Ben Whitmire

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Pastor Ben was born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina.  Growing up, Ben and his family attended Antioch Baptist Church, where at the age of 15, he responded to the drawing of the Holy Spirit and was saved.  He answered the call to ministry at the age of 18.

Pastor Ben graduated from Fruitland Baptist Bible College, Sparrow Springs Bible College and Seminary, and is finishing his masters at Carolina University.  He has served as youth pastor and pastor of several churches in the Charlotte metropolitan area before spending 14 years in western North Carolina prior to joining the Maplewood team on January 17, 2021. 

Pastor Ben is married to Jenifer, and they have two children; Timothy who passed away March 28, 2018 at the age of 16, and Gracie, who is a senior at Henry County High School.  Pastor Ben enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, running, playing golf, playing and refereeing basketball, wind therapy (riding the Harley), and cheering on the Vols and the Tarheels.

Student Pastor

Camden Nephew

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Camden Nephew, a graduate of the University of Memphis Class of 2020, is passionate about reflecting God's character and extending His Kingdom. As our student pastor, Camden enjoys spending time with students outside the walls of the church and equipping them to live out the calling God has placed on their lives. He is married to Hannah Grace Nephew. Hannah Grace has served in girls ministry for 7 years in cities such as Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis, TN. Together, the Nephews enjoy serving the students of Paris, TN, teaching each one to fall madly in love with Jesus as they then teach others to do the same.

Director of Music

David John Roberts

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On January 1, 1994, Bro. David John joined our church staff as Director of Music.  He attended and graduated from Union University in Jackson, TN.  Bro. David John’s responsibilities at Maplewood Baptist include the weekly worship services, choir, and overall music program. 

Ministry Assistant

DeDe Cook

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DeDe joined the Maplewood staff in January 2011. She is a valuable asset to our church and the ministry team.

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