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Rev. Mark Mofield
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. Deitra Arrington-Cates
Minister of Music
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.
Will was born in California where he grew up, except for a few years where he lived in the Asheville, North Carolina area. He graduated High School at 16 and then enlisted in the US Army as a Paralegal at 17 where he deployed 3 times, to Kuwait (2009-2010), Cuba (2010-2011), and Afghanistan (2012-2013). Will entered into a relationship with Jesus in late 2011 and was baptized by immersion on Easter Sunday in 2013 in Kuwait. Even though they grew up in the same small town, Will met his wife, Kayla, in 2013, and they married in 2014. The Myers’ moved from California (where they were stationed) to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 2016 and a few weeks after arriving there, Will got his call to ministry. While on active duty with the Army, Will earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Maryland. Will was then medically retired from the Army in late 2017 and matriculated into Duke Divinity School in the Fall of 2018, where he is pursuing a Masters of Divinity with a certificate in Baptist Studies.
Will has served for many years with youth, in and out of church. In Will’s spare time he likes to do wood working, play with his and Kayla’s two dogs, Duke and Riley, and play board games. Will is very much looking forward to working with the youth of Temple Baptist Church, as well as the parents. He loves working with youth because of their youthful energy, great stories, and the relationships that can be built.
Director of Instrumental Music
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 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.