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 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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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

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 transition minister 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

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, Past Moderator   |   First, Mount Airy
Jeff Harris, Moderator   |   First, Tryon
Stacy Nowell, Moderator-elect   |   First, Huntersville
Gina Brock, Recorder   |   Ardmore, Winston-Salem
Jason Cogdill, Treasurer   |   College Park, Winston-Salem
Carolyn Dickens, 2022   |   First, Raleigh
Christopher Ingram, 2022   |   Yates, Durham
Marion Horton, 2023   |   Zebulon, Zebulon
David Brooks, 2023   |   Edenton, Edenton
David Hailey, 2024   |   Hayes Barton, Raleigh
Anita Thompson, 2024   |   First, Ahoskie
Sarah Davis, 2025   |   First, Sylva
Timothy Peoples, 2025   |   Emerywood, High Point

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. 

Joshua Breazeale, Chair   |   Oakmont, Greenville
Kim Wilkinson, Chair-elect   |   First, Winston-Salem
Kheresa Harmon   |   First, Forest City
Becca Jones   |   First, Wilmington
Katie Medlin   |   Trinity, Raleigh
Shannon Speller   |   Zebulon, Zebulon
Julia Wright   |   Providence, Charlotte

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.

Lawrence Powers, Chair   |   Benson, Benson
Kevin Moore, Chair-elect   |   Lafayette, Fayetteville
Amy Andrews   |   Oakmont, Greenville
Kendell Cameron   |   First, Mount Holly
Nick Clanton   |   Covenant, Gastonia
Beth Cockman-Wood   |   Jonesboro Heights, Sanford
Terry-Michael Newell   |   Zebulon, Zebulon
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.)

Nelson Granade, Chair   |   First, Statesville
Chris Aho, Chair-elect   |   Oxford, Oxford
Kiki Barnes   |   Union, Durham
Ed Beddingfield   |   Memorial, Buies Creek
Dan Day   |   Watts Street, Durham
Rafael Hernandez   |   First, Huntersville
Rachel Hill   |   First, Forest City
David Hughes   |   First, Winston-Salem
Andrea Dellinger Jones   |   Millbrook, Raleigh
Coolidge Porterfield   |   First, Greensboro
Robert Prince   |   First, Waynesville

Laity Engagement Team

The Laity Engagement Team exists to strategize, plan and implement ways to promote greater awareness and engagement of lay individuals with the mission and ministries of CBFNC.

Jack Glasgow, Chair   |   Zebulon, Zebulon
Liz Lytch, Chair-elect   |   First, Lumberton
Mark Edwards   |   Lakeside, Rocky Mount
Jody Griffin   |   Central, Spruce Pine
Kathryn Hamrick   |   Boiling Springs, Boiling Springs
Billy Honeycutt   |   First, Rutherfordton
Lisa Parrish   |   Peace Haven, Winston-Salem
Kristin Woodard   |   Edenton, Edenton

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.

Leah Anderson Reed, Chair   |   First, Raleigh
Kevin McDaniel, Chair-elect   |   Hominy, Candler
Randy Carter   |   New Hope, Raleigh
Jesse Chapman   |   First, Asheville
Amy Gallaher   |   Ardmore, Winston-Salem
Amy Grizzle Kane   |   First, Greensboro
Regina Johnson   |   First, Weaverville
Coleman Long   |   First, Wilmington

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.

John Kimbrough, Chair   |   First, Wilmington
Anna Moxley, Chair-elect   |   Yates, Durham
Giles Blakenship   |   Snyder Memorial, Fayetteville
Mark Hopper   |   First, Henderson
Tyler Ingram   |   Hayes Barton, Raleigh
Tracie Gray Jernigan   |   The Summit, Sylva
Christian McIvor   |   Greystone, Raleigh
Kyle Murphy   |   First, Huntersville
Jeremy Poplin   |   First, Clemmons
Candy Wilson   |   Boiling Springs, Boiling Springs

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.

Sarah Davis, Chair   |   First, Sylva
Lou Ann Gilliam, Chair-elect   |   First, Ahoskie
Jill Awuni   |   Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro
Gwen Bell   |   First, Elizabeth City
David Brooks   |   Edenton, Edenton
Gail Coulter   |   Providence, Hendersonville
Chris Gambill   |   First, Winston-Salem
Randy McKinney   |   Longview, Raleigh
Timothy Peoples   |   Emerywood, High Point

Partnership Development Team

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

Scott Hagaman, Past Chair   |   First, Marion
Kristen Muse, Chair   |   Hayes Barton, Raleigh
Lee Canipe, Chair-elect   |   Providence, Charlotte
Tom Cabaniss   |   First, Kannapolis
Trey Gilliam   |   First, Ahoskie
Emily Hull McGee   |   First, Winston-Salem
Jeff Roberts   |   Trinity, Raleigh
Tiffany Seaford   |   First, Mocksville

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.

Daynette Snead Perez, Past Chair   |   First, New Bern
Bill Baxley, Chair   |   Greystone, Raleigh
Scott Hovey, Chair-elect   |   St. John’s, Raleigh
Thomas Allen   |   Angier, Angier
Paul Anderson   |   Fountain of Raleigh, Raleigh
Donna Bissette   |   Ardmore, Winston-Salem
Jim McCoy   |   First, Weaverville
LaTonya McIver Penny   |   New Mount Zion, Roxboro
Leslie Sessoms   |   Godwin Heights, Lumberton
Tyler Tankersley   |   Ardmore, Winston-Salem
Olivia Wakefield   |   Hayes Barton, Raleigh
Mari Wiles   |   First, Ahoskie

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   |   Jefferson Christian, Winston-Salem
Rafael Hernandez, Chair-elect   |   First, Huntersville
Juan Carlos Cevallos   |   The Memorial, Greenville
Elaine Correa   |   First, Mount Airy
Julio de León   |   Hope Valley Latino Ministry, Durham
Verónica Gallegos   |   La Voz de la Esperanza, Charlotte
Fortino Ocampo   |   Centro Familiar Cristiano, Siler City

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.

Paul Raybon, Chair   |   Hominy, Candler
Rebekah Gordon, Chair-elect   |   Trinity, Raleigh
Sarah Blackwell   |   Providence, Charlotte
Leah Brown   |   First, Asheville
Rich Goodier   |   Mount Hermon, Hillsborough
Lydia Hoyle   |   Greenwood Forest, Cary
Stuart Lamkin   |   First, Weaverville
Angel Lee   |   Jubilee, Chapel Hill

Theological Education Team

The Theological Education Team exists to discern and distribute scholarship money to students pursuing degrees in theological schools and for non-degree continuing education programs. They are also responsible for cultivating relationships with students preparing for vocational ministry and discerning new approaches to ministerial formation in light of changes in the church and communities.

Garin Hill, Chair   |   First, Forest City
Brad Smith, Chair-elect   |   The Memorial, Greenville
Andrew Barnhill   |   First, Wilmington
Stacy Grimm   |   First, Burlington
Carol Ann Hoard   |   First, Shelby
Adam Horton   |   Ardmore, Winston-Salem
Annette Hudson   |   Providence, Hendersonville
Janna Lennon   |   First, Wilmington
Amy McClure   |   First, Winston-Salem
Deborah O’Neil   |   First, Fayetteville
Chase Robinson   |   Sandy Plains, Shelby

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.

Susie Reeder, Chair   |   Snyder Memorial, Fayetteville
Mike Currin, Chair-elect   |   Robert’s Chapel, Pendleton
Anna Anderson   |   Lakeside, Rocky Mount
Renee Bridges   |   Westwood, Cary
Pat Dunn   |   Immanuel, Greenville
Anne Ownbey   |   First, Black Mountain
Janet Pittman   |   Boiling Springs, Boiling Springs
Lydia Tatum   |   Trinity, Raleigh
Chris Thomas   |   First, Wilson
Charles Walker   |   College Park, Winston-Salem

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

Elizabeth Edwards, Chair   |   Lakeside, Rocky Mount
Amy Russell, Chair-elect   |   First, Henderson
Brittany Caldwell   |   Nobles Chapel, Sims
Anna Cherry   |   University, Chapel Hill
Brian Foreman   |   Church on Morgan, Raleigh
Dane Jackson   |   Providence, Charlotte
Tyler Roach   |   First, Morganton
Patricia Turner   |   First, West Jefferson

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