Chuck Poole, Senior Pastor

Chuck Poole is a native of Macon, Georgia. He attended Mercer University, completing a B.A. in Christianity and English. While at Mercer, he met his wife, Marcia, a native of Augusta, Georgia. From Mercer, the Pooles moved to Wake Forest, North Carolina, where Chuck completed his Master of Divinity Degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The recipient of an honorary doctorate from Mercer University, Chuck has served as a Baptist pastor for over thirty years. He has served as a visiting preacher and teacher on the campuses of Furman University, The Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Duke University, Mercer University, Campbell University, Mississippi College, and Gardner-Webb University. He is the author of seven books and numerous published articles. Chuck served as Northminster’s Senior Pastor from 1997 to 2003. From 2003 to November 2007, Chuck served as Community Minister with the LifeShare Foundation in Jackson, Mississippi, and returned to us as Senior Pastor in December of 2007. Chuck and Marcia have a son, Joshua, a daughter, Maria, and ten grandchildren.

Chuck can be reached at ext. 225.


Lesley Ratcliff, Associate Pastor for Children and Adults

Lesley Ratcliff serves as Associate Pastor for Children and Adults, a role she transitioned to after serving seven years as Associate Pastor for Children. Before coming to Northminster in 2011, Lesley spent several years in Exile (also known as Texas) while completing her Masters of Divinity at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, before returning to her Mississippi roots. Before attending Truett Seminary, Lesley graduated from Mississippi College with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a minor in Secondary Education. When she is not at Northminster, Lesley can be found spending time with her husband, Brock, and their daughters, Marlow and Mary Alden, working algebra problems for fun, reading children’s literature, and trying to be a runner.

Email  |  Ext. 237


Major Treadway, Associate Pastor for Students

Major Treadway joined the Northminster team as Associate Pastor for Students in December 2018.  Prior to serving at Northminster, Major facilitated Mennonite Central Committee’s Vietnam program for four years. Before Vietnam, he spent one year in Portland, Oregon, working with young adults experiencing significant barriers to success, aiding them with vocational identification and development. Major also served for four years in Indonesia coordinating international exchange programs for young adults that focused on learning and serving amid cross-cultural immersion. Major grew up in Clinton and graduated from Clinton High School, Mississippi College, and Duke Divinity School.  Major is married to Karen and has three sons: Edward, Andrew, and Moses.



Email | Ext. 228