Pastors & Staff

Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Lawrence Powers

Lawrence has lived in the Johnston County area since high school and is a graduate of Smithfield Selma High.

Prior to coming to BBC, he served as a Campus Minister with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina at ECU, NC State, UNC-CH, Meredith College, Peace University, and as Baptist Chaplain at Duke University. He is a three-time graduate of Campbell University: Bachelor of Arts (Religion and Philosophy), Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry.

He loves the beach, mountains, and cheering on the Camels. He is married to Heather and together they have three kids, three dogs, and a beta fish.

Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families

Rev. Will Raybon

Will is a newcomer to the Johnston County area, having spent most of his life in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Before beginning his tenure at BBC, he served for three years as the Associate Youth Minister at First Baptist Greenville, SC. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity where he received his Master of Divinity.

He loves the outdoors, hiking, and traveling. He is married to Celine, a second grade teacher at South Smithfield Elementary School, and they have a goofy hound dog named Indy.

Contemporary Worship Leader

Jordan Hines

Jordan is a Johnston County resident with a big heart for the town of Benson. She is a 2022 East Carolina University graduate with a Bachelors of science degree in Speech and hearing sciences. Not only is she the contemporary worship leader here at Benson Baptist, but she is also the youth director and worship leader at Banner Chapel Advent Christian Church!

Jordan has been singing and entertaining since a young age and enjoys sharing her love of music with family, friends, and the community! 

Minister of Traditional Music & Organist

David Woolsey

David joined our staff on September 26, 2022.

His bio is coming soon!

Ministry Intern

Ben Wright

Ben is a Campbell University student who is from a small town north of Charlotte. He is studying Christian Studies and Theatre with a performance concentration.

Before coming to BBC, he has worked with youth and children at his church back home at Connect Christian Church in Concord, NC and helped plan events and services in high school as a member of the leadership program at his church.

He is excited about every opportunity he is given and loves hanging out with friends, traveling, learning about anything, and teaching the next generation about Jesus.

Administrative Assistant

Debbie Champagne

Debbie is a military veteran, mother, and grandmother, She has embodied the word “service” all of her life.  She has demonstrated that embodiment at Benson Baptist for over twenty-one years by attending to the needs of anyone who might call or stop by our church office.

Her selflessness is rooted in her own faith in the God who selflessly loves us, and every person who graces the door of Benson Baptist is blessed because of it.

Facilities Manager

Jacob Jones

Jacob joins our staff after a career as an engineer in the military and higher education settings.

He is married and has multiple children.

Associate for Children's Sermons

River T. Otter

River T. Otter joined our staff during the pandemic to help with Children's sermons on Sunday mornings. When he's not recording those from his Den, he enjoys swimming, sun-bathing, and eating Swedish Fish!

You can watch River's Adventures here.

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