“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”
1 Timothy 5:17
Jarrod has been serving as Senior Pastor at Green Pines since 2005. He attended Appalachian State University receiving a degree in Communication where he met his wife Julie with whom he has four children: Molly, Karissa, Evan, and Canaan. Since earning a Master’s of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, he has been faithfully spreading the Gospel through his gift of preaching here in Knightdale and on mission trips to other parts of the world. Jarrod’s ministry is characterized by a verse by verse teaching style of the Bible showing how God’s word is applicable in our lives today. His love of Christ and God’s word is evident as he teaches with passion each Sunday. He says, “It is my hope that God would be glorified by people who obey God because they trust God. They trust God because they know God. They know God because they have heard His word. They have heard His word because I teach His word.”
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 passsion 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.
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.
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 an 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.
Family ministerBrad has been serving as the Family Minister here at Green Pines since 2018. Brad was born and raised in California, received a bachelors degree from Boyce College in Louisville, KY in 2002 and completed a Masters of Dvinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC in 2007. Brad has served churches in California and North Carolina in various roles and been privileged to have men and women of great faith invest in him along the way. He hopes, in turn, to invest his faith in others. While living in Kentucky, he met the love of his life, Danielle. They have been married since 2000 and have twins named Abigail and Avery. Brad has a deep passion for people to know and love God. He has a particular interest in the process of spiritual formation and how it is passes from one generation to the next. His curiosity drives a desire to learn new things. He gets excited to hear and see how people are growing in their faith and taking the good news of Jesus to their neighbors in love. Brad likes most things that involve other people but some of the things he enjoys most are exploring new places with his kids, eating a nice meal with some friends, an occasional round of golf or hearing his church family sing together each Sunday morning.
Pastoral AssistantTracey has had the role of administrative assistant since 2004. Originally from Raleigh, she graduated from Sanderson High School and then North Carolina State University with a degree in Business Management. She is married to Reymond and has two daughters, one step son and two grandsons with whom she enjoys spending her time. If trying situations arise, she still has a helpful, positive attitude and with her gift of service, you will see her serving in numerous places throughout the church.
weekday preschool director
Libby has been employed with Green Pines Preschool since 2017. She has lived in the Raleigh area for over ten years, but the Upstate of South Carolina is where she was born and grew up. She has been married to Brad, her high school sweetheart since 2006; and they have one daughter named Anderson. Libby has over 10 years experience working with children and has a diverse background that ranges in everything from physical education
to working with special needs children. Preschool-aged children is her favorite age to work with though! One of her biggest joys is being a mother and enjoying the blessings of her large extended family. Her family happily takes up most of her free time, but she also enjoys crafting, making jewelry, and thrifting! She considers it a privilege to teach children of the love of Christ. Jeremiah 29:11 is her favorite verse, “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ” Libby can be contacted at
Melissa has worked for Green Pines Baptist Church since 2014. She has been a member since 1999. She is a graduate of Barton College where she received her BFA in graphic design. She met her husband of 26 years, Teddy during college and has two teenagers daughters. She feels it is a true blessing to be able to use her gift of design for the ministry of the church. A verse that helps motivate her is 1 Cor. 15:58.
Gloria has been a member of Green Pines Baptist Church since July 2007. She graduated from Southern Nash High School in Bailey, NC and then attended Hardbargers Business College in Raleigh, NC. Gloria ministers thru the Cornerstones Senior Ministry and helps in many other areas throughout the church. Her favorite verse is “We love because HE first loved us.” 1 John 4:19. Gloria can be contacted at