Our Team

Pastor Matt McCarthy

Matt McCarthy
Lead Pastor

Originally from the Boston area, Matt and his family planted Vertical Church in 2016 with a handful of families and a vision to make disciples of Jesus Christ in the Triad area. Matt graduated from Central Seminary with a Masters Degree and is in process on his Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in church ministry as a pastor in various capacities since 2001. 

Matt is married to Miriam, who he met while working at a summer camp in New Hampshire.  They were married in 2001 and 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. He’s currently studying Worship at Liberty University.


Justin Laskowski
Next Gen Pastor

Justin was in middle school when Jesus changed his life and, now, his passion is teaching the Bible and helping students find and follow Jesus. He grew up in Concord, NC and has served in full-time student ministry since 2016. He and his wife Ali help lead Vertical Students (middle school & high school) as well as the young adults of Vertical Church. They enjoy hipster coffee shops, Carolina Panthers football, and exploring new places around the Triad.