Ministry Staff


Austin Rammell
Lead Pastor

Ph: 704-922-3763 ext 100

Austin has led the pastoral team at Venture since 2002. He preaches God’s Word with a passion for equipping the church to engage a lost world with the Gospel. Austin & Keri married in 1999 and have 3 children.


Chris Mintz
Associate Pastor: Students & Administration

Ph: 704-922-3763 ext 102

Chris joined Venture’s staff in 2012. He brings a passion to lead students following Jesus and years of corporate and military experience that keep our day-to-day operations working. Chris and Bee have been married since 1993 and have 2 children.


Jonathan Pugh
Associate Pastor: Life Groups & Church Partnership

Ph: 704-922-3763 ext 101

Jonathan joined the staff in 2016. He is responsible for growing Life Groups, discipleship and helping you get plugged into Venture. Jonathan and Jennifer have been married since 2006 and have 4(+) children.

Children & Families Pastor Wanted

Help Wanted
Associate Pastor: Children & Families

Venture is looking for a full-time pastor to coordinate our Children’s Ministry, shepherd volunteers, and minister to young families in our church.  Please contact Chris Mintz to learn more about this position.

Volunteer Pastors

Mike Free

Associate Pastor
Ph: 704-975-2249

Terry Gregoire

Associate Pastor
Ph: 704-747-4400

Support & Administration

Kim Talbert-Kirk

Pastoral Counseling Services
Ph: 704-922-3763 ext 109

Judy Freeman

Finance Coordinator
Ph: 704-922-3763 ext 103

Dalton Rhyne

Worship Leader

Nathan Freeman

Audio Production Manager

Keith Propst

Building Maintenance Coordinator
Ph: 704-913-1049

Drew Horine

Digital Outreach Director
Escape Plan Marketing
Ph: 980-285-7782

Caleb Sutton

Visual Production Manager