Richard Brueck was recently chosen as the senior minister at Mint Hill Presbyterian Church.
The church was formed about 10 years ago when the congregation from Idlewild Associate Reformed Presbyterian voted to move to Mint Hill and change their name. Members met for several years in Bain Elementary School, but the church now has its own 7-acre campus on Brief Road.
Brueck worked as a pulpit supply, or a substitute preacher, for the church during the last year while it was searching for a new leader.
“While I was serving as pulpit supply, we both kind of fell in love with each other, and I started full time in December. This is a wonderful, loving, welcoming congregation,” said Brueck.
Brueck said he’s especially excited about the church’s strong music program, its heart for service as evidenced by its work in the Mint Hill community, and its heart for Christ.
The congregation has opened the doors of the church for several community events, has organized staff appreciation luncheons for Northeast Middle School, and some of its members volunteer in various capacities throughout the community.
A son of missionaries, Brueck brings a different worldview to the Mint Hill congregation. He was born in Zambia and lived in Africa until he was 10 years old, when his parents moved back to the states.
He attended Furman University, where he majored in music education, then earned his master’s of music education degree from the University of South Carolina. He taught in several high schools before moving into Christian ministry.
He then attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, taking a year-and-a-half break during that time to teach in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife, Kate. Upon graduation, he began to work at Mint Hill Presbyterian.
Kate Brueck works for Joni and Friends, a ministry that helps congregations reach out to individuals with disabilities.
The couple lives on the border of Matthews and Mint Hill.