveland, Ohio. It wasn’t until he was 17 that he began to more deeply understand, by way of the Holy Spirit through the ministry of Young Life, his sin and need for Christ. By the age of 23, his spiritual walk was sharpened by exposure to Calvinism and the reformed faith.
Michael attended the University of Mount Union, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history, with a minor in secondary education. Upon graduation from Mount Union in 2005, he married Courtney, moved to Charlotte, and within their first year of marriage, were given the first of four children (Noah, Gus, Anina, and Luca). Michael has been teaching middle and high school social studies, as well as coaching cross-country, track, and softball in the Charlotte area since 2006.

In his spare time, Michael thoroughly enjoys spending time with his family, camping, playing pick-up sports, reading (particularly C.S. Lewis works), and cheering for the Cleveland Browns, Cavs, and Indians, as well as THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

Justin Harwood

Worship Director

Justin was born and raised in Albemarle, NC. He attended Stanly Community College and obtained two Associate of Applied Science degrees in Information Security and Network Administration. He specializes in Information Security and currently oversees the Security Infrastructure Services team at Central Piedmont Community College in uptown Charlotte, NC. Justin grew up into a musical family, first learning piano at the age of five from the best piano teacher in the world, his mother. He also picked up his father’s ear for picking out harmonies and playing music without music and song writing abilities. From there his thirst for music grew exponentially and began learning trumpet, guitar, bass, drums, and any instrument he could get his hands on. He knew his God-given gift was music and began seeking ways to use those gifts for the Kingdom at his home church, Second Street Presbyterian Church in Albemarle, NC while in high school. After 10 years of leading worship in church and bible studies, Justin felt called to move to Charlotte, NC to seek ministry opportunities.

In 2012, he joined Uptown Church and became one of four worship leaders at that time. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Charlotte and eventually pursued the call to take part in the East Charlotte Pres church plant taking on the role as the Worship Director. He just purchased his first home in East Charlotte, just in time for the birth of ECPC. Justin loves music, family, friends, theology, kayaking, camping, ethical hacking (yep, you read that right), learning languages, discovering new bands, traveling, golf, Carolina Panther football, and Duke basketball (if you are a Tarheel fan, we still can be friends, maybe).

Kristen Parman

Children's Ministry Director

Kristen was born in Arlington, Virginia to Beth and Steve Martin – nope, not that Steve Martin – and is the oldest of three. She grew up in Herndon, VA and attended McLean Presbyterian Church (PCA) regularly with her family where she especially enjoyed Sunday night youth group and her Girls’ Discipleship Group where she began to embrace her faith as her own. During college at William and Mary, she focused her time on school and service, so it seemed natural to graduate and accept a position through Teach for America teaching middle school math in Charlotte, NC. In 2009, she met her husband, Alex, at Uptown Church, and they married in June 2011. She taught math for 4.5 years until Rebekah was born, and then Lydia followed two years later.

Besides running around after two very busy young girls, Kristen enjoys music, which these days means keeping up with episodes of “The Voice,” but in former high school years meant embracing life as a band nerd, playing the oboe. As a self-proclaimed introvert, she enjoys meeting with other women and their families to talk about life.  While some day she’d love to travel the States and abroad, in this life stage she enjoys watching crime shows, like Bones, and cheering alongside her husband for the Tennessee Volunteers.

Jonathan McClure

Pastoral Intern
Jonathan was born in Chattanooga, TN, and moved around a few times with his family in East Tennessee before returning to the Chattanooga area when he was eight years old. After graduating high school, he attended Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. There he met his faithful companion and lovely wife, Rachel. When he completed undergraduate studies, Jonathan began serving in the United States Army as a Transportation Officer in Virginia for five years. It was during that time that he first sensed God calling him and Rachel into a life of ministry. After much consideration and prayer, they decided to move to Charlotte, NC, in 2016 so that Jonathan could attend Reformed Theological Seminary and for Rachel to begin her career as a Registered Nurse. They are trusting and following God’s guidance toward the possibility of Jonathan entering the military again as a Chaplain and are thankful for the gracious and loving community at ECPC.  
 
Some of Jonathan’s interests and hobbies include reading, hiking, kayaking, fishing, cheering for the Tennessee Volunteers, playing with his loyal Welsh Corgi, Bella, and enjoying time with Rachel, family, and friends. His favorite fictional book is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and his favorite non-fictional authors include R. C. Sproul, Hugh Ross, and Michael Horton. Some of his favorite TV shows include The Office, Parks and Recreation, Granchester, Downton Abbey, Blue Bloods, and Law & Order.

Brandon Hawkes

Pastoral Intern

Born and raised right here in Charlotte, Brandon is a rare native Charlottean. After graduating from the East Mecklenburg High School, he went on to study forest management at NC State University. Following undergraduate school, he spent two years working with a campus ministry group called Reformed University Fellowship at Western Carolina University where he met his lovely wife Annalee. Finally, Brandon and his new wife moved to Charlotte where he is now an M.div student at RTS Charlotte. ​He enjoys playing sports and seeing Jesus transform people’s lives.