Local Leaders

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.

Ken Schultz

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

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.

Steve Gardner

Steve joined the Search team in 2020 after serving 27 years with Young Life in Indiana, West Virginia, Ohio, and most recently as the Regional Director for North and South Carolina. Steve also volunteers with the Charlotte Country Day ministry, where he continues as a varsity assistant football coach. His wife Lisa also serves at Country Day, where she teaches public speaking and journalism after finishing an 20 year career as a television anchor and radio host.   Together they have a high schooler, Grace, and a middle schooler, Grant, whose Dixie Little League baseball team Steve coached to Charlotte’s first ever World Series Championship in the summer of 2019.