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. 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.

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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 or speak in more than 300 churches and organizations in North Carolina and beyond.

Larry is married to the former Kimberly Lee. They have one daughter, Lauren, who works as a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department. In his limited spare time, Larry enjoys cycling, traveling with his family (especially to historic places) and watching sports (primarily ACC football and basketball).

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Dr. Andy Hale

Associate Executive Coordinator

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Email: ahale@cbfnc.org
Phone: 336.759.3456

Andy Hale is the associate executive coordinator of CBF of North Carolina. His responsibilities include collaborating with the executive coordinator for the thriving of CBFNC churches and clergy, developing innovative ministry with young adults and college students, starting new faith communities, ministerial transitions, congregational thriving and partnering with CBFNC ministry staff.

Before his current role, Andy served as the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton, North Carolina; and the associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Clayton, North Carolina. He also served on CBF Global staff as the church start specialist, as well as created and hosts the CBF Podcast Conversation.

He has degrees from Campbell University Divinity School Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. He also holds a Doctor of Leadership in global perspective from George Fox University, focusing on congregational thriving through cognitive and social psychology.

Andy has completed extended professional development programs with the Center for Congregational Health’s Young Leader Program, CBF Global’s Fellows Program and coaching certification through Coach Approach Ministry. He has also led various organizational leadership roles, including consulting, coaching, workshop facilitation, lecturing and design thinking initiatives.

While Andy’s strengths focus on adaptive leadership, innovating organizational vision and administration, communication strategies and navigating uncharted situations, his passion is helping clergy, congregational leaders and churches thrive.

Andy is married to Jennifer Hale. They have two daughters, Madison and Aubrey-Anna. He enjoys too much good coffee, the outdoors, long-distance running, golfing, traveling with his family to national parks, adventures and the thrill of victory for the Carolina Hurricanes, Alabama Crimson Tide, New York Mets and Duke basketball.

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Rev. Mary Kaylor

Associate Coordinator

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Email: mkaylor@cbfnc.org
Phone: 336.759.3456

Mary joined the CBFNC team in August 2018. As associate coordinator for mission and church resources, Mary is part of a team of coordinators that direct and carry out the mission and ministry of CBFNC. Her primary responsibilities include strategic leadership in the area of missions, connecting CBF Field Personnel with CBFNC partner congregations, leading the curating and distributing of church resources for all areas of ministry, directing the planning and event coordination of Annual Gathering, and building relationships with partner churches, ministers and lay leaders.

A native of North Carolina, Mary loves working with NC Cooperative Baptists who nurtured, encouraged and ordained her. When she’s not working, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband, Joey, watching movies, exploring new places and playing with their pup, Binx.


Previous Experience:

  • Associate Pastor for Children & Missions, First Baptist Church in Memphis, TN
  • Student.Go Intern with CBF Field Personnel in Pune, Maharashtra, India



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

Rev. Jim Hylton

Business Administration Coordinator

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Email: finance@cbfnc.org

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.

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.
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Rev. Scott Hudgins

Director of 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.

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Rev. Santiago Reales

Director of Red Latina

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Email: sreales@cbfnc.org
Phone: 336-710-7989

Santiago Reales is native of Colombia and is married to Elaine Elvira. They have two children, Benjamin and Matthew. Santiago is the director of Red Latina CBFNC (“Red Latina” means Latino network in English). Santiago’s passion comes from the need to serve and enrich the lives of Latino ministers and their congregations in the areas of pastoral care, congregational leadership and identity, coaching, and spiritual direction. Santiago is a CBF-endorsed chaplain and obtained his training at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he completed seven units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). He received an M. Div. with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling from Gardner-Webb Divinity School, a Master in Christian Ministries from the Southern Baptist School for Biblical Studies in Jacksonville, FL., and a B.A. in architecture from Universidad del Atlantico in Colombia. Santiago 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. He also worked as a social worker in the DSS in the counties of Alleghany and Surry.

Currently, Rev. Reales works as a hospice chaplain in Winston Salem, NC, is a certified coach through the Center for Congregational Health and a member of First Baptist in Mt. Airy.

In his spare time, Santiago enjoys photography, arts, road bike, guitar, hiking, and Caribbean music. Santiago loves to spend time with Ela, and the kids and to eat sancocho de pescado y arroz con pollo.

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Jamie Rorrer

Director of Communications

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Email: jrorrer@cbfnc.org
Phone: 336.613.2196

Jamie joined the CBFNC team in 2020.  As our first director of communications, she is responsible for setting and guiding the overall strategy for all our communications to ensure consistency in conveying our mission and brand.  Jamie manages all communications activities and builds external relationships with CBFNC constituencies, including clergy, laity and ministry partners.

Jamie brings 20 years of experience in the communications field to CBFNC. Throughout her career, she has worked with non-profits, small and large private companies, and governmental agencies across North Carolina.  Her background includes both agency and independent consulting experience in integrated marketing and public relations. 

She also brings ecumenical diversity to CBFNC, having grown up in a small Moravian church in her hometown, Eden, NC.  Today, her family is active in First Presbyterian Church in downtown Winston-Salem, where she has been a member for 22 years and has served as a deacon.

Jamie and her husband, also named Jamie, live in Kernersville, NC.  They have one child in college and another in high school, along with an adoring golden retriever.   When she’s not busy dashing to her kids’ activities, Jamie enjoys reading, traveling and cheering on the WFU Demon Deacons.

B.A.  |  Communication (Journalism concentration)  |  Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC


Kathryn Ashworth

Ministry Support Manager

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Email:  kashworth@cbfnc.org

Phone: 336-759-3456

Kathryn joined CBFNC in October 2020 as ministry support manager. Her responsibilities include general office administration and support for CBFNC’s coordinators as well as database management and event planning/logistics. She also assists with donor relations, maintaining donor records and the Helping Pastors Thrive program. Prior to CBFNC, Kathryn was the assistant to the executive director and publisher at Baptist News Global in Winston-Salem.

Born in Louisiana, Kathryn is a lifelong Baptist and attends Knollwood Baptist in Winston-Salem where she sings in the choir and plays handbells.  She also enjoys knitting and reading in her spare time.


  • M.S., Educational Psychology  |  Baylor University, Waco, TX

  • B.S., Education  |  Baylor University, Waco, TX


Amy Cook

Communications Specialist

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Email: acook@cbfnc.org

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
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Dr. Andy Jung

Ministry Specialist

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

Andy Jung joined the CBFNC staff in January of 2019 as the associate executive coordinator. After serving in that role for 20 months, Andy transitioned into his current ministry specialist position in September of 2020. He primarily leads the planning of CBFNC’s Annual Gathering, the Growing Young initiative and supporting youth ministries in the state.

When not working with CBFNC, Andy is the director of church engagement for Fuller Youth Institute. He leads FYI’s conferences, cohorts and trainings while also providing strategic leadership within the organization.

Andy has been in ministry for 25+ years as youth minister and senior pastor.

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.

Caitie Jackson, campus ministries associate & Charlotte region campus minister

Rev. Caitie Jackson

Campus Ministries Associate & Charlotte Region Campus Minister

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Email:  cjackson@cbfnc.org

Phone:  864-357-9487

David Stone, campus ministries associate & Western region campus minister

Rev. David Stone

Campus Ministries Associate & Western Region Campus Minister

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Email: dstone@cbfnc.org
Phone: 828.337.0682

David serves as the director of campus ministries and Western region campus minister for CBFNC. His state level responsibilities include managing the CBFNC campus ministry team across the state and maintaining partnerships with our historically Baptist colleges and universities. He is also involved in developing new models for campus ministry in areas of NC where CBFNC has yet to establish a presence. Additionally, David serves locally in Western North Carolina as the CBFNC campus minister at UNC-Asheville, Mars Hill University and Western Carolina University where he conducts weekly programming and ministry at all three campuses.

Prior to his current positions, David served as the Baptist campus minister at UNC-Asheville from 2004-2013 in the former model of campus ministry (Baptist Student Union) with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Additionally, he served as the campus ministry intern at Gardner-Webb University for three years while working on his master’s degree.

David and his wife, Christin, met at the Baptist Student Union at Western Carolina University while in undergraduate work. They have two boys, Benjamin and Jonathan, who want to be train engineers when they grow up. If he gets any spare time, David can be found working on their farm in Madison County, fishing in the trout stream out front or practicing guitar.

B.S.  |  Natural Resources Management  |  Western Carolina University
M. Div.  |  Gardner-Webb University
D. Min (in progress)  |  Pastoral Care and Counseling  |  Gardner-Webb University

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Dr. Chris Towles

Campus Ministries Associate & Triad Region Campus Minister

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Email:  towlescj@wfu.edu

Phone:  336-310-WAKE (9253)

Chris creates environments where people engage holy curiosity as the CBF Endorsed Chaplain at Wake Forest University with the Baptist Student Union (the CBF ministry at Wake). The WFUBSU is a place where everyone is heard, supported, and loved; where holy curiosity is encouraged as a part of broadening faith; and where Christ’s vision is valued, which cares more about embracing outcasts than about debating rules. With his wife Kim, Chris has hosted an annual cookout for Muslim and Baptist students since 2014, where he sometimes teaches axe throwing.

Chris started at WFU Divinity School in 2008 as an adjunct professor and at Forsyth Tech in 2005, teaching classes such as New Testament and world religions.
His doctorate from Hartford International University for Religion and Peace in Connecticut focused on pastoral care across faith traditions. While an associate chaplain he was the advisor for the interfaith council.

Chris loves to create, having hobbies such as blacksmithing, wood carving, laser engraving, drawing, and painting. He used to write and illustrate religious satire for the Wittenburg Door magazine.

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.

Stacy Nowell, Moderator | First, Huntersville
Marion Horton, Moderator-Elect | Zebulon, Zebulon
Jeff Harris, Past Moderator | First, Tryon
Gina Brock, Recorder | Ardmore, Winston-Salem
David Hailey, Treasurer | Hayes Barton, Raleigh
Kenneth Rust, 2024 | First, Lumberton
Anita Thompson, 2024 | First, Ahoskie
Sarah Davis, 2025 | First, Sylva
Carolyn Dickens, 2025 | First, Raleigh
Kendell Cameron, 2026 | First, Albemarle
John Roberson, 2026 | Westwood, Cary
Lauren Alford, 2027 | First, Smithfield
Jeff Spargo, 2027 | First, Burnsville

Ministry Teams

The Coordinating Council has the authority to create or dissolve ministry teams to assist the Council and staff in discerning and delivering the ministries required to enable CBFNC to accomplish its mission. Each team is led by a chair and chair-elect. Persons can serve up to two years in those roles. The team structure allows for flexibility in the number of team members and their terms of service. All team leaders and members are approved during CBFNC’s Annual Business Meeting.

Children’s Ministry Advisory Team

The Children’s Ministry Advisory Team exists to discern contemporary issues facing children and their families and children’s ministries of congregations. The CMAT will ensure that plans are carried out for ministries that support and complement the children’s ministries of congregations. 

Kheresa Harmon, Chair | St. Johns, Charlotte
Will Raybon, Chair-Elect | Benson, Benson
Tori Freeman | First, Mount Holly
Christi Hollifeld | First, Waynesville
Amy Starr Russell | First, Greensboro
Shannon Speller | Zebulon, Zebulon
Danny Steis | Yates, Durham

Collegiate Ministry Advisory Team

The Collegiate Ministry Advisory Team exists to support and inform CBFNC collegiate ministry and the campus ministers. They address issues facing this unique population, their families of origin and the congregations that hope to connect with them.

Kevin Moore, Chair | Lafayette, Fayetteville
Amy Andrews, Chair-Elect | Cedarbridge, Greenville
Chris Cherry | First, Greensboro
Beth Cockman-Wood | First, Raleigh
Court Greene | Canton First, Canton
John Vestal | Greystone, Raleigh

Helping Pastors Thrive Advisory Team

The Helping Pastors Thrive Advisory Team exists to advise, assist, support and advocate for CBF of North Carolina’s Helping Pastors Thrive program on matters pertaining to overall program administration, structure, policies, programmatic content, assessment, promotion and outreach. The HPTAT shall also monitor program goals and outcomes, and offer feedback and recommendations to the program’s administrators on the progress and attainment of the stated goals and outcomes, and in evaluating the effectiveness of the program’s initiatives. (Note: members of the team are chosen according to the requirements of the grant.)

Rachel Hill, Chair | First, Forest City
Tim Moore, Chair-Elect | First, Wadesboro
Nelson Granade, Past Chair | First, Statesville
Kiki Barnes | Union, Durham
Ed Beddingfield | Memorial, Buies Creek
Dan Day | First, Raleigh
David Hughes | First on Fifth, Winston-Salem
Andrea Dellinger Jones | Millbrook, Raleigh
Reeves McGlohon | First, Mount Holly
Robert Prince | First, Waynesville
Richard Seagle | First, New Bern

Missions Engagement Team

The Missions Engagement Team exists to strategize, plan and implement ways to promote greater engagement by congregations and individuals with the mission and ministries of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and its field personnel.

Kevin McDaniel, Chair | Hominy, Candler
Coleman Long, Chair-Elect | First, Wilmington
Leah Reed, Past Chair | First, Raleigh
Randy Carter | Temple, Durham
Jesse Chapman | First, Asheville
Roy Dobyns | First, Boone
Dave Hawes | Godwin Heights, Lumberton
Regina Johnson | First, Weaverville
Amy Grizzle Kane | First, Greensboro

Music Ministry Advisory Team

The Music Ministry Advisory Team exists to discern contemporary issues facing music ministry in congregations. The MMAT will ensure that plans are carried out for ministries that support and complement the music ministries of congregations for all ages.

Christian McIvor, Chair | Greystone, Raleigh
Jeremy Poplin, Chair-Elect | Clemmons First, Clemmons
Giles Blakenship | Snyder Memorial, Fayetteville
Shannon Hall | Mount Carmel, Chapel Hill
Timothy Hill | Providence, Charlotte
Bruce Myers | First, Albemarle
Aaron Rice | First, Lenoir
Andrew Roby | The Memorial, Greenville
Teresa Byrum Watson | Edenton, Edenton

Nominating Team

The Nominating Team exists to shall oversee the process to cultivate, solicit and enlist volunteer leaders for the Council and Ministry Teams. The Nominating team shall be composed of three members of the Coordinating Council, recommended by the Coordinating Council, and six at-large members.

Kendell Cameron, Chair | First, Albemarle
Gwen Bell | First, Elizabeth City
Jamie Burns | First, Ahoskie
Carolyn Dickens | First, Raleigh
Jeff Harris  |  First, Tryon
Aileen Lawrimore | Ecclesia, Asheville
Randy McKinney | Longview, Raleigh
Laura Roach | The Memorial, Greenville
Christopher Ingram | Yates, Durham

Partnership Development Team

The Partnership Development Team exists to enhance the relationships between CBFNC and its ministry partners.

Lee Canipe, Chair | Providence, Charlotte
Paul Gilliam, Chair-Elect | First, Ahoskie
Kristen Muse, Past Chair | Hayes Barton, Raleigh
Andrew Barnhill | First, Wilmington
Tommy Bratton | First, Asheville
Scott Hagaman | First, Marion
Garin Hill | First, Forest City
Amy McClure | First on Fifth, Winston-Salem
Stephanie Parker | First, Clayton
Jeff Roberts | Trinity, Raleigh
Brad Smith | The Memorial, Greenville
Rob Tennant | Hillside, Chapel Hill

Racial Equity & Justice Team

The Racial Equity and Justice Team exists to bring awareness and change in the church and society surrounding issues of racial equity and racial justice.

Mari Wiles, Chair | First, Ahoskie
LaTonya McIver Penny, Chair-Elect  | New Mount Zion, Roxboro
Bill Baxley, Past Chair | Greystone, Raleigh
Thomas Allen | Angier, Angier
Paul Anderson | The Fountain of Raleigh Fellowship, Raleigh
Adrian Bullock | West Durham, Durham
Dane Martin | Ardmore, Winston-Salem
Dwight Moody | Providence, Hendersonville
Daynette Snead Perez | First, New Bern
Matthew Rouse | Piney Grove East Missionary Baptist, Marshville
Olivia Wakefield | Baptist Fellowship, Angier

Red Latina Leadership Team

The Red Latina Leadership Team exists to provide support and guidance for the network of Hispanic/Latino churches in CBFNC. (Note: Elects its own membership)

Daniel Sostaita, Chair | Iglesia Cristiana Sin Fronteras, Winston-Salem
Rafael Hernandez, Chair-Elect | First, Huntersville
Juan Carlos Cevallos | The Memorial, Greenville
Verónica Martínez-Gallegos | La Voz de la Esperanza, Charlotte
Fortino Ocampo | Centro Familiar Cristiano, Siler City
Elaine Correa Reales | First, Mount Airy

Spiritual Formation Advisory Team

The Spiritual Formation Advisory Team exists to discern ways to support and enhance the spiritual formation ministries of congregations. The SFAT will ensure that plans are carried out for ministries that support and complement the spiritual formation ministries of congregations.

Lydia Hoyle, Chair | Greenwood Forest, Cary
Derek Hogan, Chair-Elect | Memorial, Buies Creek
Paul Raybon, Past Chair | Hominy, Candler
Sarah Blackwell | Providence, Charlotte
Mark Edwards | Lakeside, Rocky Mount
Stuart Lamkin | First, Weaverville
Angel Lee | Jubilee, Chapel Hill
David Oakley | Wingate, Wingate
Matt Riggsbee | First, Hillsborough

Welcome House Team

The Welcome House Community Network Advisory Team exists to strategize, plan and discern ways to increase knowledge and support of the Welcome House network. The team will also be instrumental in building the WHCN to become a statewide group of churches engaged in hospitality ministry.

Mike Currin, Chair | Zebulon, Zebulon
Renee Bridges, Chair-Elect | Westwood, Cary
Susie Reeder, Past Chair | Snyder Memorial, Fayetteville
Anna Anderson | First, Raleigh
Kent Cranford | Loray, Gastonia
Patt Dunn | Immanuel, Greenville
Bella Ocampo | Centro Familiar Cristiano, Siler City
Janet Pittman | Boiling Springs, Boiling Springs
Lydia Tatum | Trinity, Raleigh

Youth Ministry Advisory Team

The Youth Ministry Advisory Team exists to discern contemporary issues facing youth and their families and youth ministries of congregations. The YMAT will ensure that plans are carried out for ministries that support and complement the youth ministries of congregation

Patricia Turner, Chair | First, West Jefferson
Tyler Roach, Chair-Elect | The Memorial, Greenville
Elizabeth Edwards, Past Chair | Lakeside, Rocky Mount
Caleb Foust | Emerywood, High Point
Leah Harlow | Wake Forest, Wake Forest
Brian Lockamy | Woodhaven, Apex
Matthew Roberts | First, Marion
Jeremy Slagle | First, New Bern
Rebecca Stempniak | First, Albemarle

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