Our elders

  • Chris Best

    Chris was born and raised here in Raleigh and began attending Green Pines youth group in 1978 when he moved into a home in the neighborhood next door to the church. He was saved and baptized in 1981 in a nearby lake and over the years he has served the church in a variety of ways including committees, choirs, as a Deacon, as Interim Choir and Worship leader, and a time or two in the kitchen... GOD also grew a passion in Chris for working with children through serving in outreaches like VBS which led to the call and blessing to lead the Children's Ministry here at Green Pines for the last 12+ years.

    Chris graduated from East Wake High school and later from Elon University with a Bachelors degree in Business. A couple of years later God blessed Chris with Lisa Armbrister, the Love of his earthly life and wonderful wife for over 25 years. She loves the Lord and consistently serves along side Chris in Children's Ministry, Music, Eldership, missions and in every way that GOD leads them to serve. GOD also richly blessed the family with 2 sons, Brady and Hunter, both of whom are also saved by God's Grace and working on completing college and high school. To contact Chris please email : cbest@greenpines.org

  • Jeff Hilles

    Jeff has been serving in various capacities since joining Green Pines in 1995, including as a Deacon/Chairman, Discipleship teacher, Carillon pastor, and GriefShare counselor, as well as a member of various committees. He holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Lynchburg College and masters degrees in Business from U. of New Hampshire, and in Human Services Counseling from Liberty University. Jeff and Judy, his wife of 42 years, have two wonderful daughters, Jessica and Jenna, and four precious grandchildren. Currently transitioning into semi-retirement as Chairman of the Board, he has spent the past thirteen years working for Corporate Chaplains of America, a ministry employing over 200 Chaplains in the secular workplace, whose mission is to “build caring relationships with the hope of gaining permission to share the life changing good news of Jesus Christ in a non-threatening manner”. On April 15th, 1989, Jeff accepted Jesus Christ as both his Savior and Lord through apologetics and work of the Holy Spirit. Recognizing that God chooses to work through humanity to perfect His will, the greatest love we can show our neighbors is to gently tell them about their eternal condition. 

    To contact Jeff please email: jeffhilles@gmail.com   

  • Rich Holt

    Rich is a Raleigh native, graduating from Sanderson High School and North Carolina State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Religion, before returning to school to get his CPA license the year his first son was born in 1999. He has been serving with his family at Green Pines since 2007, the year his youngest daughter was born, in areas such as Deacon Chairman, children's Sunday school teacher, playing guitar with the worship team, leading discipleship classes, and writing our daily devotion. He and his wife Ashley, another local who grew up in Hillsborough and went to college in Raleigh, met through a mutual friend and got married in 1994. Ashley also went back to school to become and RN, and she co-leads our girls GEMS ministry. Together, Rich and Ashley have been blessed to raise and homeschool six children who each follow Jesus. Equipping them for a life of loving and serving the Lord has been their family plan, and God's grace is evident each day as He works through them in His own glorious ways.

    To contact Rich, please email: rich.holt@LMCompanies.com