Michael McCray serves as the pastor of Good Hope Baptist Church. He is a native of Dillon, SC and has been a resident of NC since 2000. Michael studied at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated there in 2007 with a Master of Divinity (MDiv). He was ordained for the gospel ministry in April 2012 and was later called to serve at Good Hope Baptist in December 2012.

Michael and his wife, Gena Walling McCray, have been married since 2003. Michael and Gena enjoy serving God and His Church and they both participate in the teaching and music ministries at Good Hope Baptist. They desire to see God’s people embrace the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ and as they as going throughout the world, making disciples of all nations.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 10:13-15

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Deacon Ministry Team

Our Deacon Ministry Team exists to serve alongside the Pastor in performing tasks of pastoral ministry, proclaiming the Gospel to believers and unbelievers, caring for church members and other persons in the community, and leading the church to achieve its mission. Good Hope Baptist is privileged to have the following men serve as Deacons.

Justin Bunn

Justin was ordained for deacon ministry in 2012. In addition to deacon ministry, Justin has also served as a Sunday school teacher, on a Building and Grounds Committee, a Pastor Search Committee, a Youth Council and currently leads the Music Ministry team. Justin is married to Jordan Beckham Bunn.

Allen Tharrington

Allen was ordained for deacon ministry in 2002. In addition to deacon ministry, Allen has served as a Sunday school teacher, on a Building and Grounds Committee, a Youth Council and currently serves on the Music Ministry team. Allen is married to Kathryn Johnson Tharrington.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 4:10-11

Music Ministry Team

Good Hope Baptist is blessed to have a group of dedicated worship leaders who form the Music Ministry team. Each week, this team leads the congregation into worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs of praise. The praise team includes the following worship leaders:

  • Jordan Bunn: Vocals
  • Justin Bunn: Guitar
  • Gena McCray: Keyboard, Vocals
  • Michael McCray: Bass Guitar
  • Audio/Visual: Daniel Fleming, Allen Tharrington

Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! – Psalm 150:3-6

May all we do be to the glory of God! Soli Deo Gloria!