Our Team

Mike Sowers, Pastor

Mike Sowers has served as Pastor since 2017. Mike is a graduate of UNC Greensboro and Campbell University. Mike and  his wife Sara have 2 children Andrew, a Campbell graduate and current graduate student at NC State and Luke who is an undergraduate student at NC State.
Before coming to Buies Creek, Mike served as a youth pastor at Guilford Baptist Church in Greensboro, Pastor of Hope Mills First Baptist Church and as a consultant with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
Mike and Sara met while he was serving in the United State Coast Guard in Sara’s home town of Kodiak, Alaska.  Mike and Sara have been married for 24 years.

Doug Short, Associate Pastor

Doug began serving as Interim Associate Pastor in 2019.  Doug is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently enrolled at Campbell’s Divinity School in their D.Min program. Doug and his wife Michelle have 3 children, the youngest is currently a student at Campbell University.

Before coming to Buies Creek, Doug planted and pastored three churches and he currently works at Campbell’s Medical School helping to coordinate their medical missions work both local and international.

Doug and Michelle both grew up in Maryland and met in a Bible study while attending college.  They have been married for 29 years.

Debbie Jones, Minister of Children

Debbie Jones has served as Minister to Children since 2001. Debbie and her husband Doug have 2 children Jonathan, a Campbell graduate with his MBA and Rebekah who is an undergraduate student at
Campbell University.
Before coming to Buies Creek, Debbie has been serving in preschool, children and youth ministries since 1986.
Debbie and Doug met while attending Deer Park Baptist Church in Newport News, VA where Doug was the Youth and Singles Minister.  Debbie and Doug have been married for 31 years.

Rebecca Freeze, Minister with Youth

Rebecca has served as the minister with youth since the summer of 2018. She graduated from Campbell in December of 2017 with a B.A. in Christian Studies and currently is a graduate student at Campbell Divinity School pursuing her Master's degree.

Rebecca has served in college ministry, youth ministry, non-profit work, and various other ministries within the local church context. She is passionate about planning and executing events, and engaging in the spiritual formation of all ages. 

Rebecca's goals include: graduating from Divinity school, developing the youth ministry at Buies Creek First Baptist, discovering her calling, and traveling as much as possible.

Patsy Paul, Administrative Assistant

Patsy has served as administrative assistant since 2012.  Patsy and her husband Larry have been blessed with 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Prior to coming to Buies Creek, Patsy worked for Harnett County Department of Social Services for almost 20 years serving as clerical support, Income Maintenance Caseworker of Adult Medicaid and Food Stamps, Fraud Investigator and finally as Adult Medicaid Lead Worker.  Patsy is currently the manager of The Believers, a southern gospel quartet where Larry sings tenor.

Larry and Patsy have been married since 1979 and enjoy church, spending time with family and friends and spreading God's message through the gospel singing ministry God has allowed them to be a part of.