Senior Pastor

Find out about our Senior Pastor Jim White

Senior Pastor James Emery White and his family started Mecklenburg Community Church in 1992. Under Dr. White's leadership, Meck has grown to 10,000 active attenders across five campuses. Though his family roots have been tied to North Carolina for generations, he was born in Chicago, and then lived in California, Utah and Washington during his childhood. His family returned to North Carolina during his teen years. Dr. White and his wife, Susan, have four children and seven grandchildren.

Dr. White serves as the president of Serious Times, a ministry that explores the intersection of faith and culture and hosts He holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Ph.D. from Southern Seminary. He has also studied at Vanderbilt University and Oxford University in England. Dr. White is a ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president. He is the author of twenty books including The Rise of the Nones, Serious Times and A Search for the Spiritual. His most recent release is Meet Generation Z: Understanding and Reaching the New Post-Christian World.


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