Pastor & Staff

Pastor Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson

Lead & Founding Pastor

"I think it is an honor to shepherd people, hear their stories, help them find their calling and walk with them as they take steps of faith toward Jesus."

Chris started Radiant Life Fellowship in 2008 with his wife, Jenny, and a handful of families with a vision to lead people to follow Jesus. He is a communicator, a connector, and a servant leader, who brings years of ministry experience to the table. Chris has followed Jesus since he was nine, loves his family deeply, and loves the people in the Lake Norman community. Chris and Jenny have been married for over 20 years and have four children.

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:36)

Ethan Pope

Student Pastor

“I love that I have a front row seat in students’ lives. I get to watch God work in and through them every week. I’ve seen incredible things while leading this group and I look forward to even more!”

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Ethan believes that he gets to lead and hang out with the coolest teenagers in town (and possibly the world)…and it’s true! He provides leadership to our growing student ministry, always infusing it with heavy doses of energy and laughter. He is passionate about seeing students grow in their faith. He grew up in the small town of Granite Falls, with an amazing, tight-knit family. Ethan is married to Emily and they are the proud parents of Liam.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

Heather Staskel

Director of Children’s Ministry

“I have a passion for God and children! I believe that strengthening families in Christ is the ultimate way to serve Him.”

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Heather’s role is to lead The Grove children’s ministry. She joined the staff team in early 2015, after 6 years of serving as a key volunteer. Heather, her husband, Ron, and their 5 kids (MattaRae, Jonah, Anna, Ellie, and Landry) were a part of the original team that started Radiant Life. Heather and Ron met at UNCC and were married in 1999.

My favorite bible verse is Proverbs 6:6, “Go the the ant you sluggard, consider its ways and be wise.” I know it’s a bit off the beaten path, but I believe this speaks to working together for the good of the church. We cannot do it alone, but with faith and the help of brothers and sisters in Christ, we can do great things!