James was born in California then lived in Florida before moving to North Carolina in 1993. He graduated from NC State University in 2003 with a BS in Computer Science. James came to faith as a child, grew up going to church, and is thankful for parents and the many teachers and mentors who discipled him through his youth and college. James and his wife Sonya joined FBC in 2005. While at FBC James has served in the international ministry, worship ministry, served as a deacon and has taught Bible for Life classes and has led and hosted Home Fellowships. James and Sonya have five children, Abel, Charlotte, Samuel, Esther, and Lydia.
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. Andrew M. Davis is the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina and the founder of Two Journeys Ministry. He holds a bachelor’s degree from MIT, a Masters in Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a visiting professor of church history at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Council member of The Gospel Coalition, and an executive trustee of the International Mission Board. In addition to his preaching and teaching, he is the author of An Infinite Journey: Growing Toward Christlikeness, Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again, Christ Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus in Isaiah, and An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture. Andy and his wife, Christi, have five children.
Chase was born in Virginia Beach, but grew up in western North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, and received his B.A. in Political Science and Chinese Language. Prior to coming on staff at FBC in January 2016, he worked for State Employees’ Credit Union, but was excited for the opportunity to use his financial background and love for international ministry to serve the church. He is in the MDiv program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has been a member of FBC since 2009. Chase has been married to Laura since 2012, and they have one daughter, Joanna (2014), and one son, Andrew (2016).
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).
Born in Savannah, GA, Wes has lived and served all over North America. He graduated with a degree in Worship and Pastoral Studies from Boyce College in Louisville, KY, and desires to see Colossians 3:16-17 fulfilled as we let the word of Christ dwell in us richly, that we would do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, worshiping not only on Sunday but in all of life. He and his wife Annie have been married since June of 2015 and now live just north of downtown Durham.
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).
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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.