CLAYTON — A young face is speaking from the pulpit at Mount Calvary Baptist Church.
Charles Hatcher, 30, is in his first job as a lead pastor.
“It’s kind of a dream come true for me, really,” Hatcher said. “I’ve known that’s what the Lord wanted me to do for a long time.”
Hatcher said that even though he’s relatively young for a pastor, his preaching and worship styles are traditional. “I’m a young guy, but I’m still old school,” he said.
Mount Calvary offers traditional worship services, eschewing the contemporary services that have become popular in recent years.
Hatcher and his wife, Brittany, moved to Raleigh from Florida two years ago. Since then, Hatcher has been serving as an associate pastor at Neuse Baptist Church in Raleigh.
John McFadden, owner of Jewelry Design Studio and a trustee at Mount Calvary, said he recruited Hatcher because he knew him from when he attended Neuse Baptist.
Hatcher came to speak at the church in the spring and subsequently won the approval of the trustees and congregation.
As for leading his first church, Hatcher said his idea is to make Mount Calvary a welcoming place. “We want our church to be a home for people,” he said. “My focus is on making sure we get back to the basics of biblical teachings.”
The church has about 50 members now. In 2009, Mount Calvary suffered two devastating fires that were likely the work of an arsonist, police said.
The congregation rebuilt and dedicated the new building in February 2011. The church is located at 5712 Barber Mill Road.
The previous pastor, Darrel Sauls, retired in March after 26 years.