The 14 largest Charlotte churches, by membership and attendance

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Charlotte was once known as the “City of Churches,” and it’s not uncommon to still be asked which one you attend as you make your way around town. Here is a listing of the city’s largest congregations.

The sourcing on the figures varies. Some are direct from the churches themselves, others come from statistics compiled by the denomination the church belongs to.

This page is constantly updated, so all information is fresh. (Have an update? Let us know or email us

St. Matthew Catholic


Members: More than 10,200 registered families – making up about 34,000 parishioners
Locations: Two, in Ballantyne and Waxhaw. Maps.
Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Notes: I’ve seen this listed as the largest Catholic church in the entire country

Elevation Church


Weekly attendance: 15,817
Locations: 13 (plus six “extension sites”). Map.
Affiliation: Southern Baptist
Notes: This is Charlotte’s best known church and Pastor Steven Furtick is one of the city’s most prominent figures. You’ll see the church’s chevrons on car rear windows across town. They’ve expanded at a rapid clip.

Mecklenburg Community Church


Membership/attendance: 10,000 “active attendees”
Locations: Three. Map.
Affiliation: Southern Baptist
Notes: The church, which operates mostly in the northern part of the county, has a goal to double to 20,000 active worshippers.

Forest Hill Church



Members: 4,050
Average weekly attendance: 6,500
Locations: Five, mostly in the southern part of the region. Details.
Affiliation: Began as Presbyterian, but voted to leave its denomination.
Notes: Pastor David Chadwick is also well-known around Charlotte and is a former UNC basketball player. Former Bachelorette Emily Maynard is a member.

The Park Church


Members: 9,000
Average weekly attendance: 6,000
Locations: Three. Details.
Affiliation: Baptist
Notes: Founded in 1913 and was once called Mount Olive Baptist Church. The Independence location is the home to the expo and conference center where all the Southern shows are.

Hickory Grove Baptist


Members: 16,015
Average weekly attendance: 4,200
Locations: Three. Two in east Charlotte, one in Concord. Details.
Affiliation: Southern Baptist
Notes: Pastor Clint Pressley is in leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Central Church of God

Members: 8,000
Average weekly attendance: 6,000
Locations: Four. Details.
AffiliationChurch of God
Notes: The church began with 19 members in the 1970s and has been on Sardis Road since 1988.

Friendship Missionary


Members: 8,000
Locations: One, a campus at 3400 Beatties Ford Road that can hold 3,000 people.
Affiliation: National Baptist
Notes: This church dates back to 1890, when 40 members broke off from First Baptist Church.

St. Paul Baptist


Members: 5,500
Locations: One, at 1401 Allen Street in Belmont. Map.
Affiliation: Southern Baptist
Notes: The church dates back to 1900. Pastor Gregory K. Moss has served since 1998.

Carmel Baptist

Members: 5,100
Average weekly attendance: 2,700
LocationsOne, a campus at 1145 Pineville Matthews Road in Matthews.
Affiliation: Southern Baptist
Notes: The church is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Calvary Church


Members: 4,000
Average weekly attendance: 2,300
Locations: One, at 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road
Affiliation: Nondenominational
Notes: This church may have the most visually impressive exterior in all of Charlotte.

St. Gabriel

Members: 3,400+ registered families, or 10,000+ parishioners
Locations: One campus, at Providence and Sharon. Map.
Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Notes: They have five English masses each Sunday and a Spanish-language mass.

Church at Charlotte


Members: 800-900
Average weekly attendance: 2,100-2,300
Locations: Two, in SouthPark and Matthews.
Affiliation: Evangelical Free Church
Notes: The church offers eight services on Saturdays and Sundays.

Myers Park Methodist


Members: 5,142
Average weekly attendance: 1,331
Locations: One, at Providence and Queens
Affiliation: Methodist
Notes: The church’s first service was in 1925 and the congregation bought its property a month later for $18,000.

(Photo credits: Most photos come from the churches’ Facebook pages. The Calvary Church photo comes from dbinary on Flickr via a Creative Commons license.) 

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