Dr. Mason Smith
Mason Fuller Smith along with his wife, Kimberly, and two sons, Wilson and Wesley, came to us in June of 2014, after serving an international congregation in Wiesbaden, Germany. Born and raised in rural eastern North Carolina, Mason grew up with a love of the Creation. It was through this love that he first began to see glimpses of the Creator. At the age of 15, Mason saw the larger picture of life for the first time, and began following Jesus.
God's claim on his life has lead him through college and seminary, marriage, ordination, years of soul searching, fatherhood, doctoral studies, and numerous ministry opportunities. In 1999 Mason received a B.A. in Religion and Christian Ministries from Campbell University. He completed his M.Div. from Duke Divinity School in 2003. In 2011 he earned a D.Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Since his calling Mason has served as a summer missionary, youth & college minister, chaplain, and pastor.
Mason enjoys camping, hiking, and all things outdoors. He is also a foodie who loves to cook and experiment in the kitchen. Other interests include running, storytelling, and reading. Mason also says that he is known to, “express a silliness that is contagious and effective in producing in all things joyous,” whatever that means.
Dr. David Durham
David has been serving at First Baptist Church of Elon since May of 2000. Initially, David served as part-time youth minister while he completed his Masters of Divinity from Campbell University Divinity School. In 2004, David was hired full-time as Associate Pastor, with primary responsibilities focusing on the youth, senior adults, and education ministries of the church. David received his B.A. in Religion from UNC-Wilmington in 2000, his Master’s of Divinity from Campbell University in 2004, and completed his Doctorate of Ministry work, focusing on Intergenerational Small Group Ministry, from Campbell University in 2015. David is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, since August of 2000. They have two sons, Samuel and Luke. David enjoys spending time with his family, watching any sports event, playing golf, and reading.
Evelyn Gay Collins
Minister of Music and Children
Evelyn Gay Collins ("Gay") is originally from South Carolina, where she still has family near the Columbia area. Her husband's family lives in Durham, NC. She has two adult children, one of which is also a minister. Her husband Jerry is a truck driver and avid student of the Bible.
In addition to her Music Ministry career, Gay taught in the public schools system. She has over 30 years of experience in teaching young children and teens to love music. Gay has a love for ministry to and with kids!