Our Church Staff
Mike Ragland - Senior Pastor
Mike was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and has been the lead pastor at Crown Point Baptist Church since April 2019. Mike has been married to his high school sweetheart, Michelle, for over 32 years and he has two sons, Cody and Chad. Mike’s favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17
Mike’s greatest joy is that his wife and sons love to go out in the community and on short term trips to share their faith and point others to Christ and see lives transformed with the Gospel of Jesus.
There was a time in Mike’s life when he was chasing empty promises and was self-centered while doing things his own way. But then he was introduced to the person of Jesus and he turned from his rebellion and followed Jesus. Since then he has had purpose and peace with a desire to serve others. Do you have a story like that?
Mike’s vision is to create a community by which everyone can live out their faith without fear but with freedom found in God’s Grace.
Karim Zabaneh - Music Minister
Karim Zabaneh is 26 years old and was born in Jordan and grew up in Egypt. He came to the United states in 2012 with his family and has been a part of the Jacksonville passion play for the last 5 years. He won the the 2020 "Oh Say Can You Sing" local competition. He became the worship leader at Crown Point Baptist Church Since September of 2019. He always say that it's one of the biggest blessings to have ever received from God to be a part of the Crown Point Baptist Church family.
Drew Pilkenton - Youth Pastor
Drew was called to be the Youth Minister at Crown Point in October 2014. Overall he has been in the Youth Ministry for eleven years and has served churches full time in both North Carolina and Florida. He has a strong passion for sharing his faith and teaching others to do the same. He loves Apologetics, Presidential history, and is a huge N.C. State Wolfpack fan.
Drew's favorite scripture verse is Acts 4:20 -“For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” He is married to his wife Courtney who also helps out with the youth and together they have one son, Sawyer.
Dori Bennett - Children's Director
With a great love for others, especially children, Dori has served as our Children's Director for over fifteen years. With a background in early childhood development, Dori’s desire is to partner with parents in bringing little ones to Jesus. Having recently retired from the Federal Reserve where she was a member of the Support Services Division, she now has the opportunity to devote herself fully to the ministry and her family.
Dori and husband Jim have been married for more than thirty-five years and have two children and four grandchildren. Jim is a marketing specialist with Advantage Sales Corporation and has been with his company since their family relocated to Jacksonville in 1998. Dori’s life verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Be joyful always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Ellen Ferris - Preschool Director
Ellen has served as the Preschool Director at Crown Point Baptist Church since April 2008. She loves teaching the children about Jesus! Ellen has had the opportunity to serve in her church's children departments since she was a teenager and feels that God has blessed her with a heart for the little ones. Ellen had a home based childcare service for twelve years in Virginia Beach, VA.
Ellen and her husband, Lee, have a daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren. Lee actively serves in the Sound Ministry at our church. Ellen’s life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 -“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.” Lee’s life verse is Romans 5:8- -“But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”