Rev, Matt Conner

Matt Conner has been at Newell since 2017 and is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary. Matt grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he majored in Economics and Religious Studies. This is his first full-time call, but his prior ministry experience includes prison chaplaincy, campus ministry, hospital chaplaincy, and serving as an intern at Decatur Presbyterian Church.

Matt is married to his high school sweetheart, Sarah, and in August of 2018 they welcomed their first child, Eli. They also have two dogs, Bo and Willow, neither of which knows they are actually a dog. He is passionate about community development, the outdoors, traveling, Southern food, and anything involving the Carolina Panthers or UNC Tar Heels. Contact Matt to learn more about Newell Presbyterian Church


Choir Director/Accompanist: Beau Stroupe

Beau Stroupe recently moved back to the Charlotte area from Nashville, TN, where he served in both large and small churches. (He has also lived in Atlanta, GA and New York City where he was active in music and recording.) Beau is an accomplished singer, songwriter, artist, and actor. He has worked extensively with musicians like Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and Stephen Curtis Chapman. And, he has traveled widely leading seminars on worship, music, and the arts. (He has even gone to Russia, the Philippines, France, and Iraq as a conference speaker/consultant for church music.) Beau also has four children Abbey 20, Zach 17, Hope 16, and Noah 14. Contact Beau to learn more about Newell Presbyterian's music programs.


Communications Coordinator: Steven Pappas

Steven is responsible for coordinating communications to members and the community of Newell Presbyterian Church. He produces weekly emails, Sunday bulletins, PowerPoint worship slides, as well as maintains the church Facebook page, online calendar and website. Steven is a graduate of Appalachian State University and works as a content creator and worship leader in his spare time. He is originally from Winston-Salem, NC and has lots of experience with online media and content creation. Steven's experience and passion is a blessing as Newell Presbyterian Church gathers more and more people in our community around the God who loves them