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Daniel Rushing

Lead Pastor

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Pastor Daniel earned his B.C.M. in Biblical Studies from Lee University, and his M.Div. in Pastoral Studies from Gardner-Webb University. He is married to the love of his life Crystal, and they have two amazing daughters: Bianca and Olivia. With over 13 years of ministry experience, the Rushings bring many gifts to the table. Besides his love of theology and biblical studies, Pastor Daniel enjoys spending time with his family, reading, listening to good music, and watching rockumentaries.

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Abbie Fraiser

Steward of Church Finances


Abbie is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom to her sweet twin girls, Georgia and Charlotte. Abbie and her husband, Matt, returned to Charlotte several years ago, disheartened and in great need of restoration. At Renovatus they found a supportive community that welcomes the weary and loves fiercely. Abbie feels blessed to serve such a thoughtful community!

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Missy Cava

Ministries Coordinator


Missy brings over 10 years of ministry experience to the Ministries Coordinator role. Her passion is to establish a culture of belonging within the church and to nurture the gifts and callings of the people of Renovatus. Missy earned a B.A. in History from UNC-Charlotte, and an A.A. in Practical Ministry from FIRE School of Ministry. She is married to Dan Cava and is mom to Dash, Marlowe & Evangeline.

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Erica Wood

Children’s Ministry Coordinator


Erica married her best person, Chris, and began a career working alongside adults with vision impairment. She taught clients how to access the world through technology. They taught her how to access life in the dark. Erica finds the world full of this kind of symbolism and metaphor, revealing a divine dance between Sacred and Profane. She hopes to help the youngest members of Renovatus learn to recognize this poetry, too. She has two little folks, Emmett and Daisy Anne. And two degrees, B.A. in Theatre Arts and M.A. in Vision Rehab Therapy.

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Zach Smith

Youth Ministries Coordinator


Zach received his B.A. in Discipleship Studies from Gardner-Webb University in 2015. He is currently completing his M.Div. at GWU with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling. He plans to graduate in August 2019. Zach also brings 6 years of youth ministry experience with him to Renovatus. He is passionate about cultivating authentic relationships with people of all ages. In his free time he enjoys traveling, groovy music, and cheering on his Tar Heels!

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