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.
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. from UNC-Wilmington in 2000. 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.
Minister of Music and Children
Laura Rice Primm came to FBC Elon in August 2013 as the Minister of Music and Children. A 1999 graduate of Elon University, Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a concentration in Piano Performance and a minor in Business Administration. She began serving God through music while a young child, singing in numerous choirs, holding Backyard Bible Clubs, going on mission trips, and, while in high school, working as a substitute pianist for several local churches. She directed her first church choir while still in college and has been working continuously as a choir director ever since. Laura was the Minister of Music at FBC of Mebane from 2003-2013 and was ordained as a Minister during this time.
She prepares and directs all of the adult, youth, children and handbell choirs within the music ministry. One of her favorite scriptures is the first verse of the 95th Psalm: Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
As Minister of Children, Laura helps coordinate all of the children’s activities at FBC Elon. FBC Elon recognizes the importance of reaching children for Christ and the need for parents and children to participate in worship together. Our goal will be to make church a place that children want to be, where parents feel that children are safe, loved, and taught with Christ-like gentleness.
Laura and her husband Trey have three young children; Debbie-Claire, Mark and Danny. The Primm’s live in Elon and spend most of their free time playing sports and riding horses.