Lead Pastor

Michael was called to preach the Gospel at the age of 20 and began full time ministry at 21 years old. Michael has pastored churches in Wilson, Clayton, and most recently in New Bern. He returned to Wilson and joined the staff at Connect Church as Lead Pastor in July of 2018. Michael has a passion to reach out into the community and to lead Connect Church to ‘Be Jesus’ to the world around us. The heart of Michael’s preaching and teaching is exposing the heart of God for all people through the abundant grace that is found through Jesus Christ.


Student & Family Pastor

Joe has been in ministry for over 20 years. He was called into full time ministry in 1999 and was ordained in 2000. He has served at First Baptist Church of the Islands in Savannah, Georgia and Raleigh Road Baptist Church here in Wilson before coming to Connect Church.  He has been involved with students in some capacity for all 20 years of ministry. He currently serves as Family Pastor at Connect Church. His passion is to watch families be changed and transformed by Jesus. He also serves as the chaplain for the State Troopers in Wilson and Greene County. He previously served as chaplain over the Savannah-Chatham Police Department while in Savannah, Georgia. He passionately pours into and wants to make a difference in his community.


Children’s Leader

We are excited to welcome Thorne to our ministry here at Connect Church! Thorne brings a passion to see our children grow in the Lord to become lifelong followers of Jesus. All his life, he has grown up around children’s ministry and brings both youthfulness and experience to our Connect Kids. Thorne is currently taking seminary classes and desires to give his life to serving Christ in ministry.