Pastor John Pharis
Pastor John is a licensed architect and church planter in the beautiful city of Charleston. Originally from central Louisiana, he received the life changing experience of salvation at The Pentecostals of Alexandria, a church he considers his home. He married Angela Collier, a native of Summerville, South Carolina, while attending college. Upon graduation they moved to North Charleston and started careers and a family. After serving 15 years in every form of volunteer church ministry, they felt the call to plant a new congregation in the city of Charleston.
With the full support of spiritual leadership and mentors in the faith, they began City Church of Charleston on February 22nd, 2009, to the glory of the saving name of Jesus Christ. With the commitment of only nine people to attend the first service, City Church began meeting at St. Andrews Middle School auditorium. This school on Wappoo Road would be their home on Sundays for four years. In January of 2013, Pastor John led the growing congregation to a building they renovated for several months prior. With a space to call their own at 1662 Savannah Highway, the ministries of the church flourished and the congregation grew. In February of 2019 the congregation purchased a large and historic church campus just blocks from where they started in the middle school auditorium. With property of their own, in the vibrant West Ashley area, the church is positioned for some of the greatest growth and impact to date.
Pastor John leads City Church of Charleston with a very capable ministry and leadership team and two dynamic associate pastors. His wife Angela, along with their entire family, serve in the ministry of the church for the city they love.