International Connections Ministry Team
Jason grew up in Durham, NC and came to faith in Christ at the age of 15. He first came to FBC when invited to lead worship for a summer youth retreat and soon became involved in the college ministry. Jason graduated with a BS in Business Management from NC State and a Master of Accounting degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in NC. Jason met Sara in the college ministry at FBC, they married years later and have 1 daughter, Jenna and 3 sons, Ethan, Drew and Gavin. Jason has previously served as a deacon at FBC with a heart for family and men’s ministry.
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.
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. Ron has continued to work at the Duke Health System.
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, Zachary and daughter-in-law Lauren, and Kyle.
Walter grew up in a small town in Illinois being the middle child of Taiwanese immigrant parents. He had a non-religious upbringing, with academics/science being emphasized. Walter was admitted to the charter class of the 7-year B.A./M.D. medical program at George Washington (GW) University in Washington DC. It was at GW as a philosophy major that he was saved by the Lord. Since then, he has been blessed by a number of Bibilically solid faith communities including the church in Cleveland where he did his otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency. It was in Cleveland that he met Julia, and they were married in 2002. In 2008, Walter was recruited to Duke University Medical Center and he and his wife have been members of FBC since 2009. He has previously served as a FBC deacon with heart for missions and evangelism. They currently have 3 boys named Isaac, Benjamin, and Joel.
Kevin was born and raised in the small town of Pampa, Texas. He has been a member of First Baptist Church since 2008, and has served on staff since 2010. Kevin received his B.A. from Wayland Baptist University in 2005, and his M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011. He serves as Assistant Pastor of First Baptist Church and leads the kids and youth ministries. Kevin has been married to Bekah since 2008, and they have two children, Henry (2013) and Elsa (2016).
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), and their daughter Aubrey (2004).
Ben grew up in upstate New York where he heard the gospel and was brought to life in Christ at age fourteen. After high school he attended Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit Pennsylvania where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Theology in 2005. During his senior year of college Ben began serving Tunkhannock Baptist Church as Youth Pastor. It was during this time that Ben married his wife Sara and began working within the field of mental health. Four years later he received his Master’s of Science in Christian Counseling from Baptist Bible College and now works as a Licensed Professional Counselor at a crisis center. He and his wife joined FBC in 2011 and have enjoyed serving within the children, youth and urban ministries of the church. They have been blessed with three boys: Jude, Titus and Justus.