Pastor John Pharis
Pastor John was a licensed architect for fifteen years before planting City Church in Charleston. Originally from central Louisiana, he received the life changing experience of salvation at The Pentecostals of Alexandria, a church he still considers home. He married Angela Collier, a native of Summerville, while attending college. Upon graduation they moved to North Charleston and started careers and a family.
After serving in almost 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. Nine people committed to attend the first service and 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, the growing congregation renovated a former bar to accommodate the church's needs. With a leased 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 the middle school auditorium on Wappoo Road. With property of their own, in the vibrant West Ashley area, the church is positioned for some of the greatest growth and community impact to date.
Pastor John recently retired from the profession of architecture and now leads the church full time with a very capable ministry, pastoral and leadership team. His wife Angela, along with their entire family, serve in the ministry of the church, dedicated to the city and region they call home.