STAFF AND WORSHIP LEADERS
Johnny Richards, Interim Pastor
Johnny, in addition to serving as our pastor, is a bereavement coordinator with Heartland Hospice in Raleigh. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Gardner-Webb and a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Johnny has been in the ministry since 1985, serving as associate minister in several churches across the state. He served as pastor of Potecasi Baptist Church for 2 years, then at Mountain Creek in Oxford for 16 years. Johnny is married to Kathy Richards, who teaches third grade in Wake Forest. They have four children: Heidi, Nathan, Caitlin and Christopher.
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Risa Poniros, Music Director
Risa, a Raleigh native whose brother runs The Roast Grill downtown, possesses an insatiable energy and passion for the American music genres, whether operatic, musical theater, spiritual, or anything in between. Her soprano voice landed her elite roles in a number of operas and theatre such as Pamina and The First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. She has also performed with professional ensembles, including the North Carolina Symphony. She holds degrees from UNC-Greensboro (BM); The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (MM); Northwestern University; Certificate of Vocal Performance, and Columbia University Teachers College in New York (Ed.D) and has taught voice at several area colleges.
Peggy Utley, Secretary
Peggy has been faithfully serving as Secretary at Crabtree Valley Baptist Church since 1993. She resides in Garner and is a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. She is married to Dale and has two adult children, Kevin and Kaitlyn.
Cheryl Walker, Pianist