Rev. Jeff Allen

Senior Minister

Jeff Allen is thankful to serve alongside the staff and members of First Baptist Mount Holly. Jeff has been married to his beautiful wife Jennifer since 1996. They have two children- Matthew and Hannah. Jeff has served the local church in full-time vocational ministry since 1995. He graduated from Campbell University with a B.A. in Religion and Christian Ministries in 1995 and a Master of Divinity degree in 2002. Jeff and his family enjoy watching sports (all things Wolfpack, Panthers, Hurricanes, Hornets, & Camels!), technology, music, and taking vacations together. 

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Fixing things around the house is not one of Jeff’s gifts even though he tries his best. He endures camping trips for the good of his family and often amuses them with his views on camping. He is thankful for family, friends, and his calling. God has been good to him through it all. Jeff looks forward to serving alongside God’s people in the years to come. 

Rev. Tori Freeman

Minister of youth and children


I’m Tori! I have lived in Mount Holly my entire life. I attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and obtained a  Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Religious Studies. I am pursuing a Masters of Divinity in Youth and Family Ministry at Liberty University with the intention of graduating in the spring of 2025. I have worked in both children’s and youth ministry capacities for nine years.

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I am married to the love of my life, Cole Freeman. We have a precious two year old son, Gray, who has taught us the meaning of unconditional love and the importance of time together. 

I help build the foundation of faith in youth and children. I enjoy spending time with my family, the occasional nap, and playing games.

I have a passion for bridging my previous experience as a classroom teacher with ministry. I love seeing children grow in their faith and taking the next steps as followers of Christ.

I 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

I am Cole Freeman, a graduate of UNC Greensboro with a Bachelor’s degree in music education. I am the Orchestra Director at Myers Park and Butler High Schools. I regularly performs with local symphonies and the Linden String Quartet which I helped to form. 

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I hold a black belt and multiple national championships in Judo. I enjoy running long distances and have finished several marathons. I qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2019 and in 2021. My favorite thing to do is spend time at home with my true loves, my wife Tori, and son Gray.


Cathy Holland


I have been involved in music all my life.  I started accompanying choirs in the ninth grade. I graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Business Administration.   I am married to my college sweetheart, Andy.  We have four married children and nine grandchildren. 

I started working at FBC Mount Holly in March of 2018.  We were worshiping in the fellowship hall at that time.  I am thankful and feel so blessed to be a part of the community at First Baptist Mount Holly and for the opportunity to serve here.



Kim Payne

administrative assistant

Hey there!

I’m Kim Payne. I was born in Indiana but moved to North Carolina at the age of 9. I am married to my husband of 41 years, Tim. We share two adult children and have two beautiful grandchildren. I have served at First Baptist for twenty-two years. The staff says that I bring a wealth of knowledge along with a compassionate spirit. I firmly believes in fellowshipping with others.  

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

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