Dr. Stephen Stout

Dr. Stephen Stout

Senior Pastor


Steve is a Knoxville Tenn. native and his wife Marlene Hill Stout, a native of Vanessa, Ontario. Steve and Marlene have three daughters, Deirdre, Danielle and Lydia

Education: The Hill School, Eldoret, Kenya (1960-62); South (Knoxville, Tenn) High School, 1968; National Honor Society. Institute of Biblical Studies, San Bernadino, Calif., summer 1969. Columbia Bible College, Columbia, S.C. (B.A. in Bib. Ed., Cum laude, 1972); Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. (M. Div., Summa cum Laude, 1976); Thesis: “Paul’s Doctrine of Good Works”. Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, Penn.. (Th. M. in New Testament Studies, 1977); Thesis: “New Testament Concept of Tradition”; Covenant Seminary, St Louis, Mo. (D. Min., 1988); Thesis: “A Biblical Approach to Preaching based on 2 Timothy 4:1–5”; Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest N.C. (Ph. D. in Biblical Theology, May 2010). Dissertation: “The Man Christ Jesus: The Humanity of Jesus in the Teachings of Paul.” Subsequently published by Wipf and Stock, 2011.

Ministerial Experience: Youth Minister: Rehoboth United Methodist Church, Columbia, S.C. 1970-72; Teacher/Counselor: Turning Point, Pompano Beach, Fla, 1972-73; Youth Minister: Covenant Presbyterian Church, Wilton Manors, Fla, 1972-73; Pastoral Assistant: Mt Airy Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Penn., 1976-77; Pastor: Prosperity Presbyterian, Charlotte, N.C., 1978 though Dec 2005; Pastor: Shearer Presbyterian Church, Mooresville, N.C., 2006- present

Academic Experience: Adjunct Faculty & Board, Atlanta School of Biblical Studies, 1983-88; Adjunct Faculty, Columbia Bible College, Charlotte extension, 1990-95; Associate Professor of Ministry, Carolina Graduate School of Divinity, Greensboro, N.C., 2002–16. Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies, Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary New Life, Charlotte, N.C.; 2010-present; Mentor with LAMP-Charlotte Seminary, 2002 to present.  Have served on various faculty, accreditation, and thesis committees.

Gail Parker

Gail Parker

Music Director

Email: musicdirector@shearerpca.org

Gail is married to Mike and they have one daughter Caroline

Before coming to Shearer,Gail was organist at Hopewell United Methodist Church in Lancaster, SC; children’s choir pianist at First Baptist of Fort Mill, SC; organist at Fieldstone Presbyterian Church in Mooresville.  Then Gail started at Shearer Church the first Sunday in November 1999 as Choir Director/Organist.

Education – Masters in Education from Winthrop University
Bachelor of Arts from Winthrop University

Jane Biggerstaff

Jane Biggerstaff


Craig Haddock

Craig Haddock

Communication Chair

E-Mail: communications@shearerpca.org

Craig Haddock is the volunteer Chair of the Communication Team. This team is responsible for all church communications. They oversea the newsletter, website and all external communications for the church. The Communications Chair reports directly to the Board of Session.

Caroline Cleaveland

Caroline Cleaveland


Caroline Parker Cleaveland is the daughter of Mike and Gail Parker, Music Director, and is married to Christopher Cleaveland. Caroline joined the Shearer staff in 2003 as Church Pianist. Caroline also works in Human Resources at the Electrolux North American Corporate Headquarters in Charlotte. She has a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Cory Wing

Cory Wing

Worship Director

Bio Pending

Janice Pruitt

Janice Pruitt

Young People's Director

Email: youthdirector@shearerpca.org

Janice has a background in early childhood education. She is the mother of two young boys, Jackson and Gray,. Janice and her husband, Travis have been a part of Shearer for many years. Janice organized our Childrens Church. She plans and cordinates the volunteer childrens ministry helpers and progtams.

Board of Session

The Session is Responsible for the Spiritual Health of the church and its members. Another responsibility is to make sure the church is staying within Biblical standards and is responsible for the overall operation of the church. Pastor Stout, Moderator


Board of Deacons

The Deacons are responsible for the Mercy Ministry of the church.  They help provide for those in need in the community and our congregation.  They also take care of the bulding and grounds of the campus and help with physical needs of the members as needed. They also handle all the church finances at the direction of the Session.

  • Travis Pruitt

  • Mark Hager

  • Cory Wing, Chair

  • Josh Roseman

  • Darin Martin

  • Justin Jorgenson

WIC (Women in the Church) Council

The WIC Council lead the Women’s Ministry of the church. They  administer the women’s circles and serve families who have had a death by serving a meal for the family after the memorial service. The women serve an important role by providing meals for the church’s many activities. The women also help prepare food for the Reformed University Fellowship of Davidson College. Women also serve a major role in serving by teaching our children and young women, as good Biblical role