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SteveDr. Stephen Martin, Senior Pastor, came to First Baptist Church Kernersville in 2003. He was born in Rutherfordton, NC, but grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Before entering the ministry, he was a free lance artist, who lived in Austin, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, NC., and received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew University with distinction. Steve has a unique insight into artistic integration and creative arts ministries. He has published several articles on the subject and has also published a religious comic strip, and the lyrics for several choral compositions. He lives with his wife, Mary Ruth, a registered nurse, with twins, Andrew and Rebecca, along with two dogs and “some” cats.

Phone: 336.993.2577, ext 103

06051815002Rev. Anita Laffoon attended Randolph- Macon College in Ashland, Virginia where she received a Bachelor of Arts/ Religious Studies Degree with a Minor in Sociology. While at Randolph- Macon, she was the recipient of the A.Purnell Bailey  Pre –Ministerial Scholard Ministry. She attended seminary at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia where she graduated in 2012. During her educational pathway, she served as Intern to Director of Christian Education and Youth Minister at Cornerstone Christian Church in Richmond, Virginia, and also served as a Randolph-Macon Academic Intern in Brazil.

Rev. Laffoon was ordained by Cornerstone Christian Church in Richmond, Virginia with the recommendation by the Dover Baptist Association.

Rev. Laffoon served as a part time Minister of Youth and Children for Cornerstone Christian Church in Richmond, Virginia from June 2009-December of 2012. She served from 2013 to 2016 as Director of Youth and Children at First Methodist Church of Marion, N.C. She has also served as Pastoral Consultant for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marion, N.C. and First Baptist Church in Black Mountain, N.C.

Phone: 336-993-2577 ext. 106

Maggie Cook– Childcare Development Center DirectorMaggie Cook
Phone: 336.993.8371   Phone: 336.993.2577 ext. 108
Jackie Supple, Financial Secretary
Phone: 336.993.2577, ext. 101


Butch Sawtelle, Facilities Manager                                                                              Phone: 336.993.2577 ext. 102

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