Our Staff

In addition to organizing, facilitating, and coordinating CBFNC ministries with volunteer leadership, a significant amount of our coordinators’ time is spent in direct ministry with churches. On Wednesdays and Sundays, our coordinators are often in churches, preaching, teaching and serving congregations. They also lead conferences, retreats, workshops and provide consultation to church committees and leaders. Please call on them to visit, speak or serve your church in the upcoming year 888.822.1944.

Also, CBFNC would like to be represented at your Missions or Event Fair. Contact us to schedule someone to come set up a display with resources at communications@cbfnc.org or 888.822.1944.


Dr. Larry Hovis

Executive Coordinator

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Email: Lhovis@cbfnc.org
Phone: 336-759-3456

Larry Hovis has been Executive Coordinator of CBF of North Carolina since 2004. His responsibilities including bringing together the diverse parts of CBFNC (including individual Christians, churches, staff, councils, other volunteer leadership, and ministry partners) into a coherent and efficient whole to accomplish our purpose of “bringing Baptists of North Carolina together for Christ-centered ministry.”

Prior to his current position, Larry served as pastor of four congregations: The Memorial Baptist Church, Greenville, North Carolina; First Baptist Church, Mocksville, North Carolina; Bethlehem Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia; and Washington Baptist Church, Washington, Virginia.

He has degrees from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia (Doctor of Ministry); Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina (Master of Divinity with Languages), and North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina (Bachelor of Arts).

Larry has completed numerous extended professional development programs, including the Pastor as Spiritual Guide through the Center for Congregational Health and advanced studies in Fundraising and Nonprofit Executive Leadership through Indiana University. He is also a Certified Christian Leadership Coach.

While Hovis’s particular strengths focus on leadership, stewardship, strategic planning, governance and organizational development, his passion is preaching and relating to Baptist congregations. He has been privileged to preach in more than 200 churches in North Carolina and beyond.

Larry is married to the former Kimberly Lee. They have one daughter, Lauren, who works in Washington, D.C. In his limited spare time, Larry enjoys cycling, traveling with his family (especially to historic places) and watching sports (primarily ACC football and basketball).


Dr. Andy Jung

Associate Executive Coordinator

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Email: Ajung@cbfnc.org
Phone: 704-985-3103

Andy Jung joined the CBFNC staff in January of 2019. His primary responsibility is to support the mission of CBFNC and its ministries and to assist the coordinators in ministering alongside our partner churches.

Prior to coming to CBFNC, Andy served as the pastor of First Baptist of Albemarle for 4.5 years. He also served as Associate Pastor of Students and Administration at Trinity Baptist, Raleigh for 11 years.

Andy earned his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in Math Education (’96) before earning his Master of Divinity from Campbell University Divinity School (’10). He received his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA in Youth, Family and Culture. Andy also holds an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising through IUPUI’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Andy has a passion for helping local churches thrive into the future in an uncertain world. He has a particular love for young people and helping churches welcome and engage them well.

Andy is married to Amy. They both love to travel, experience new foods and cheer for their beloved Wolfpack. Andy enjoys playing golf and watching sports of all kinds.


Dr. Rick Jordan

Church Resources Coordinator

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Email: rjordan@cbfnc.org
Phone: 336-759-3456

Dr. Rick Jordan has been the Church Resources Coordinator at CBFNC since 2002. His responsibilities include coordinating ministries that focus on lay persons through the Faith Formation Ministry Council. Rick enjoys leading retreats for church leaders (deacons, Sunday School teachers, etc.). Rick is also President of Great Bible Teachers, a new ministry that “helps good Bible teachers become great Bible teachers.”

Rick and his wife, Susan, have been married since 1982. They have two grown sons. When he is not working or writing, he enjoys his square foot garden, Americana music, and hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Previous Positions:

  • Pastor, Antioch Baptist Church, Taylorsville, NC
  • Associate Pastor: Minister of Education/ Youth, Viewmont BC, Hickory BC
  • Chaplain Resident: Spartanburg, SC, General Hospital
  • Youth Minister: Second Baptist Church, Liberty, MO



  • B.A. in English from King College, Bristol, TN
  • M.Div. from Midwestern Theological Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, MO
  • D.Min. from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA



  • Ecclesiastes Series – Formations Literature (Youth) – Smyth and Helwys
  • Advent Series – Formations Literature (Adult) – Smyth and Helwys
  • Book, A Holy and Surprising Birth (Smyth and Helwys, 2013)
  • Online adult teacher lesson plans for Nurturing Faith (2010-2016)
  • Chapter of book, Though the Darkness Gather Round: Devotions about Infertility, Miscarriage, and Infant Loss (Smyth and Helwys, 2016)
  • Book, The Alphabet of Errors: How to Teach the Bible Better (Great Bible Teachers, 2017)
  • Writer of adult Bible study curriculum, Central Themes of the Bible (Great Bible Teachers, 2018)
  • Author of published poems in literary journals such as Poetry South, Eno, TWJ, Pour Vida, Foliate Oak, and the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.

Rev. Santiago Reales

Red Latina, NC CBF

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Email: sreales@cbfnc.org

Santiago Reales is the Director of Red Latina NC CBF (“Red Latina” means Latino network in English). Santiago is a CBF endorsed chaplain at Trellis Supportive Care. He received an M. Div. from Gardner-Webb Divinity School and has served as pastor and associate pastor at several churches in TX & NC, most recently Associate Pastor of Hispanic-Latino/a Ministry at Piney Grove Baptist Church, Mt. Airy, NC.


Rev. Jim Hylton

Business Administration Coordinator

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Email: jhylton@cbfnc.org
Phone: 888-822-1944

Jim became the Business Administration Coordinator at CBFNC on October 29, 2007. His responsibilities include finances, human resources and information technology. Jim also served as pastor of First Fellowship Baptist Church in Wallburg, North Carolina, from 2005-2011.

A native of Winston-Salem, Jim is married to Jan, formerly of Salemburg, NC. They have two children. Jim’s work took him to both Fayetteville, NC, and Sanford, NC.  Jim enjoys spending time with his family, sports of all kinds, and reading.

Previous Positions:

  • Pastor: First Fellowship Baptist Church
  • Pilot Mountain Baptist Association, Intern
  • C. Penney Co., Inc., 27 Years in Management


  • Wake Forest University, M.Div
  • Campbell University, M.B.A.
  • Wake Forest University, B.S. Business Administration
  • Certified Church Administrator, N.A.C.B.A.

Dr. Wanda Kidd

Collegiate Engagement Coordinator

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Email: WKidd@cbfnc.org; Asyougo5@aol.com
Phone: 828-293-5138

Wanda became the College Ministry Coordinator at CBFNC on August 1, 2007. Her responsibilities include assisting CBFNC leaders, congregations and ministry partners to develop and direct ministries that lead young adults into vital and compassionate Christian discipleship and leadership in a Free and Faithful Baptist context.

Wanda and her husband, Dan, live in Cullowhee, NC, where Dan is a self-employed CPA. They have a grown daughter and son.

In her spare time, Wanda loves travel, country music and of course her family. Ask her about any exit number on NC I-40 and she can tell you an anecdotal story involving either an event, a song or a family member that goes along with that location.

Read an article from Wanda about where her passion from college ministry comes from, what are the challenges that churches face in reaching college students and why she is interested in this position with CBFNC.

Read the press release from when the Coordinating Council of CBFNC contracted with Wanda Kidd to serve as the new College Ministry Consultant.


Rev. Seth HIx

Church Engagement Coordinator

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Email: seth.hix@cbfnc.org
Phone: 888-822-1944

Seth began as CBFNC Church Engagement Coordinator on June 1, 2017. The responsibilities of this new part-time position include leadership of the Ministerial Transitions Team, Reference and Referral program, and a focus on strengthening relationships with local congregations.

After a 13-year career in church music, the pursuit of a new ministerial calling led Seth and his family to North Carolina, where he enrolled at Wake Forest School of Divinity. While at Wake Forest, Seth was a CBFNC Lolly Scholar and earned certifications in Mental Health First Aid and Faith-based Nonprofit Leadership.

Seth has been happily married to Genelle, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, since 2004. They have two young children, Caleb and Madilyn. Seth enjoys traveling with his family and cheering for the Atlanta Braves, Alabama Crimson Tide (football) and the University of Kentucky (basketball).


Previous Experience:

  • Minister of Music, Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, KY
  • Minister of Music, North Riverside Baptist Church in Newport News, VA
  • Minister of Music and Youth, Hillview Baptist Church in Forestdale, AL



  • M.Div. from Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston Salem, NC
  • Master of Music in Church Music from Samford University in Birmingham, AL
  • Bachelor of Music in Church Music from Samford University in Birmingham, AL

Eddie Hammett

Church and Clergy Coach, PCC

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Eddie has been the Church and Clergy Coach at CBFNC since 2009. In this new part-time role, Hammett will work with CBFNC churches and the CBFNC employed staff and elected leadership as a consultant and coach in the areas of clergy coach training, lay leadership and church staff team development, spiritual formation, transitioning issues for churches, discipleship, and deacon ministry. He is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation.

Previous Positions:

  • Baptist State Convention of NC – 1989-2009, Senior Consultant for Leadership & Discipleship

Previous Church Positions:

  • Minister of Education/Spiritual Formation; Associate Pastor of three churches in North and South Carolina


  • M.A. – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Post-Grad Studies – NC State, Field Institute, Duke Divinity School, Southeastern Seminary

Scott Hudgins

Director, Helping Pastors Thrive

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Email: Shudgins@cbfnc.org

Scott is the director of the Helping Pastors Thrive program at CBFNC, a Lilly Endowment funded program to support pastors and contribute to their flourishing as congregational leaders. Scott grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Richmond (B.A.) and Union Theological Seminary in New York (M.Div). He served as the Baptist chaplain at Columbia, Princeton and Emory Universities and was appointed the first administrative director of the Baptist Studies Program at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. In 1997, he and his spouse, Mary Foskett moved to Winston-Salem where he helped establish the Wake Forest University Divinity School, and Mary began teaching New Testament and Early Christianity as a member of Wake Forest’s Department of Religion. Following eight years as Director of Admissions and Student Services at Wake Forest, Scott accepted the position of assistant dean of UNC Greensboro’s Graduate School, a position he held until January 2019.

Scott and Mary have one child, Daniel, who is a first-year student at Mars Hill University, and hopes to study nursing. They are members of First Baptist Church on Fifth Street in Winston-Salem. In his spare time, Scott enjoys camping, travel, fly-fishing in western North Carolina and building furniture in his shop.


Amy Cook

Communications Specialist

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Amy is the communications specialist for CBFNC. She is responsible for designing all of the communications and promotional pieces that CBFNC produces, such as the bi-monthly magazine, weekly e-newsletter, website, and publicity brochures. Amy has been a freelance graphic designer since 2002 with a focus on designing materials for churches, non-profits and other ministry-related organizations. She is married to Stephen Cook who serves as senior pastor at Second Baptist Church in Memphis, and they have two boys.


  • M.Div. | Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
  • B.A. | Journalism and Mass Communication | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Rev. Mary Kaylor

Programs Manager

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Email: mkaylor@cbfnc.org
Phone: 336-759-3456

Mary joined the CBFNC team in August 2018. She works full-time with our Helping Pastors Thrive program and Annual Gathering planning and logistics. Mary is a NC native coming back home after a season in congregational ministry. She is excited to work with NC Cooperative Baptists across the state who nurtured, encouraged, and ordained her. An admitted pop culture addict, Mary loves everything related to movies and music. Nothing is too weird or out there for her! She also enjoys reading, junking/antiquing, baking, and playing with her dog, Binx.


  • M.Div. | The McAfee School of Theology Atlanta, GA
  • MBA |   Campbell University Buies Creek, NC
  • BBA |   in Accounting Campbell University Buies Creek, NC

Tracy Davis

Administrative Assistant

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Email: tdavis@cbfnc.org
Phone: 336-759-3456

Beginning July of 2019, Tracy Davis joined the CBFNC staff as part-time Administrative Assistant. Davis brings a wealth of experience in customer service along with unique gifts that will strengthen the ministry of CBFNC.

Davis has been a business owner, AppleCare Specialist, and Marketing and Sales Director in her past. Most recently, she served as IT Specialist at Pfeiffer University while providing tech support to students and faculty.

Davis brings her enthusiasm for the ministry of CBFNC and her gift of hospitality to serve the CBFNC family. Her primary duties are receptionist responsibilities along with general support for Coordinators and Ministry Councils.

Davis has three grown children: Kori, Hunter, and Holden Davis. After getting them through college, she is now returning to school to finish her degree. Other than work and classes, you can find Tracy doing anything that involves the outdoors. She especially loves fishing.

Leadership Councils

Coordinating Council

This is the official board of directors of the non-profit corporation known as “CBF of North Carolina.” Their purpose is to strengthen the bonds that tie us together in fellowship and ministry through communications, gatherings, partner relationships, personnel, finances and other resources. Larry Hovis serves as primary staff support to this council, with assistance from Jim Hylton.

Becky Keesler, Moderator
Jeff Harris, Moderator-elect
Doug Murray, Past Moderator
Heather Folliard, Recorder
Jason Cogdill, Treasurer
Mary Cunningham
David Hailey
Gina Brock
Seth Asbill
Stacy Nowell
Christopher Ingram
Marion Horton
David Brooks

Leadership Development Ministry Council

The purpose of the Leadership Development Ministry Council is to provide resources for discovering, nurturing and sustaining current and future ministerial staff leaders. Seth Hix assists this council.

Stacey Grimm, Chair
Garin Hill, Chair-Elect
Brad Smith
Nelson Granade
Laura Roach
Brian Lockamy
Sarah Blackwell
Allen Ingram
Jill Awuni
Scot McCosh

Faith Formation Ministry Council

With a focus primarily on laity, the Faith Formation Ministry Council sees that CBFNC provides resources and experiences that nurture an inward formation that leads to outward demonstrations of personal and community transformation. Rick Jordan provides primary staff support to this Council.

Louisa Ward, Chair
Paul Raybon, Chair-Elect
Jayne Davis
Amy Russell
Mary Elizabeth Hill Hanchey
Richard Wood
Tom Allen
Josh Owens
Elizabeth Edwards
Stuart Lamkin

Missions Ministry Council

The purpose of the Missions Ministry Council is to motivate and equip individuals and churches to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ by providing resources and opportunities to be on mission locally and globally.

David Hawes, Chair
Amy Grizzle Kane, Chair-elect
Linda Winslow
Daynette Snead
Cecelia Beck
Josh Lail
Bill Baxley
Daniel Sostaita
Kevin McDaniel
Scott Hovey

Collegiate Engagement Team

Kevin Moore
Tommy Justus
Tyler Ward
Tiffany Seaford
Dane Jordan

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