Our elders (pastors) are comprised of not less than 5 men who satisfy the qualifications for the office of elder set forth in I Timothy 3: 1–7 and Titus 1: 6–9. A majority of the active eldership is composed of church members not in the regular pay of the church, and no elder shall hold the office of deacon during his tenure. Subject to the will of the congregation, the elders shall oversee the ministry and resources of the church in accordance with the Word of God. In keeping with the principles set forth in Acts 6:1–6 and 1 Peter 5:1–4, the elders are devoted to prayer, the ministry of the Word (by teaching and encouraging sound doctrine), and shepherding God’s flock.
- Andrew Davis, Senior Pastor
- Nathan Finn, Lay Pastor
- Greg Fox, Lay Pastor
- Ron Halbrooks, Lay Pastor
- Rick Lesh, Lay Pastor and Elder Chairman
- Chris McKeel, Lay Pastor
- Daniel Renstrom, Assistant Pastor
- Kevin Schaub, Assistant Pastor
- Andy Winn, Associate Pastor
If you need to contact one of the elders, please call or email the main office.
Dr. Davis was born in Boston, Massachusetts where he later earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 1984. He then began his career as a Mechanical Engineer with Eaton-Nova Corporation in Beverly, Massachusetts. He was married to Christine Lee Rogers on May 14, 1988, and they have two sons and three daughters. Dr. Davis started his seminary training while working as an engineer and earned his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1990. In 1992, Dr. Davis resigned from his engineering position to pastor the New Meadows Baptist Church in Topsfield, Massachusetts. In 1994, the Davis family followed the call of the Lord to Tokushima, Japan, where they were involved in church planting through the International Mission Board. In 1998, Dr. Davis graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, with a Ph.D. in Church History. In October of 1998, Dr. Davis accepted a call to be the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church, Durham, NC.
Nathan grew up in Waycross,GA. He has been a member of First Baptist Church since 2005. Nathan received the B.A. from Brewton-Parker College (2002) and the M.Div. (2005) and Ph.D. (2007) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves as an Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies at Southeastern Seminary, where he has taught since 2006. He writes widely on topics such as Baptist history, church membership, and baptism and the Lord’s Supper. He also blogs regularly at Christian Thought & Tradition (www.nathanfinn.com). Nathan has been married to Leah since 2001. The Finns have three children: Georgia (2006), Baxter (2008), and Eleanor (2011).
A Kansas native, Greg received his BA from Wichita State University and his Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. It was there he met his bride, Missy, twenty-two years ago. Together they have four children – Molly, Haddon, Anna, and Sarah. Greg has served two pastorates and presently is a regional director of operations for HHHunt in their senior living division. Greg enjoys developing leaders and seeing people’s gifts grow in their service for the Lord.
Ron was born in Galveston, TX but raised in Tyler, TX in east Texas. He attended Texas A&M University undergraduate and went to UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch) for medical school in Galveston, TX. He then did his residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City, OK. From there he want to Ethiopia to work with the IMB in the famine of the late 1980’s where is was the IMB’s Medical Relief Coordinator for two years. It was in Ethiopia that he met his wife Mary. They then moved to Durham, NC in 1989 and joined Durham Medical Center and then Duke Health System. They both joined FBC Durham in 1989. Both worked in the college department for 8 years at FBC. Ron served twice as chairman of deacons at FBC and was on the pastor search committee for Dr. Davis. After living in Durham and at FBC for 10 years they moved with their four daughters to China to work and serve there from 1999-2005. They then returned to Durham where they have continued to serve at FBC. Both Ron and Mary have been involved in the International Ministry since returning from China and Ron has served as an elder for 5 years and Ron has continued to work at the Duke Health System.
Rick hails from just north of the Mason Dixon in that Southern facing city of Akron, OH. He and his bride, Nancy, both attended Bob Jones University where Rick went on and received his Master’s in Pastoral Theology. Having served for 20 years in pastoral ministry in two local churches, the Lord graciously moved Rick into the Financial world for almost 10 years. Currently, Rick enjoys designing and selling rose gardens for a local business in Durham. Having been a member of FBC since 2008, Rick has a passion for teaching and serving the body. He and Nancy have 3 adult children, Julianne, Jamilynn, and Jonathan.
Chris is a native of Durham, NC and has been a Christian and member of FBC Durham since 1981. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from UNC – Greensboro. He owns Apple Realty, a property management and sales company, serving Duke University and the Durham area. He serves as an Elder and Bible For Life teacher. He is also involved in worship ministry, and teaches a weekly bible study at a local nursing home. He is married to Kim and has three sons, Brice and daughter-in-law Kelsey, Zachary, and Kyle.
Daniel grew up in Cleveland, OH, where his father served as a pastor and his mother a music teacher. His family moved to Charlotte, NC, when he was 16. It was there that he met his future wife, Danielle, in a high school government class. After high school he attended Liberty University. Although Daniel professed faith in Christ as a young child, it was during his college years that Daniel began to see evidence of God’s saving work of grace in his life. Daniel sang on a ministry team at Liberty, and graduated with a BS in Biblical Studies. From there he moved to Raleigh to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Soon after moving to the area, Daniel began serving at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh. He then came on staff at Providence, serving 8 years with the college ministries and 1 year as Assistant Worship Pastor. Daniel is excited to join the staff at FBC Durham as Assistant Pastor, and is eager to shepherd the worship ministry faithfully. Daniel has written and recorded 4 albums, most recently a family worship album. Daniel married Danielle in 2002, and have 3 beautiful girls, Bennett (2006), Eden (2008), and Mercy (2010).
Kevin was born and raised in the small northwest Texas town of Pampa, TX. He’s a graduate of Wayland Baptist University (B.A. Religion and English, 2005) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. Christian Ministry, 2011). He has served on staff for FBC Durham since April 2010, first as Director of Family and Youth Ministry, and currently as Assistant Pastor. He’s married to his college sweetheart, Bekah, and they have one son, Henry (2013).
Andy was born and grew up in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. It was there, at the age of five, that he accepted Christ as his Savior. After graduating from Siloam Springs High School, he attended Oklahoma Baptist University where he received his degree in Secondary Math Education. While attending OBU, Andy was involved in the youth program at a local church and was very active in the Baptist Student Union. Upon graduation, Andy spent two years working with the Baptist Student Union at the University of Arkansas. During that time, he married his high school sweetheart, Elisa Crenshaw, and began planning to pursue his seminary education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. In July of 1998, he and his wife moved to North Carolina, and have been involved with FBC Durham ever since. Andy and Elisa look forward to building relationships with the youth, their families, and the church body. His purpose in ministry is stated in Colossians 1:28, which says, “And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom so that we may present every man complete in Christ.” Andy and Elisa have three sons, Jackson (1999), Micah (2002), and Braden (2008), as well as their daughter Aubrey (2004).