Harris graduated with a degree in philosophy from Wake Forest in 2017. After graduating, he moved to Maryland and served in a church’s middle school ministry for two years. Harris married his lovely wife, Rebekah, in 2018 and they have a beautiful daughter, Mary. They moved to Charlotte in the summer of 2019 to follow his call into pastoral ministry by completing the Master of Divinity at RTS.
John Robert Biggs
John Robert graduated with a degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma and recently finished an internship with Reformed University Fellowship at New Mexico State University. He has been married to his wife Mary for three and a half years and together they have a two-year old daughter named Annie Louisa, a one-year old son named Gilbert, and a baby boy due in April. John Robert moved to Charlotte in July 2017 and began attending Reformed Theological Seminary.
Matthew is happily married to Caroline and the proud father of Archibald and Beatrix. He grew up in Northern Ireland until he went to Durham University in the North of England where he studied History and Politics as an undergraduate. Matthew went on to earn a Masters in Early Modern History at the same University, and then spent four years working for a church in the heart of Durham city. Initially, he served in student ministry and children's ministry, he later worked more specifically with international students. Following a few years working in Business Development and World Heritage Fundraising, Matthew moved to Leeds to explore the call to ministry and came under care of the International Presbyterian Church in the UK. Matthew and his family moved to Charlotte in July 2021 in order to study and pursue a Masters of Divinity at RTS.
Austin grew up in Memphis, TN. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Mississippi State University where he met his wife and best friend, Alexandra. After college, he served for two years (2016-2018) in college ministry as an RUF intern at Auburn University. In August 2018, he moved to Charlotte to begin working on his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Counseling in preparation for pastoral ministry. He enjoys eating barbecue, reading, and being outside. By God’s grace, He and Alex are expecting their first child in February 2021.
Alberto is from Mérida, México and is married to Laura. Though he was born and raised in a Presbyterian family, he came to know Christ as Savior in his fifth year as a medical student. As soon as Alberto was rescued from darkness to light, he knew the Lord was calling him to be a pastor. Alberto completed medical school while receiving theological education with a local pastor, Rev. Wilbur Madera, and finally graduated as a Doctor of Medicine. While preparing for seminary, Alberto and his wife moved to Cabo San Lucas to serve as missionaries at reformed local church Comunidad de Gracia and begun Enviados Mexico Ministries, which intends to serve the church of Mexico creating reformed resources in Spanish. In 2019 he came to Charlotte to begin working on his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theological Studies. Everything for the Glory of our God.
Ben and his family are from the state of Michigan. He met his wife Alyssa while both were studying biochemistry at Michigan State University and attending University Reformed Church (URC) in East Lansing. They were married in 2015 and their first son Calvin was born in 2020. Ben worked in campus ministry at Michigan State for five years from 2014-2019 before the Preisers moved to Charlotte to pursue education at Reformed Theological Seminary. They hope to return to Michigan after graduation to help with church planting.
Daniel grew up in Cabo, Mexico. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music at Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan. In 2015 he moved to Memphis, TN and served as a music intern at Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis. In 2018 he earned his Master’s in Music (Piano Performance) at the University of Memphis. He served as the Worship Director and Pastoral Assistant at Iglesia Presbiteriana Esperanza in Memphis, TN from 2018-2019. In 2019 he moved to Charlotte to pursue a Master of Divinity at RTS. Daniel is married to his beautiful wife, Katie Pollorena. Daniel loves God, family, people, music, and watching NFL (#GoPats!).
Church Planting Apprentice
José Portillo graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary Charlotte with an
MDiv. For the last two years he served as the Campus Administrator and Director
of Hispanic Engagement for RTS in Houston, Texas, where he spent nearly 18 years of his life. José was born in Costa Rica and lived all over Central America as his dad preached, encouraged pastors, and planted churches. Now José is excited to be coming to Charlotte to begin a church planting apprenticeship. His goal is to live and plant a church in the middle of the rapidly-growing Hispanic population in the North Eastern part of Charlotte, bringing the transforming power of the gospel to this diverse community. Please pray that the Lord will raise co-workers to join him in this work through both prayers and labor. José is married to Anna, and they have one daughter.
Ben grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, before moving to Aberdeen to complete a bachelor’s degree in education. He then worked in primary school education for several years, after which he completed a ministry internship at his local church in Aberdeen. In August 2019, Ben moved with his family to Charlotte in the Fall of 2019 to study for a Masters of Divinity at RTS. Ben is married to Sarah and they have three children.