We are one church with multiple locations in North Carolina and around the world.

The Refuge Church is based in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Our mission is to ‘be’ the church and not just ‘do’ church, revering God in all we do and revealing God to all we meet.

Founding and Lead Pastors

Jay & Melanie Stewart

Founding and Lead Pastors, Jay and Melanie Stewart, started The Refuge Church out of a basement in 2004. They have faithfully cultivated a culture of actively “being the church” within the community. They both share a genuine love for people and a desire to see individuals come to know Christ in a real and personal way.

Pastors Jay and Melanie have known each other since high school and have been married for 37 years. They are parents to 5 children and 3 grandchildren.

Pastor Jay is a published author, coach to other pastors, endeavoring always to further the presentation of the gospel.

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