Leadership Team

Dr. Ed Rose

Lead Pastor

Ed has served as lead pastor of Central since March of 2000. A native from Seaboard, NC, he received a  Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Leadership from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from Campbell University Divinity School. He and his wife Christy have three children - Daniel (wife Hunter) , T.W., and Hannah Grace,  and one grandchild Nash.


Gayle Alford

Director of Church Operations 

Gayle has been a part of Central her whole life and has worked in various volunteer activities throughout the years. She retired after teaching high school English for 30 years. After serving for two years as Church Secretary, she became the Director of Church Operations in 2022. She and her husband, Lynn, have two daughters, Cheyenne and Mallory.
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Matt Benson

Associate Pastor to Kids & Families 

Matt joined the Central Staff in the summer of 2023 as our Associate Pastor to Kids (birth - 5th grade) and their families. He joins our team with years of experience serving churches in Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia as well as serving overseas with the International Mission Board. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at Liberty University and his Master of Divinity degree in Christian Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Emily have two awesome boys-Ezra and Micah. 

Rodney Bunch

Director of Recreation & Community

As of June 1, 2021, Rodney Bunch is our Director of Recreation and Community Relations for the Central Sports Academy. Rodney comes to us from quite a diverse background including recent work with NC Emergency Chaplains, Regional Director for Christian Business Men’s Committee, Athletic Director at Vienna (Austria) Christian School, Youth Pastoring and Church Planting. Rodney played baseball and was educated at Appalachian State University (BA Business Management) and more recently received a Masters from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rodney is also a Pickleball Ambassador for Eastern Wake County. Rodney is married to Jane, and they have 3 children: Anneliese, Cacey-Jane and Jacob.   

Jeff Germain

Director Of Central Academy of the Arts & Central Media Coordinator 

Jeff joined the Central staff in June of 2016 as Minister of Worship & Creative Arts. In January 2020 he transitioned to serve as the Director of Central Academy of the Arts. Jeff earned his Mus.B. in Music Education from Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY. He has served in various music positions since 1995. He and his wife Corinne have two sons, David and Ben.

Haley Harper

Director of Communications & IT

Haley began working at Central Weekday Preschool part time in the afternoons after college classes in 2016. In the past Haley has worked in the preschool in various ages, from Pre-K to School Age. She currently serves in the sound booth, managing the livestream. She enjoys serving on the student ministry team and helping in guest services. She has been a member of Central since February 2020.
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David Loftis

Worship & Groups Pastor

David joined the Central team as Worship and Groups pastor in June of 2020.  David is a missionary kid from Jamaica and Australia.  He received Jesus as a 15 year old in Kingston, and has been excited about worshipping and following Jesus ever since.  He received his Bachelors degree in Bible and Music from Tennessee Temple University and then finished Masters degree in Christian Education at Temple Baptist Seminary.  His wife Carol sings, speaks and serves by his side, while also loving on their two (soon to be three!) grandchildren who live in the Raleigh area.  David loves to play golf, frisbee golf, soccer, and together they love to take walks, hang out on the porch and tell stories, share good movies & play group games of any type.  
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Evette Orcutt

Director of Central Weekday Preschool

Evette has been serving at Central since 2001. She is a 1996 graduate of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, with a Master of Divinity in Christian Education, and a 1990 graduate of Appalachian State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Communications.
She is married to David and they have two sons, David James (wife Samantha)  and Daniel.  Evette enjoys movies, motorcycles, and gummy bears!
919-365-6547 Ext. 23

Dannie Richardson

Director of Facilities

Dannie has been full-time Facilities Director since 2007. His job
consists of building maintenance, cleaning, and grounds maintenance. Dannie's daughter, Meredith, her husband, and three children live in Tennessee serving in full time ministry.

Christy Rose

Pastoral Administrative Assistant

Christy joined our staff as Pastoral Administrative Assistant in
November 2011. She currently serves as a Children’s Sunday School Director and serves as a Children’s Leader on Sunday nights. Christy and Ed have three children -Daniel, TW, and Hannah Grace,  and one grandchild Nash.
919-365-6547 Ext. 22

Robert Tatum

Associate Pastor to Students and Families

Robert joined our staff as the Student Pastor in 2018. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2013, and received his Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2019. He and his wife Carrieanna have two children - Emma & Benjamin
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Connie Welch

Director of Financial Operations 

Connie joined our staff as Financial Secretary in September 2007.  She has been a member fo the church since June 2007 and is a current member of the F.A.I.T.H.Riders Life Group.  She and her husband, Roland, have four children, Susan, Chris, April, and Naren.
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Gina Whitman


Gina received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Barton College and her Master’s in School Administration from Campbell University. Gina has over 10 years of educational experience with the Wake and Johnston County Public School Systems. She taught in various grade levels, acted as advisor to FBLA and other clubs, sat on a large Johnston County SIT (School Improvement Team) and served as a county Special Populations Coordinator in the public school system. Gena comes to us following God’s call, and she is excited about impacting the children in our community through Kingdom education starting with kindergarten this coming year, growing annually to eventually offer K-12th grade education. 


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  • Wiley Brantley
  • Jody Cole
  • Chuck Franks
  • Mike Godwin
  • Proctor Hinnant
  • Eric Horton
  • Larry Johnson
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