Paul Jones
Interim pastor


Matthew Johnson 

Minister of Families

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Ella Lazenby

Minister of Music

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Pastor Matthew Johnson Matthew Johnson is from Middlesex, NC, and has worked with children and youth since he was 17 years old. He graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelors in Recreation and Parks Management and from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with an M. Div in Next Generation Ministry. He is married to Emily who is currently going toNash Community College for Graphic Design, they have been married since Oct. 2019. He served as a Summer Intern Youth Worker for Cherry Point Baptist Church in Havelock, NC and Student Pastor for Elm Grove Baptist Church in Nashville, NC. Matthew desires to see students come to know Christ and wants them to have an authentic relationship with Jesus. He was a former camper and staff member at Camp Caraway for 13 years. He loves to camp, kayak, and spend time with his family. Matthew and his wife have a German Shepherd named Nika, who is a handful at the moment, but loved.

My name is Ella Mitcham and I'm an original native of Newton, located in the western part of North Carolina. My pursuit of music brought me to Campbell University where I began my studies in 2013. I recently graduated from Campbell in December 2019 with a Bachelors in Education with a concentration in music. During my time at Campbell I met my now fiancé Jonathan Lazenby who also holds a bachelors and 2 master degrees from Campbell. I believe God has instilled within me the gift of singing and that through music it is my obligation as a believer to share his message through song. In addition to singing my secondary instrument of choice is the trombone which I have played almost 13 years now. I enjoy every aspect of the outdoors and when the weather starts heating up I look forward to attending classic car shows.I Am grateful that God has led me here to Baptist Grove so I can be a servant to lead his people through music.

Hello. my name is Parker Wertz and I live in Garner, NC. I have had the privilege of growing up in a great Christian family and the Lord saw fit to draw me to himself when I was only 6 years old. I have been playing piano since I was 7 years old and I just knew from then on that that was the instrument I wanted to play. I graduated from Campbell University in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance. I am so thankful to be that God has endowed me with the gift of music in piano so that I can serve and be a blessing to the people here at Baptist Grove. Also, I love me some Alabama Football, Duke basketball, and some Pittsburgh Steelers football.

Parker Wertz


Greetings. My name is Nancy Ausley. I was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC. I reside here is Fuquay Varina. I have been attending Baptist Grove Church about 20 years now. I am proud to say I served in the Army as a Military Police Officer K9 Handler and paratrooper. I completed my associates degree in Business Administration in 2009. Now I am retired from state government, and serving in the Lord's Army. I simply love our Heavenly Father, and cannot imagine a life without Him in it. My prayer is to have a positive influence on people around me, so they may be blessed and want to know the love of Jesus Christ personally. My favorite verse is Psalm 46:1, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." (NIV) Life is not easy, especially in this world today. No matter where I've come from and what I've been through, I have no doubt of my salvation. Oh, how peaceful to know this. God Bless!

Nancy Ausley 
Administrative Assistant