Our Story

We are united by a common mission: to help students discover abundant life in Jesus Christ by equipping them to live faithful lives. 

Cooperative Christian Ministry is Charlotte’s Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and United Methodist Campus Ministry. Niner United is our ministry to UNC Charlotte, and the Faith and Leadership Experience is our work in helping college students transition into emerging adults. We are an open and affirming campus ministry and welcome everyone. Our first campus minister, Rev. Dr. Loy Witherspoon, started in 1965. Witherspoon Hall at UNC Charlotte is named in his memory. Today we offer worship services, faith formation groups, leadership programs, theological training, mission trips, and many other opportunities for college students to have authentic community so that they may be transformed by the Holy Spirit and share the love of Jesus to all.

Our Beliefs

Everything we do is focused on helping students know and follow the grace of the radically inclusive and loving Jesus Christ. We hold to the historic truths of the Christian faith as taught by the Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian and United Methodist Churches.

Our Leaders

Our Pastor

Stephen Cheyney is an ordained United Methodist pastor. He graduated from Western Carolina University majoring in criminal justice. While a graduate student at Duke University and a doctoral student at Emory University, Steve became interested in biblical studies, crisis and disaster management, the relationship between faith and science, the nature of vocation and call, and the conflict between Palestine and Israel. The bulk of his research and interest, however, is helping collegiate ministry find its place in ecclesiological and higher education discourse. Around these and other theological topics, Steve has preached and lectured widely locally and internationally. Steve has led over fifty pilgrimages and mission trips to various parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. Steve is married to Bridgett, a counselor by training, and together they have three kids. 

Our Staff

Cailee Franklin

Ben Rogers

Sallie Anna Barton

Our Student Leaders

Andrew Burnett

Andrew Lefler

Diego Nacionales

Elizabeth Hammock

Emily Norris

Jacob Mocanu

Kathleen Cullen

Sam Starks

Stephanie Boone

Tori Hernandez

Our Board of Directors

Ian Binns, Ph.D. – UNC Charlotte Faculty

Anne Browne, CPA – Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance

Olanda Carr – The Presbyterian Foundation

Sandra Cline – The NC Lutheran Synod

Beth Hardin – UNC Charlotte Vice Chancellor

Rev. Otto Harris, Ph.D. – Pastor, St. Mark’s United Methodist

Mike Hoffman – The Canon School

Lyn Holt – Staff, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Trey O’Quinn, MPA – Director of Administrative Policies, UNC Charlotte

Taylor Simmons, CPA – PricewaterhouseCoopers

Ethan Smith, MPA – Charlotte Area Transit

Beth Whitaker, Ph.D. – UNC Charlotte Faculty

Contact Us

University City Location

Niner United Student Center

at Advent Lutheran Church

8840 Univeristy City Blvd.

Center City Location

Niner United Student Center

at First United Presbyterian Church

406 North College Street

704 . 659 . 1455