Director: Rev. Dr. Tom Hawkes, Ph.D

Tom is the founding senior pastor of Uptown Church, PCA, in Charlotte, NC. Uptown Church has served as a leadership greenhouse, sending out scores of pastors, church planters and missionaries while planting daughter churches in Charlotte and internationally. Formerly he has served as the founding director of the international Arrow Leadership Program, Associate Coordinator of Church Planting for Mission to North America, where he was responsible for the training of MNA sponsored church planters, and as the Associate Director of Program for Billy Graham’s Amsterdam 1986. He has served as MNA Chairman for his presbytery and has taught regularly at MNA-GA church planter training events. He is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, The Free University of Amsterdam and the London School of Theology, where he earned his doctorate writing on the training approaches used by John Calvin at the Genevan Academy.

Associate Director: Rev. Dean Faulkner (DMin. Candidate)

Dean is the church planter and formerly Lead Pastor of Church of the Redeemer (PCA), in Monroe, North Carolina. At Redeemer, he has initiated a Hispanic church plant, mentored young pastoral candidates and reproduced senior pastors sent from Redeemer.  Besides overseeing the growth of Redeemer, he has served in various roles within the PCA’s church planting initiatives including Presbytery MNA chairman, church planting coach, church planting assessor and strategic planner. Prior to seminary and pastoring, Pastor Faulkner graduated from North Carolina State University with an electrical engineering degree and worked for a high tech fortune 500 company in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina. He is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Reformed Theological Seminary.

Advisory Board

  • Rev. Jon Payne
  • Rev. Andres Garza
  • Rev. Jim Hatch
  • Rev. Byron Peters
  • Rev. Steffen Muller
  • Rev. David Rea


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