Convergence Church

Elders & Staff

Meet the Leaders and Equippers who are Supporting our Missional Communities
Convergence Elders
Scott Torres
Hello, I'm Pastor Scott. Thank you for reading my bio. I was awakened to the beauty of Jesus in the summer of 1995. I was lost, broken, and afraid. I can honestly say I had no hope. But then out of no where, what my soul longed for I found in a relationship with Him. My life has never been the same since. If you ever want to talk about this please feel free to reach out.

I am married to Andrea and together we have four rambunctious children known as the Killer B's (Boston, Bryce, Bailey, and Brooks). Outside of the triune God (who gives us life, breath, and all things), my family is the best thing that has happened to me.

I was born on a military base in Nuremberg, Germany and have lived in several states. I attended Valdosta State University (the Harvard of the South) and majored in Communications. Afterward I went on to receive my M.Div from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

I have served the local church in various settings since 2000. I enjoy eating all things chocolate, drinking coffee, coaching, and taking Andrea dancing wherever there is good music and good food!
Jonathan Devore
My name is Jonathan DeVore and I am grateful to be one of the Pastors at Convergence Church. I grew up regularly attending church with my family, but it wasn't until later in my life that Jesus saved me. I went through challenging times as a teen and young adult and sought my identity in things of this world. In 2006, God radically saved me. He removed the scales from my eyes and showed me my desperate need for Him.

The Lord has blessed me with a beautiful, Godly wife Bethany and two wonderful children, Elleanor and Elias. I enjoy spending time with family, good food (especially sushi!), movies, working out, travelling, hiking and sporting clays. I am a Carolina Panthers fan, but my favorite team is the Gators from my home state of Florida.

My family and I love being a part of the body at Convergence Church. Our spiritual growth has increased exponentially since we began attending Convergence at its inaugural Sunday at Frank Liske Park. Convergence Church firmly believes that each member is a servant missionary called by God to live life on life, life on mission and life in community together. I can attribute much of my spiritual growth to these foundation beliefs. I also love the heart of our congregation at Convergence Church that is not only committed to serving God but also serving one another.
Jade Stanford
I was saved by the transforming power of Christ at the age of nine. I am married to Jennifer, and we have six children – Claire, Ethan, Blythe, Owen, Evelyn, and Phinehas. Amy Bumpass and her son, Omar Parker, also live with us, and we've grafted them into the Stanford Family tree!

I have been involved in Christian ministry for over 20 years. I've served in the roles of worship minister, deacon, missional community leader, teacher, and elder. Jennifer and I take great joy in counseling, in discipleship, and in showing hospitality. I'm thankful to be able to directly minister to my community through our auto repair business as well.

One scripture that is especially meaningful to me is Colossians 3:1-3, which says, "If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God."

For fun I like to work out with my local F3 group, ride dirt bikes, listen to podcasts, and hang out with my family.
Brian Ottinger
Grace and Peace,
My name is Pastor Brian. After 32 hard years of living life "my way", the Lord rescued me by His Grace and for His Glory in 2010. Since then, I have sought to live my life for Him. God has burdened me to bring His restoration to the hurting and to help equip the church for the mission of God.

Next to a relationship with Christ, my relationship with my beautiful wife is the one I treasure the most. The Lord has also blessed me with five of the coolest people I know, my sons. I love time with my family; I love to travel, listening to hip hop, folk and reggae music, I also enjoy watching the Braves, Hornets and Panthers.

Thanks for checking out our website. On behalf of myself and our family we want to invite you to experience life in Christ. Hope to see you soon.
Carl Wood
I was blessed to be born into a Christian home in east Tennessee, to a godly mother & father who raised me in the nurture & admonition of the Lord. In 1997 I married Rebecca, whom I had met at a Christian university in South Carolina. 2 years later after earning a degree in pharmacy, we moved to Charlotte. In the years since, God has blessed us with 5 children (Andrew, Anna, Alexa, Adam, & Audrey).

God has shown His faithfulness to us & taught us to trust Him in many ways, none more so than through the joys & challenges of raising a disabled child. If you meet Audrey (& I hope you do!), she won't be able to speak to you; but if you'll let her, she'll likely give you the biggest hug you've ever had! I enjoy studying the Bible & discussing hard topics. When I need some down time, you'll likely find me at home with friends and family, playing a game or watching a movie.
Convergence Staff
Stephen Bellaire
Pastoral Intern
Growing up in a homeschooled Christian home, familiarity with church life was required. I came to Jesus at 7 years old praying with my father in our living room. Since then, my Heavenly Father has loved, rebuked, & transformed me to look like Jesus, by His grace!

I currently serve as Worship Director and Church Planting Intern at Convergence Church since November 2020. I am so thankful to be life-on-life, life-in-community, and life-on-mission with my spiritual (and biological) family!

Jim Benfield
Sunday Services Coordinator
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