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I knew in High School God was calling me to be a Pastor. I went to Wingate University to prepare and began serving churches vocationally. After college, I completed the MDiv degree and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and later the DMin. I continued serving churches in different capacities. My first church out of seminary was Ebenezer Baptist Church in Indian Trail, NC where I served as Senior Pastor (1995-2006).


From 2006-2016, I served on staff at Lawndale as the Married Adult Pastor, equipping families for making disciples. For a short time, I served at Calvary Church in Charlotte as the Family Pastor (2016-2021) before being called back to Lawndale as the Lead Pastor in March 2021.

I married Donna Long while in college. She has been a great helpmate at home and in the church. We have been blessed with 3 sons and a daughter who are all married. We love spending time with them, their spouses, and at present count, 10 grandchildren.


We love serving our family, the church family, and the greater body of Christ.

Dr. Rodney Navey

Lead Pastor

Kelley Branch

Senior Pastor, Women's Ministry, Teaching, & Reedy Fork Assistant

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