Senior Pastor

David Payne

Pastor David returned to Flemings Chapel in September of 2018.  Previously, he had been our senior pastor from 1989-1995.  David's wife, Lisa, a registered nurse, is not only his best friend, but a sweet and caring lady who loves music.  David earned a Master of Theology degree with and emphasis in pastoral ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Piedmont International University.  He has served as pastor in Lenoir; Raleigh; and Charleston, SC.  Also, David has for years been a professor of Bible and Theology on the college level, regularly teaching at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Florida and New York.

In addition to spending time with family, David is an avid sports fan. He also enjoys illustrating his sermons with helpful stories that convey the meaning in his messages. 

Associate Pastor for Student Ministries

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith joined our church staff on the first Sunday in September 2021.  He has a heart for the Lord, a desire to learn and share the Word of God, and a love for people.  Caroline, who is a physical education teacher in Hickory, and Thomas were married in 2016.  They are over the moon in love with their daughter, Quinn.  The Smiths live in Hudson.

Thomas received a Bachelor of Religion from Liberty University, and is pursuing a Master's of Divinity degree from Liberty Seminary. 

We are grateful to have Thomas  invest his energies in helping our youth to learn to know and love the Lord.

Worship Leader

Danny Craig

Danny Craig is our worship leader, and friend to everyone in our church.  With congregational singing that mixes traditional and contemporary songs of worship, Danny helps to take us to the person of Christ through music.  Danny and his wife, Penny, are dedicated folks, quite likely to be found serving someone in the fellowship hall, or doing for others.  

Administrative assistant

Debbie Mast

We are pleased to welcome back a familiar face to the office at Flemings Chapel. Debbie served as our administrative assistant for several years.  She returned at the end of June 2021 to once again help us as our administrative assistant.