DR. Jim Pennington

Senior Pastor

Jim Pennington grew up in central Florida where he enjoyed sunshine, the surf and fresh squeezed orange juice. He attended the University of Florida where he accepted Jesus Christ and married Patty. He went on to graduate at Palm Beach Atlantic College, then received a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary. He has been serving in the ministry for over 40 years, most of that as a Senior Pastor. He and Patty have traveled the world together on vacations and mission trips from the Bahamas to Guatemala to South Africa to Tanzania to Israel to France to Italy to England and about a dozen more countries. They have flown in hot air balloons, fixed wing gliders, the Bud One Airship, and all kinds of airplanes. He would rather spend time with her than anyone else in the world. They have a daughter, Courtney, who lives with her husband and three boys in the Tampa, Florida area and a son, Jeremy, who lives with his wife, two boys and a daughter in Palmer, Alaska. He has a passion for hiking, hunting, fishing, scuba diving, skiing, zip lining, snow machining and pretty much anything outdoors. The reason that he loves nature so much is because everywhere he looks, he sees God's fingerprints.

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Josh Hart

Worship Pastor

Josh grew up in a small Ohio town, where a love for Jesus and music was cultivated.  He received a degree in vocal performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  While in college, he met a lovely violinist named Rachel, who became his wonderful wife.  After getting married, they moved to Charlotte, NC where he was called to full-time ministry in the local church.  They have a son named Jacob that keeps them on their toes!  Josh enjoys spending time with his family and traveling- especially to Disney World.  If you get to know Josh well, he might show you his vast collection of Disney pins and tell you about his love for animals!

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Bennett Holloway

Family and Students Pastor

Bennett Holloway attended Oklahoma State University where he recieved a degree in Marketing with a minor in Religious Studies. During his time at Oklahoma State University, he met his beautiful wife, Lauren. He is now half way through getting his masters of Divinity at Liberty University. After graduating college, he worked at Second Baptist in Houston, Texas for five years working throughout student ministry.  He calls Oklahoma home and loves visiting his family who lives there. Some of his hobbies include building furniture with wood, playing sports, and of course fantasy football! When growing up, he enjoyed sleight of hand magic, Rubik’s cubes, and glow sticking ("Don't judge, that stuff is cool").

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Darryl Radford 

Associate Pastor of Community

Darryl Radford attended both Johnston County Community College & East Carolina majoring in Intermediate Education with a minor in History.  He has over 40 years of experience in the workforce ranging from sales, management, & corporate experience in Human Resources to trading/implementing initiatives. New Bern is where he calls home and he comes from a family of all D's (Dianne, David, Deborah, Don, Dale, Darryl), his three brothers were all born April 5th each four years apart, and he and his two sisters were all born the same week in November. He met his lovely wife in Raleigh at the Western Blvd K-Mary. She was the blue light special! He is also the blessed father of three girls: Hannah, Holly, and Haley! In his spare time he likes to do anything with family, volunteering as a coach, golf, & reading.

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Ed Ledford 

Connections and Production Pastor

Ed Ledford attended Truett-McConnell College before transferring to the University of Georgia where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. During this time, he met his wife, Jessica and they have two beautiful children, Lily and Jonah. Ed has spent many years working in professional audio and video production environments as well as in live concert settings. Over this time, God has given Ed the opportunity to serve Him and apply these experiences in a variety of worship settings for His glory. In the rare spare minute, Ed loves anything tech related, music and laughing with his family.

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