Interim Senior Pastor
Pastor Cherise is a talkative, bookish tennis enthusiast who loves God and God’s people. Her life experiences, education, and a mind for God’s Kingdom here on earth all inform her ministry and enable her to reach others with humor, warmth, transparency and strength.
Pastor Cherise is passionate about the power of the Gospel to transform lives. Her life is dedicated to living by example and encouraging men and women to live up to their full potential in Christ.
Cherise married her college sweetheart, Hugh Gardner, who is the balancing factor in her ministry. Together they are raising their amazing daughter Katelyn. Outside of work, Cherise enjoys spending time with her family and their monster dog Miss Mia, going to amusement parks with her daughter Katelyn, singing aloud to Christian music in her car (the only time her singing is appreciated), and creating innovative prayer stations.