Meet our pastors

  • Jonathan Blankenship

    Lead Pastor


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    Ministry Focus: As the Lead Pastor, Jonathan shepherds our church in the spirit of Acts 20:28. He is passionately committed to expository preaching and leading our church into Christ-centered, spiritual health. Jonathan's weekly aim in the pulpit is to make the word of God fully known so that the people of God might be fully mature.

    Came To Laurel: 2008, the year he and his wife came to re-plant LBC. 

    Education: B.A., Bible & Pastoral Theology | M.A., Biblical Studies

    Family: Jonathan and Kathleen met in college and were married on June 5, 2004. They have 3 children: Kate, Keegan, and Ellie. And they wouldn't want to leave out Walt...their Beagle!

    Enjoyments: Jonathan loves spending time with the family whether it's a night out at the movies, coaching the kid's athletic teams, or enjoying a meal at their favorite Mexican restaurant. They love all things Disney. Jonathan is also a runner and has completed the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World, running 48.6 miles in 4 days (a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon consecutively). 

    Influential Book: Expository Preaching by John MacArthur

    Bible Verse: Colossians 1:25-26, “I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.” 

  • Austin Wright

    Assistant Pastor


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    Ministry Focus: Church administration is a big part of Austin's ministry at Laurel. His work involves overseeing both our business and ministry administration needs, which includes anything from leading volunteers and planning worship service elements to coordinating our conferences and events. In addition to his administrative roles he also serves passionately as our Teen Pastor. 

    Came To Laurel: 2018

    Education: B.S., Secondary Education | M.A., Biblical Counseling

    Family: Austin and his wife Marissa met while attending college in Pensacola, FL and were married in January 2016. They both love their Dalmatian, Pongo. 

    Enjoyments: Coffee is certainly at the top of Austin's list of enjoyments. Whether it's drinking coffee, brewing coffee, or relaxing in a coffee shop, Austin loves it all. Our staff considers him to be our "staff barista." He is also an avid reader, enjoys hiking or running trails with their dog, and time with his wife taking in a favorite show or a good movie at the end of the day. One of the highlights of their week is getting together in fellowship with friends. 

    Influential Book: The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Iain H. Murray

    Bible Verse: Galatians 6:14, "But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." 

  • Ministry Focus: RJ oversees all children's ministries, including Awana Clubs and the Kid's Connection classes. His heart is to help children of all ages fall in love with Jesus as they learn weekly about God and His purposes for their life. RJ also leads our media ministry, which includes publications, graphic design, and the overall multimedia ministries of the church. 

    Came To Laurel: 2017

    Education: B.Min., Church Ministries

    Family: RJ and Jessalyn met in college and were married on June 4, 2016. They have one daughter, Isabella, who loves to watch Frozen 2 and enjoys spending time with her parents and grandparents. They are also proud dog parents to their black lab, Lacy. 

    Enjoyments: RJ is a true geek at heart, loving all things technology. If he isn’t spending time with his family, you will find him messing around on his 3D printer or researching the latest smart home gadget. He and Jessalyn love hosting and attending game nights with friends.

    Influential Book: Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids by Jack Klumpenhower

    Bible Verse: Colossians 3:23, "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men." 

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  • Kathleen Blankenship

    music

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    Smith

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