Lindsey Williams

Head Pastor
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Lindsey is a native of Raleigh, and has always been in love with his hometown. The son of a local politician, university professor (Go Pack!), and deacon in a downtown Baptist Church, he has always had one foot in Old South spirituality and the other in New South progressivism. It was at UNC that he met his wife, Kara Whiteside from Rocky Mount. After working for IBM in the Research Triangle Park for a couple of years, he sensed a call to pastoral ministry. He moved to Charlotte, where he received his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. After seminary, he served as an Associate Pastor at Uptown Church in Charlotte for 5 years, where he focused on outreach, mercy ministry, small groups, and pastoral care. After seeing the impact of church planting in the Charlotte area, and assisting in the oversight of two church plants, he became convinced that there is no better way to advance the kingdom of God than through church planting. His love for the urban context, commitment to seeing the kingdom of God expand through a local body of believers, and the unswerving belief that “there’s no place like home” have led him back to Raleigh. Lindsey & Kara have been happily married since 1998, and have 3 children-Austin (2004), Marion (2005), and Ann Lauren (2009).

You can find Lindsey on Facebook and Twitter.

A special thank you to Baley Reeves, a Midtowner and the creative mind behind 715 West Photography for taking our staff pictures!

Emily Baker

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Emily is originally from the upper Midwest and moved to North Carolina for graduate school in July 2010 and has fallen in love with Raleigh and the greater triangle area. Emily is a graduate of Hope College with a degree in management as well as NC State where she received her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration.  She has been married to Sam since 2009 and they have three children-Lilly (2014), Hope (2016) and Jude (2018). Sam and Emily have fallen in love with the state of North Carolina, the people of Midtown, and are thankful to be following God’s calling to be here.

Emily enjoys connecting with others at Midtown throughout the week and appreciates that we can be invested in one another’s lives while living in very different life stages. Life right now does not allow for a lot of hobbies or free time with three little ones at home but they enjoy a lot that Raleigh has to offer and being outdoors as much as possible. Whenever the family can take their dog Becca with them, it is always additional fun. Emily serves as the admin for Midtown.

Jason Harrod

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Jason is a Durham native whose love of music was nurtured by his Grandmother, who sang and played guitar and who introduced him to the music of Doc Watson and Fats Waller.  Jason recently returned to the Triangle after a decade living in New York City, where he was music director for a church on Manhattan’s Lower East side.

An award-winning singer/songwriter, Jason has been both a finalist in and a judge for Merlefest’s Chris Austin Songwriting contest, and in 2010 was selected as a spotlight performer at the Healdsburg guitar festival, sponsored by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. In 2012, Jason received a Fulbright grant to teach songwriting to students in Greece. He loves performing and tours often in the States (and occasionally abroad). Jason will be recording an album of original hymns in May.  You can find out more at

Charity Cleary

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Charity been a member at Midtown since moving to the area summer 2016. She is currently a homemaker, mom to a Jayden (2012), Charis (2014), and Dylan (2016) and homeschooling her oldest. Charity enjoys baking and any outdoor activity with her husband and kids. In her spare time, she does laundry.

Kayla Beucke

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Kayla Beucke has been a member of Midtown since October 2017 and is excited to serve the Midtown family in an expanded capacity. Kayla is mom to Avery (March 2018) and wife to Taylor. She enjoys running, hiking, reading, and doing yoga in her spare time. Kayla looks forward to partnering alongside Charity Cleary to serve and love on the children of Midtown!