Senior Pastor

Ben Bates


Rev. Ben Bates has been serving as pastor of New Center Baptist Church since 2010. 

He has a Master of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. After graduating in 2004, Ben pastored in Henderson, NC.

He is married to Mrs. Paula Bates and they have 4 children. Ben truly has a "Pastor's Heart" and a desire to make God known to all people through personal evangalism and the preaching and teaching of God's word. 


Youth Pastor

Dalton Lorance

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Rev. Dalton Lorance has been serving as Youth Pastor at New Center Baptist Church since 2018.

He is married to Mrs. Ashley Lorance. They both have the call of God upon their lives to work and minister in the area of youth ministry. Under their leadership, our youth ministry continues to grow and prosper as we seek to "know Him and make Him known".

Children's Minister

Michelle Ferrell

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Mrs. Michelle Ferrell began to serve as Children’s Minister at New Center Baptist Church in March 2022.

Michelle has a great passion for children and making a lasting impact in their lives. She is driven by a desire that everything she does points to Christ and the hope she has is Him.

She is married to her high school sweetheart, Mr. Zac Ferrell. They have 4 children.

In her spare time, Michelle loves to garden and spend time with her family.