Interim Senior Pastor
Dennis Herman is a native of Lenoir, North Carolina. He has served churches in Winchester and Roanoke, Virginia and in North Carolina. He retired as senior pastor of Greystone Baptist Church in Raleigh in 2010. He completed a twenty-two month interim pastorate at the Oxford Baptist Church of Oxford, N.0 in May, 2013. Since retirement, he has also been employed by the Duke University Health System as a part-time chaplain at the Duke Raleigh Hospital. He and his wife, Betsy Newton Herman served with the Foreign Mission Board (now IMB, SBC) from 1979-92 in Colombia and Ecuador.
Dennis received the Doctor of Ministry from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, the Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, the BS from Appalachian State University, and completed a one year residency in clinical pastoral education at the Wake Forest University, Baptist Hospital School of Pastoral Care. Both Dennis and Betsy are active in the ministry and mission of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship where Betsy served as a member of the national CBF Coordinating Council. Both have assisted with CBF mission efforts in Ukraine and Belize.
Dennis and Betsy have three grown children and two grandchildren.
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.