Mike Knight, Senior Pastor
A native of Durham, North Carolina, Pastor Mike was reared in a Christian home; however, he wrestled with his need for salvation.
"I grew up in church. My parents were both Christians, and I went to a Christian school all of my life. I was what you would call a 'good kid.' If you would have known me then, you would have thought I was a Christian; however, I knew deep down in my heart that I was lost and on my way to Hell. I would wake up in the middle of the night scared to death because I knew I was a hypocrite. At the age of fourteen, I woke up at 2:00 in the morning, and the Holy Spirit was convicting me of sin. I jumped out of my bunk bed, ran down the hallway, flipped on my parents' bedroom light, and cried out under conviction, 'Dad, I need to be saved!' That night I trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior."
During his senior year at Friendship Christian School in Raleigh, Pastor Mike attended The WILDS Christian Camp in Brevard, North Carolina, and surrendered his life to full-time Christian service.
The Lord then directed him to attend Bob Jones University in order to prepare for the ministry. He graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor's degree in Bible. While at BJU., the Lord brought Nancy Bowen into his life. Nancy completed a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Counseling in 1991, and the two married that same year.
After marrying Nancy, he worked on a Master's degree in Pastoral Studies while teaching at Bob Jones Academy and ministering as a youth pastor in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Upon completion of his Master's degree in 1994, he served as an outreach pastor in the Chicago area for five years and then as an associate pastor at Bible Baptist Church in the Charlotte area for six years. In 2006, God led Pastor Mike and Nancy to move to the Garner area to start Community Baptist Church.
Pastor Mike and Nancy both have a heart for people and a desire to see God use them to evangelize the lost and disciple God’s people. God has blessed them with three children: Mikayla, Ashlyn, and Hudson. Pastor Mike enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing and watching Duke basketball.
Chad Morris, Assistant Pastor
Pastor Chad Morris, a native of North Carolina, was saved at the age of seven. He was called to the ministry as a senior in high school and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Youth Ministries from Bob Jones University in 2008. After graduation, he married his high-school sweetheart, Lauren, who also graduated from Bob Jones with her Bachelor's in Elmementary Education. In 2009, Pastor Chad and Lauren came to Community Baptist as volunteer youth leaders. He has led the youth ministry since coming to CBC and was ordained by Community Baptist in 2012. He joined the full-time staff in 2018 as the assistant pastor. Pastor Chad enjoys bow hunting, fishing, and watching the Dallas Cowboys. He and Lauren share the blessing of parenting their two children, Kara and Caleb.