SOJO is a faith community with a cause.  That cause is to help people!  We want to help people discover a hope filled life, a real life changing purpose, and a peace that the trouble of this world cannot shake.  And we believe strongly that all of these things are found in the person and redeeming work of Jesus.  


We are a diverse group of people not only in skin-tone, but also in politics, economics, backgrounds, age, career, and religous affiliations who have found something life changing in common.  And beyond anything we want you to find that too!  Please come and find what so many others just like you. 


SOJO Church is a church that wants to be deeply embedded in the lives of the people who come to worship services and beyond but also wants to be rooted and supportive of the communities we dwell within.  We want to be for our city and for the people of the city who call it home!



                                                   OUR HISTORY

SOJO Church was started in the living room of Corey and Betsy Alley in November of 2017.  What started out as a thought to start small house churches in apartment complexes has turned into a dream of being a Healthy, Mission Driven, and Discipleship Focused Church of 300 in multiple locations in the greater Cabarrus County region.  


SOJO had its first public worship service in the cafeteria of Weddington Hills Elementary School on February 24th of 2019.  And had its one year anniversary at WHES on March 8th 2020.   Because of COVID-19 and lockdowns we never were able to return to WHES. We then went to a local ice cream shop called Papa Robb’s and had a drive-in service from May to November of 2020.  While this was a scary time in our world, this was truly a special time for us as a church. In October of 2020 the opportunity to relocate to Downtown Concord was secured and we had our first official services on October 4th of 2020.  


It has been an incredible ride for us as a church.  We have been able to grow not just in numbers but in spirit, vision, and mission!  We are excited and hope-filled for what our future is to be, not just for those inside of our faith community, but also for our community around us. 


We believe that a church should not exist for itself, but it should show the light of Jesus in its community and this is why we believe and act in such a way to bring hope, life, and love to our public square in the areas of schools, non-profits, local businesses, and first responders.  We believe that if we shut our doors that our community should miss us!  Not just the people who come to SOJO on Sundays.  





Pastor Corey is married to his love Betsy they have been married for over 15 years.  They have two beautiful girls Noel and Eden.  They have lived in Cabarrus County for the last 25 years off and on.  He is a graduate of Central Cabarrus High School and Corey has two degrees from UNCC in Communications and Philosophy and his masters from Liberty Seminary.    


Pastor Corey also is the Executive Director of a Church Planting Netowrk called Carolina Movement.  He is a Carolina Panters fanatic, loves camping, campfires, fishing, and almost anything outdoors. 




Eric Lively - Connect & Care Pastor

Calvin Miller - Director SOJO Worship 

Maria Lively - Director SOJO Tech 



Ashleigh Bryant - Director SOJO Kids




What We Believe



Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is at the center of everything. We believe that Jesus is the only one who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life. We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.

The Separation

We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.

The Trinity

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.

The Reconciliation

We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and a fresh start with God, we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and commit to His will for our lives.

The Bible 

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives.

The Church

We believe in the power and significance of the Church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together.

We are a community with a cause