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11801 Plaza Road Ext.
Charlotte, NC 28215
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Our Staff Team

Pastoral Team
Jonathan Blankenship | Lead Pastor
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In summer of 2008, Jonathan & Kathleen re-launched Laurel Baptist Church with just a handful of people. Their focus on expository preaching, corporate prayer, and personal evangelism is what God has used to raise up a strong, Bible-believing church in this city. Jonathan's preaching is practical, transparent, and saturated with God's Word as he intentionally teaches verse by verse, chapter by chapter through the Bible.

Charlotte, NC - Jonathan
Raleigh, NC - Kathleen

Kate (6), Keegan (4), and Ellie (2)

In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Pastor leads a weekly Connection Group with a family emphasis. Kathleen leads our ladies ministries, is our church pianist, and assists Pastor in his weekly responsibilities.

Pastor Jonathan is an avid sports fan, particularly the Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Panthers. He enjoys playing golf and loves to travel whether on a mission trip or a family vacation. Kathleen loves being a stay-at-home mom to the kids and finds rest in playing her piano and shopping with the ladies. You'll also find her right there with Pastor, passionately cheering on their favorite teams.

Jared Blankenship | Administrative Pastor
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Jared and his wife, Julie, came to Charlotte in 2009 as our first Assistant Pastor. Jared and Julie have a down to earth, fun-loving personality that always keeps you laughing. Jared is passionate about God's Word and helping others experience a life of genuine worship both personally and corporately. Jared is very gifted in his ability to organize the church for effective ministry.

Charlotte, NC - Jared
Raleigh, NC - Julie

Ashlynn (5) and Harper (2)

Julie serves as our Business Administrator in the church office and also coordinates our nursery ministry and Awana Clubs. Jared directs our music ministries, teen ministries, as well as our day to day ministry operations.

Jared loves running. He has completed numerous 5k's, 10k's, and half marathons, as well as the well-known Dopey Challenge (48 miles in 4 days) at Walt Disney World. He is a big sports fan following the Denver Broncos, New York Yankees, and Charlotte Hornets. Julie's favorite past-time is shopping. Together, their family loves all things Disney. If they're not in Charlotte, they're most likely at Disney World.

RJ Lopez | Assistant Pastor
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RJ and his wife, Jessalyn, came to Charlotte in 2017 to serve on our pastoral team. RJ is skilled in technology and combines it with his love for local church ministry. RJ and Jessalyn met while students at West Coast Baptist College and now reside in Concord with their dog, Lacy.

Tuscon, AZ - RJ
Gastonia, NC - Jessalyn

As an Assistant Pastor, RJ leads our Kids Connection, Media, and Connection Group ministries. Jessalyn serves as our Office Assistant during the week and alongside of her husband in all of his responsibilities. You'll also find Jessalyn involved in our weekly music ministry. Together, they lead a weekly Connection Group for single young adults.

RJ enjoys playing golf, watching the Arizona Cardinals, and binge watching Star Wars movies, especially episode three. He also loves anything technology. In her quiet time, Jessalyn enjoys playing the piano, reading a good book, and enjoying a cup of coffee. She is a dedicated Tar Heel fan!

Support Team
Jessalyn Lopez | Office Assistant
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Julie Blankenship | Business Administrator & Awana Director
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Lee Smith | Facilities Assistant
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