Kharl’s background is in worship. He grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa in a family filled with musicians and singers. (South Africa? Yes, theCross is apparently a magnet for talented South Africans…and yes, Mark will take credit for bringing Kharl to theCross) After graduating from a 2 year Theology and Music Ministry program at Rhema Bible Church he started his career as a session bassist while working as one of two music directors at Rhema leading multiple bands, multiple services, and megachurch conferences. Rhema was one of the first churches in South Africa to defy Apartheid laws and have non-racial church services - an example of what was to come in the new South Africa. It remains one of the most influential churches in the world. Today it proudly has a strong multicultural and multiracial congregation with tens of thousands in attendance every weekend.
As the Worship Director, Kharl's vision for worship is to create and nurture a worshipful environment that both glorifies and honors the intentionality of God. Worship at theCross is modeled after the styles of Hillsong. Kharl develops the worship team — both musically and spiritually — while also raising up volunteer worship leaders.