Pastor Ben Pearce started serving as Sr. Pastor at Baptist Grove Church in July of 2009. Ben graduated from N.C. State with an undergrad in Economics and, his wife, Renee graduated from The University of North Carolina with a degree in Math Education. Through God’s grace and Renee’s gentle spirit, they have been married since August 1994. God has blessed them with three children. Daniel is currently a student at East Carolina University. (How does a Pirate come from a wolf and a ram?) Nicole is a student at Appalachian State. Nate is an 11th grader at Harnett Central High school. Pastor Ben received his Masters from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is presently working on his DMin in Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C. Pastor Ben served in several staff positions at Fuquay Baptist Church before God called him to BGBC. Ben has two boxer dogs named Jackie and Bull that are dearly loved. He loves to play golf with his son and work out.

Ben Pearce

Senior Pastor


Matthew Johnson 

Minister of Families

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.

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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.

Ella Lazenby

Minister of Music

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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