Vision + Values

Who We Are

Mission + Purpose

We exist to make authentic disciples who live their faith and change the world.

We are called to help change the world around us by seeking the heart change that brings life change. Our heart is to challenge you to become more like Christ so you can find an extraordinary life with Jesus and others.

Vision

God has given us a vision of seeing ordinary people and families find extraordinary life in Jesus.

This means we work to help people and families at every stage of life take steps to grow closer to God and others through Jesus. We aim to be Christ’s hands and feet, helping individuals, families, marriages and communities find His healing and real life.

Values

We treasure Jesus

We are passionate about Jesus. We treasure His Person, character, work and reputation. We believe that the greatest use of our lives is to point to Him as the source of true life. He is our life, our greatest joy and our model for the life that is real life. What He loves, we seek to love. What He hates, we seek to hate.

We treasure people

The more passionate we are about Jesus, the more compassionate we are toward people. Jesus loves people and that means that Jesus loves broken, selfish, sinful and sad people, the rich and the poor. We’re glad for that because we understand that we are among them! We know that we only love Him because He first loved us.

We treasure joy

One of Jesus’ gifts to His people is the joy that comes from living life with Him, in His strength and in obedience to Him. Joy, whenever it is present among believers, is a treasured evidence of Jesus’ gracious work among them. Everything is better with it, because everything is better with Him.

We treasure generosity

A cheerful giver is glad to give lavishly to others, for the sake of others, for the sake of Jesus. It’s someone who will give of their time, their money and their gifts so that others can discover the extraordinary life found in Jesus. Someone who will give treasured things away for others as Jesus did for them—generously giving Himself away first for the sake of His Father and then for the sake of others. We treasure the same kind of generous life.

We treasure Jesus
We treasure people
We treasure joy
We treasure generosity

We are passionate about Jesus. We treasure His Person, character, work and reputation. We believe that the greatest use of our lives is to point to Him as the source of true life. He is our life, our greatest joy and our model for the life that is real life. What He loves, we seek to love. What He hates, we seek to hate.

The more passionate we are about Jesus, the more compassionate we are toward people. Jesus loves people and that means that Jesus loves broken, selfish, sinful and sad people, the rich and the poor. We're glad for that because we understand that we are among them! We know that we only love Him because He first loved us.

One of Jesus’ gifts to His people is the joy that comes from living life with Him, in His strength and in obedience to Him. Joy, whenever it is present among believers, is a treasured evidence of Jesus’ gracious work among them. Everything is better with it, because everything is better with Him.

A cheerful giver is glad to give lavishly to others, for the sake of others, for the sake of Jesus. It’s someone who will give of their time, their money and their gifts so that others can discover the extraordinary life found in Jesus. Someone who will give treasured things away for others as Jesus did for them—generously giving Himself away first for the sake of His Father and then for the sake of others. We treasure the same kind of generous life.

Pastors and Ministry Staff

Meet Our Team

Steve Corts

Lead Pastor

Steve is a fourth generation pastor, born and raised in Winston-Salem. He graduated from Wake Forest University and completed a Ph.D. in Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He became Lead Pastor of Center Grove in 2006.

As a pastor, he is committed to “fulfilling his ministry” (2 Timothy 4.5) with expository preaching and gospel-centered leadership. His heart is to see the gospel advance as people discover and then practice a “lived faith” in Christ. Steve sees his mission and calling to be that of helping people find and live the extraordinary life Jesus gives, together in healthy, local churches. Consequently, in addition to shepherding the church family at Center Grove, Steve serves as Director of the Tar Heel Center for Pastoral Ministry, an organization which has now mentored over 900 pastors from across the state of North Carolina. Steve’s favorite scripture passages – his “life passages” – are Psalms 15 and 16 and 2 Timothy 2.20-21.

Beyond spending time with his family, Steve enjoys writing, reading biographies and books on leadership and current cultural issues, running and paddling the rivers and lakes of North Carolina. He and his wife, Cheryl, have three grown children and have loved becoming grandparents to Charlie, Elle and Sellars.

Pastors + Ministry Leaders

James McDonald

Technical Director

Katie Grace Marckel

CGKids Director

Mitch Monroe

Member Care Director

Nathan McGahee

Student Director

Roman Hendricks

Worship Arts Director

Ryan Holland

Next Steps Director

Seth Brown

Discipleship Pastor

Ministry Team

Catie Clore

Comms + CGKids Coordinator

Claire Williams

Business Administrator

Jackson Cornatzer

Missions and Outreach Director

Justin Piper

Facilities Director

Marlena Cantrell

Assistant to the Executive Pastor

Mia Elting

Discipleship and Office Admin

Robin Paley

Financial Coordinator

Ron Schuyler

Member Care

Stanley Vinson

Facilities Specialist

Our Strategy

What We Do

Our strategy for making disciples is simple. We help you:

LOVE God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength

GROW together with others in the character of Jesus

SERVE others in the name of Jesus without expecting anything in return

SHARE with others the good news of Jesus

Our Beliefs

What We Believe

The faith convictions of our church family and our staff can be found in full in the Baptist Faith and Message of the Southern Baptist Convention with which we are affiliated.

The Southern Baptist Convention is a network of more than fifty thousand cooperating churches and church-type missions banded together to advance the gospel of Christ through education, missions, ministries of mercy, church planting, evangelism and engagement in matters of cultural concern, pertaining to ethics and religious liberty.

Our Story

100+ Years of Center Grove

Starting in 1914

A long history

Center Grove began in the spring of 1914 with a group of cotton and tobacco farmers gathering under a brush arbor in a place known as Snow Hill, located behind a farm on what is now known as Center Grove Church Road.

They were the practical “get it done” kind of people. With land donated from one family, and lumber from another, they built their first worship center, a chapel, by hand.

This small group of rural folk was noteworthy in a few ways. They loved Christ, the Bible and people, and they were willing to sacrifice themselves for all of the above.

For many years, the church was not unlike many thousands of small churches in North Carolina. But over the past 25 years, the church has seen some unusual works of God.

The early 90s

A season of growth

In the early 1990s, the church was catapulted from a small rural congregation of 50 attenders to a very large one of over 800 in this small rural setting, at the end of a road going nowhere. During that period of growth the church expanded its capacity as a new, larger building was constructed down the road to what is our present Clemmons campus.

Now and the future

A fresh vision

After a time of transition, Center Grove called Dr. Steve Corts as lead pastor. With this new leadership, 2006 became a critical year for the church. A year in which we deliberately set out to become a different kind of church and a different kind of people—the kind of people we knew that Christ deserves.

We wanted to become a church that the community could not ignore and could not imagine being without because we made such a positive difference in the lives of people in the name of Jesus.

We set out to define and describe in the clearest terms what God wanted of us as a church. We clarified the basics of who we are and what we do—and it became, quite simply, the way we do church.

As we look back at our hundred-year-old church, we see clearly the God of the impossible doing what only HE could do among us.