pastorAL TEAM

  • Jonathan Blankenship

    Lead Pastor

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    Jonathan returned to his hometown of Charlotte in 2008 to re-launch Laurel Baptist Church. He was raised in a pastor's home and began following Christ at a young age. Jonathan has earned a Bachelor's degree in Pastoral Ministry and a Master's degree in Biblical Studies. He is passionately committed to expository preaching, having an intense desire to make the word of God fully known so that the people of God might be fully mature (Colossians 1:28-29). He and his wife Kathleen were married in 2004, and they have 4 children: Kate, Keegan, Ellie, and Jayden. 



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    Harold came to Laurel in 2023 to oversee our pastoral care and counseling ministry, coordinate events and missions, and assist in the teaching and preaching ministry of the church. He and his wife Peggy have been married for 44 years, and they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Pastor Harold has been in pastoral ministry for over 40 years serving as the Lead Pastor in churches in WV, TN, and NC. His wisdom, experience, humility and heart has brought to our church exciting new opportunities for spiritual growth and discipleship. He loves helping young preachers, and is passionate about telling others the good news of Jesus Christ.

Check back soon for employment information regarding our search for an additional pastoral team member.

support team

  • Kathleen Blankenship


  • Lee Smith


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