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Bentos to Step Away From Charlotte Independence


It is with a bit of sadness that we announce that Gustavo Bentos will be stepping down as chaplain to the Charlotte Independence. The season, which has just concluded, saw a strong start to ministry, but was ultimately hampered by increased duties and responsibilities with Gustavo’s church Northside Baptist and personal health issues this year that saw Gustavo have to go for surgery to remove a benign mass in his head.

Gustavo has brought such a great dynamic to our chaplain team — in addition, to his experience as a professional player, Gustavo’s energy and background and bilingual skills were a much needed part of our team. Gustavo now will be able to focus more on his recovery, duties at the church, and on his young family.

Soccer Chaplains United has begun to search for possible chaplain candidates to serve the Independence. The team, playing in Matthews, a south-east suburb of Charlotte, has plans to move soon into a renovated Memorial Stadium in the heart of Charlotte’s downtown area in the next few years.

If you have someone that you would like to recommend to us for consideration as a chaplain candidate, please send an email to

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