The Journey at Lake Wylie adds associate pastor

June 18, 2013 

— The Journey at Lake Wylie is adding to its church family.

The board of The Journey – made up of Ben Rawls, Jack Salter, Bill Bradley and Bud Strope – unanimously approved a new voluntary position of associate pastor. Pastor Wayne Lynch becomes associate pastor effective Sunday, June 23.

He will lead the outreach and prison ministry. Lynch has assisted Pastor Kenny Ashley with JourneyMen, Lay Aside Every Weight conferences and the Revolution Youth Group. Ashley founded The Journey in 2011.

A native of Winchester, Mass., after graduating from Manchester High School Lynch was awarded a baseball scholarship at American International College. He graduated with a major in sociology.

Lynch was active at Zoar United Methodist Church in Charlotte from 1998 to 2011, serving on the trustees, president of the United Methodist Men, chair of the Administrative Council, lay leader, Building Committee, director of education, youth group leader and Room at the Inn. He attended classes to become a certified lay speaker, which enabled him to fill in and deliver sermons.

In 2008, he started the process to become a pastor in the United Methodist Church. During this time, Lynch filled in at Zoar where the pastor was on medical leave. In 2011, he completed Local Pastor School and in July 2011 was appointed associate pastor at Morningstar United Methodist Church in Charlotte. During his two years at Morningstar, he taught men’s Bible study, held Experiencing God classes, made visitations, counseled, made regular prison visits and filled in for the pastor when needed.

Lynch has three sons from his first marriage and four grandchildren. He and wife Nina moved to River Hills from New Hampshire in 1998. Their daughter, Sarah, completed her freshman year at Lander University in Greenwood.

The Journey at Lake Wylie holds Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. at Oakridge Middle School. The church office is located at 54 Marina Road. For more information, call 803-810-0555 or visit

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