Meet the TBC Staff

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Rev. Mark Mofield
Senior Pastor
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Mark has been the Senior Pastor at Temple Baptist Church since July, 2013. He is originally from Roanoke, Virginia where he grew up as a member of Colonial Avenue Baptist Church. Mark felt God’s call to the ministry while he was preaching at a Youth Sunday service during his senior year of high school. He was a Religion Major and Virginia Baptist Scholar at the University of Richmond. It was at UR that Mark met his wife Amy. After graduating from University of Richmond, Mark attended Duke Divinity School and was hired to serve as Youth Minister at Hester Baptist Church in Oxford, NC. After graduating from Duke, Mark was called to serve as Associate Pastor at Melrose Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia. He worked with youth & children there for 4 years before being called by First Baptist Church of Elon in September, 2001 to serve as Senior Pastor. During his 11 ½ years in Elon, Mark also served as the Volunteer Baptist Campus Minister for Elon University. Mark’s hobbies include a love of reading, playing golf & tennis, watching football and basketball, and playing an occasional video game. Mark and Amy have two sons, Justin and Noah. As a minister, Mark believes God has called him to help people discern the living presence of Christ in their lives.

Rev. Tyler Garrard
Associate Pastor for Families
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Tyler is originally from Louisville, KY and grew up as a member of St. Matthews Baptist Church. He went to college at Auburn University where he studied Philosophy and Religion, and also worked part-time with the youth at Auburn First Baptist Church. After college, he spent time to Colorado before moving to North Carolina to attend Duke Divinity School. While a student at Duke, he served as the student intern at Lamberth Memorial Church in Roxboro, NC. After graduating, he was ordained by the folks at Lamberth and continued to serve the congregation there until being called to Temple.

Tyler loves being outside, most of all riding bikes, but also running and hiking. He and his wife, Mari, enjoy having people over for dinner, going to the Durham Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, and walking at the Eno River State Parker with their black lab, Emma. He believes that God’s calling in his life is to bear witness to the good news about Jesus through building relationships, sharing meals, and telling stories.

Rev. Deitra Arrington-Cates
Minister of Music
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Deitra Arrington-Cates has served as full-time Minister of Music at Temple since September 5, 2011, after having retired as a fifth grade educator at Little River Elementary School completing thirty-two years of service with the Durham County Public School system. She previously served two terms as Interim Minister of Music prior to this time.

She is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a double degree in both Elementary and Music Education, majoring in voice, with a minor in piano. Her responsibilities at Temple include preschool music, children’s music, choir chimes, youth music, youth handbells, adult choir, lady and male singers. She also studies harp under the direction of Domenique Tanzini.

Vangie Poe
Director of Instrumental Music
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Vangie Poe has served as organist at Temple since July 1969, having served the first 20 years as church secretary as well. She is a graduate of Duke University with an A.B. degree in piano performance, and she has also done graduate work in music at UNC-Chapel Hill and continuing education in organ at Montreat Worship and Music Conference each summer. Her responsibilities at Temple include accompanying the children’s, youth, and adult choirs and directing the preschool music and adult handbell choir.

In addition to her work at Temple, Vangie served as preschool teacher of three- and four-year-olds for 23 years at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church Weekday School, where she continues as school-wide music teacher.  She is also accompanist for the Durham Children’s Choir, private piano teacher, and singer with the Choral Society of Durham, directed by Rodney Wynkoop.

Melonie Carpenter
Administrative Assistant
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Melonie Carpenter has been the secretary at Temple Baptist Church since June 2005. She lives in Timberlake with her husband, James, daughter, Alyssa, and son, Andrew. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and watching her kids play sports.