Lester Evans serves as the associational partnerships catalyst for western North Carolina with the Mission Catalysts group.

Before joining the Baptist state convention, Lester served as a pastor in five Baptist churches in North Carolina. For 13 years he served as the associational mission strategist for the Macon Baptist Association. He has also participated in mission and ministry projects from the local to international levels, worked with local community action agencies to address pressing needs, and served as a coach and consultant for various ministry needs.

Lester became a Christian in 1971 and received God’s call into ministry in early 1972. He received degrees from Mars Hill University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Lester is married to Judy, and they live in Otto, North Carolina, in Macon County where they both grew up. Lester and Judy have two daughters.