Pastors & Staff

Rev. Dr. Lawrence Powers

Senior Pastor
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, and three dogs.

Ordination to the ministry by Oakmont Baptist Church, Greenville, a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship congregation.

Rev. Will Raybon

Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families
Will spent most of his life in the mountains of Western North Carolina, but is excited to now be living in the Johnston County area!

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.

Ordination to the ministry by First Baptist Church, Asheville, a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship congregation.

Minister David Woolsey

Minister of Traditional Music and Organist
A native of Rocky Mount, David began playing the organ in churches during his junior high school years.  After pursuing other interests for several years, he has returned to church music with a renewed sense of call.  David comes to Benson Baptist Church with experience in music ministry and pastoral ministry in North Carolina and South Carolina.

David lives in Raleigh with his wife Amy, and son David.

Licensed to the ministry by the French Protestant (Huguenot) Church of Charleston, South Carolina.

Jordan Hines

Contemporary Worship Leader
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! 

Ben Wright

Ministry Intern
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.

Debbie Champagne

Administrative Assistant
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.

Jacob Jones

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

He is married and has multiple children.

River T. Otter

Associate for Children's Sermons
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!