Our Leadership

SENIOR PASTOR — Dr. Mantle A. Nance

Dr. Nance joined Ballantyne Presbyterian Church as Senior Pastor on November 10, 2014. He was ordained into the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in August 2010. He previously served as Senior Pastor of Newberry ARP in Newberry, SC. A graduate of Furman University, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Highland Theological College (The University of Aberdeen), Dr. Nance is married to Sally, and they have two boys.




Jason Piland is a student at Reformed Theological Seminary and serves as Pastoral Assistant and Intern at BPC. Jason and his wife, Erika, moved from Nashville, Tennessee to Charlotte for Jason to begin seminary in 2016. Jason's primary role at the church includes working with the youth and assisting Dr. Nance with other pastoral functions.




Presbyterian churches are governed by a group of elected elders, traditionally known as the session. The session of Ballantyne Presbyterian Church currently consists of the senior pastor and five elders:

Left to right: Dennis Kachmarsky, Brian Jerby, Rev. Mantle Nance, Kenneth Jackson, Mark Seeley, Bob Stone

Mark Seeley has been an elder at BPC since its beginning. He currently oversees the Christian Education Ministry and the Women's Ministry. Mark has been married to Nancy for over 35 years, and they have four children and six grandchildren. He earned an MDiv degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in 1980.

Bob Stone has served as an elder for 18 years and currently oversees the interns and the Outreach Ministry. He and his wife Polly have two children. Bob works for Bank of America and manages their global supplier relationships.

Kenneth Jackson is clerk of the session and the elder with special responsibility for Missions. He is married to Catie, and they have five children. Kenneth works as a global technology specialist for an up-and-coming software company based in Redmond, WA.

Dennis Kachmarsky is married to Joanne, and they have two adult children and a granddaughter. He works as a consulting engineer in Uptown Charlotte. Dennis serves on the Christian Education Committee and along with his wife has headed the Missions Team to Haiti.

Brian Jerby has been a Christian for more than 30 years and his spiritual gifts include teaching. He is a physician with a special interest in functional medicine. Brian and his wife Susan have 10 children.



The board of deacons, or diaconate, is responsible for mercy ministry, as well as finances and other practical matters in the church. Ballantyne Presbyterian Church currently has five deacons:


Left to right: Tim Teague, Sam Bullard, Jake Spencer, Rob Kelley, Keith Kowadlo

Tim Teague serves as secretary for the board of deacons. He is married to Cindy, and they have two children. Tim works in commercial mortgage servicing at a large national bank.

Jake Spencer serves as chairman of the deacons and is responsible for mercy ministries. He is a North Carolina native and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. Jake and his wife Marilyn have attended BPC for over 10 years, and they have one daughter. Jake works in IT at Bank of America.

Rob Kelley is responsible for the building and grounds. He is married to Christie, and they have two children. Rob works at Premier Water, a manufacturer's representative that sells equipment for water and wastewater treatment.

Sam Bullard is responsible for internal mercy needs, serves on the Outreach Committee, and co-teaches a children's Sunday School class with his wife, Wink. They have two adult sons and operate The Furniture Network, an office furniture dealership.

Keith Kowadlo is the servant/leader of the Men’s Discipleship Ministry.  He has been married to Susan for 33 years and they have two grown daughters.  He retired from the US Army in 1996 and works as a construction consultant with the federal government.



DSC_1974 ALL 2014 (2)Christie Kelley works part-time as the Administrative Assistant to the Pastors. She and Rob (deacon) were married and also joined BPC in 2002.  They have two children.



Nancy SeeleyNancy Seeley serves the church as Coordinator of the Women's Ministry. She is married to Mark (one of our elders) and they have four grown children and six grandchildren.