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Our Pastor



a clear callling

Pastor Riley, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, was saved at the age of 16 and answered the call to ministry in 1983. As a young man coming to accept Christ as his Savior and Lord, his calling in life became very clear. He developed a heart for evangelism and has ministered in several local churches. In 1998, Pastor Riley began full-time ministering as Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism with a respected local ministry.  In 2003, he joined the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Crusade team traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada setting up Crusades; and teaching congregations how to build evangelistic churches impacting their city with the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

the love of god

Pastor Riley has an evangelistic passion to win the lost to Christ and equip the Saints for effective ministry.  On mission trips to Northern & Eastern Africa, this passion has allowed him to preach in numerous churches and train on evangelism strategies.

Pastor Riley has always had a heart for the city of Charlotte and its people.  Although Charlotte is a thriving metropolis with many different cultures, one fact remains the same; there is a need for people to know the love of God that changes lives. His goal was to help people know Christ’s love; embrace the grace of God; and to help facilitate an environment where people could ‘meet’ with God. The name “Meeting Place Church” was birthed out of this goal.  



Through his experiences as a Public Safety Officer, then serving as an Assistant Pastor, and his continued work with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, God has brought him full circle back to the city he knows and loves. Pastor Riley says, “I now have the privilege of working with a great church of loving and caring people.” Meeting Place Church is real, relevant, relational, and Christ-centered, where people can meet with God, God’s people and God’s purpose for their lives.

Pastor Riley holds a Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies from Carolina University of Theology and is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity Degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He is married to Lydia Neal Riley and they have two adult children, Brandon and Andrea, and one grandson – Thomas Vincent.

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