Dr. Hawkes has served as senior pastor of Uptown Church in Charlotte, NC since 1994 and was a graduate of Gordon College (1978) and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (1985). In 2014, he earned a Ph.D. from the London School of Theology.
Pastor Hawkes has provided leadership as the Founding Director of The Arrow Leadership Program at Leighton Ford Ministries (1991-1995), as Founding President of the Church Planting Center in Orlando, Florida (1990-1991), as U.S. Director of Church Growth for the Presbyterian Church in America, Atlanta, Georgia (1986-1990), and as the Director of Church Growth Services for the Evangelistic Association of New England, Boston, MA (1980-1985). From 1985-86 Pastor Hawkes served as Associate Program Director for Billy Graham's Amsterdam '86.
He is married to his wife, Ann, and they have four sons; Collin, Taylor, Brandon and Preston. In his spare time his favorite pastimes include mountain biking, road biking, and windsurfing.