The Refuge is a thriving non-denominational community of believers in the greater Charlotte NC area. We embrace people of all economic, social and cultural backgrounds, and believe in being the church, not just doing church. From its simple beginnings in 2004, The Refuge has grown into a multi-campus church that is impacting North Carolina, our Nation, and countries around the world. Visit www.TheRefuge.net for more information
Jay and Melanie Stewart
With a strong desire to see people changed, connected, and challenged in terms of their faith. Jay and Melanie Stewart started The Refuge, a thriving non-denominational church in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina region. in the spring of 2004. They believe that a healthy local church is the hope of the world, which is why they have empowered and encouraged people to strive for greater health and not perfection. Jay’s uncompromising commitment to the Word of God, along with a creative teaching style, Kingdom mindset and vision, love for people, passion for God’s presence, and spirit-filled life and focus have helped build a multi-site church that preaches “being, not just doing church.” Jay carries an apostolic anointing, coaches other church planters and pastors, and serves in many leadership capacities.
Jay and Melanie have been married since 1983 and have four children and one grandson.