About Us

Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family

Who we are

Here's the deal, Authentic Church cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. Authentic Church is a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.

Where we come from

Authentic was founded in 2012 by Pastor Bobby Chandler as an outreach ministry in Shreveport, Louisiana. In 2018, Pastor Bobby and his wife Christy Chandler moved their family of 5 to Matthews, North Carolina. God was placing it on their hearts to take the ministry in a new direction and they quickly launched Authentic Church in the backyard of their home.

As the church began to grow, their faith was tested when their little girl was diagnosed with a condition that required brain surgery. They questioned how they could care for her and still serve a growing ministry? They turned to God for the way and prayed,“If this is your will God, this will happen!”

The next day Pastor Bobby received a phone call that would change everything for the ministry and his family. He was asked to relocate his church plant to Hickory, North Carolina.

Where we're headed

Authentic Church continues to see lives changed by the saving and redeeming blood of Jesus Christ. Our online presence allows us to not only reach our city, but also our county, state, country and even the entire world.

We want to impact people. We want to change culture. We want to glorify God in everything that we do.

Our story has been a journey of faith. Our hope is that you too will join us on our journey and call Authentic Church your home.

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at Authentic Church. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the Authentic Family.

Beyond that, if you're ready to plan your first visit, click here. If you want to learn more about our beliefs as a church, click here. Or if you'd simply like to get in touch with a person on our lead team directly, click the button below.