About Ryan

Pastor Ryan has a passion for shepherding and teaching God’s people through clearly articulating The Gospel from the pulpit each Sunday. As our Lead Pastor, Ryan brings vision and direction to West Cabarrus as he leads the church to glorify God by making more and better disciples from neighborhoods to nations.

Serving since March 2019


Ryan is from the Charlotte area but has lived much of his life in Raleigh. He came to know and follow Jesus through seeing the gospel lived out in his family and hearing the gospel preached in church.

It wasn’t long after Ryan came to place his faith in Christ that he felt the call to pursue full-time ministry. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies and received his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Ryan met his wife Lori in college at UNC Charlotte and in 2007 they got married. They now have the joy of raising 3 children to know and love Jesus Christ.

“I love West Cabarrus because of its love for Jesus, His Word, and His mission.  They have a desire to see the gospel go from neighborhoods to nations.”  – Pastor Ryan Epley