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 (336.759.3456).

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 336.759.3456.

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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 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). 

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Rev. Seth Hix

Associate Coordinator

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

As the Associate Coordinator for Transitions and Church Engagement, Seth is part of a team of coordinators that direct and carry out the mission and ministry of CBFNC.  His responsbilities include strategic leadership in the area of ministerial transitions for CBFNC, coordinating the work of Transitions Facilitators with churches in transition, strengthening church engagement between partner churches and CBFNC, 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
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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, 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 watching movies, reading, junking/antiquing, exploring new places, and playing with her dog, 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

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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 on Jan. 6, 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 communication 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 20 years and currently serves as a Deacon.

Jamie and her husband, also named Jamie, live in Kernersville, NC.  They have a teenage daughter, a preteen son and 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 with her husband.

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


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

Carolyn McClendon

Welcome House Community Network Coordinator

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Email: cmcclendon@cbfnc.org
Phone: 919-247-4240

Carolyn joined the CBFNC team in September 2020.  As Welcome House Community Network Coordinator, Carolyn serves as a team member at Welcome House with Field Personnel Kim and Marc Wyatt in the Capital Region of North Carolina. Welcome House is a temporary residence for arriving sponsored refugee families awaiting long term affordable housing in the Capital Region. Refugee guests stay at Welcome House Raleigh from one to six weeks until long-term housing is secured. Temporary housing is one of the practical ways to bear witness to Jesus Christ through transformational ministry in relationship with the Beloved Community. In addition to temporary housing, churches and volunteers are recruited for service in ESL, preschool readiness, neighborhood outreach, recreation and advocacy with refugees and immigrants. Carolyn’s primary responsibility will be to coordinate and facilitate the ministry of presence in Welcome House through community and hospitality.

A native of Louisiana, Carolyn loves working with interfaith, inclusive and vulnerable communities who continue to enhance, challenge and enlarge her world/worldview and her relational community. A member at Millbrook Baptist Church, Raleigh, who has nurtured, encouraged, and ordained her, Carolyn works with members of the Labyrinth Committee to offer spiritual, personal growth and outreach opportunities at the Labyrinth. When not working, Carolyn enjoys baking and reading, as well as times of stillness, quiet and reflection.

Previous Experience

  • Assistant Director, Catholic Charities Support Circle Program for Homeless Families, Raleigh, NC
  • Faith Ministries Program Director, Alliance of AIDS Services Carolina, Raleigh, NC
  • Director/Missionary, Baptist Friendship House, New Orleans, LA


  • Ed.D.  |  New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA
  • M.R.E.  |  New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA
  • B.S.  |  Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA

Eddie Hammett

Church and Clergy Coach, PCC

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Email: ehammett@cbfnc.org

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

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 and maintaining donor records.  Prior to CBFNC, Kathryn was the assistant to the executive director and publisher at Baptist News Global in Winston-Salem.

A native of Louisiana, Kathryn is no stranger to the Cooperative Baptist family.  She is married to Mark who currently serves as the minister of music at First Baptist, Jamestown.  They have a teenage son, Matthew, and are members at Knollwood Baptist in Winston-Salem where Kathryn sings in the choir and plays handbells.  In addition to using her musical gifts, Kathryn also enjoys knitting and reading in her spare time.


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

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

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.

Becky Keesler, Moderator
Jeff Harris, Moderator-elect
Doug Murray, Past Moderator
Gina Brock, Recorder
Jason Cogdill, Treasurer
Sarah Davis
Seth Asbill
Stacy Nowell
Christopher Ingram
Marion Horton
David Brooks
David Hailey
Anita Thompson

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.

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.

Louisa Ward, Chair
Paul Raybon, Chair-Elect
Jayne Davis
Amy Russell
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 Perez
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

New Ministry Team Structure

CBFNC’s Coordinating and Ministry Councils have been working for almost a year to develop a new ministry team structure to replace the current ministry council structure. This approach necessitated changes to the CBFNC Bylaws, which were approved during the Annual Business Meeting on June 26, 2020. This new Ministry Team Structure will begin in April 2021.

We hosted a webinar on Feb. 25, 2020 to explain the new structure. The recording is now available for viewing, and informational documents related to these changes can be found HERE.

This process has been led by an ad hoc Governance and Ministry Team, appointed by and serving under the direction of the Coordinating Council. The Council expresses its appreciation to the team for their diligence and hard work. Team members include:

Becky Keesler, moderator and co-chair
Larry Hovis, executive coordinator and co-chair
Jayne Davis, Faith Formation Ministry Council member
Jack Glasgow, former moderator
Andy Jung, associate executive coordinator
Amy McClure, former Council Development Committee member
Greg Rogers, former moderator
Lisa Rust, former moderator    


Ministry Team Nominations Requested

The Nominating Team is currently requesting recommendations for positions on CBFNC Ministry Teams. You may recommend yourself or someone else. To submit a recommendation, please complete a Nomination Form HERE.  Click the link below to read descriptions of all the Ministry Teams.

The deadline for submitting recommendations is December 9, 2020.

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