Our Team

Pastor Matt McCarthy

Pastor Matt McCarthy
Lead Pastor

Matt is originally from the Boston and professed Christ as Savior at a young age. He has served Christ’s church as a pastor in various capacities since 2001.  In the fall of 2014, the McCarthy’s spent four months at the Harvest Bible Fellowship in Elgin, IL in order to be trained for the purpose of planting and pastoring a Vertical Church.

Matt and Miriam met while working at a summer camp in New Hampshire.  They were  married in 2001and have four boys--Isaiah, Owen, Creed, and Judah.

Eli Moore
worship leader

Eli was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC and grew up with a passion for music. At a young age he began to understand and believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ and found a passion to play music and lead worship. Prior to serving as the Worship Leader at Vertical Church, Eli was a part of the worship team at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.

briley penner
Lead Pastor assistant

Briley was raised in the Winston-Salem area and grew up in a loving Christian family. He recently graduated from Piedmont International University with a B.A. in Bible with a minor in Expanded Bible, and is currently pursuing a M. Div. at Piedmont. He felt his call to ministry on the mission field in the country of Uganda. He has a passion for teaching of the Word and seeing Christians actively involved in their communities for the sake of the Gospel.

Justin Laskowski
Pastor of Students

Justin grew up in Concord, NC and came to understand the gospel as a middle schooler in his church's student ministry. After graduating from Liberty University, Justin interned at Northridge Church in Rochester, NY where he later came on staff as the Student Ministry Director. It was in Rochester where he met his fiancé, Ali. Justin is finishing a Masters degree in Preaching and has been working in student ministry since he was a student at Liberty. His passion is teaching God's Word and experiencing life change as students grow in their relationship with God. He enjoys hipster coffee shops, Carolina Panthers football, and exploring new places with Ali.