We are led by a plurality of biblically qualified pastors. These men are uniquely and specifically gifted by God to care and provide spiritual leadership and guidance for our church family. Each of our pastors leads in specific areas of ministry within the church but is equal in authority. We are also congregationally accountable. Under God and His Word, the last and final court of appeal in a matter of the life of the church is the local congregation itself.

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CODY EVANS, Pastor of Preaching & Vision

Cody grew up on the other side of Hickory, NC and began attending a local church at a young age after participating in VBS, where he accepted Jesus Christ. Throughout his time in the local church, Cody began to explore a desire to serve in local church ministry. This desire led Cody to attend The College at Southeastern. Southeastern has become very special because this is where both Cody graduated with his BA in Christian Studies, and where he also met and married his wonderful wife Ashlee in January 2016. Cody has had the joy of serving in Student Ministry at Plainview Baptist Church and also being equipped by Open Door Church for pastoral ministry; Open Door then sent Cody to help replant Covenant Hope Church in January of 2018. He has now finished his Masters of Divinity at Southeastern and works bi-vocationally there. 


RYAN PHILLIPS, Pastor of Discipleship

Ryan grew up in King and Winston-Salem, NC where he came to faith at a young age and grew up in a healthy gospel-minded church. He also met his future bride while they were still in the children’s ministry. After graduating high school, he moved all the way to Raleigh, where he graduated with a BS in Aerospace Engineering from NC State. After waiting on her to graduate from that light blue university down the road, he was overjoyed to marry his childhood sweetheart, Meagan, in 2007. In their first five and a half years of marriage, the Lord blessed them tremendously with three children – Riley, Abby Ruth, and Charlotte – and allowed Ryan to earn his Masters of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. During and after seminary, the Phillips family were members at Open Door Church in Raleigh, where they were poured into, Ryan was trained for pastoral ministry and they were sent out to help replant Covenant Hope Church in 2018.