James-200x300James Metsger • Lead Pastor

James talked Melissa into marrying him in 2001. Since then, Caedmon, Noah, and Amelia have rounded out their starting five. James joined the staff team at Ren in 2007. He loves preaching the word, walking with and caring for people. If he’s not scratching sermon notes on his dry erase board he’s sipping coffee with a friend asking, “How are you really doing?” When James isn’t at the office he’s at home chasing a soccer ball with his kids or chasing after his wife.



CharityH-200x300Charity Helms • Worship Leader

Charity has been married to her husband Tim for 22 years. They have 4 awesome kids — Sam is in college, Emeline is a senior in high school, Libby is a sophomore, and Annie is in 4th grade. In 2015, Charity joined the team at Renaissance as worship leader. She has no greater joy than to sing at the top of her lungs about Jesus and His redeeming work. Her love for Jesus and music are combined to inspire and encourage people to worship and love Him more deeply and freely. When not crafting set lists or rehearsing with the worship team, Charity can be found teaching voice and piano, connecting over coffee with friends and other worship leaders, doing concerts with her musical husband and kids, assisting at her kids’ school, or doing Bible study. Life is full, and God is good!



Jodi Richardson • Children’s Ministry Director

Jodi is from Pittsburgh, Pa and moved to the Charlotte area in 2006. She and her husband Wes have two little girls, Anna and Ruthie, who make life much more hilarious each day! Jodi has a passion for teaching BIG things to little people in creative and engaging ways. She loves to teach the gospel to kids and to remind them of how much they are loved by Jesus. Jodi also loves teaching art at Hope Academy, having dance parties with her daughters, drinking large quantities of coffee and going on dates with her husband.



Denise Long • Admin Assistant

Denise loves nothing more than crossing items off a good to-do list. Well, she loves Jesus, her husband, two teenagers and trips to Disney more, but you get the point. In 2016, James didn’t have to work too hard in convincing her to bring her gazillion years of professional administrative experience to Ren. Instead of supporting lawyers, she now enjoys assisting the leaders of Ren show the love of Jesus and advance His kingdom through the Renaissance family. She looks forward each summer to joining Ren’s GO Team on their mission to the Honduras Life Center and can’t wait to experience even more mission trips for the glory of God. Hobbies include planning trips to Walt Disney World, talking about Walt Disney World and actually going to Walt Disney World. Billy (her husband of 20 years), Brosnan (her 18 year old son) and Aeris (her 16 year old daughter) and two dogs make her life better than any theme park and just about as entertaining!