Our Elders

Our elders seek to fulfill their biblical function by focusing on the following: protecting ministry direction, provide oversight to operational budget, as well as financial accountability, ensure ministry alignment and implementation, protect the integrity of the church (theological, relational, philosophical), and assess overall leadership effectiveness through accountability. This specific focus allows our elders to lovingly shepherd our church into the future.

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Warren Barber - Elder

Warren has been married to his wife, Cindy for 34 years and has been attending Southbrook for 2.5 years.  They have 2 adult daughters, Brie and Brittany, who live in Atlanta. Brittany is married to Caleb and they have a son, Samuel. Warren graduated from Bethel University in MN and is currently working as a technical marketing manager for a building product manufacturer based in Charlotte. Warren, enjoys meeting people through the Southbrook Discovery Groups, reading, biking, golf and going to the beach, but mainly enamored with his grandson, Sammy. Two of Warren's greatest spiritual influences on his life are The Navigators (Discipleship Ministry) and Bible Study Fellowship (BSF).

Jonathan Bareham - Teaching Pastor - Elder

Jonathan has been part of the Southbrook family for eight years.  He has been involved in various areas of ministry including; life groups, marriage, prayer, and discipleship. Jonathan works as a project manager in the insurance industry. In addition to his role as an elder, Jonathan is also a teaching pastor.  He is passionate about meeting people where they are and helping them become more like Jesus.  Originally from England, Jonathan and his wife, Judith, have been married for 22 years and have three children.


Shane Freeman - Lead Pastor - Elder

Shane and his wife, Amber have been married for over 19 years. They have two girls (Scarlett & Sophie) who keep them on their toes and bring them incredible joy. Shane is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary where he received a Masters of Theology (ThM). He enjoys running, movies, eating Mexican food (particularly chips and salsa), and reading theology. On his day off, he loves kicking back and hanging out with his girls.

Mike Griffin - Elder

Mike is a Charlotte native, graduated from Montreat College, and served in the US Army.  He has been married to his wife, Linda for 23 years and has 2 adopted sons from Africa, Munyenneh and Kato. Mike has worked for 37 years at AT&T and is planning on retiring this year. Mike, known as Mr. Mike, first came to Southbrook in January of 2000 and got involved in Children’s Ministry right away. He has considered it an honor to serve as a volunteer in Southbrook Children’s Ministry for the past 15 years. He and Linda like to brag that the 4th and 5th grade annual fall retreat, 15 years and counting, is the longest continually running event at Southbrook! Children’s Ministry is Mr. Mike's first love and once he retires, he plans on spending as much of his time as possible as a Children’s Ministry volunteer at Southbrook.

Todd Kanipe - Chairman

Todd and his wife, Donna have been married for over 20 years. They have two teenage boys, Chase and Carson. Todd graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering and works for a small engineering firm designing specialty bearing and robotic systems. He enjoys biking, hiking, camping, and smoking large slabs of meat for consumption with friends. As Treasurer, Todd ensures the financial health of our church.

Bob Seavey - Elder

Bob is husband to Barb (33 years) and dad to 4 adult children spread out around the globe, and spending time with them gives him great joy. He grew up in California, and began surfing at a young age. He still loves the beach as well as soccer, running, gardening, reading a good book, working with his hands (fixing things or creating things), ethnic food and learning about cultures and people. Bob and Barb serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators and lived in Peru and Ecuador for 20 years. He’s passionate about those people groups around the world who do not have access to the word of God in their language, and too, encouraging others in their walk with God.


Jim Solka - Compliancy Officer

Jim and his wife, Kathy, have been married for over 28 years. They have three children, Rachel, Amy and Emily. Jim has a degree in Food Science and Technology Management from the University of Tennessee. Jim and Kathy serve in student ministries, welcome and connecting, life group leadership, and other ministries. Jim enjoys being with his family, cooking, fishing, gardening, science fiction, biking and just about anything outdoors. As Compliancy Officer, Jim is responsible for ensuring that all complaints about unethical or illegal conduct are investigated and resolved.

Richard Hopkins - Discipleship Pastor - Elder

Richard and his wife, Sherri, have been married since 1988. They have one beautiful daughter along with a great son-in-law who is just like a son to them. Following Jesus and growing spiritually is priority one for Richard. He is passionate about being a good husband and father, along with making disciples through living out Matthew 28:18-20. Richard enjoys endurance sports including marathons, triathlons, and an occasional Spartan race. He has been at Southbrook since late 2014. As a side note, Richard believes a strong cup of coffee is great anytime of day.