Clergy & Staff


Rev. Dr. John Earl

Interim Pastor

John Earl began serving as Interim Pastor at Central Steele Creek on the first Sunday in March, 2018. He responds to God’s call here to Central after a brief period of retirement, retiring from Avondale Presbyterian Church after serving as Senior Pastor for a period of thirty years.

John was most recently introduced to Central after his wife, Nadja Sefcik-Earl was hired as our handbell director. John and Nadja were married in 1975 and have been blessed with two children; Mackenzie and John Thomas. Mackenzie serves as an Occupational Therapist in Wilmington, NC and J.T. is employed by Vanguard Financial Services here in Charlotte. Nadja is an aquatic instructor at the Levine Jewish Center and also at Cyprus Retirement Community.

John has served only two congregations during his forty-two years of ministry. The first in Petersburg, West Virginia. He continues to faithfully serve the Presbyterian Church being one of five Presbyterian pastors within his family. He received his theological education at Princeton Theological Seminary receiving a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology and his doctorate degree was earned at McCormick Theological Seminary.

Serving as interim or transitional pastor, John will serve as pastor and observer/consultant to Central working with leadership and members to the point of calling our next senior pastor. His preaching, teaching and leadership will prepare Central to a redefined purpose paving the way to a new future.



Rev. British Hyrams

Associate Pastor

Rev. British Hyrams was installed as Associate Pastor at Central Steele Creek in September 2017.  She grew up in Chicago, IL and the surrounding suburbs.  British graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and spent most of her professional life working in hospital Information Technology (IT) as a project manager and teaching math at the community college level.

After years of church membership, being ordained as a deacon (UCC), and in the midst of raising her family, British entered Union Presbyterian Seminary – Charlotte Campus.  She graduated in 2016 with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Christian Education. British is a community volunteer and enjoys gospel music, reading, movies, fitness and travel.

British is married to Kevin. They have shared twenty-eight years of matrimony and have three young adult children.



JoAnna Harrigan

Director, Central Steele Creek Preschool

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Sheila Fetner

Music Director

I am a graduate of East Carolina University with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. While studying there, I was also a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the School of Music. I have taught choral music in the Charlotte Meckenburg School System and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. My musical background includes private voice and piano teaching, directing musicals, performing in opera and concert performances, and adjudicating choral competitions. I have been the Director of Music at Central since 1998.



Tom Schmutzler

Associate Director of Music

I am a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. I have been a church organist since age 15 and the organist at Central since 2006. I compose and have composed many church works for organ and/or choir, as well as music for jazz and ensembles. I am active as a jazz pianist and am the pianist for the Lake Norman Big Band. I live in South Charlotte.



 Nadja Sefcik-Earl

Handbell Choir Director



Allyson Haenlein

Administrative Assistant

Allyson grew up in Charlotte and has been an active Presbyterian all her life. Allyson received her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Delaware where she met her husband of 30 years, Walter. They have four children. Allyson’s varied work career consists of office management, being a full time mom, and teaching preschool. She is excited to be on staff at Central Steele Creek!