Live StreamGive OnlineDirectorySongbookContact

Who We Are » Our Pastors

Meet Our Elders

The ascended Christ has given gift ministries to the church (including apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) for the equipping of Christ's body that it might mature and grow. Through the gift ministries, all members of the Church are to be nurtured and equipped for the work of ministry. 

  • Daniel Baker

    Daniel Baker

    Senior Pastor

    Daniel has been a member of the church since he and his wife Anne moved to North Carolina in 1998. He has been on staff since 2000, after attending the Sovereign Grace Pastors College, and became Senior Pastor in 2016. He graduated in 1994 from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Music, after which he served as a pastoral intern in Ohio while completing an M.A. from Ashland Theological Seminary. In 2018 he completed a Th. M. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and Anne have five children.

  • John McLeod

    John McLeod

    Executive Pastor

    John serves as an elder and as church administrator. He graduated in 1998 from Jacksonville State University with a B.A. in music, and received his M.Div from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2003. He has served in various pastoral ministry contexts since 1996. John currently leads the high school youth group, regularly preaches, and is also involved in the worship ministry.

    John and his wife, Stacey, have been members of SGC since 2011. They have nine children.

  • Jim Martin

    Jim Martin


    Jim serves as a bi-vocational elder while working as the operations manager for TrialCard, Inc. He oversees homegroups and occasionally preaches. He graduated in 1991 from The State University of New York at Geneseo, after which he worked for over ten years in the business world.

    Jim was converted while at SGC soon after he and his wife Colleen moved to North Carolina in 1993. He has been a member since 1994 and was on staff from 2003 until 2012. He graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors College in 2003. He and Colleen have six children.

  • Mike Noel

    Mike Noel


    Mike serves as a bi-vocational elder while working as a financial advisor for AXA Advisors. He oversees the 7th & 8th Grade youth group, the prayer team, homegroups, and occasionally preaches.  He graduated from Penn State in 1977.  He was active there in campus ministry as well as at Millersville University in Pennsylvania.  He and his wife, Connie, have been a member of the church since its inception in 1992.  They have four married children and eighteen grandchildren.

  • Phil Sasser

    Phil Sasser

    Pastor Emeritus

    Phil graduated from The Ohio State University in 1972 with a B.S. degree in Pharmacy. Before moving to North Carolina in 1989, he served in pastoral ministry in Ohio for 13 years.

    Phil has been a member of the church since its inception in 1992 and on staff since 1994. He was the senior pastor from 2001 through 2015 and taught regularly at the Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastors College. He and his wife, Cassie, have five children and twenty grandchildren. Phil retired on December 31, 2018.