Staff
Senior Pastor

Dr. Calvin Sayles

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Dr. Calvin Sayles began his ministry as senior pastor on March 1, 2014.  Born in Missouri and raised in Colorado Springs, CO, Cal graduated from Colorado State University (B.A. in Psychology, 1980).  From there, he spent 23 years in the United States Army before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in May 2003.  Feeling called by God into full-time ministry, Cal pursued graduate theological education at Gardner-Webb University where he graduated with a Master of Divinity (2004) and Doctorate of Ministry (2013).

Before coming to JHBC, Cal served as senior pastor to churches in Concord, NC and Spindale, NC.  He is married to Sandy and they have two sons, Joshua and Nathan.  In his free time, Cal enjoys pottery, stained glass, learning to play the guitar, and reading from a broad spectrum of topics.


Associate Pastor for Education and Family

Richard Wood

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Rev. Richard Wood joined the staff of JHBC as Associate Pastor in March 2011.  Before coming to JHBC, Richard served as youth minister and associate pastor in churches in Salisbury, Fayetteville and Creedmoor, along with serving in interim ministries in the Durham and Oxford areas of North Carolina.

A native of Wilkesboro, NC, Richard has been married to Beth Cockman-Wood since June 2006.  Their daughter, Megan, was born in September 2012.  In his free time, Richard enjoys spending time with his family and attending the various sporting events the Triangle area has to offer, from high school football to Durham Bulls and Carolina Hurricanes games.  He also enjoys reading, traveling, movies, television, marching bands and drum corps, video games and all kinds of technology.

Richard is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University (B.A. in Political Science, 2000) and Campbell University Divinity School (M.Div in Christian Education, 2005).  He leads conference and breakout sessions in youth ministry, youth Sunday school, and technology in ministry.  Richard also serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Religion for the Degree Completion Program (DCP) at Gardner-Webb University.


Church Administrator

Richard Sistrunk

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Richard S. Sistrunk joined the JHBC Staff as Church Administrator in August of 2011. He started his career in Information Technology with Coty in 1975 as second shift computer operator. Over his career he held various positions with Coty; the most recent being Vice President Infrastructure Services World Wide, leaving the company after 32 years in September 2007. He has also served as part time Minister of Music/Music Director at Holly Springs Baptist Church in Broadway, NC, Lillington Baptist Church in Lillington, First Baptist Church in Hope Mills and Flat Springs Baptist Church in Sanford.

He married Jackie T. Sistrunk in 1971. Jackie passed away in November 2012. She retired from teaching middle school language arts and social studies in Lee County after 28 years in 2006. They have four children, Amy, Richard, Jr., Elizabeth and Jenny and 6 grandchildren. They have resided in Lee County since 1977. Both Richard and Jackie are graduates of Campbell University, Richard with B.A. Mathematics and Jackie with B.S. Elementary Education and Masters in Reading.

Richard enjoys singing, cooking, hunting, fishing and working in the garden.


Administrative Assistant

Marva Lee Roush

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Marva Lee Roush joined the JHBC staff as an Administrative Assistant in June 2007.  She started her career as a receptionist / clerk-typist working for an engineering firm in Marion, Ohio.  She was then promoted to administrative assistant for the marketing department of that same firm.  Then in 1984, she was given the opportunity to work for the president of Macola, Incorporated, which later became Macola Software.  Marva Lee earned the promotion to executive assistant working directly with the president/chief executive officer and chief financial officer.  A position she held until Macola Software was bought out by Exact Software.  After the buy-out, Marva Lee became executive assistant for the Human Resources / Payroll department. 

In June 2005, Marva Lee and her husband, Don, decided to retire from their full-time jobs in Ohio and move to Sanford, North Carolina.  They have a son, Matthew, who lives in Winnetka, IL, and a daughter Nicole Smith and husband Jamie, who lives in Raleigh.  Both Matthew and Nicole are Campbell University graduates.

Marva Lee enjoys knitting, reading, playing golf and Southern Gospel Quartet music.


Pianist

Kimberly Morrill

Kimberly Morrill joined the JHBC Staff as the Church Pianist in November, 2008.  She is a native of Sanford and was privileged to have been raised in a loving Christian home, accepting Christ as her personal Savior at the age of seven.

Kimberly is married to Scott and is the mother to Connor and Reagan.  She loves spending time with her family and being involved in all her children’s activities.

Kimberly has a passion and appreciation for music from all types of genre.  She took piano lessons from the age of six throughout high school and went on to minor in music from NC State, emphasizing in piano performance.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, with a Concentration in Marketing in December, 1997.

Kimberly feels blessed to be a part of JHBC as a church musician and is grateful to have an opportunity to utilize God’s talent in order to glorify Him!  She acknowledges music as a prime method of ministering to each and every one of God’s children!


Pastor Emeritus

Gilbert McDowell

Rev. Gilbert W. McDowell, pastor emeritus, served Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church for 28 years as pastor. He came to JHBC in 1964 from Pilot Baptist Church, Zebulon, NC. where he served from 1955-1964. From 1964 until 1992 he led the church through two building programs of the present education building and sanctuary. He served on the Ordination Committee of the Sandy Creek Baptist Association and remains active in the church life.

Rev. McDowell graduated from Greenwood High School, Greenwood, South Carolina. Received his Batchelor’s Degree from Furman University, Greenville, SC.  and his Batchelor of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.
He and his wife, Nancy Powell McDowell have three sons. Steve and wife, Tanya of Cary, NC. They have two children, Ashley and Zachary. Stan and wife, Karen of Charlotte, NC. They have two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mark and wife, Kate, and Joey. Bert and his wife Mary live in Cumming, GA. and have one daughter, Maggy.
He has many interests that have kept him busy over the years. His love for family, friends, gardening, sports, and reading (especially history) has always been a priority. His love for God’s word and understanding of people endears him to the present day congregation of JHBC. He and Nancy were honored in 2003 when the new fellowship area, McDowell Hall was named for them. He has continually led people to “deeper depths and higher heights” of God’s love.