Senior Pastor Mike Gates
Pastor Gates, with his wife Rhonda, came to serve at Faith in 1994, leaving his home state of Texas where he served for many years and bringing with him an energy and excitement that still flourishes today. He is one of the friendliest and most excitable people you will ever meet. To meet him is to be his friend. When he is not out ministering to the people of our church or within the community, you might find him enjoying a good game of golf or putting on a magic show for children (of all ages).
Brian Graham, Youth Pastor
Brian Graham, his wife Amy and their three children were serving in the Philippines as missionaries when Brian answered the call and came to join the staff at Faith in 2010. He brought with him a great desire to see teenagers grow in the Lord, both in knowledge and experience. A certified flight instructor and scuba diver, these days, when he is not hanging out with the youth, you just might find him out in the woods or by a river.
Kelly Hawkins, Worship Pastor
In 2010, Kelly Hawkins joined Faith as Worship Pastor. Kelly, the son of a preacher, came to North Carolina from Florida and has loved the weather change. What hasn't changed is his passion and desire to see people of all ages worshiping the Lord freely and openly. His desire is for everyone to have the freedom to experience God and engage in passionate worship of Him, both in and out of church.
Jay Collins, Children's Pastor
Jay Collins and his wife Alison with their two children are the newest members of Faith’s pastoral staff. Jay answered the call to ministry in 2015, to pursue a full time position as children’s pastor. Jay and his family have been members at Faith since 1999, and Jay has been a volunteer with the children’s ministry at Faith since 2003, involved with children's church, VBS, AWANA and Wednesday night services at Faith. He enjoys presenting the Gospel to the children in our community as well as playing and having fun with our kids.
Tom Ross, Pastoral Care and Business Manager
Tom and his wife Anne came to Faith in 2010 and became part of the family at Faith. In January of 2012, Tom officially became our Business Manager, overseeing the weekly business side of the church operations. In September of 2014 Tom became one half of our Pastoral Care team, visiting shut-ins, hospitals, and nursing homes, as well as anyone who simply needs a caring touch.
Tom Brinkley, Pastoral Care
Tom and his wife Shirley were serving as missionaries in Ecuador when they adopted their son Stephen. Since returning to North Carolina, Tom and his family came to Faith in 2008 and he has been actively serving at Faith in various capacities, including Men's Bible Study teacher. In September of 2014 Tom became the second half of our Pastoral Care team, visiting shut-ins, hospitals, and nursing homes, as well as anyone who simply needs a caring touch.