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OUR PASTORS

Pastor J.B. and Susan Whitfield answered the call to start Agape Faith Church (AFC) in Clemmons, NC on March 7, 1982.

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For over 34-years

Pastor J.B. and Susan Whitfield have been willing and able servants of God who have not only inspired multitudes to come to Christ, but also have continued to lead, teach, and assist ministers to be the person God created them to be.

Pastor J.B. Whitfield

Pastor Whitfield is a man who ministers the uncompromising Word of God with boldness and enthusiasm. His love for people and God is evident in each dynamic message he preaches. Knowing where he was before Jesus came into his life, Pastor Whitfield ministers with joy, authority and experience on how the Word of God will change your life forever! Pastor Whitfield is the President and Founder of International Covenant Connections Fellowship (ICCF), a ministerial organization focusing on leadership training for the five-fold public ministry as well as business leaders and entrepreneurs. He is also the President and Founder of Impact University, a teaching and practical training Bible college headquartered in Clemmons, NC, offering numerous degrees including pastoral, counseling and theology. Pastor Whitfield is also a professionally certified John Maxwell Leadership Trainer. In addition to those organizations, he also founded the Triad Dream Center of Winston-Salem, NC which includes a substantial food pantry, clothing boutique, and other assistance for the needy. He is the North Carolina State Director for Christians United for Israel, a pro-Israel organization with over 2 million members. He also serves as a Board Member for numerous ministries and churches throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. He walks and ministers in an Apostolic anointing, being recognized and received in the nation of Jamaica as a true Apostle, where he teaches and advises many pastors and churches. He has authored several books including: The Daily Dose of Joy, This Joy That I Have, Salvation More Than Heaven, S.O.S. A Simple Outline for Soul Winning, and coming soon, What To Do When Things Go From Bad to Worse. Small Group DVD curricula include The Force of Joy and The Prevailing Principles of Prayer. Pastor Whitfield holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion with a minor in Psychology, as well as a Masters in Theology.

Susan Whitfield

Susan Whitfield has dedicated her life to prayer. Because of this, she is used by God to impart into others this powerful gift. As Prayer Coordinator, she oversees all of the prayer groups at AFC. Susan teaches Prayer School, not only at AFC, but also to other ministries and churches in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, where she is very active in assisting in the establishment of consistent prayer ministries. Susan is the North Carolina State Director for Daughters For Zion, the prayer support arm for Christians United For Israel.

Pastor Murray Kartanson

Executive Pastor

Twitter: @mkartanson / Email: pastormurray@agapefaith.com   Pastor Murray Kartanson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from N.C. State University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Life Christian University and a Master of Theology degree from Impact University. He serves on the Board of Directors for several churches, non-profit organizations, and businesses. He also teaches at Impact University. He is a City Director for Christians United For Israel. His responsibilities at AFC include financial oversight, human resources, security, information technology, facilities and grounds maintenance, and custodial services, as well as overseeing the church’s Connection Centers, Life Groups, Ministry of Helps, Salvations, Discipleship, Weddings, Funerals & Hospitals. He and his wife Sue, a registered nurse, have four children and currently six grandchildren. And he spends his free time travelling, shooting sporting clays, and fly fishing.

Pastor Robert Barr

Impact University / Creative Arts Ministry Pastor

Email: pastorbarr@agapefaith.com

Pastor Robert Barr joined the AFC staff in 2002 and has led and served in many different areas of the ministry. He currently oversees Impact University and our Creative Arts Ministry. He married his best friend, Marilyn, in 1997 and they have two children. His biggest accomplishments are earning an undergraduate degree from Winston Salem State University and a Master’s in Education from Wake Forest University. He enjoys Superhero and Kung-Fu movies!

Pastor Michael Watson

Outreach / Satellite Campus / Foreign Mission Pastor

Twitter: @mklwatson / Email: pastormichael@agapefaith.com   In 2000, Pastor Michael Watson began attending AFC. Pastor Michael joined the staff in 2005 and oversees the Satellite Campuses, Counseling, and Outreach. He is married to Pastor Belinda Watson. Together they have two grown children, Grant and Courtney. They love going on adventures, for instance, a previous favorite was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Pastor Michael also loves Nascar and ice cream.

Pastor Belinda Watson

Children’s Pastor

Twitter: @BlndWatson / Email: pastorbelinda@agapefaith.com In 2000, Pastor Belinda Watson began attending AFC and joined the staff in 2009. She currently serves as the Children’s Pastor. Her greatest desire is to teach children the Bible in exciting, creative ways so they can use what they learn in their daily lives. She wants every child to be encouraged and know God created them with awesome gifts that make them special! Pastor Belinda does a little acting on the side and is also the first female winner of the Bailey Farm Hot Pepper Eating Contest in 2015.

Pastor Chris Leab

Student Ministries Pastor

Twitter: @chris_leab / Email: pastorchris@agapefaith.com / Instagram: chris_leab Pastor Chris Leab and his family have been at AFC since day one. He joined the staff in 2009 as the Youth director and is currently the Student Ministries and Young Adult Pastor. He and his wife, Kristy, have two grown daughters, Taylor and Chandler and they also have two beautiful grandchildren. They love vacationing at the beach, hanging out downtown, and eating good food with family. He also loves working at out the gym and raises his own flock of chickens.

Pastor Lester Holcomb, Jr.

Statesville Campus Pastor

Twitter: @holcomblester  / Email: pastorholcomb@agapefaith.com

Pastor Lester Holcomb, Jr. and his wife, Darlis, have been a part of the Agape Faith Church family since 1982. During these early years, Pastor Holcomb became the Associate Pastor of Agape Faith Church and later the Praise and Worship Leader. For a season, the Holcomb’s pastored Living Word Church of Chadbourn, NC. In 2015, God opened the door for them to become the Campus Pastors of the Agape Faith Church Statesville Campus. They have a love for people and desire to see others enjoy the freedom that only a relationship with Christ can bring. The Holcombs have three daughters and seven grandchildren as well as two great grandchildren. Pastor Holcomb enjoys basketball and golf.

Pastor Jayson Barton

Youth Pastor

Email: pastorjayson@agapefaith.com / Instagram: @jayson_barton Pastor Jayson Barton came to AFC in 2009 to attend Impact University where he received his Masters Degree in Theology. He joined the staff in 2012 as the Youth director at the Statesville campus and is now currently the Youth Pastor at our Clemmons Campus. He is married to his better half Olivia. They desire to see 7th – 12th grade students living above the status quo, truly following Jesus, and showing the world that life is really worth living. They love shopping, hiking, and coffee. He also loves working out at the gym and going to the movies.

WHO WE ARE

We are a church overflowing with love and faith...

OUR BELIEFS

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God...

OUR STORY

Agape Faith Church held its first service on Sunday, March 7, 1982...