Meet Our Team

Our Pastoral Team

As pastors at the Bible Church, each of the individuals below serve as shepherds, elders, and assume oversight of the church’s well-being. The Bible specifically speaks about the qualifications for those who will lead a congregation of people. These qualifications have been the same for almost 2,000 years (i.e. Titus 1 & 1 Timothy 3).

Jesus is the perfect fulfillment of these qualifications as the “senior pastor” of this church.

Read More About the Qualifications of a Pastor
  1. A pastor must be devoted to his wife; one-woman man (Titus 1:61 Tim 3:2). The pastor’s marriage illustrates Christ’s love for His church—His bride (Eph. 5:22 ff.). A Pastor must love his wife exclusively with his mind, will and emotions and not just his body.
  2. A pastor’s children must be in submission, though not perfect (Titus 1:61 Tim 3:4-5). If a man does not know how to manage his own family, he will not know how to take care of God’s church. The first flock for a pastor is his own family as Pastor Dad. A Pastor’s qualification for the church starts in his home management as he leads them up in the discipline and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4).
  3. A pastor is a faithful steward (Titus 1:7). Here the term used is overseer (Greek episkopos). It is not another office, but a functional title of the elder. It is what he does. He is a steward, a manager of God’s resources and Jesus’ flock. He takes responsibility, but not ownership.
  4. A pastor must be humble — not arrogant (Titus 1:7). A pastor must constantly demonstrate the gospel by admitting when he is wrong and assuming responsibility and restoring relationships.
  5. A pastor must be gentle — not quick-tempered (Titus 1:71 Tim 3:3). No man will be of any use in the kingdom that is quick-tempered. The difference between how Jesus demonstrated anger is that He was angry at the abuse of others in the name of religion and the dishonoring of God. We get angry at how it affects us.
  6. A pastor must be sober — not a drunkard (Titus 1:71 Tim 3:3). This is not just overindulgence in alcohol but is idiomatic for any behavior that fuels addictive responses.
  7. A pastor must be peaceful — not violent (Titus 1:71 Tim 3:3). A pastor is prone to inflict violence through his words. He is to be a peacemaker.
  8. A pastor must have financial integrity — not greedy for gain (Titus 1:71 Tim 3:31 Peter 5:3). A pastor is to be upright in his financial dealings and not accused of pursuing money over the kingdom of God.
  9. A pastor must be hospitable (Titus 1:81 Tim 3:2). A pastor’s home is to be open for others to enjoy. A pastor’s home is not a heaven on earth, but rather a place of ministry.
  10. A pastor must be a lover of good (Titus 1:8). A pastor genuinely loves what is good. He does not just think he should love it.
  11. A pastor must be self-controlled (Titus 1:81 Tim 3:2). Self-control is a characterization of every area of a pastor’s life: diet, time, mouth, exercise, relationships, sex, and money.
  12. A pastor must be upright (Titus 1:8). He has integrity in his relationships and in how he treats others.
  13. A pastor must be holy (Titus 1:8). His life is devoted wholeheartedly to Jesus externally and internally.
  14. A pastor must be able to teach (Titus 1:91 Tim 3:2). All of the other qualifications are character qualities. This is the only ability-based requirement. He is to be able to teach sound doctrine, not just be able to communicate in an excellent manner. His teaching can be to one or two, to twenty, to a hundred or to a thousand. Most of the churches in Crete were house churches. The elders were to defend the faith once delivered to the saints against the numerous false teachers that arose.
  15. A pastor must be spiritually mature (1 Tim 3:6). Positions of authority without spiritual maturity lead to the trap of pride. When pride grows in a man, sin abounds.
  16. A pastor must be respectable (1 Tim 3:7). That does not mean that everyone must like him or even appreciate him. It means that there is no credible witness to an ongoing sinful behavior.
  17. A pastor must be an example to the flock (1 Peter 5:3). Elders are examples of biblical expressions sexually, time management, marriage, parenting, worship, relationships and any other way. A pastor should be someone your sons could pattern their life after and the kind of man your daughter should marry.

What would you do if an elder violates one of these requirements? 1 Timothy 5:19-20 warns us not to accuse an elder flippantly. Matthew 18:15-18 gives us the steps:

  1. Go to the elder alone,
  2. If still unsatisfied, go with another person,
  3. If still unsatisfied, let the greater eldership know. If accusations are verified and the elder remains unrepentant, rebuking that elder before all is the next biblical step.
Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas

Lead Pastor 919.408.0310 x101

Jay met his wife, Rebecca, while interning at College Church in Wheaton, IL. They have four children.

Jay was born in India, but gre...Read More

Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas

Lead Pastor

Jay met his wife, Rebecca, while interning at College Church in Wheaton, IL. They have four children.

Jay was born in India, but grew up in Marin County, CA. He holds degrees from Wheaton College (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.).

Jay became the Lead Pastor at Chapel Hill Bible Church in 2011 after serving as the College Pastor at College Church. He is co-author of Sex, Dating, and Relationships: A Fresh Approach, and the author of 1 Corinthians: A 12-Week Study in Crossway's Knowing the Bible series. He has also written articles and reviews at The Gospel Coalition, Tabletalk Magazine, and Themelios.

I love serving in a major culture and university environment. We can make a high impact on our nation and world. This is an international, relational, semi-southern area with a strong need for a healthy, gospel-driven church.

For fun, Jay likes to dabble in music, humor (especially puns), art, architecture, eating, and occasional fitness. And, he doesn't like to admit this, but Jay has a thing for men's fashion, too. On any day, he can be seen sporting the latest Italian textures and novelties like pocket squares, bold socks, and high-quality footwear. He refers to his dress-code as "Italian nonchalance" and "Gospel-renewal sartorial" - whatever that means. 😉

Eric McKiddie

Eric McKiddie

Executive Pastor 919.408.0310 x103

Eric met his wife, Julie, in grad school, and they have three children. He grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, MI before earning degrees at Moody Bi...Read More

Eric McKiddie

Eric McKiddie

Executive Pastor

Eric met his wife, Julie, in grad school, and they have three children. He grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, MI before earning degrees at Moody Bible Institute (B.A.) and Wheaton College (M.A.). He is currently pursuing a D.Min. in Homiletics at Westminster Theological Seminary.

Eric came to the Bible Church in 2013 to lead our community ministries, and now serves as Executive Pastor. Before coming to Chapel Hill, Eric served for five years as the Junior High Pastor at College Church in Wheaton, IL.

It's a privilege to minister in one of the fastest growing areas of the country. I'm excited for the opportunity to reach so many people with the good news of Jesus Christ.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys having fun with his family, playing golf and basketball, grilling, watching sports, and writing. He writes regularly at his blog, Pastoralized, and has contributed articles to The Gospel Coalition. He also is a contributor to Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide.

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Discipleship & Training Pastor 919.408.0310 x127

Matt and his wife, Tammy, met at their home church in Burlington, NC. They have one adopted daughter and actively foster parent.

Matt was born and raised in Burlington and gradu...Read More

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Discipleship & Training Pastor

Matt and his wife, Tammy, met at their home church in Burlington, NC. They have one adopted daughter and actively foster parent.

Matt was born and raised in Burlington and graduated from Wake Forest University (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.).

Before coming on staff in 2017 as Discipleship and Training Pastor, Matt served as a high school physics teacher, Associate Pastor at Bethlehem Christian Church in Elon, NC, editor for Zondervan, Vice President for BiblicalTraining.org and New Directions International, and a cross-cultural missionary with Freedom to Lead International. He is an associate editor for Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words.

I believe discipleship is meeting people where they are and helping them go where God wants them to go. Ultimately, that means helping others become more like Christ in their beliefs, affections, and behavior. I am passionate about coming alongside people in this journey of discipleship.

For fun, Matt enjoys music 🎶 , movies 🎥 , hiking 🎒 , and travel.

Roddy Dinsmore

Roddy Dinsmore

Missions Pastor 919.408.0310 x106

Roddy and his wife, Katie, met at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes event at the University of South Carolina. They have 3 children (one of whom is adopted). They also actively fo...Read More

Roddy Dinsmore

Roddy Dinsmore

Missions Pastor

Roddy and his wife, Katie, met at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes event at the University of South Carolina. They have 3 children (one of whom is adopted). They also actively foster as God provides opportunities.

Roddy grew up in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and moved to Bristol, TN, when he was 13. He majored in German at Presbyterian College, where he was an all-American soccer player.

Before coming on staff as Youth Minister in 2007, Roddy was the singer/songwriter for the Christian rock band Origami and served as a worship leader and youth pastor at Saxe Gotta Presbyterian Church in Lexington, SC. Roddy has preached in four different languages (English, Portuguese, Spanish, and German) and has done ministry in four different continents.

I love languages and cultures of the Triangle. It is a fantastic place to meet people from all over the world and to learn about them and their cultures. I especially enjoy the fact that we can reach the nations right here in the Triangle.

For fun, Roddy enjoys soccer, songwriting, gardening, and languages.

Randy Russell

Randy Russell

Pastor Emeritus 919.408.0310 x107

Randy has been married to his wife, Kathy, for over 40 years. They have five grown children (two of whom are adopted), and five grandchildren (one in heaven). He grew up south of C...Read More

Randy Russell

Randy Russell

Pastor Emeritus

Randy has been married to his wife, Kathy, for over 40 years. They have five grown children (two of whom are adopted), and five grandchildren (one in heaven). He grew up south of Chicago and graduated from Northern Illinois University (B.S.) and Denver Seminary (M.A.).

Randy joined the staff of the Bible Church on Labor Day Sunday, 1980. During his ministry here, Randy has helped over 230 couples begin their marriages and was the founding pastor of Chatham Community Church in Pittsboro, NC. He retired from full-time ministry in summer of 2017, but continues part-time in a counseling capacity.

In my many years at CHBC, I have been able to lead people to the Lord, to grow in the Lord, to become servants and leaders, and to mature in their relationships. Over this time I have seen the church grow in expressing gifts, expressing unity, expressing diversity, and living together in the gracious life of Jesus.

Randy enjoys playing golf, watching the Chicago Cubs, studying history - particularly the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. You can find Randy's research on Abraham Lincoln and slavery at his website.

Our Ministers

 
Josh Cooley

Josh Cooley

Kids Minister 919.408.0310 x108

Josh and his wife, Kelly, who are both natives of the D.C. area, met at The Gazette in Maryland. They were marrie...Read More

Josh Cooley

Josh Cooley

Kids Minister

Josh and his wife, Kelly, who are both natives of the D.C. area, met at The Gazette in Maryland. They were married in December 2003 and have four daughters.

Josh majored in journalism at Liberty University (VA) and spent 11 years as a sportswriter/editor before God called him into full time vocational ministry at Covenant Life Church (MD) in 2007. From 2011 to 2015, he led the children’s ministry there before coming to Chapel Hill Bible Church.

My passion is to reach the next generation with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to do this at the Bible Church.

Josh has also written four books and co-authored five others. His latest book—The Biggest Win, Pro Football Players Tackle Their Faith—is a full-length book focusing on how Christian athletes can glorify God through sports. He also coauthored Nick Foles memoir —Believe It: My Journey of Success, Failure & Overcoming the Odds. You can check out his books and freelance work at joshuacooleyauthor.com.

In his free time, Josh likes to play with his kids, exercise, read, write, watch sports and classic movies, and dream of halcyon days of his youth when he had hair. 😉

Malcolm Pettigrew

Malcolm Pettigrew

Youth Minister 919.408.0310 x117

Malcolm met his wife, Kelly, while working at Sky Ranch, a Christian summer camp in Texas. They have four children. He grew up in Cincinnati, O...Read More

Malcolm Pettigrew

Malcolm Pettigrew

Youth Minister

Malcolm met his wife, Kelly, while working at Sky Ranch, a Christian summer camp in Texas. They have four children. He grew up in Cincinnati, OH and graduated from University of Kentucky (B.A.) and is actively pursuing his Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies with a concentration in exegesis from Western Seminary.

Malcolm joined the Bible Church team as Youth Minister in 2012 after serving at Sky Ranch for five years.

The Triangle is my perfect storm of everything I love about the city and outdoors. I love being able to do ministry in a place where I'm within 15 minutes of everything from a Durham Bulls baseball game to a hike along the Eno River.

Malcolm enjoys camping, fly fishing, biking, and simple barbecues in the backyard with friends.

Mark Hampton

Mark Hampton

College Minister 469.569.2484

Mark began attending the Bible Church in 2015 when he moved to North Carolina from Texas to attend Duke University Divinity School.

During his pas...Read More

Mark Hampton

Mark Hampton

College Minister

Mark began attending the Bible Church in 2015 when he moved to North Carolina from Texas to attend Duke University Divinity School.

During his pastoral residency at the Bible Church, Mark taught in the PostCo (Young Adults) class working to build a relational community among our young adults. He has also served on the Bible Church's worship team since 2015, both leading musical worship and providing instrumentation. In summer of 2018, Mark was added to our team to lead the college ministry - College Collective.

I have a passion for seeing people grow in their knowledge of Scripture, and then take that knowledge and apply it to everyday life in such a way that they live intentionally and missionally.

In his free time, you can find Mark out on a hike, a bike ride, or searching the Triangle high and low for the best tacos 🌮 .

Ryan McKee

Ryan McKee

Community & Care Minister 919.408.0310

Ryan served the Bible Church nearly 3 years as a pastoral resident before coming on full-time as Community & Care Minister. Ryan’s residency was ...Read More

Ryan McKee

Ryan McKee

Community & Care Minister

Ryan served the Bible Church nearly 3 years as a pastoral resident before coming on full-time as Community & Care Minister. Ryan’s residency was defined by coupling his biblical and theological training at Western Seminary with hands-on ministry training and mentorship from the pastors and elders. Ryan has served in various roles, which include: preaching, teaching, next-generation formation, shepherding, and community building.

As Community & Care Minister, Ryan leads the training and oversight of over 50 life groups around the Triangle. In addition, his role oversees our congregational care to respond to tangible and spiritual needs within our church family.

Ryan has also worked as a college football coach and continues to steward his knowledge and skillset of the game of football by mentoring and discipling young athletes.

Ryan & Laura have called Chapel Hill Bible Church their home since 2013. They live in Durham with their two boys and one baby girl.

Ministry Staff

 
Ashley Gyori

Ashley Gyori

Special Needs Director

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Ashley Gyori

Ashley Gyori

Special Needs Director

I've been working with the special needs community since 2009. I have a passion for this group of people and I strive every day to make our church more inclusive and welcoming to people of all abilities.

Colin Rowley

Colin Rowley

Communications Director

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Colin Rowley

Colin Rowley

Communications Director
David Walters

David Walters

Media Director

803.240.2085
Emily Williams

Emily Williams

Church Administrator

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Emily Williams

Emily Williams

Church Administrator
Gaby Correa

Gaby Correa

Latino Ministries Director

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Gaby Correa

Gaby Correa

Latino Ministries Director

Gaby was born and raised in Puerto Rico and studied at the University of Puerto Rico. At the age of 17, he began to serve in ministry and in 2006 was sent to plant a church in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. During this time, he met his wife, Katie, online while she was in Pakistan as a missionary. He moved to North Carolina in 2012 in preparation for their wedding. They now have two boys.

While working in sales at a car dealership, he began serving in ministry to other hispanic families in the Triangle. In 2016, he joined Global Outreach International as a commissioned missionary to Spanish-speaking residents in the area and was commissioned as the Latino Ministries Director in August of that year at Chapel Hill Bible Church. Likewise, Katie is actively engaged with Gaby in ESL ministry as an outreach to hispanic residents who are interested in learning English.

I love how the world is represented all around us in the Triangle. We have a unique opportunity, by reaching our communities, to fill the world with the redeeming message of the Gospel.

For fun, Gaby enjoys music, movies, sports, and traveling.

LeeAnne Paulakonis

LeeAnne Paulakonis

Connections Director

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LeeAnne Paulakonis

LeeAnne Paulakonis

Connections Director
Rosemary Wellons

Rosemary Wellons

Preschool Director

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Rosemary Wellons

Rosemary Wellons

Preschool Director

Rosemary was born and raised in North Carolina. She graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina State University in 2006 with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education and a Minor in Oceanography. Upon graduation, Rosemary pursued classes toward her M.Ed at both Duke University and NC Central University. She also has an add-on license in Gifted and Talented Education, K-12.

Prior to joining the staff at Bible Church Preschool in 2010, Rosemary taught Language Arts and Social Studies at Carrington Middle School in Durham. Rosemary has filled various roles at BCP, including teacher and Assistant Director, and has been the Preschool Director since 2014.

Rosemary was married to John in 2006 and they have one son named James.

Support Staff

 
Amy Andres

Amy Andres

Bookkeeper

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Amy Andres

Amy Andres

Bookkeeper
Cherrie Muchka

Cherrie Muchka

Receptionist

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Cherrie Muchka

Cherrie Muchka

Receptionist
Crissie Cabrera

Crissie Cabrera

Administrative Assistant

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Crissie Cabrera

Crissie Cabrera

Administrative Assistant
Donna Coston

Donna Coston

Business Office Director

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Donna Coston

Donna Coston

Business Office Director
Erin Bethany

Erin Bethany

Lead Administrative Assistant

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Erin Bethany

Erin Bethany

Lead Administrative Assistant
J.W. Ruff

J.W. Ruff

Worship Associate

J.W. Ruff

J.W. Ruff

Worship Associate
Janet Eaker

Janet Eaker

Administrative Assistant

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Janet Eaker

Janet Eaker

Administrative Assistant
Liz Graham

Liz Graham

Administrative Assistant

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Liz Graham

Liz Graham

Administrative Assistant
Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright

Facilities Director

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Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright

Facilities Director
Sean Stickel

Sean Stickel

Administrative Assistant

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Sean Stickel

Sean Stickel

Administrative Assistant
Vince Manoogian

Vince Manoogian

IT Director

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Vince Manoogian

Vince Manoogian

IT Director

So thankful for CHBC! We love being a part of this community. We started attending and joined shortly after moving to Chapel Hill and getting married in 2016. The Lord has greatly used CHBC and our life group to grow our marriage and our individual walks with the Lord. So thankful for our family here!

April Sawyer

April Sawyer
Service Coordinator

I take my kids here and they love it. Staff are very welcoming and there is a great mom's Bible study which I truly enjoy. You really feel the love there.

Daisy Jowi

Daisy Jowi
Mother

MY WIFE & I FOUND CHBC THROUGH A GOOGLE SEARCH AND AFTER ATTENDING REGULARLY FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHS WE HAVE FOUND OUR CHURCH HOME. THE PREACHING IS BIBLICAL, EXEGETICAL, AND GOSPEL-CENTRIC. ONE OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT THE CHURCH IS THE INTERNATIONAL ASPECT, WITH SERVICES AND CLASSES HELD IN SPANISH AND MANDARIN.

Will Goldsmith

Will Goldsmith
Young Married

I love Chapel Hill Bible Church! I found the church shortly after moving to Chapel Hill and quickly became a member, and never looked back. If you are looking for a church in the area that loves Jesus, the Word, and the Triangle, this is the place!

Mary McManamy

Mary McManamy
Chemistry Professor

This church has blessed me by keeping me spiritually and theologically honest. Their college program is phenomenal and there are many ways to get involved in the mission.

Zane Geiser

Zane Geiser
College Student

Bible Church has truly been a blessing to me! So thankful for everyone in their graciousness to us. The teaching here Is filled with a strong presence of the Lord.

Pam Cross

Pam Cross
Long-Time Member

I have been a member of this church for 32 years and have never considered going to any other church. My five children were raised and baptized at CHBC.

Karen Casey

Karen Casey
School Teacher

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