Ben Windle
Lead Pastor

Paul Garner
Discover Worship Director

Graham Norris
Encounter Students Director

Kat Lomuscio
Discover Kids Director

John Adams
Discipleship Director

Quashona Antoine

Our Pastor

Ben Windle has served the last decade in multicultural, multigenerational urban cities and followed Christ to serve in communities where mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, and prostitution were part of everyday ministry. Oh, the stories he can tell. 

In 2014 God called Ben and his wife Mallika to Discover Church. God quickly got to work providing the vision of a thriving church that is part of an "Only Jesus" movement that is transforming lives, communities, and the world. God has grown a church of 9 people meeting in a home in 2007 into a life-giving community where people gather from all over Western North Carolina and Northern Georgia. 

Ben has a passion for communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that makes God's word come alive and reveals it's timeless relevance, all pointing to Jesus as our hero and our need for the atonement He alone can offer. Ben has a humorous and relatable teaching style that gives people from all walks of life an honest perspective on their relationship with God and ways to grow in their faith. 

Ben and Mallika have two crazy boys and one perfect daughter and are blessed to call the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina home. 

 Ben, Mallika, Noah, Logan, and Maylee.

Ben, Mallika, Noah, Logan, and Maylee.

Church Oversight

Directional Leadership Team (DLT)

The DLT is a team of 9 people that are appointed by the Lead Pastor to serve a 3 year term and help the Lead Pastor in a ton of ways, including assessing the organization to determine it’s alignment with the vision and formulating strategies consistent with the vision including modifying the organizational structure to insure it can support growth, managing church property, approving the annual budget, approve any purchases greater than $10,000, approving the selection of auditors as required by law, and any other necessary task required or the operating of the church. They’re awesome.