Staff & leadership

  • Mark Rachels


    Mark is the founding and co-pastor of Journey Church of Lexington. He founded Journey Church July 24, 2011 with Pastor Matthew Leonard and several other families.  Mark has a Masters of Religion Degree from Liberty University Seminary.  Mark provides oversight and leadership for Journey Church on a daily basis.  When it comes to living a life for Christ; he truly believes all things are possible through Christ.  Mark grew up in Davidson County where he married his wife Tammi in 1985.

  • Matt Leonard


    Matt is a co-pastor of Journey Church of Lexington. He has been a part of the church since its start in 2011. Matt has his Masters of Religion from Liberty University Seminary. He provides leadership for multiple areas of Journey Church with his focus being on the youth. Matt has a passion to reach the lost where they are and to show them the love of Christ. He grew up in Davidson County and has lived there for most of his life. He married Valerie in 2012 and they live in Lexington. They love to share adventures together and are always excited to see what God does next in their life and the life of the church. They both have a passion to reach the lost youth of Davidson County and are seeing God move through Journey Church's youth program, Reach. 

  • Tammi Rachels

    Jkids Director

    Tammi is the Director of JourneyKIDS. She is the wife of Pastor Mark Rachels, whom she married in 1985. She has a special place in her heart for kids and loves sharing the love and hope of Jesus Christ with kids!



    Cindy is the office administrator at Journey Church. She has been with Journey since 2011. Cindy was born in Baltimore, MD and moved to North Carolina to attend High Point College. After college, she married her husband Paul. They live in Lexington and have two grown children, Charles and Catherine. Cindy loves being a part of a ministry that is dedicated to sharing God's love with others!

  • Paul Ritchey


    Paul has been an active participant of Journey Church since its birth in 2011, and humbled to serve as an elder since 2013.  He grew up in Fairborn, Ohio and has spent 20 of the last 27 years as a resident of Lexington, NC.  He married his wife Cindy in 1993 and they have two children.  Paul provides guidance to Matt and Mark on the operations and long-term direction of the church.  With a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master of science in Manufacturing Management, Paul’s career has been closely tied to manufacturing, but his passion lies in the words of Colossians 3:23-24, we serve Christ and grow the Kingdom every day of our lives, both inside and out of the church.  He is excited to see the community of Lexington experience the love of Jesus through Journey Church.

  • Rick Wyatt


    Rick has been an Elder for Journey Church since the very beginning.  I am thoroughly honored to have the opportunity to serve with the other leaders of this church. Not only do we share the same vision for Gods church but we all understand the principle that to be a leader we must first follow the guidance of Jesus Christ.

    I am very blessed to be married to the love of my life and best friend, Ronda. We were married in 2006 and currently reside in Tyro.

    I have been employed for the last 14 years as the Team Leader for Quality Engineering at Cook Medical in Winston Salem, NC.

    My prayer for this church is that everyone that comes into this church takes at least one step closer to our Lord and Savior, no matter where they are in their walk. If you have any question on how to achieve this please don't hesitate to contact me. I would love to share with you what a relationship with God has done in my life. I want everyone to experience that unconditional love that can only come from a relationship with Jesus Christ.