Church Staff

Scott Carter, Senior

Scott has been with Cherry Avenue as the Senior Minister since 2007 after serving successfully for the previous 15 years in the Richmond, Virginia area.  He spent seven years there, as a church planter in what is now Velocity Christian Church.  Scott has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mid Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, NC and a Masters of Divinity degree from Cincinnati Christian University.  He has over 40 years experience in the ministry.

Scott’s passion is teaching and preaching and helping people apply the Word of God to their lives. He says, “To me preaching is all about changing lives through the understanding of God’s Word. I love to see that “Oh I get it now!” look on people’s faces.”

Scott has been married for 39 years to his wife Pat. They have three grown children and three very intelligent and beautiful grandchildren. 

Scott loves golf, baseball and basketball. He has also been an official for the Virginia High School League in basketball, softball and volleyball. His favorite author is C.S. Lewis.

Stan Martin, Associate 
Stan is a recovering Preacher’s Kid who grew up all over (10 houses and 8 schools in three states) before attending James Madison University, where he received a BA in History. After spending two years at Mid Atlantic Christian University, where he met and married Christi, he got his Master’s from Cincinnati Christian University. Stan has been in Charlottesville for nineteen years, almost five times as long as he’s ever lived anywhere in his life! He and Christi have two teenagers who provide him with great joy and voluminous amounts of material to write articles about.
In addition to serving at Cherry Avenue, he also enjoys working with College Ministries of Virginia, where he serves on the oversight team for the Christian Student Fellowship at his alma mater, JMU. His hobbies include video production, spending time with his kids, and anything involving computers and electronic gadgets. He’s an avid follower of all sports (except NASCAR—sorry), but his passions are UVA, the Yankees, and whoever is playing the Red Sox or Tech!
Sarah Bowles, Youth Minister –

Sarah is a graduate of Mid-Atlantic Christian University from Chesterfield, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science in Youth and Family Ministry and Biblical Exposition. Sarah comes from a family where she is the youngest of five children; her love of children of all ages has led her to youth ministry. She wants to be able to use what she has lived through to help the children growing up now and let them know that God will never leave them.

In addition to her love for children, Sarah enjoys playing and coaching volleyball and playing the guitar. She played volleyball all four years for MACU and now coaches at Charlottesville High School. Sarah has played guitar for over 8 years and loves to hear and play music. She loves to read Ted Dekker and her favorite book of the Bible is Job. Her favorite food is fried chicken, even though it isn’t very healthy. Sarah is very excited to get to use her education to help the youth at Cherry Avenue.