Great Commission Catalysts stand ready to serve N.C. Baptist churches, pastors and associational mission strategists with ministry needs that arise. They connect you to resources and information to help reach your community, mobilize your church to engage the nations, send and give to missions, and more.
Your Great Commission Catalyst can answer questions or direct you to a ministry strategist within 24 hours, when possible. Get in touch with your catalyst whenever you need.
Great Commission Catalyst, Regions 9 & 10, Mission Catalysts Group[email protected]
Stephen (Steve) Harris serves as a regional mission catalyst with the Baptist state convention.
Before joining the state convention, Steve served as founding pastor of New Life Community Church in Asheville for 16 years. Steve has led church planting movements in the Buncombe Baptist Association, nationally and internationally as a strategy coordinator with the International Mission Board, including starting churches with the Quechua Indians in the Andes mountains of Peru. Steve has also served as associate pastor at Bent Creek Baptist Church in Asheville, North Carolina, and Fellowship in the Pass in Beaumont, California; and as pastor of Parkview Baptist Church in Morehead City, North Carolina.
Steve received his bachelor of science in business management from Western Carolina University, master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and his doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
Steve and his wife, Ann, have three children and five grandchildren.
Steve’s life verse is the Great Commandment, and his passionate focus is simply loving God and loving people. He enjoys backpacking (having hiked the Appalachian Trail), trout fishing and golf.
Ministry Assistant, Mission Catalysts Group[email protected]
Ministry Assistant, Mission Catalysts Group
Savannah Parks serves as a ministry assistant for the Mission Catalysts group. She has been with the Baptist state convention since June 2016 with some time off to be with her newborn daughter.
Savannah and her husband, Andrew, currently reside in Asheboro with their daughter, Vivienne. Savannah spends the majority of her days chasing a toddler and enjoying time with her family and friends.
(800) 395-5102 x5549
Statewide African American Catalyst[email protected]
Statewide African American Catalyst
Hez Cunningham-Bey serves as the statewide African American catalyst for the Mission Catalysts group.
Hez earned his bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University and is currently finishing up his master’s degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Hez has a passion for serving God and His church. He has been serving as a full time pastor of King’s Cross Church overseeing member care.
Hez is married to his beautiful wife, Tajua. They have four beautiful children, Amyah, Amir, Asa and Adonijah. Hez enjoys cycling and is on a journey to becoming an avid golfer.
Statewide Asian Catalyst, Mission Catalysts Group[email protected]
Sammy Joo serves as the statewide Asian catalyst for the Mission Catalyst group. He has been on staff at the Baptist state convention since 2007.
Sammy is a graduate of Handong Global University in Pohang, South Korea; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Previously, Sammy served Korean churches in South Korea and multiethnic churches in the United States as a worship leader, youth pastor and college pastor. He also served in international student ministry in the Triangle area and on the convention’s Collegiate Partnership Team from 2007-2016.
Sammy’s desire is to equip next generation leaders among Asian communities and connect Asian American churches to fulfill the Great Commission.
Sammy and his wife, Debbie, have four children. Sammy loves to play guitar.
(800) 395-5102 x5562
Statewide Hispanic Catalyst, Mission Catalysts Group[email protected]
Statewide Hispanic Catalyst, Mission Catalysts Group
Amaury Santos serves as the statewide Hispanic catalyst for the Mission Catalyst group.
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Amaury received Jesus as Lord and Savior at the age of 14 through the witness of a Christian friend. He became the first evangelical believer in a mostly Catholic family.
By age 16, Amaury felt the consuming desire to teach God’s Word. Amaury has served in ministry in a variety of capacities, including pastor and church planter in the Dominican Republic and the United States.
Amaury served as a language church planting missionary with the Florida Baptist Convention in partnership with the North American Mission Board.
Amaury has a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from the Dominican Republic, a master’s degree in theological studies from Liberty University, and a doctor of education degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Virginia, and his three sons.
(800) 395-5102 x5564