Our Staff


Pastor: Bro. Benjamin Bates


Address: 9 Maze Rd., Hartselle /Email: ben.bates@newcenterbaptist.org

Benjamin Edward Bates was born in Decatur, Alabama on March 19, 1977. His parents are John (deceased 12/6/08) and Martine Griffith Bates. He has one brother,Jeff Bates (8/20/73). Ben married Paula Self Bates on 7/31/99. They have four children: Baron (7/8/05), Nathan (5/20/07), Cameron (6/27/09), and Ansley (9/26/11).

Ben attended Priceville Elementary until 2 nd Grade. He moved to Hartselle where he attended Burleson, Hartselle Junior High, and Hartselle High School, graduating in 1995. Ben attended Calhoun Community College until 1997, when he transferred to Auburn University, receiving degrees in English and history education.

After college Ben taught English for three years at Wacoochee Junior High in Lee County, Alabama. Ben and Paula moved to North Carolina in 2001, so Ben could work toward a Master of Divinity at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. In December of 2004, Ben was called to be the interim pastor at Harriett Baptist Church in Henderson, North Carolina. After graduating from Southeastern, he continued to serve as interim pastor until he was called by Harriett Baptist to be the full-time pastor, serving there until May, 2010.


Music Minister: Wayne Brown


Youth Minister: Dalton Lorance


Chairman Of The Deacons: Geoff Halbrooks