Leadership

Dr. Tim Moore

INTERIM PASTOR 

Tim Moore became our Interim Pastor in January 2022.  He has served Charlotte area churches for over 30 years.  Dr. Moore received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Mars Hill College, north of Asheville.  He holds a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston and a Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey.  

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Tim is married to Magay Shepard, a certified financial planner with Stifel.  They are the proud parents of young adult triplets: Abby, Hannah, and Michael, who graduated from college a year ago.

Pastor Tim is the author of Practicing Midrash: Reading the Bible’s Arguments as an Invitation to Conversation (Wipf & Stock, 2018) and an editor for Taking on the Cross: Reimagining the Meaning of Jesus’ Life and Death (Nurturing Faith, 2022).  He is a regular contributor to Smyth & Helwys’ devotional guide Reflections, writes liturgy for Worship Resources at faithelement.net, and holds the title of writer-in-residence at Sardis Baptist Church in Charlotte, where he served as pastor for nearly 20 years.

Tim enjoys playing tennis and basketball, attending Carolina Panthers and Charlotte FC games, hiking, kayaking, reading, and traveling to National Parks (and other places) with his family. 

Rev. Tori Freeman

Minister of youth and children

Tori Freeman is a Mount Holly native. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in Religious Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has worked in both children’s and youth ministry capacities for seven years.

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Tori is married to Cole Freeman, an orchestra director. They have a one year old son, Gray. 

Tori’s interests include building the foundation of faith in youth and children, spending time with her family, crafting, and building her own children’s library. Tori has a passion for bridging her previous experience as a classroom teacher with her ministry. She is passionate about seeing children grow in their faith and taking the next steps as followers of Christ.

Tori wholeheartedly believes in teaching our children to embody 1st Timothy 4:12, to set an example for all believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Cole Freeman

youth music associate

Cole Freeman, a graduate of UNC Greensboro with a Bachelor’s degree in music education. Cole is the Orchestra Director at Myers Park and Butler High Schools as well as the string instructor at Music and Arts in Charlotte. He regularly performs with local symphonies and the Linden String Quartet which he helped to form. 

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Cole holds a black belt and multiple national championships in Judo. He enjoys running long distances and has finished several marathons. He qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2019 and in 2021. He will be running the Boston Marathon in 2023. Cole enjoys spending time at home with his true loves, his wife Tori, and his son Gray.

 

Cathy Holland

INTERIM MINISTER OF music

Cathy is married to her college sweetheart, Andy.  They have been married for almost 40 years. They have four married children and nine grandchildren. 

Cathy has been involved in music all her life. She started accompanying choirs in the ninth grade. Her senior year in high school, she worked at a dance studio (Henderson’s School of Dance) where she played the piano for ballet  and tap classes.  She has sung in choirs since she was small. She met her husband, Andy at Appalachian. Andy received a degree in Music Performance.  Cathy received a degree in Business Administration.  While there, Cathy was a singer (Andy as well) in an auditioned ministry team sponsored by the ASU/BSU that went out on weekends to churches all over NC, SC and Tennessee and did youth retreats and sang during the sermon time on Sunday mornings.  She was the leader of the group for two years. Cathy and Andy married and went to serve a church in Red Springs, NC.

 

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  Andy worked as the Minister of Music and commuted to Southeastern where he received his Master of Divinity in Church Music.  Cathy was the organist and youth minister.  They moved to Charlotte after their third child was born.

Cathy’s children were a part of the Charlotte Children’s Choir under the direction of Sandy Holland for five years.  Cathy played for the top two choirs for four of those years and was the Associate Director of the Charlotte Children’s Choir during that time for two years until her children aged out. 

Cathy has experience as a payroll secretary having worked at Hornet’s Nest Elementary in Charlotte, FBC Huntersville and Kings Mountain High School.  Cathy filled an interim position as keyboardist for an early service and organist for the second service at FBC Huntersville for two years.

Cathy feels blessed by all the groups that she has had the opportunity to work with and feels that God has richly blessed her over the years. She is thankful for the past few years at First Baptist Mount Holly and for the opportunity to serve here.

 

Kim Payne

administrative assistant

Born in Indiana, Kim moved to North Carolina at the age of 9. She and her husband of 41 years, Tim, share two adult children and have two beautiful grandchildren. Kim has served at First Baptist for twenty-two years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and a compassionate spirit. She firmly believes in fellowshipping with others.  

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On the weekends, you can find her riding her horses, enjoying time with grandchildren, and exploring God’s creation. 

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