MEET OUR PASTORS!

We offer you warmest regards and greetings

from the pastors of Cumberland Baptist Church

 

Rev. Tim Baugus, Senior Pastor

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(Bio Pending)

 

Rev. Cliff Covington, Associate Pastor

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I was born and raised in South Carolina becoming a follower of Jesus Christ on October 21, 1979. Then, following the Lord in believer's baptism on October 28th. Though saved, I wrestled with my new-found faith and the flesh.

In 1991, I completed my AA degree in Computer Programming and joined the U.S. Army at the rank of PFC. After promotion to SSG, I was sent to Officer Candidate School (OCS) then to the Engineer Officer Basic Course (EOBC) in Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

On October 2, 2004, I was introduced to a very special lady (Amy), through her aunt at the church I attended. Then on August 12, 2005, we were married just weeks before I was deployed to Tikrit, Iraq to lead a platoon in route clearance.

When I returned, I was assigned to Fort Bragg, NC, where I enrolled (distant learning) to the University of Management and Technology (UMT) and began attending Cumberland Baptist Church with my family. In 2009, I received my BS in Computer Science and promotion to Captain. The following month, I was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan as the Executive Officer of a route clearance company.

Regretfully, I allowed many distractions to interfere with completely surrendering my life to Jesus. After being medically retired in 2013 from injuries sustained in combat, I surrendered to the call of full-time ministry. I enrolled at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in pursuit of a Master's of Divinity (MDiv) in Pastoral Ministries.

My wife and I have three children: Tyler, JR and Emily. In my tenure at Cumberland Baptist, I have served in the capacity of Youth Pastor, Deacon, Associate Pastor, Interim Pastor, and Elder.

“Now we have this treasure [the good news about salvation] in clay jars [of human frailty], so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us.”  

2 Corinthians 4:7


 

Daniel Smith, Family Pastor

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I have a passion for people! I have served in the children and youth ministries for over 5 years and attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Liberty University

in pursuits of a Master's Degree in Apologetics. While I am against being argumentative, I stand by 1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV) "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;".

I came to know Christ as my Lord and Savior while serving overseas in the U.S. Army. My fondest memories are during humanitarian aid missions in Mosul, Iraq. After the military, I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Biology at Fayetteville State University providing me a well-rounded education but left me searching for answers not found in text books. God called me to make a public profession and stop hesitating to share the Gospel with all who might listen. On August 17th, 2014, I was baptized at First Baptist Church in Spring Lake.

I completed an internship at Macedonia Baptist Church in 2015 in the hopes of learning how to tend to God's Bride, having never grown up in a church environment. In 2017, I was called to serve as Associate Pastor at Reilly Road Community Church to oversee family ministry. In fall 2018, I was asked to consider a similar role as Family Pastor at Cumberland Baptist Church. After much prayer with my wife LeAnn, I accepted the position in January 2019.

I recognize God's first calling to raise my children: Leilani, 12; Aulora, 10; Annellina, 8; DanDan, 5; David, 2; and Eleannora, our newest addition, in the way they should go so that when they are older, they will not depart from it. (Prov. 22:6). My wife and I have felt God bring us through previous struggles so that we may be witnesses to God's Grace in his Holy Union of Man and Wife; Christ and His Bride, the church.