City Leaders

At Search Charlotte we like to create non-threatening environments where all religious beliefs and perspectives can be shared and explored openly. We work with “tire-kickers”—people who have honest questions about life. We are a privately-funded, non-profit group positioned to help people find meaningful answers and spiritual direction for life’s tough questions.

Davis Kuykendall

Davis Introduced Search to Charlotte in 1992 and serves as our area director. He holds degrees in Engineering from Vanderbilt University, an MBA from the University of Arkansas and a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. Before he landed in vocational ministry, Davis was a Marketing Representative with IBM’s National Accounts Division. Davis has served on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, YMCA’s Camp Harrison, and the Charlotte Leadership Forum. Davis and Valerie have three grown children. Contact Davis.


Ken joined the Search Charlotte staff in 1999. He worked with Young Life for 17 years in Tennessee and the Carolinas before settling in Charlotte, where he served as associate pastor for Mecklenburg Community Church for several years prior to coming to Search. He received his BA degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. At Fuller Theological Seminary he earned his Masters of Divinity. Ken is married to Kim and has three sons and one daughter and seven grandkids. Contact Ken.


Chip came on the Search Charlotte staff in 2005 as an intern and full-time in 2006. A native of Charlotte, he worked in the real estate industry prior to coming on board with Search. Before returning to Charlotte in 2003, he was the Worship Pastor at Hope Church in Richmond, Virginia. He also served as Operations Manager at Young Life’s camp, Windy Gap, in the North Carolina Mountains from 1997-1999. He attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts from 1993-96. He and his wife Emma have three children. Contact Chip.

Chad Blankenburg

Chad and his wife, Debbie, have been in Charlotte since 1998. They have two sons, Griggs and Kent, who attend Carmel Christian School where Debbie is the Director of Admissions. Chad’s work history includes a variety of roles, including 15+ years in the insurance/employee benefits industry. He brings a rich history of walking with Christ, relational ministry, and a desire for others to know what he has found in Christ. He’s been active with F3 (Fitness, Fellowship and Faith) for several years and has helped to coordinate a number of “Third F” groups. Contact Chad.


David grew up in Oklahoma before becoming a top fighter pilot in the Air Force. Afterwards, he went to medical school at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He and his wife, Begee, moved to the Charlotte area several years ago, and David joined the staff of CEENTA. Before retiring in 2012, his primary interests are caring for children with ENT problems or adults/children with severe sinus problems/headaches. He has a passion for medical missions (and missions in general), and goes overseas several times a year. He lives in the Lake Wylie, SC area. Contact David.

Search Charlotte is part of Search Ministries, which was founded in 1979 as a national ministry with a marketplace focus that specializes in creating urban and suburban environments for spiritually hungry people to explore reasons for faith.